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Kirkland Signature Feta Cheese from Costco: Product Review

It seems that it wasn’t so long ago that the only time I would eat Feta cheese was my father brought our family to our favorite Greek restaurant, Le Coin Grec, on Park Avenue in Montreal. Feta has entered the mainstream of cheeses, such as it is, and now, not only can you find it at Costco, you can even get Kirkland Signature Feta!

But what does Kirkland Signature offer, in terms of Feta quality? How does it compare with genuine Greek feta? Let’s find out!

Kirkland Signature Feta cheese

Kirkland Signature Feta cheese

First off, let’s consider value; Costco’s Kirkland Signature Feta cheese comes in a 1.2 kilogram format, which is quite generous, and costs $12.99, so just about $1.10 per hundred grams. This is quite affordable, and should allow you to spread out Feta to your heart’s desire on pizzas, pasta, salads and more.

What about ingredients? Is this cheese stuffed full of evil and unpronounceable ingredients? I’ll let you see for yourselves:

Kirkland Signature Feta ingredients

Kirkland Signature Feta ingredients

As you can see, there’s nothing bizarre going on here. Of course, it is cheese, and delicious cheese at that, so it is quite rich and tasty, and full of salt, saturated fat and cholesterol. Can’t have everything.

When it comes to texture, the Kirkland Signature Feta cheese is pleasantly situated between the creaminess of Hungarian Feta, and the dryer, more crumbly Greek Feta, which may have something to do with the fact that it’s made from a mixture of cow and goat’s milk. Best of both worlds! I love that it is smooth when I eat a bunch just like that, I enjoy the relative crumbliness in salads and other dishes.

As to taste, Costco’s Feta cheese has everything you could want. It is, of course, quite salty and fatty, no surprises there, but also just tangy enough, without being too aggressive and without tasting like fat. Since Costco brought in this Feta, I’ve had no urge to look for anything else in that department. Of course, I’m still looking for an excuse to buy the 3 kilogram Feta tub, but that’s something else.

Please consult this Wikipedia entry to know more about Feta cheese, it’s appellation and its history, and check out this post to learn more about my other favorite cheese, Parmesan.

Tested Life Hack: Using Vinegar to Reduce Static in the Dryer

Like a lot of people – most people, I would assume – I’ve been using dryer sheets to get rid of static in the dryer. In addition, these dryer sheets gave my laundry a pleasant, fresh smell. I’ve been using Bounce and the Kirkland Signature equivalent for years.

One of my colleagues brought to my attention the fact that dryer sheets are full of nasty chemicals, and that I’d be better off without them. Courtesy of HealthyLivingHowTo, here’s a list of the disgusting stuff you can expect to find in a typical dryer sheet:

  • Alpha-Terpineol causes central nervous system disorders. Can also cause loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, and headache.
  • Benzyl Alcohol causes central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, central nervous system depression, and, in severe cases, death.
  • Camphor on the US EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Central nervous system stimulant, causes dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles, and convulsions.
  • Chloroform on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Neurotoxic and carcinogenic.
  • Ethyl Acetate on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Narcotic. May cause headaches and narcosis (stupor).
  • Linalool causes central nervous system disorders. Narcotic. In studies of animals, it caused ataxic gait (loss of muscular coordination), reduced spontaneous motor activity, and depression.
  • Pentane causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapours causes central nervous system depression.

None of that is particularly appealing, and most of it is downright scary! After our last box of dryer sheets was done, my wife and I started looking for alternatives.

We tried a ball of foil in the dryer, which sort of worked, except that you’re always looking for said ball of foil. We ended up having little foil balls all over the house, which was kind of annoying, and you don’t want to always be looking for it when you need it.

My colleague, who’s a little bit of a hippie, had told me that you shouldn’t use anything to wash your clothes that you wouldn’t put in your mouth, and told me about using vinegar to replace the laundry detergent. While I wasn’t quite ready for that, research revealed that using a half-cup of vinegar in your laundry would help break down the laundry detergent, and soften your clothes as well. I decided to give it a shot.

What I do is put about half the laundry detergent I used to use, or half of what’s recommended by the company, and about a half cup of vinegar directly on the clothes before starting the washing machine. I let the cycle run its course, then transfer the damp clothes or towels to the dryer.

That’s it. Nothing else to add.

The clothes come out of the dryer completely static-free, without the dryer sheet health hazard, and without relatively effective but incredibly annoying balls of foil.

