Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter at Costco: Product Review

I love peanut butter. I wish I could eat it every single day of my life. Oh wait. Thanks to Costco, I can, and it’s not very expensive, either. For some reason I’ve always thought that eating peanut butter was basically a complete meal. Not complete as in “your teeth won’t fall out eventually” but complete as you’d be OK and it would kill your appetite for a while.

This is why I was so happy when my favorite, the Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter, returned to Costco after a lengthy absence. That it costs only $5.89 (Canadian) for a massive 2 kilograms (that’s 4.4 pounds for the metrically impaired out there) was just the cherry on the Sundae.

Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter at Costco

Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter at Costco

During its disappearance from the Costco sales floor, it was replaced by Skippy Peanut Butter, which is not bad but not nearly as good, and by some awful natural peanut butter. I would love to review it, but I purchase everything I review (so far) so that’s not likely to happen anytime soon, thank you very much.

Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter Nutrition Facts

Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter Nutrition Facts

I always thought that peanut butter was protein heavy, but close inspection of the label suggested that it was not the meat-replacement juggernaut I wanted it to be.

What peanut butter does have, is plenty of unsaturated fat, and not too much of the saturated kind, which is the sort that your doctor warns you about .

I know that non-natural peanut butter, such as Kraft or Skippy, has plenty of added sugar in it, which is not good for you. That being said, look at the numbers on the nutrition fact. There’s not that much sugar in there. Barely more than proteins, in fact. The main component seems to be fat.

What peanut butter is, like all things with lots of fat, is highly calorific, even more than say, olive oil (80 calories per tablespoon). Combined with the proteins and the sugar, it makes for a pretty well-rounded food. Of course, I would not recommend basing your entire diet around it, unless you’re a college student, or you don’t care if all your teeth fall out because of scurvy.

The bottom line is that peanut butter is a great part of any diet, except for those who are allergic to peanuts. Then it should be avoided like the plague. But joking aside, few things are as good as a delicious English muffin with some margarine and lot of peanut butter. I’m not going to get into the smooth vs. crunchy debate. It’s shockingly obvious that smooth is better. If you want crunch stuff, eat some chips. In the meantime, make sure you pick up your Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter at your local Costco before they decide to replace it with a lesser product!

Kirkland Signature Enteric Coated Daily Low Dose ASA 81mg

I’m not much of an hypochondriac, I’m pretty healthy and I try to eat as well as I reasonably can. That being said, I’m a little bit paranoid. I am, after all, now at the age where it’s no longer weird or completely unexpected to have a heart attack.

You know, when you’re in your twenties or thirties, you can pretty much eat whatever you want, smoke cigarettes like they’re going out of style and generally be unhealthy, and you’ll still be ok. Probably. But once you hit 40, things change.

Now we’ve been told about the benefits of Aspirin, or acetylsalicylic acid, for a long time. You can either pay through the nose for brand-name Bayer Aspirin, or swallow your pride, save a bunch of money and buy the Kirkland Signature Enteric Doated Low Dose ASA 81 mg at Costco.

Kirkland Signature Enteric Coated Daily Low Dose ASA 81 mg

Kirkland Signature Enteric Coated Daily Low Dose ASA 81 mg

Costco being Costco, this bottle costs $4.99 (canadian) for 300 tablets, or just under 1.7 pennies each. This is really cheap. The Aspirin-brand product right next to it on the shelf was $16.99. Now I don’t know how many tablets were in that bottle, but let me assure you that it wasn’t 1,700 or so.

I’ve been taking these pills for a few days now, and I can happily report that I’ve not had a heart attack. Honestly, this is a tough product to review, because I’m certain the Kirkland Signature product is absolutely equal to its competitors. What’s really on trial here are the advantages and disadvantages of taking an Aspirin a day.

