While I’m a HUGE believer in buying organic and local when possible, sometimes convenience and affordability win. I think we all do the best we can do!
I do buy almost all of our dairy, eggs, beef, pork, and produce locally. However, I am so thankful to have a Costco nearby! They have great prices and a surprisingly good selection of organic food.
However. It’s soooo easy to make impulse purchases there! I buy at least one thing that’s not on my list every time I go. It’s definitely something I need to work on!
Oh, and the samples!! I shouldn’t. But I do.
Alright, here is a current list of the items that I like to buy at Costco.
- Organic Whole Chickens – I only buy whole chickens because I use the bones to make chicken stock. I buy maybe 2-4 chickens per month (Costco sells them in a 2-pack). Their price is $1.50/lb cheaper than our local farm.
- Aidells Chicken Sausage – Their chicken-apple sausage is fantastic. Gluten-free, soy-free, and no MSG. Each package at Costco comes with 3 packs of 5 links. Since 5 links is the perfect amount for our family of four, these make great quick and easy dinners. We actually grill a pack for dinner on every Costco shopping day!
- Applewood Bacon – I haven’t found any local bacon that we like and it is far too expensive for us anyway. We eat a lot of bacon, so buying in bulk works for us!
- Organic Eggs – Only when not available locally. I have three different sources, so you’d think we’d never run out, but we do!
- Tilamook Cheese – I used to buy raw milk cheddar from Azure Standard but there is no longer a drop close enough to us. Hopefully we’ll get one soon!
- Feta Cheese
- Kerrygold Butter – This is the only butter that we buy and I’m SO glad Costco carries it!
- Drinkable Yogurt – The brand at our Costco is actually from a local raw dairy farm! The yogurt is pasteurized, of course, but at least I know that it contains high quality ingredients from a trusted source.
- Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Bars – Yeah, yeah, yeah…
- Organic Frozen Blueberries
- Organic Baby Carrots
- Organic Spinach
- Pineapple, Bananas, Kiwi, and other misc. produce not found locally
- Kirkland’s Organic Salsa – Our family eats a LOT of salsa. And even though my friends keep telling me I should make it myself, I simply don’t have the desire to do so. It’s just one of those weird things! This brand does contain sugar, but other than that, there are no objectionable ingredients whatsoever!
- Organic Tortilla Chips
- Kirkland Brand Dog Food – Great ingredients and price!
- Ziploc Freezer Bags – Not the best price, but very convenient.
Since shopping at Costco is pretty exhausting, I rarely have the energy to cook a big dinner on the days we shop. Our “Costco dinner” that we have on shopping days includes grilled Aidells chicken-apple sausage, grilled asparagus (in a foil packet with Kerrygold butter, sea salt, and pepper), and fresh pineapple chunks. All of the items come from Costco and it takes maybe 10 minutes to prepare. Easy, delicious, and very affordable! It’s one of our favorite meals (and knowing we’re coming home to this meal helps us resist the temptation of their very cheap food court items)!
Well, now that you know my Costco shopping list, tell me what’s on yours?