I want to start out this month's food finds post with a question -
Is Costco a good place to buy organic?
We are going to answer that question through this post as we take a look at some organic offerings available at Costco.
I have actually already done a blog post on organic produce available at Costco. You can check it out here. But let me share with you a few organic produce finds from my April trip to Costco.
Organic Strawberries | $5.99 for 2 pounds | 512515
Whenever I think of organic foods I always come back to Whole Foods Market. They deserve credit for making organic more mainstream. So let me compare the price of organic strawberries at Costco to what Whole Foods sells them for.
I can tell you that if you are paying $5.99 at Whole Foods for strawberries you are getting only 1 pound, not 2. On a rare occasion at the right time of year you might find them at Whole Foods for $3 for a pound but that's not the norm.
Organic Baby Bella Mushrooms | $5.49 for 24oz | 121288
Organic White Mushrooms | $4.99 for 24oz | 113523
First off, does it even matter if your mushrooms are organic? There are mixed opinions on that.
One school of thought is that they are porous so they would absorb pesticides. But how many pesticides are really getting onto the mushrooms to begin with? A lot of mushrooms that we eat are grown in indoors not outside.
But this is all a mute point in some ways as all I see at my Costco is organic mushrooms.
Baby Bella mushrooms are also called cremini mushrooms. They actually are smaller, less mature portabella mushrooms.
Organic Green Beans | $5.99 for 2 lbs | 910270
The organic green beans that Costco sells come in a bag and they are already snipped, so you don't need to cut them before cooking. You really don't see organic beans too often sold in bulk at other stores, so this is probably the best deal you are going to get on them unless you hit up a local farmer's market in season.
Organic Medjool Dates | $10.99 for 2 lbs | 370586
Dates ave gown in popularity over the last decade as being are looking for a more natural way to sweeten foods. Medjool dates are now for having a rich flavor and soft texture.
We like to chop them up and add them to granola bars or balls.
Organic Ground Turkey | 3-1 lbs for $14.99 | 36886
A favorite at Costco is the ground turkey.
I love it for a good turkey burger. If you have ever been turned off by turkey burgers that were dry and flavorless, you need to check out my Ramped Up Turkey Burger recipe. It's perfect for the spring time.
Organic Ground Beef | 4 pounds for $19.99 | 598881
When it comes to organic beef at Costco, the only thing I have ever found is ground beef. It comes in a pack of 4, so you can easily freeze it.
Since this beef is organic, the cows are not feed any genetically modified foods. Here is the full list of requirements for organic beef from the USDA.
- Produced without genetic engineering, use of ionizing radiation or sewage sludge"
- Allowed continuous access to the outdoors except in specific conditions such as inclement weather
- Fed feed and raised on land that meets all organic crop production standards
- Never receive antibiotics
- Never receive growth hormones
- Never receive prohibited substances such as urea, manure, or arsenic-containing compounds
- Managed organically from last third of gestation onward
Amylu Organic Maple Chicken Sausage Links | $13.99 for 32oz | 990894
Amylu is pretty good at sausage making. Their Sugarhouse maple sausage is perfect to have for your morning breakfast. Great for those that have an aversion to pork.
Organic Creamery Co-jack Cheese Slices | $8.59 for 24oz | 634210
For the most part, Costco only carries the one type of organic cheese. it's Co-jack cheese slices. If you are going to pick up some of that ground beef or turkey mentioned above that this is the cheese you want to go with it to keep it all organic.
There are many items in the grocery department that are organic at Costco. I have talked about their big jugs of maple syrup before that are organic and a great value. Let me share a couple more.
Great River Organic AP Flour | 10lbs for $6.49 | 1139074
If you want to do some organic baking you can get a big 10 pound bag of all-purpose flour at Costco. Great River Organic Flour is milled in the upper Mississippi River area of Wisconsin.
Garofolo Organic Pasta | 6-17.6oz bags for $8.99 | 993449
Organic or not this pasta is a great deal. It comes out to be less than a $1 a bag. the bags themselves are 1.6 oz larger than the standard 16oz bags most pasta comes in.
Its made with organic durum wheat flour and that's it. No added ingredients.
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