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Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil at Costco: Product Review

While most of my Costco reviews tend to be glowing, this one will not. It will be tempered by sadness and disappointment. I’m a big fan of trying new things, and by and large, this is an attitude that has served me well, both for food and in my life in general. I was happy to find Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil at a severe discount at my local Costco; I believe the selling price was $4.97 (maybe a dollar more or less), and the original price was about $15, if memory serves. Thank God I didn’t do like I did with the grilled mushrooms and buy 8 jars!

Suzie's Organic Red Palm Oil

Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil

According to Dr. Oz and many other specialists, the wonders of virgin, organic red palm oil cannot be discounted; in fact, red palm oil looks like the Second Coming. That being said, some other people take into account the massive deforestation that takes place to satiate the world’s red palm oil appetite, and it’s not pretty.

Whether you believe the nutritional benefits of red palm oil, or think it’s just another gimmick being pushed by unscrupulous charlatans is up to you. The only thing I can share is that my jar of Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil, a product of Ecuador, tasted so disgusting that I threw it away after taking the picture above.

Suzie's Organic Red Palm Oil Nutrition Facts

Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil Nutrition Facts

I know that all oils come with an expiration date, even if said date is not printed on the container. The red palm oil I got is so rancid and disgusting I can’t use it for anything.

Now, just to be clear, I’ve never had virgin red palm oil before, except of course in just about every processed meal I’ve ever eaten. But I’ve never had it just like that, a big spoonful to cook in, like margarine.

Imagine my surprise when the time came to start cooking! I put a spoonful in the pan, and waited for it to get hot, only to find a unpleasant odor emanating from the oil! I had no idea what to expect, so I used the oil a few times after that, but I came to the conclusion that at the very least, my jar or Organic Red Palm Oil was super rancid.

I didn’t leave it out in the sun, I stored it according to the specifications on the box, in a cool, dry place, and it was like that the day I brought it back from Costco.

I know that Costco has an incredible return policy, and they would have happily taken it back, but I would have felt bad returning something I used and only paid a few dollars for, so to the garbage it goes. It’s really unfortunate that I got a bad jar; red palm oil seems like something that I would enjoy, and Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil, at Costco’s ridiculously low bargain price, seemed like a great deal. If it comes back, and goes on liquidation again, maybe I’ll give it another try, and go for a non-rancid jar this time.

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!