Allen's Pure White Vinegar at Costco

Allen’s Pure White Vinegar at Costco

I can get about 10 liters of Allen’s Pure White Vinegar at Costco for about 5 dollars. Assuming you don’t use the vinegar for anything else, that means you can get about 80 loads worth of laundry done with it, for a price per load of about 6-7 pennies. It’s more expensive than dryer sheets, for sure – Kirkland Signature ones are about 2 pennies each – but what you spend in dollars you get back in knowing you’re not putting all sort of nasty chemicals on your body.

Of course, please make sure to use only pure white vinegar, not balsamic vinegar, or your clothes may come out a little worse for wear, stained and smelling like a salad.

Using vinegar to reduce static in the dryer works very well, and I’ve been doing it for about a month now. I’m never going back to nasty dryer sheets, and I encourage everyone to do the same and unless you really, really overdo it on the vinegar, your clothes will only smell freshly laundered, not like salt-and-vinegar chips.

Let me know of your experiences in the comments, if you have other alternatives or any other hacks you feel I should try, I look forward to hearing from you and learning new things!

Kirkland Signature Clear Trash Bags: Product Review

Another beautiful, colorful fall, another millions leaves on my yard, another interminable chore of gathering up said leaves. One of the joys of being a homeowner. Every year, my wife and I – disclaimer: mostly my wife – start the task of raking up the leaves with less than full enthusiasm. We gather them in monster piles, which are fun for the kids. After they’ve had their fun, we shove the leaves in bags and leave them on the side of the road for the Fall Fairy to collect as an offering to ensure her bounty. Either that or the city collects ’em. Whichever is first, I guess.

For that task, I am happy to use Kirkland Signature Clear Trash Bags. They are available at Costco, in one size only, in a box of 60 bags, that cost $12.99. This translates to a per-bag cost of 21.65 cents, or between four and five bags to the dollar. Considering that I need about 20 bags per year to complete the operation, this is a pretty good deal.

Kirkland Signature Clear Trash Bags

Kirkland Signature Clear Trash Bags

Now, on to the bags themselves. They measure 31 inches by 45.5 inches, which is a standard size for garbage bags. They are completely transparent, letting the city (or the Fall Fairy) know that you are not sneaking in some household garbage along with your leaves. Naughty boy.

In terms of resistance, drum liners they are not, but will hold up to leaves and the occasional twigs. Bigger branches will poke through the bag, but it is resilient enough not to tear further if a whole has been poked in it.

The Kirkland Signature Clear Trash Bags feature the ‘Smart Tie Closure’ system, which means that the bags are really easy to tie shut. I don’t understand why every garbage bag doesn’t offer this functionality. It’s not much, but it makes a massive difference in regards to how much you can pack the bag before having to close it, saving me time and money.

Since this is a Kirkland Signature product, you can only get it at Costco, but I honestly don’t understand why you would shop anywhere else for that kind of products. Just buying this kind of stuff – all the essentials, really – at Costco more than pays for your membership.

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin: Product Review

When my wife and I started thinking about having a second child, it became important to take our health, and our baby’s possible health seriously. Our doctor recommended, among other things, that my wife take a Prenatal Multivitamin. Now that our daughter is among us, my wife continues to take the same multivitamin, as it is recommended for breastfeeding mothers as well as expectant ones. The last bottle we had was branded Materna, however my friendly Costco pharmacist assured me that the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin contains exactly the same thing.

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin

During pregnancy, the mother’s stores of vitamins and minerals are heavily solicited, as the growing baby requires a lot of these to… well, grow. Taking a prenatal multivitamin helps maintain the mother’s health by ensuring that she doesn’t run out of these essential nutrients herself.

For example, many mothers report having teeth issues during and after pregnancy, such as pain, decay and cavities; this is caused by the fact that the growing baby is leeching the calcium to grow its bones directly from the mother’s bones and teeth, as not enough is available elsewhere. An easy way to avoid this is by taking a calcium supplement. Don’t forget the magnesium.

Taking a prenatal multivitamin can also help ensure the health of the baby, by helping reduce the risks of neural tube defects, the most well-known of which is Spina Bifida. Here are the active ingredients and components of the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamins. Feel free to compare them to more expensive vitamins.

