Eat Like No One Else is going green (no I am not working on a laptop powered by the sun!)
Like we always do this time of year.
It's our annual pot o'gold at the end of the rainbow we call our St. Patrick's Day edition of Costco Food Finds.
All your favorites are here - corned beef, Irish cheese, Bangers, Kerrygold Butter....
Even if you don't care about St. Patrick's Day, you will after reading this month's food finds.
What is the Price of Corned Beef at Costco?
Of course we have to start with Corned beef. It is synonymous with St. Patrick's Day (check out this post to find out why).
You have two options when it comes to corned beef, you can buy one that has already been pickled or you can buy brisket and make "corn it" yourself.
|Paddy O'Neill's Flat Cut Corned Beef||$4.49/lb||31798|
|USDA Choice Flat Cut Brisket||$6.49/lb||76224|
|USDA Prime Whole Brisket||$3.29/lb||44816|
Paddy O'Neill's is the brand that my Costco is carrying this year. They have carried Sy Ginsberg in the past. This kind of corned beef has already been "pickled" and comes with a spice pack. I personally like more spices than those small packs provide so I would add a little spice of my own when cooking. Go big or go home.
Making Your Own Corned Beef
You can make corned beef yourself without having to buy an already packaged brisket. It starts with selecting a brisket.
Costco offers two choices - Flat Cut or Whole Brisket, they don't have a point cut option. Flat cut tends to be leaner than point. Whole brisket is both flat and point cuts.
The Whole Brisket is a much better value and it's USDA Prime Beef. A whole brisket will run you around $40-45. The flat cut brisket that is USDA Choice Beef is running right around the same price. If you got the freezer space you can cut up the whole brisket and save some for later. That is my recommendation.
If you are in a hurry, I have a method to Quickly Brine Corned Beef that will still turn out delicious results.
Nuovo Shamrock Ravioli | $9.79 for 2-20oz packages | 1205033
We always buy these every year. My son loves them. I love the texture of these, especially when you pan fry them.
We had the heart shaped ones for Valentines' Day and cut up some for my 11 month old. She loved it! So we are going to have the shamrock ones for her birthday on Sunday.
Check out my recipe for these Shamrock Ravioli that I created a few years ago.
Irish Style Bangers
Amylu Style Irish Bangers | $6.89 for 32oz | 570243
Another staple in our house every St. Patrick's Day. These bangers are what we are actually going to have on St. Patrick's Day since I am testing out some new corned beef recipes before hand (spoiler alert Instant Pot Corned Beef!)
What Irish Cheeses Does Costco Sell?
This year I found 3 different cheeses from Ireland at Costco
|Irish Cheddar w/Murphy's Stout||$7.69 for .88lbs ($8.74/lb)||1233363|
|Cahill Balintuber w/Crunchy Chives||$8.99/lb||11583|
Kerrygold Dubliner is available year round but is worth mentioning still. It's a sharp, not too sharp cheddar cheese with a good flavor. It's a cheese that has wide appeal, so it's definitely worth having on St. Patrick's day.
The other two cheeses are honestly not my thing at all. If you have had either one, please leave a comment below sharing your opinion.
Kerrygold Irish Butter | $10.99 for 1.5 lbs | 1172471
It would not be St. Patrick's Day without Kerrygold butter. It is the best.
It's made from grass fed milk and has a more yellow color to it. If you have never had anything but the grocery store brand or Land O' Lakes Butter than you are going to be in for a treat when you try Kerrygold. At least buy it for St. Patrick's Day, it will change your life.
We love to spread it on homemade Irish soda bread. Speaking of soda bread...
Dried Fruit for Soda Bread
You can buy soda bread at Costco for your St. Patrick's Day meal. Making it yourself would be so much better. It's one of the easiest breads to make, so if you are reading YOU can do it! You don't need to have it rise like a yeast bread. Soda bread is hard to screw up.
People like to put dried fruit in their soda bread. Raisins are the obvious choice. But you know how we do it around here, we don't go with the obvious choice. Try using dried tart cherries instead. I think they have better flavor.
That's a wrap. I hope you have a fantastic St. Patrick's day!
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