Saturday, October 18, 2014

Trader Joe's Product Reviews

Trader Joe's is probably the grocery store we frequent the most, and we've done a lot of reviews of products we've purchased there. Part of the reason we write the reviews is to remember what we've tried and whether or not we want to buy it again. At this point, we've tried so many things (and written about just some of them) that sometimes we've completely forgotten that we had something and then buy it again. To try to avoid repurchasing stuff we don't like, it seemed like the right time to just make a "master list" of our reviews.

Our favorite TJ's store in the area... Not sure we've ever seen it as empty as it was in the first month of its existence (when we took these photos)

As for the symbols, a + means we really loved it and most likely have already bought it again, so it's one of our favorite items. There's a bunch of them but we like a lot of stuff there! The - means we really disliked something. There aren't as many of those (lukewarm doesn't merit a -), but the ones that do have it are things we really will never buy again (unless dramatically reformulated). Doesn't mean they're absolutely horrible for everyone - different people, different tastes. There are also some things we never reviewed and don't really have much to say about them other than "love" or "hate" so we'll put those here too. This is largely for our own reference, but maybe it'll help some of you out there too!

The Manhattan TJ's with the most space... yet somehow on the worst days that whole area is flooded with people

(last updated 4/24/2017)



Dips and Spreads:
Beet Hummus
- Fat Free Spicy Black Bean Dip
Roasted Garlic Hummus
+ Spicy Hummus Dip
+ Sriracha Hummus
- Tomato and Basil Hummus

Dried Fruit and Nuts:
Freeze Dried Strawberries
Orange Flavored Cranberries

+ Coconut Water
Maple Water
+ Organic Ginger Zinger
Pumpkin Harvest Cold Pressed Juice
Winter Wassail

Frozen Food:
5 Cheese Greek Spiral
+ Aloo Chaat Kati Pouches
Arugula Pizza
+ Beer Battered Sweet Onion Rings (discontinued)
+ Biryani (discontinued)
Chicken and Cheese Tamales
Chicken Breast in Poblano Sauce - Reduced Guilt
Chicken Enchiladas
- Confetti Rice (discontinued)
Creamy Polenta
+ Crispy Green Curry Shrimp Gyoza (discontinued and we are SO sad)
+ Fusilli with Vegetables and Basil Pesto
Garlic Naan
+ Greens, Beans and Grains
+ Hatch Chile Mac and Cheese
+ Japanese Fried Rice
Julienned Root Vegetables
+ Korma Fish Curry
Macaron Variety Box
Mini Greek Spirals with Leeks and Feta
Paneer Masala Naan
+ Pizza al Pollo Asado (discontinued)
+ Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers
Ricotta and Spinach Tortellini
Root Vegetable Galette
Rosemary Garlic Monkey Bread
Seafood Paella
Southwest Chicken Quesadillas
Spinach and Kale Bites
+ Spinach and Kale Pie (discontinued; goodbye go-to dinner)
Spizzico di Pizza
+ Sriracha Seafood Potstickers with Shrimp and Crab (updated version)
Sweet Corn Tamales
Sweet Potato Tots
Tarte à l'Oignon
+ Tarte d'Alsace
+ Trader Potato Tots
+ True Belgian Brussels Sprouts
+ Uncured Pepperoni Pizza
+ Uttapam with Coconut Chutney (discontinued)

Cheese section as originally set up ... so long ago since the eggs no longer share space with the cheese

Meat, Fish, and Faux Meat:
+ Irish Bangers
+ Korean Inspired Spicy Chicken Sausage (discontinued, putting a huge hole in our dinner rotation)
+ Silverbrite Keta Salmon
+ Smoked Andouille
+ Soy Chorizo
Soy Ginger Cod
Sweet Italian Style Chicken Sausage
Turkey Sausage with Cranberry and Apricots
Turkey Summer Sausage
+ Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon
Uncured Sliced Corned Beef
+ Uncured Turkey Cranberry Apple Sausage

Japanese Style Panko Breadcrumbs
+ Kimchi (has since been reformulated)

Pasta and Grains:
+ 10 Minute Farro
+ Harvest Grains Blend (exactly the same as Golden Jewel)
Italian Tortellini with Pesto Filling
- Spinach Tortellini
+ Vegetable Radiatore

Prepared Foods (Non-Refrigerated):
Pesto alla Genovese
Punjab Eggplant
+ Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce (has since been reformulated)

Prepared Foods (Refrigerated):
+ Chicken and Green Chile Tamales
Curried White Chicken Deli Salad
+ Five Spice Chicken and Asian Style Rice Noodle Salad

Baby Spinach
+ Butternut Squash
+ Kaleidoscope Chard
Lemony Greens Blend
+ Mini Pearl Grape Tomatoes 
Organic Carrots of Many Colors
+ Organic Whole Carrots
+ Shaved Brussels Sprouts
+ Shredded Green Cabbage
Shishito Peppers
Sorrento Greens
+ Southern Greens

+ Cowboy Caviar
Mild Pico de Gallo
Serrano Salsa Fresca

Grilled Pesto Chicken Wrap
Tarragon Chicken Salad Wrap
Turkey Club Wrap
Turkey Gobbler

Snacks and Crackers:
3 Cheese Wafers
+ Baked Snack-O's
Brioche Toasts
+ Corn Chip Dippers
+ Ghost Pepper Potato Chips
+ Inner Peas
Parsnip Chips
+ Some Enchanted Cracker
+ Sriracha Potato Chips
Sweet and Salty Popcorn Chips

BBQ Rub and Seasoning with Coffee and Garlic
+ French Thyme

+ 2% Plain Greek Yogurt
Apricot and Mango Yogurt
+ Black Raspberry Greek Yogurt
+ Mango Greek Yogurt 
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Greek Yogurt
Pomegranate Greek Yogurt
+ Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt

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