I’m no doctor, but thanks to the Internet, I’ve compiled a non-exhaustive list of pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Reduced risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Reduced risk of colorectal cancer

Cons:

  • Increased risk of ulcers and GI bleeding
  • Difficulty of blood coagulation
  • Swelling of skin tissue in some patients

There’s a whole lot of information on this page, if you’re keen to read it.

In my case, I did not notice any direct benefits, except of course that I remain heart-attack free – touch wood. I did, however, notice that I had insane heartburn yesterday. Considering I take prescription medication for the heartburn, this was extremely unexpected and supremely unpleasant. Check out the side of the ASA box, too:

Kirkland Signature Enteric Coated Daily Low Dose ASA 81 mg Warning

Kirkland Signature Enteric Coated Daily Low Dose ASA 81 mg Warning

Now I understand that Costco, like any other ‘manufacturer’ of this type of product, need to protect themselves with fine-print in case anything ever happens to one of their customers after taking their product, and I respect that.

In my case, however, it convinced me to wait until I talk to my doctor before resuming taking this medication.

As the package says, this pill is designed to minimize the gastrointestinal discomfort that can be caused by its active ingredient. This is done through having a coated pill, and a time-release mechanism. Gone are the chalky Aspirins of yesteryear!

That being said, and despite Kirkland Signature’s best intentions, there is nothing that can be down that can actually lessen the risks inherent to taking this medication, so it’s really a matter of weighing the pros and cons, with the help of your doctor.

As far as the product itself, I’m certain that the Kirkland Signature Enteric Coated Daily Low Dose ASA 81 mg is of high quality. According to what I’ve read, the dosage even seems appropriate, as it’s been scientifically proven that higher doses do not provide better results, as far as the preventative aspects of acetysalicylic acid goes. Just a last reminder: I’m not a doctor, and nothing here is medical advice. Talk to your doctor. I know I will.

Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce at Costco (finally!)

I discovered Hoisin Sauce many years ago with my friend Jason, who was quite the adventurer and would drag me to all sorts of strange Vietnamese restaurants, and would proceed to order (for both of us) strange cuts of meats I was unaware you could eat, but are quite delicious. Of course, multiple healthy and generous servings of Hoisin sauce were always on hand to help enhace the flavors of whatever we were eating.

I haven’t talked to Jason in over 10 years, but whenever I go to a Vietnamese soup place, or Pho, I always make sure to order the tripes, tendons, and whatever else is weird. If these things are unavailable, I label the restaurant as unauthentic and walk out.

Of course, the real discovery here is Hoisin Sauce, a sweet and extremely salty sauce that can be used both for dipping and for cooking. In the last 10 years I’ve discovered all sorts of ways to incorporate it in my food, and it goes well with everything. Almost. Hoisin sauce is, however, not exactly cheap when bought at the grocery store, which is why I was so happy to find the Lee Kum Kee-brand Hoisin Sauce at my local Costco!

Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce at Costco

Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce at Costco

Don’t get me wrong. Even when you buy it at the grocery store, a small jar is only about $5, but that’s usually for about 250 ml. As you can see from the picture above, the Costco-size Hoisin Sauce squeeze bottle contains a whopping 797 ml, and costs a ridiculous $3.89.

Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce Nutrition Facts

Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce Nutrition Facts

For those making the calculations, don’t. Let me. As you can see from the Lee Kuym Kee Hoisin Sauce Nutrition Facts sheet to the left, each serving is 30 ml, which turns out to be 2 tablespoons. Each bottle thus contains 26.5 servings.

Through the power of simple math, we discover that each serving of Hoisin Sauce costs 14.7 pennies, if you shop at Costco.

Now it’s clear to me that Hoisin Sauce is awesome, but it does have its drawbacks. If you’re using it to cook, it’s pretty easy to stick to one serving, but as a dipping sauce, I go through that stuff like it’s going out of style (it’s not), and as the Nutrition Fact sheet plainly points out, each serving contains an incredible 20 grams of sugar, and over a gram of salt, which is 44% of the daily recommended value.

I dare you to have just one serving.

