Yuletide Yum

November 28, 2016 in Category: Guides

It’s the most flavorful time of the year. But with all of the halls that must be decked and gifts that must be given (you can’t forget your zany Great Aunt again), it can be a stressful time, indeed. Hark! Trader Joe’s offers an eye-catching assortment of yuletide yumminess that’s sure to inspire endless amounts of holiday cheer and tickle the taste buds of everyone on your “Nice” list...

Guide To Turkey Roasting

November 07, 2016 in Category: Guides

Our turkeys are never frozen, but we do keep them super cold. Plan to buy your bird a few days in advance. A good rule of thumb is to allow at least 1 day of "mellowing out" in the fridge for every four pounds of meat. Got a 12 pound bird? Plan on three days. A 16 pound bird? Four days. Then, on the big day, take the turkey out of the fridge and unwrap and remove the temporary wire truss. Locate and remove neck & giblets (don’t see ‘em? don’t forget to check the back end), set aside for potential future use (stuffing, gravy, soup or gumbo). Pat the bird dry, inside and out, with paper towels and set on a clean, flat surface.

Ode to Squash

September 26, 2016 in Category: Guides

The falling temperatures (in some areas of the country, anyway), the sunset-hued foliage, and of course, winter squash. We’ve espoused our preference for pumpkin time and again (you can check out some of our favorite pumpkin items in this month’s Flyer), but now we want to raise a fork to some of the pumpkin’s bulbous brethren...

Guide to Fruits and Vegetables

August 15, 2016 in Category: Guides

Everyone benefits from eating more fruits and vegetables every day.  Fruits and vegetables are nutrient all-stars, packed with naturally occurring antioxidants, phyto-nutrients, vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, water and complex carbohydrates. Research has shown...

 

Condimenting The Dog

June 26, 2016 in Category: Guides

For some, nothing but a squiggle of mustard passes muster. For others, the pile of toppings looks like a hot mess—the good kind. When it comes to hot dog condiments, there is no right or wrong. There are, however, myriad creative and tasty complements. Before we begin making mouthwatering matches, let's take a moment to reflect on the origin of condiments.

Mango Season

June 06, 2016 in Category: Guides

You've heard of fall, winter, spring, and summer. What about mango? Oh, it's a season all right—at Trader Joe's. We imagined this fruitful period in celebration of a drupe that has captivated our creative juices and our culinary exploits—MANGO!

Steakout

May 23, 2016 in Category: Guides

We want to help you get to know your steak. There’s no time like the present. The fact that we are approaching the unofficial kick-off to grilling season only raises the steakes. In the following steakeout, we surveil the quality, cut, and appeal of every steak in the Trader Joe’s label. And to get you good and fired up for grilling season, we’ve outlined straightforward steps that make strides toward successful steak—however you like it.

The Grilled Cheese Spot

April 03, 2016 in Category: Guides

The soul of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich—cheese. Glorious cheese. From flowing to crumbling, and fresh to funky, there exists an intricate matrix of cheeses for sandwich grilling.  It’s not a question of right cheese or wrong cheese, rather it’s an answer to what kind of character...

Guide to TJ's Coffee Character

February 16, 2016 in Category: Guides

While a professional cupper may give rank to acidity, and a casual sipper may talk about a brew’s “bite,” they are describing the same thing—coffee character. There are many factors that influence how coffee expresses itself in your cup. These include cultivar, micro-climate, harvesting techniques, processing, roasting, even your own brewing methods. Since the nuance is so expansive, we're narrowing our focus to two simple yet important criteria—geographic origin and roast—of Trader Joe’s coffees to help you identify what kind of characters with which you’d like to fill your cup...