ReaLemon Lemon Juice at Costco: Product Review

Since I shop quite a bit at Costco, I’ve taken the habit to note, right on the products, the date I bought them, and the price I paid. This allows me to make sure that I get my money’s worth. I get some interesting surprises, but none more than the ReaLemon 100% Lemon Juice bottles I got at Costco.

Costco ReaLemon Juice

Costco ReaLemon Juice

To be honest – and why be anything else – I didn’t write on the bottles the price I paid, or the date, however, the expiration date on the second bottle is May 27th, 2013. This is over a year and a half ago.

I try to keep an updated Costco shopping list, adding to it products I need to renew. I saw that our bottle of Lemon Juice, in the fridge, was almost done, so I was about to add it to the list.

That’s when I noticed, lurking in the pantry, my lemon juice bottle’s twin! We had only consumed one of the bottles, not two, and our Costco savings could proceed unimpeded!

A little over the top, I know. But it’s fun to save money. I don’t remember how much I paid for those two bottle back then, but the price for the same thing is, these days, around $6.

Let’s say I got the bottle about a year before the expiration date, May 27th, 2012. Today is the 26th of January, 2015. So a span of 978 days.

Costco ReaLemon Juice Expiration Date

Still good, right?

I’ve probably had these bottles for longer, but never mind that for now.

Each bottle contains 945 ml of lemon juice, or just under a liter. The cost per 100 ml, based on today’s price, is 31.74 pennies. Let’s say 32.

Conservatively speaking, my real cost for non-fresh but still all-natural lemon juice is as little as 0.6 pennies a day, and that’s only using *one* of the two bottles. This figure will most certainly go down as I keep using the second bottle.

As you can certainly tell by now, I don’t use a crazy amount of lemon juice. I have a few recipes and vinaigrettes I do occasionally that call for it, but that’s it. So I pay less than 1 penny a day – probably less that 0.3 by the time the second bottle is done – for all the lemon juice I can use.

Costco’s ReaLemon Lemon Juice, made from concentrates, contains the following ingredients:

  • Water
  • Concentrated Lemon Juice
  • Sulphites
  • Lemon Oil

Lemon juice used to be carried by long-haul sailing ships to prevent scurvy in sailors, because of the impossibility of keeping fresh fruits and vegetables for long period on board. The point is that Lemon juice *keeps*.

Despite the fact that this product expired almost a year and a half ago, I’ll be more than happy to use it and keep saving money.

In conclusion, Costco’s ReaLemon Lemon Juice, made from concentrate, was an excellent purchase, and I look forward to when I can buy another one and write the date on it! I’ve gotten a lot of value from this format, and would happily recommend it to anyone.

If you want to read an example of how I calculate my daily item costs, please check out this article about Folger’s Coffee, and for more information about the wonders of lemon juice, follow this link.

Please note that if I open the second bottle, and it’s completely gross and unusable, I will be happy to review this article, state the facts, and close off my costs at 0.6 pennies a day for lemon juice. It is still acceptable!

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