Hoisin sauce is the kind of condiment that will leave you with sausage fingers caused by crazy water retention, but it’s totally worth it. Just like Sriracha (rooster sauce), it transforms any ordinary meal into a delightful culinary masterpiece.

I’m happy that I can finally buy Hoisin Sauce at Costco. Of course, Costco being Costco, I will buy 3 or 4 bottles in case they decide not to carry it anymore. I hope I’m not already too late.

Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers Size 1-2: Product Review

As the proud father of a band new baby girl – as of this writing – I am also a devoted purchaser of diapers. It’s really incredible how many diapers a newborn or infant will go through in any given day. If you’re a parent, you *know* what I’m talking about. If you’re not, you simply have no idea. This is why I am so happy that Costco makes diapers.

My local Costco carries both Huggies and the Kirkland Signature diapers. Both work very well, but considering the volume we’re talking about, the house brand wins, hands down. Since my baby is still very small, I will start by reviewing the smallest diaper size Costco makes, the Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers Size 1-2, for infants up to 15 pounds.

Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers Size 1-2

Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers Size 1-2

In terms of quality, and being leak-proof, I would rate the Kirkland Signature diapers on par with the leading brands. I guess that would depend on the child in question, but I’ve had both a both and now a girl, and they work fine for both.

One thing to consider is that Kirkland Signature lumps the size 1 and 2 in a single size, as opposed to other manufacturers, who will sell you separate diapers for the 1 and 2 sizes. This has the advantage of cutting down on costs, as the diapers get more expensive as they go up in size, but has the drawback of making the diapers quite large for infants, relatively speaking.

That being said, if you just fold the diapers at the front before securing them with the attached Velcro tabs, you’re fine, unless the baby is very tiny, such as less than 6 pounds. Our daughter was about 8 pounds when born, and we used one box of Newborn Pampers we had ( very expensive by the way) and went straight to the Kirkland Signature Diapers Size 1-2 with no problems.

Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers Size 1-2 (back of box)

Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers Size 1-2 (back of box)

Performance-wise, these diapers have all the bells and whistles you would expect from the major brands, including the color-changing bar that tells you if you’re darling child has wet him or herself, the stretchy leak-proof waist and legs and of course, the super-absorbency that will let your child stay nice and dry, unless she poops, which mine does a lot. Between you and me, I can’t imagine letting my child sit in her waste for any length of time, but that’s neither here nor there.

As far as price goes, the Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers Size 1-2 costs $19.99 (Canadian) for a box of 136, which translates into just under 15 cents per diaper. This is a really good price. Other brands are usually in the 20 to 25 cents per-diaper bracket, unless they come on special at Costco, and then they’ll more or less match the Kirkland Signature price.

The bottom line is this: if you really like Huggies, buy them at Costco when they’re on special. Otherwise, buy the Kirkland Signature diapers. The money you save compared to buying them at the pharmacy or elsewhere, over a year, will by itself more than pay for your Costco Executive Membership.

Update – March 5th – The Kirkland Diapers are on sale at Costco! The 1-2 Size is $4.25 off per box, and the bigger sizes, $7-8 rebate! This is very timely indeed. I’ll be buying all my diapers for the next 2 years now.

Pan-Fried Salmon in a Creamy Herb Sauce Recipe

Who doesn’t love salmon? Well, I guess people with allergies, or those that don’t like fish in general. But salmon’s pretty awesome. What I have here is a recipe that was originally for cod, but brilliantly adapted by one of my colleagues, and yours truly, for salmon.

The gist of the recipe is pan-friend salmon chunks in a creamy sauce with salted herbs. Ok, I know what you’re thinking: “Creamy and salty! Oh my God, he’s discovered the secret to ultimate flavor!” And you would be mostly right. Except that this really is quite good, and not nearly as greasy nor salty as the name would imply.

Start with about 600 grams – a pound and a half, more or less – of nice, fresh salmon fillet, from which you’ll remove the skin. I’m really bad at this and tend to butcher the fillet, so no pictures of that. Cut the salmon in cubes about an inch a side.