  • Beta Carotene- 1500 mcg
  • Vitamin A – 300 mcg RAE
  • Vitamin E – 13.5 mg ATE
  • Vitamin C – 85 mg
  • Folate (folic acid) – 1000 mcg
  • Vitamin B1 – 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin B2 – 1.4 mg
  • Niacinamide – 18 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 1.9 mcg
  • Vitamin B12 – 2.6 mcg
  • Vitamin D3 – 10 mcg
  • Biotin – 30 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid – 6 mg

And now, for the minerals:

  • Calcium – 250 mg
  • Magnesium – 50 mg
  • Iodine – 220 mcg
  • Iron – 27 mg
  • Copper – 1000 mcg
  • Zinc – 7.5 mg
  • Chromium – 30 mcg
  • Manganese – 2 mg
  • Molybdenum – 50 mcg
  • Selenium – 30 mcg

For those of you who’d rather check out the label, here it is; I trust that I’ve reproduced it faithfully and more legibly above!

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Vitamins active ingredients

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Vitamins active ingredients

Now that we’ve established that the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin contains exactly the same thing as the brand-name Materna, which was confirmed by a pharmacist, what about price?

Once again, Costco comes through: the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin costs only $8.79 (plus tax) for 300 tablets, for a minuscule price of $0.0293 (less than 3 pennies) per tablet. That’s pretty cheap for something that’s important to the health of my wife and my child. Just for comparison, the Materna costs about $18 per bottle, for less tablets, and so is about 3 times more expensive, in real terms. It’s still not much when you’re talking about health, but why throw money out the windows?

Kirkland Signature Trail Mix: Product Review

As far as my wife is concerned, going on a trip anywhere in the car is an occasion to eat snacks. If there are no snacks, it will be a very unpleasant situation for all involved. I kept that fact in mind as I was planning our latest trip, a five-hour car trip to visit family in Toronto. On my last visit to Costco before leaving, I picked up a bag of Kirkland Signature Trail Mix, for $12.99. Here are our impressions.

Kirkland Signature Trail Mix

Kirkland Signature Trail Mix, Item number 34806

As you can see from the picture of the bag, as well as that of the ingredients (just below), the ingredients are peanuts, M&M- brand candies, raisins, almonds and cashews, in that order. I find it quite impressive that the M&Ms are so far up the list, in other brands they are few and far between .

Kirkland Signature Trail Mix Ingredients

Kirkland Signature Trail Mix Ingredients

Of course, when you put raisins, almonds and cashews in your trail mix, it’s no surprise that M&Ms come out as just about the cheapest ingredient, and you put a lot in. That says a lot about other brands, where M&Ms are rare.

Kirkland Signature Trail Mix Nutrition Facts

Kirkland Signature Trail Mix Nutrition Facts

The Kirkland Signature Trail Mix boasts an almost perfect balance of sweet and salty components. The sweet M&Ms and raisins are nicely balanced by the salty peanuts, almonds and cashews, and I can assure you that they are easy to eat by the handful.

When it comes to nutrition, I must admit that I am a little annoyed. The bag is labeled in weight – 1.36 kilograms – while the nutrition information is calculated by volume, in milliliters. Have a look at the fact sheet. There is no comfortable way of calculating how many servings are in a bag, short of measuring out the number of cups of Trail Mix are in the bag, and multiplying by 3. Let’s say that I eat this in 100-gram portions, which means that there are 13.6 portions per bag, and each of them costs 95 cents.

What I can absolutely share with you, is that 1/3 of a cup really isn’t that much, and I can easily eat several servings in one go. That’s kind of the point of driving food. The good news is that you’ll get 9 grams of proteins per serving, and there are no trans fats in Costco’s Trail Mix. Also, there is surprisingly little salt, considering the ingredients list.

The bad news is that there is plenty of both fat and sugar, which is great if you’re out there hiking it out on the trail, not so awesome when you’re driving a minivan full of wife and kids and luggage and noise.

Overall, I would gladly recommend Costco’s Kirkland Signature Trail Mix. Despite its lack of candied fruits, which are a personal favorite, it is composed of expensive, quality ingredients, just as you would expect from any Kirkland Signature products, and it’s made in the USA. You can buy and eat this with confidence!

Kirkland Signature Moisture Conditioner: Product Review

I have very little hair, and whatever hair I have, I keep extremely short. Nothing looks sadder than a balding man with long hair. Just terrible. Horrible. Now I’m trying to wipe that image from my mind, and failing. For that reason, I don’t use a lot of conditioner, it just seems like a waste. For the purpose of this product review, I’ve actually used it, and asked my wife, whose hair is much more substantial than mine, her opinion about the Kirkland Signature Moisture Conditioner, which we purchased at Costco.

