I love Costco. They have great prices on bulk items, and they also have a lot of all-natural and organic items, too. I’ve been shopping there for a little over a year, and here is my list of items to stock up on to fill a clean eating pantry.
1. Organic baby spinach- prewashed and ready to go. Spinach is on the “Dirty Dozen” list of crops with the highest pesticide residue and one item I always try to get organic.
2. Organic carrots- $5.99 for 10 lbs. Yep, organic carrots are cheaper than conventional and may have more nutrition!
3. Mini-peppers- no picture because we ate them all. These are great, refreshing snacks on hot days. Costco is one of the few stores that consistently has these in stock.
4. Maple Syrup- Costco always beats the grocery store price. Currently it’s going for $12.99/32 oz, or .40/oz. LOVE maple syrup. I bake my famouse Maple Bacon Pecan Pie with it and for fall, we make Maple Dijon Pork. Why is maple syrup better than some other liquid sweeteners? I explain in my Great Big HFCS Post. Oh, and store maple syrup in the fridge so it doesn’t go bad.
5. Hemp Hearts- OK, I’ve never actually bought them but Costco carries Hemp Hearts for $10/lb.
6. Almonds- whole, sliced, smoked, salted. Costco has great prices on nuts. Hubs buys pistachios here and they have deals on pecans sometimes too.
7. Organic Quinoa- so much cheaper than the bulk bins or Whole Foods. This month (Aug. 2012) I paid $2/lb. Quinoa is high in protein and makes good cold grain salads. You can use it like rice or barley, or combine it with other whole grains.
8. Organic ground beef- $4.44 a pound in packages that are easy to freeze. Comes in a 3 pack of 21 oz.pound packages for $17.99. Need a recipe? Try Sloppy Joes (crazy cheap to make yourself) or Creamy Beef and Mushroom Pasta.
9. Organic spices- you will not find these prices on organic spices anywhere else. Ever. They also sell sea salt, coarse salt, and pink salt.
10. Jarred spaghetti sauce – it contains no sugar or soybean oil. Marinara sauce is one of my favorite real food convenience food items, and I use it to make fresh, great tasting tomato soup in 5 minutes flat.
11. Organic chicken broth- current price is $1.83/qt. I don’t always have the time or energy to make enough chicken broth to keep up with our needs and this is a good alternative. Chicken broth is a real food staple, use it in place of water when cooking rice or grains, to make your own cream of chicken soup for casseroles, to make a quick soup for sick children, or to make a quick sauce or gravy with all-day flavor.
12. Peanut butter- they have great prices on organic, but I buy the bulk all-natural peanut butter. Ingredients: roasted peanuts and salt, but it’s much more blended than Central Market’s natural peanut butter. No messy stirring! Also Costco carries organic strawberry jelly- and strawberries are another of those Dirty Dozen crops!
13. Amy’s Organics frozen burritos, for quick lunches and snacks. Current price at my Costco is $9.99 for an 8 pack. I’ve never found them cheaper.
14. Frozen fruit- these organic blueberries will be great for syrups, smoothies, muffins, or pancakes and they cost $3.45/lb.
15. Frozen vegetables- organic broccoli, corn, mixed veggies, and whole trimmed green beans. Current price is about 8 cents/oz, which is the same cost as the $1 bags of regular veggies at Kroger or Walmart, but Costco’s organic veggies are much higher quality and taste better. Also you can be sure that your sweet corn is GMO free if it is organic.
Costco also carries organic butter, organic eggs, organic juice pouches for kids, ZipFizz natural energy drink mix, Medjool dates, Kerrygold butter, olive oil, natural wild-caught fish sticks, organic chicken, wild caught salmon and tuna, clean eating canned sardines (WAPF recommended brand) and a wide variety of natural cheeses.
This month, Costco is running a deal on glass Snapware. A 20 piece set (10 dishes, 10 lids) is only$23.99- what a steal! You can also find glass storage containers at Amazon.
What did I miss? What great real food do you get at Costco?
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