Cutting the Salmon

I then prepared a mix of white flour, cayenne pepper and curcuma – for color. The mix was mostly flour, but took on a very slight red and gold tint from the other ingredients. I then rolled the pieces of salmon fillet in the flour mix, individually so as not to bruise them any more than needed.

Salmon in Flour

In an anti-adhesive pan, I melted a good-sized nugget of butter, maybe about one big heaping tablespoon, and added some olive oil. I then turned up the heat just short of “MAX”.

I carefully deposited the pieces of salmon, now nicely coated with the flour mix, in the burning hot oil and butter.Butter and Oil

I say carefully, both for the salmon, which I did not want to break apart, as well as for my fingers, who react predictably to contact with burning oil.

That being said, salmon is a lot sturdier than cod when fried, and should not fall apart too much. Once the fish was cooked on one side, I carefully (again) turned over the salmon so that the other side could comfortably bathe in hot butter and oil.

Salmon starting to FryOnce the salmon was outwardly cooked more or less evenly, I added one tablespoon of one of my favorite condiments, Les Herbes Salées du Bas du Fleuve, which translates as “Salted Herbs from the lower River”.

Les Herbes Salees du Bas du Fleuve

Les Herbes Salées du Bas du Fleuve

The “lower river” pertains to a region on the St-Lawrence river, not actual water herbs. It’s a mix of parsley, carrots, and lots of other things, and it’s really, really salty. So don’t put too much. I ended up with this:

FRIED_SALMON_WITH_HERBS

Now, this is good enough to be eaten as is. But I got the recipe from one of my colleagues, who is French, and never, ever misses an occasion to drown food with cream. He actually recommended that I use 45% cream, but that’s too much, even for me. I added maybe a quarter-cup of cream, and kept the heat on high for a few minutes, until the cream started to boil.

SALMON_WITH_CREAM

I I served the pan-fried salmon over a bed of rice, with probably some sort of vegetable on the side, I don’t remember that part! This is a really delicious recipe, easy and quick to make. It’s not exactly ‘light’, so it shouldn’t be an every day thing. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this. Bear in mind that all quantities are approximate. Look at the pictures and use your cooking common sense.

Bon appétit!

PAN_FRIED_SALMON_WITH_HERBS_AND_CREAM

Ingredients:

  • 600 grams of salmon (1 ½ pounds)
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Cream (15% or more)
  • Flour
  • Curcuma (a pinch)
  • Cayenne (a smaller pinch)
  • Herbes Salées du Bas du Fleuve (or equivalent)

Serve on rice.

Author’s Note: This is a reprint from the recipe I’d published a few years ago on a food website I owned. I haven’t changed a word. What has changed, however, is that I try not to eat greasy food like that too often. My doctor frowns upon it.

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen 200mg Liquid Capsules: Product Review

This is going to be a short review, for a simple reason. The product I am reviewing today is the exact same as the brand name – and I mean *identical* except that it is a lot cheaper. Just the way I like my Kirkland Signature products!

The product I’ve chosen today is the Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen 200mg Liquid Capsules. I’ve bought them at my local Costco for the ridiculously low price of $8.99, plus applicable taxes.

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen 200mg Liquid Capsules

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen 200mg Liquid Capsules

This product is the equivalent to the Advil Liqui-Gels; 200mg of Ibuprofen in a rapidly dissolving gel capsule.

As the box tells you, it is ideal for rapid migraine relief, also of menstrual pain, but I have no direct experience of that. What I can tell you, however, is that it figures prominently in my hangover cure / avoidance scheme.

The brand-name Advil is also available at Costco, of course, but you’d really have to be married to the brand to pass up crazy savings like this. At Well.ca, a box of 72 brand-name Advil Liqui-Gels costs $16.99, or 23.6 pennies per capsule. (this is not an affiliate link)

That sure doesn’t sound like much, doesn’t it? Well, compare this to 250 capsules for $8.99 when you shop smart and at Costco. It comes down to 3.6 pennies each. That’s a saving of about 85% for a comparable quantity. Let’s say that if you wanted to buy the same volume of brand-name pills as in a Kirkland Signature box, it would cost you $59.00.

