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Meat/fish at Costco

Anyone know the quality of meat and fish at Costco?

I usually buy my meat at a pricier health food store, it's totally worth it, but a friend and I were considering going in together on big packages of meat to use and freeze to save money. But only if it is decent stuff. I don't expect as good as at my local Whole Foods like store in terms of hormones, antibiotics, organic, pasture fed, etc....but does anyone know?

Thanks!

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schnookiemuffin
Apr. 17th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
They have organic chicken there too. And a bunch of organic products in cans and packages (besides just meat)
wakemeupinside
Apr. 17th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
We buy all of our meat at Costco. It's affordable and better than decent quality I think. They have organic products too. It's not going to be as awesome as Whole Foods but I've not had any qualms about buying it there.
breakableheart
Apr. 17th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Actually, Whole Foods products are no more or less "awesome" than Costco's organic products.
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breakableheart
Apr. 17th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Costco carries organic meat.

Organic meat from Costco will be no different than organic meat from Whole Foods. Whole Foods buys their meat/produce from megafarm distributors just like grocery stores buy their meat/produce from megafarm distributors. Don't let Whole Foods fool you into thinking they are favorable to local farmers.

On the other hand, I found my 1/4 organic, grass-fed, no-antibiotics, no-hormone, local beef worked out to be a little over $3 a pound (total cost). Very affordable. I have a freezer full of fantastic local organic meat and paid waaaaaay less than I would have paid at Whole Foods OR Costco! If you have a freezer you might look into it!
patagonia
Apr. 17th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
we have a local store called New Seasons, and for the most part their meat does come from local Oregon farmers.
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humbletulip
Apr. 17th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
We only eat fish. I buy just about all our fish there. In the frozen section. The mahi mahi and talapia are wild and pretty tasty.
iluvrob20
Apr. 17th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
we've found Costco's Salmon to be absolutely the best we've found, it freezes well. We don't buy our meat (red or otherwise) there not because its poor quality. but rather because we eat very little red meat so its not really worth it to sit in the freezer for months and months and buy our chicken at an Amish market near by. But we get all of our fish from there and its the best around. We do get flank steak there for our 4th of July BBQ and its always been great.
blueyz72
Apr. 17th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
I don't buy meat there, but mostly because I am the only one eating it and it would sit around forever in large amounts. That and I found 2 CT farms with better meat(local farm markets).

I DO buy majority of my fish there(well Sam's club but similar). The frozen tilapia is good, and sometime I will splurge on the shrimp or mahi-mahi as well.

I was buying the Tyson chicken breasts, but found the Trader Joes' brand was about better $$ and smaller bag for 2 people.
kestrel127
Apr. 17th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
My mom swears that Costco meat is better than supermarket meat. I eat red meat & pork infrequently enough that I rarely notice a difference.
lunarophelia
Apr. 17th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Costco meat is awesome, and they have a lot of organic choices available.
amberskyfire
Apr. 18th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
I'm not 100% sure, but my husband works for a fish company and he says they sell to ALL stores, natural and regular grocery chains alike. I'd assume it's all the same fish for the most part.
una_waiting
Apr. 18th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Another option would be to go to a natural meat butcher and buy a whole or half animal to split. This would be inexpensive and help to ensure quality. If you're near a farming area you could also try to buy direct from them. When I ate meat I would split an animal from a farm with one of my friends and take it to a local butcher.
darkenedminds
Apr. 18th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Costco has pretty good meat in my experience. I've only bought it a few times, but is almost always been just a hair shy of being as good as the organic, free-range grass-fed meat that my family buys twice a year (we purchase sides of beef from a local place). The salmon is good too, but I didn't like the frozen fish. I don't eat pork, and haven't tried the chicken
redvelvetroses
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
I only get our food from costco/bjs. I love how they are going organic
sapphiwapphi
Dec. 30th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
costco ground beef; trader joe's ground beef
Does anyone know if Costco's regular ground beef was raised on hormones/antibiotics? I use Trader Joe's ground beef for my dogs. If Costco has as good quality and better price, I'll buy it from them. I can't verify, but I was told Trader Joe's doesn't get hormone & antibiotic fed beef. Anyone know?

notofactoryfarm
May. 1st, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Meat Costco
You may like Costco meat but have you checked into why it is so cheap? could it come from a factory farm? You should find out before you buy it......factory farming is cruel and inhumane to animals, not to mention bad for the environment.
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