Kirkland Signature Moisture Conditioner at Costco

Kirkland Signature Moisture Conditioner at Costco

Just like the Kirkland Signature Moisture Shampoo, also from Costco, the Moisture Conditioner is made with ‘pure organic extracts’, and boasts the following:

  • Sulfate-free
  • 100 % Vegan
  • Paraben-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Is Hypoallergenic
  • Tested by dermatologists
  • Not tested on animals

Of course, that’s just what the package says, and they’re in the business of selling conditioner. So what do the ingredients say? Let’s find out!

Kirkland Signature Moisture Conditioner Ingredients

Kirkland Signature Moisture Conditioner Ingredients

In all honesty, this is all Greek to me. Actually, it’s worse than Greek, since I can actually understand at least a few words of Greek.

Just like the Shampoo, this Kirkland Signature Conditioner is ‘Made in Canada’, which is nice, and in a nod to its origins, even contains a hint of maple sugar extract! It’s true, read the ingredients!

That being said, my wife is quite happy with the conditioner; when I asked her what she liked – or disliked – about it, she told me that she enjoyed the smell, and that it left her hair ‘silky smooth’ and easy to comb and brush. Moreover, the large pump on the top of the bottle is a nice touch, since you can use it without having to handle the bottle, which is enormous, Costco-style.

Speaking of which, we got a great price on this conditioner. We bought two bottles of 1 liter each of Kirkland Signature Moisture Conditioner for $13.99, or 69 cents per 100 ML. This is really a hard to beat price.

In conclusion, I would be happy to recommend the Kirkland Signature Moisture Conditioner; it is a perfect companion to the Made in Canada shampoo, performs exactly as it should and rinses easily. Click here if you would like to know more about the history of hair conditioner.

UPDATE – June 16th, 2015 – It seems that as Baxter noted, this product is now inactive. They tell me it will probably come back at some point, but it might be 6 weeks or 6 months or anything else in between. Thankfully, I still have tons!

Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise at Costco: Product Review

As my until-recently expanding waistline will be happy to attest to, I’m a big fan of mayonnaise; It is the standard for a lot of my burgers, and we use it a lot in some summer dishes, such as potato and chick pea medleys, macaroni salads, fake crab and many other things. I know it’s not the best for me, but there you have it. Until recently, however, I thought that our big jars of Costco mayonnaise lasted a really long time. It was interesting to write the date I opened the last jar right on the lid so that I could finally quantify my enjoyment, so to speak. It turns out that our last jar of Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise didn’t last quite that long! Maybe we’ve been cooking more. Especially burgers.

Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise

Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise

The standard by which all mayonnaise is judged is, of course, Hellmann’s. We’re talking about commercial here, not home-made. That’s a topic for another day. Now I’m not claiming to be a mayonnaise expert, although I do eat a lot of it, but as far as I can tell, and by going through a whole bunch of huge jars of mayo, is that the Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise and the Hellmann’s taste exactly the same. Same taste, same texture, same everything. Just like it came out of the same factory. Hmmm. I’m not saying it did, I don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it had. The only difference is the price.

The current price for a 1.9 liter jar of Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise is $5.49, Canadian currency, no taxes. The going rate for a very similar jar of Hellmann’s is about $7.49 to $7.99, or $2 more. Doesn’t seem like much, but for something that costs less than $10, the difference is huge.

Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise Ingredients

Like most Kirkland Signature products, the Real Mayonnaise lives up to its name and doesn’t have too much terrible or unpronounceable ingredients, which is always a relief. Not to say it’s good for you. Here are the ingredients, in order of importance:

  • Canola Oil
  • Liquid Whole Eggs and Liquid Egg Yolk
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Spices
  • Concentrated Lemon Juice
  • Calcium Disodium Edta
  • Citric Acid

The only thing of concern here is the Calcium Disodium EDTA, which is used to prevent air from spoiling the mayonnaise if you leave the jar open for a long time, or just keep it in the fridge for very long. It is, after all, quite a large jar. This chemical compound is quite toxic when consumed in high amounts, but there’s not much of it in the mayo. Still, something to consider.

The Verdict on Real Mayonnaise

Ok, I’ve considered it. I’m still eating the Real Mayonnaise.

Costco claims that this mayonnaise is 100% made with free range eggs, which I guess is true if they print it on the packaging, but I have a hard time imagining all those millions of chickens running around just to supply the eggs for the Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise.

Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise Nutrition Facts

Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise Nutrition Facts

When it comes to nutrition, the Real Mayonnaise is about what you’d expect; 90 calories per tablespoon, which is a lot, but the main ingredients are oil and eggs, so no surprise there, and there is a relatively low amount of saturated fat, which is good. There is, however, some cholesterol, and you should look elsewhere for your proteins.

Overall, pretty good!

The last jar I bought, and which I just finished, was opened on the 4th of March of this year, 2015, and I finished it last night, June 3rd, so it lasted me exactly 91 days. The jar of mayo cost me $5.49, for a total mayonnaise cost of 6 pennies per day, more or less. Considering that I feel like I ate a lot of mayo, and never held back, I consider this a very low cost condiment and an excellent purchase. 

To be fair, even if I had bought the Hellmann’s mayonnaise, the cost for a similar period of time would only have been 8.7 pennies a day, hardly an expense to break the bank. What you really have to consider is when you buy mayonnaise anywhere else than at Costco, which is where the real expenses start piling up, as Costco is easily half the price of other retailers for this product.

What is certain is that I’m going to keep purchasing the Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise at Costco, so long as it tastes the same as Hellmann’s, and is cheaper. The few dollars I save there, and on countless other things, more than justify the price of my membership at Costco.

Kirkland Signature Boxer Briefs: Product Review

This review will be shorter than my previous one about my Urban Star Jeans, for the simple reason that there is less to say. I’ve been wearing Kirkland Signature Cotton Stretch Fabric Boxer Briefs for a long time, and they are, by far, the best quality underwear I’ve ever bought, owned or used.

Kirkland Signature Boxer Briefs

Kirkland Signature Boxer Briefs

I thought about writing a review for them as I was recently moved to renew my stock of boxers, something that happens periodically.

I purchased this pack of 4 Kirkland Signature Boxer Briefs at Costco, where else, for the price of $11.99, plus applicable taxes, which means that each pair of boxers costs $2.99.

There are several reasons why these are my favorite underwear. First of all, they are extremely durable. Not only is the fabric itself very though and resistant, the elastic waistband is very durable and will keep its stretching power through countless washes and many weight loss and weight gains.

Secondly, they are incredibly comfortable. This is based on several factors. The fabric itself is 95% cotton and 5% Spandex, meaning that it is quite stretchy, yet soft and warm. The cut is form-fitting and supportive, and the lack of labels and flat seams greatly contribute to a chaffing-free boxer experience.

I often need to walk a lot for my job – sometimes as much as 10 to 15 miles a day as counted by my cellphone – and when I do, I always make sure I am wearing the Kirkland Signature Boxer Briefs, as they are my only underwear that will not ride up, or down, under this constant movement. This means much less possibility of chaffing and a generally much more pleasant experience.

I know that the old ‘boxers or briefs’ question is quite existential. I find loose boxers very uncomfortable, but that’s just me. I find that the Kirkland Signature Cotton Stretch Fabric Cotton Boxer Briefs offer some of the very best value at Costco. You can get years of comfort for $11.99, or 3 bucks a boxer brief. That’s hard to beat.

  • Item name: Kirkland Signature Boxer Briefs
  • Available at: Costco
  • Price: $11.99 for a 4-pack
  • Country of Origin: Cambodia
  • PROS: Extremely durable, very affordable and supremely comfortable
  • CONS: None, unless you prefer loose boxers
  • THE VERDICT: Stock up!

Kirkland Signature Minced California Garlic: Product Review

There are some things that one should always have in their kitchen, if they’re planning on cooking anything else than Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Olive oil is one such obvious ingredient that you can’t be without. Onions are another, and if you like stuff that tastes good, then garlic should also be at the top of the list. I personally prefer fresh, local garlic over anything else, but there is a problem with that.

First of all, fresh local garlic is only available a few months a year here. Second, it’s is *dreadfully* expensive. Ridiculously so. So much I may never buy it again, on principle.

I therefore have to rely on what the grocery store offers, and generally speaking, it’s cheap Chinese garlic. Don’t get me wrong, it does the job, but California garlic is much tastier, and the bulbs are bigger. Better quality, overall, and it hasn’t traveled as far to get to my table. When I run out of “fresh” Chinese or California garlic, or when I’m feeling to lazy to cut and prepare it, I’m happy to fall back on Kirkland Signature Minced California Garlic, available only at Costco.