Remember, Costco still makes money selling it at $8.99.

These are the kind of savings that pay for your membership card in no time. That and Kirkland Signature diapers, but that’s a topic for another day.

If you suffer from migraines, menstrual pain, have a fever or generally don’t feel so good, you can count on Kirkland Signature’s 200mg Ibuprofen Liquid Capsules to help put you back on your feet. By the way, I’m not a doctor, and nothing here is medical advice, ok?

Why You Shouldn’t Buy VH Chinese Soya Sauce

Sometimes it pays to read the ingredients on the food you buy. Especially prepared stuff. I was shopping this morning and came upon a large display of VH products, prominently featuring what I suppose is one of their flagship products, VH Chinese Soya Sauce.

VH Chinese Soy Sauce

VH Chinese Soy Sauce

For those unfamiliar with this brand, it belongs to ConAgra Foods Canada, which belongs to ConAgra. I’m sure they’re nice people who are just trying to make a living, but still. The ingredients list in their ‘soy sauce’ is quite disturbing.

Based on my research of soy sauces around the world, in great part on Wikipedia, I’ve learned that some soy sauces have sugar added to them, and are primarily used as dipping sauces.

This is all well and good, but this in no way explains this product’s scary ingredients list. I understand that soy sauce is salty, but why does it have more salt that soy? For that matter, why does it have more caramel than soy?

That doesn’t sound right to me.

In addition, you’ll notice that this ‘soy sauce’, and I use the term loosely, contains both corn syrup and glucose solid. Corn syrup wasn’t sweet enough?

VH Chinese Soy Sauce Ingredients

VH Chinese Soy Sauce Ingredients

I guess it wasn’t. Instead of soy, you get ‘hydrolyzed soy protein’ which I’ll surmise is not exactly the same thing. You also get every food conglomerate’s favorite additive, corn syrup, even though I’m sure there’s no real reason for it to be there.

I’m not judging. But seriously, why would anyone choose that stuff when you can buy normal soy sauce and just drop a spoonful of sugar in it, if that’s your fancy?

I’m actually quite happy to see Sodium Benzoate in there, as it is quite a normal and innocuous food preservative, and doesn’t seem to have a nefarious purpose.

The dark color of soy sauce is created in the brewing process. I am quite certain it’s not because you add caramel to the mix.

Oh wait. Except in the case of VH Chinese Soya Sauce.

Compare this with the ingredients of this Kikkoman Soy Sauce. This soy sauce, by the way, can be bought at Costco, where a half-gallon costs less than $5.

Kikkoman Soy Sauce Ingredients

Kikkoman Soy Sauce Ingredients

Notice that the Kikkoman soy sauce has no added sugar, glucose or corn syrup, and contains actual soybeans. It also manages, somehow, to be dark-colored, without any added caramel. Fancy that!

These two sauces also share the same preservative, so I figure it must be a good one. Kikkoman is good enough to tell us that its sauce contains less than 0.1% of it.

One thing that the VH Chinese Soya Sauce has going for it is that it is gluten-free, which I don’t believe the Kikkoman soy sauce is. That being said, if you want to avoid gluten at the cost of ingesting a bunch of corn syrup, glucose and caramel under the guise of ‘soya sauce’, maybe you’ve got other problems.

Enjoy!

Janes’ Lemon Pepper Breaded Cod Fillets at Costco

Since I’ve discovered sushi – and that was a while ago – I tend to like my fish raw, or severely under-cooked, rather than fully cooked. Unfortunately, the rest of my family does not share my enthusiasm, so we occasionally have to eat cooked fish.

