I’m at Costco *very* often, as you might have guessed by the recurring theme of this blog, and I’m an absolute sucker for a deal. Especially when it’s a Costco 97 cents deal!
If you don’t know what that is, let me explain: anything at Costco that is priced ending in .97 instead of .49, .79, .99 or anything else is being liquidated. It’s cheap. So I look for prices ending in that denomination quite a bit.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered the Ortocori Grilled (and seasoned) Italian Mushrooms, in Oil, for … $0.97 per jar! That is a super discount. If memory serves, these mushrooms sold for close to $8 a jar at the height of their popularity. So I did what any normal person would do in such a situation.
I bought 8 jars.
Now the thing is, I had never even tasted these mushrooms before buying them. I saw the price, and decided that even should these mushrooms prove to be disgusting, I’d only be less than $10 down.
The verdict: these mushrooms are delicious, and besides citric acid, which is included as an ingredient for conservation purposes, these grilled mushrooms are free of disgusting chemicals. Here are the ingredients:
- White mushrooms
- Sunflower oil
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Wine vinegar
- Citric Acid
- Herbs and Spices
These mushrooms are delicious cold, right out of the jar, and can also be lightly sauteed – no need to add oil! – to be served with a warm dish. One note of caution, however, and my only mildly negative comment about these mushrooms: make sure you drain them carefully before ingesting, as they are thoroughly soaked and dripping of oil. If you eat them too quickly, you’ll rapidly get a nasty “oil overload” feeling. Not the best.
Let me tell you, however, that at this price – 97 cents a jar at Costco – these Ortocori Seasoned Grilled Mushrooms in Oil, made with freshly picked Italian mushrooms, were an absolute steal, and are always a hit when I take them out at dinner parties.