Kirkland Signature Minced California Garlic

Kirkland Signature Minced California Garlic (item #581871 at Costco)

Now, let me get one thing straight right away: garlic that comes in a jar, even if it’s from Costco and bears the Kirkland Signature name, does *not* taste exactly like fresh garlic.

I usually would not use this type of garlic in a recipe that calls for raw, or uncooked garlic, as the taste will not be the same. The exception I make to this rule is my famous oil and garlic pasta, and I think it’s only because I’ve gotten used to the taste.

Overall, the Kirkland Signature Minced California Garlic tastes very … garlicky … although it is not nearly as strong and biting as actual raw garlic, not by a long shot. If you didn’t much care about having a social life, or friends, or talking to people in person, you could eat this garlic by the spoonful, something that would prove difficult for most people with fresh raw garlic.

The ingredients in the Minced California Garlic as simple: garlic, water and citric acid, which is used as a conservation agent. This gives the garlic a citrus-like after taste, which is not unpleasant but mostly disappears when the garlic is cooked.

My favorite use for this type of garlic is to include it in cooked recipe. When I’m in a rush, and the recipe calls for a few cloves a garlic, and they’re going to cook, I usually reach for my Kirkland Signature Minced Garlic. Quick, tasty and easy. That’s the ticket.

In terms of value, Costco is practically giving this stuff away. I bought a 1.36 kilogram jar of Minced California Garlic for the price of $5.79, Canadian dollars. According to the information on the jar, 2.5 ml, or half a teaspoon of the stuff, represents 1 clove of garlic. A quick, approximate calculation, and I say approximate since the jar is labeled by weight, in kilograms, and the equivalent is in volume, in mL. Thanks to the magic of the metric system, we can calculate that there are approximately the equivalent of 544 cloves of garlic in this jar.

This is a *lot*, and if we were to buy this much garlic, fresh and from California, it would cost a heck of a lot more than $5.79.

Here is the run-down of the information you need about this product:

  • Name: Kirkland Signature Minced California Garlic
  • Available at: Costco, Amazon (more expensive)
  • Price: $5.79 (in Canada)
  • Volume: 1.36 kilograms (3 pounds or 48 ounces)
  • Price per serving (5 grams): $0.0212 (2.1 pennies)
  • Provenance: United States

I don’t think you can buy garlic for that cheap, anywhere. While this Minced California Garlic is not a 100% substitute for the real thing, it works quite well as an occasional replacement and can last over a year (in the refrigerator) once opened. I heartily recommend it to anyone.

Kirkland Signature Unpasteurized Liquid Honey 2 x 750g

I love having honey in my kitchen, not only because I can use it in various recipes and dips, but also for the simple, honest reason that I love to smear it on my toasts in the morning. My wife thinks I exaggerate, but there is no such thing when it comes to toast. I enjoy my toast with butter or margarine, peanut putter and of course, a generous helping of honey. With Kirkland Signature’s Unpasteurized Liquid Honey, available at Costco in 2 jars of 750 grams each, I can indulge at a very affordable price.

First off, let’s talk value. Costco’s Kirkland Signature Liquid Honey costs $11.49 for 2 bear-shaped jars of 750 grams each. Despite it being liquid, honey is still sold by weight rather than volume, but whatever. That translates to 1.5 kilograms for $11.49, or 76.6 cents per hundred grams. Compare, if you will, the prices for honey at Amazon.ca (in Canadian dollars) and at Amazon.com (in US dollars) and be amazed at the savings!

Kirkland Signature Unpasteurized Honey (2x750g)

Kirkland Signature Unpasteurized Honey (2x750g). Those bears look cute.

Let’s be clear, 76.6 cents per hundred gram of pure, liquid honey, made in Canada, not Argentina, is a fantastic deal, but how’s the honey? It has to be good!

Honestly, I love honey, and I haven’t yet met a honey that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. I’m talking about pure honey here, not strange mixes. This honey is the real deal and is absolutely delicious, on toast, in a recipe, in a hot beverage or even just like that, with a spoon. I know some people believe that all honey sold in big  stores is Chinese junk, but I don’t believe Costco would endanger their name over honey.

For what it’s worth, each bottle has a “True Source Certified” logo, and nothing on the packaging indicates that this is anything but pure, delicious, Canadian honey. The honey tastes right, and I trust Costco so there you have it! For those curious about the pasteurization process, you can read more right here.

So far I’m very happy with my purchase of Kirkland Signature Unpasteurized Honey at Costco. I’ve written the purchase date and price on the bottles so I’ll be able to post a cost-per-day update in the future.