Since I feel like I’m ruining fish by cooking it, I sometimes buy frozen, breaded fillets. They are delicious, easy to make and surprisingly healthy. Kind of. My favorites are Janes Lemon Pepper Cod Fillets, uncooked and breaded, which I purchase at Costco in a convenient 1.36 kilogram box.

Janes' Lemon Pepper Cod Fillets at Costco

Janes’ Lemon Pepper Cod Fillets at Costco

Each box claims to contain 10-13 fillets, which in my experience has been quite accurate. I’ve been buying these for years now. Each box costs $13.99, Canadian dollars, at Costco, which means that each fillet costs between $1.07 and $1.39 – roughly.

It’s not the cheapest frozen fish you can get, price-wise, but the quality is definitely there. See that big chunky piece of cod on the box? That’s what the fish actually looks like. It’s not a frozen, breaded fish paste like some other suppliers peddle. This is actual fish, and it tastes good, too.

Costco Janes Lemon Pepper Cod Nutrition Facts

Costco Janes Lemon Pepper Cod Nutrition Facts

For something that comes frozen out of a box, it’s also actually quite healthy. Have a gander at these here nutrition facts.

190 calories per portion is very reasonable, if that’s what you’re counting. I usually eat two, with some rice, to be satisfied.

The box also claims ‘low in saturated fat’, which at 1 gram per portion, is true. In fact, only 15% of your daily fat in a breaded product is pretty good. Thanks to the fish, you also get Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which have been linked to all sorts of benefits, notably for cardiovascular and mental health. I doubt these fillets will make the difference, but it certainly can’t hurt!

There’s also quite a bit of Iron – 8% – and 11 grams of proteins.

Like most prepared foods, sodium is where Janes’ Lemon Pepper Cod Fillets fail: 20% of the daily value in each fillet, which is too high. But they certainly are tasty. Of course, you should not be eating this at every meal. My family and I have this once every two weeks or so, when we have it in the house.

Costco Janes Lemon Pepper Cod Ingredients

Costco Janes Lemon Pepper Cod Ingredients

As you can see by the ingredients list, there is nothing that is patently terrible in the cod fillets. I know that some people have a problem with soy, and I know that modified palm oil can’t be that great. I also realize that it’s not a primary ingredient and that my body can certainly live with a little bit of it.

In conclusion, I am happy to recommend Janes’ Lemon Pepper Cod Fillets, uncooked and breaded, to anyone that’s looking to make a quick, tasty and relatively healthy meal. If you can buy it in Costco-sized packages, all the better!

Kirkland Signature Que Pasa Organic Tortilla Chips: Product Review

As you can certainly guess, I’m a big fan of Kirkland Signature and Costco products. I’m also a big fan of dip.

What do these two things have in common? Well, I tend to see chips of all kinds as a sort of dip delivery system, if you will; I rarely, if ever, eat chips just by themselves. Those are ‘crisps’ for you Brits out there. Weird.

In any case, I am extremely fond of the Krinkle Kut Kirkland Signature chips (you can read my review right here), but despite being less salty and greasy than other chips, they are still quite greasy and salty, and I get tired of them quickly for that reason.

The other day, my dear wife, who also loves dip and salsa, purchased some Tostitos salsa, which I will review here at some other point, as well as the Kirkland Signature Organic Tortilla Chips to go along with it. I’m usually not a huge fan of salsa, but this one was pretty good. The tortilla chips, however, were a true revelation!

Kirkland Signature Que Pasa Organic Tortilla Chips

Kirkland Signature Que Pasa Organic Tortilla Chips

According to the package, they claim to be ‘lightly salted’, which is true. While some chips taste saltier than others, overall they taste just salty enough not to be bland, but nothing overpowering. They are not greasy at all, which is a huge change from my usual Krinkle Kut chips.

The price of the Que Pasa Tortilla Chips varies quite a bit these days, because it is imported from the USA and the value of the Canadian dollar has been fluctuating quite a bit, but I usually purchase a 908 gram bag (2 pounds) for anywhere between $4.99 and $5.99, which in any case is a great price. This particular bag was $5.49, if I recall correctly.

What I enjoy particularly is that these tortilla chips are quite crunchy; you have to leave them in the dip for a long time for them to become soggy. It never comes to that.

These tortilla chips are made of corn flour, obviously, are completly cholesterol-free, trans-fat free and gluten free, and with only 3% of the daily recommended dose of sodium in each portion, you can really pig out. Each portion is a huge 30 chips, too!

For those who care about that stuff, these tortilla chips are organic. Personally, I could not possibly care less, but it can’t hurt, right?

Now obviously those chips are great with salsa, homemade or store-bought, but they are equally delicious with my homemade onion dip, which is quite rich in sour cream, yogurt, sriracha and more. I’ll share the recipe sometime, but not today.

In conclusion, I would recommended having a bag or two of these delicious  Kirkland Signature Que Pasa Organic Tortilla Chips around the house. They are great with any dip you could whip up, as well as salsa, and are a surprisingly guilt-free snack!

Norchem Dishwashing Liquid at Costco: Product Review

You all know how I love a good deal. Not because I’m cheap, mind you, but because I like spending money on important stuff – like my children – rather than on daily necessities. That being said, you still have to have the ‘daily necessities’. They’re not called ‘necessities’ for nothing. You *need* them.

This is why I would like to share with you what is arguably one of the very best deals at my favorite store, Costco. I present to you the Norchem Dishwashing Liquid.

Now it’s not just that this product is incredible; it is just as good or better than any other dish-washing liquid you can buy, such as Palmolive, or whatever. The real difference here is the price. While a single liter of regular dish-washing liquid at the grocery store or general store – i.e. Target, Canadian Tire, can set you back $3 or $4, you get a whopping 10 liters of Norchem Dishwashing Liquid for the low, low price of $8.99!

Norchem Dishwashing Liquid at Costco

Norchem Dishwashing Liquid at Costco

In terms of quality, the Norchem Dishwashing Liquid can stand tall with the big boys of the industry, despite having quite the institutional name and packaging. It smells lemon-fresh, is soft on the hands, to which I can personally attest, having used this for years, and is tough on grease and baked on dirt, as you would expect.

Price-wise, it comes down to 89.9 cents a liter. I’m not certain how long my previous jug lasted, but it’s certainly more than a year. All my pots and pans, cutlery and dishes washed for a year for under $10, that’s *impossible* to beat.

It also is biodegradable and phosphate-free, which I’ll grant you is not huge, since the phosphate-free thing is required by law. We had a rash of crazy blue algae in the lakes around here, and it was found that the phosphates in the water run-off were causing the explosion. No more phosphates, no more blue algae, everyone’s happy and the soap cleans just as well.

If you think that all you could do with your Norchem Dishwashing Liquid was wash dishes, you would be mistaken. In fact, this is where this product really shines! Check out the recommended uses, as printed right on the side of the container!

Norchem Dishwashing Liquid at Costco - Detail

Norchem Dishwashing Liquid at Costco – Detail

So in addition to cleaning your dishes, you can clean your fine jewelry, your car and treated leather, to name only a few of the recommended uses? That’s fantastic, although I’ll admit to not having used my dishwashing liquid for most of these alternative uses. But it’s good to know you can, and that the company is not pushing you into buying a bunch of other products. The only other product I buy for my dishes are the Kirkland Signature Dishwasher Pacs, which I’ve previously reviewed here.

Norchem’s motto seems to be, “we have one product, it cleans everything, and comes in a two-and-a-half gallon monster jug. Use a lot, it’s dirt cheap!

Another great thing about this product is that it is made right here in Canada; it’s not shipped halfway around the globe for me to enjoy. I love the fact that I can support a locally-made product, and that on top of it, it provides me with quality, value and an unbeatable price. If your local Costco carries it, I highly recommend it. If it doesn’t, ask for it; if enough people ask, they’ll start carrying it, believe you me.