Like the unique sweetness of Vidalia Onions from Vidalia, Georgia (U.S.A.); or the richer flavor of San Marzano Tomatoes from San Marzano sul Sarno, near Naples, Italy; Hatch Chiles—grown in Hatch Valley, New Mexico—are special for the place from which they come. To borrow a wine making term, the terroir (or total natural environs) of southwestern New Mexico is what makes Hatch Chiles so special. When roasted with care, they are earthy, sweet, and spicy (ranging from mild to medium heat) with an alluring smokiness. Mac & Cheese, another...Read More
We like food products with fewer ingredients. They just seem purer, simpler. Our Thyme Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette has just three—extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and thyme honey. No emulsifiers. Nothing else added. We also really like when the ingredients for a single product all come from the same place. The oil, vinegar, and honey for our new Vinaigrette are all produced in the Greek region of Lacadaemon (Sparta). In fact, Thyme honey (i.e. honey made by bees only exposed to thyme blossoms) is indigenous to...Read More
Trader Joe’s Choice Premium Angus Beef Filet Mignon Steak is one of four cuts we offer on the Choice Grade tier (the grade just under USDA Prime, typically found only in fine restaurants). Mignon means “cute” in French, implying the dainty and tender nature of this cut. Coming from a non-weight bearing muscle on the animal, the filet has significantly less connective tissue, making it the most tender—and arguably, the most desirable—Steak. Our cut of Premium Angus Beef comes from the upper two-thirds of the “USDA Choice” grade-range. This means it has ample marbling, making it more...Read More
As Valentine’s approaches, consider us your Cupid. Drawing from our quiver of comestibles, Joe’s bow is sending nine darts to target the heart—seven you eat, two you won’t. These Valentines will stir up flirtations, curate courtships, kindle the flames… maybe make a little mischief.Read More
We sell about a half-a-dozen BBQ sauces. As with most of the other food items we carry that customers use on a regular basis, we offer a number of styles and flavors of BBQ sauce to appeal to a variety of tastes. But flavor isn’t our only concern. We also know a growing number of our customers prefer 100% organic products. Our new Organic Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce and Marinade should appeal to our organic customers, while it also offers a new and attractive...Read More
The Cheddaring process was originally codified in 19th century England, but it wasn’t long after that that Americans started producing their own excellent versions of Cheddar cheese. Vermont is one of those places renowned for its premium American Cheddar, and this is the state from which our February Spotlight Cheese comes. We featured Trader Joe’s Artisan Reserve Vermont Cheddar once before, back in 2012—now we’re bringing it back again for...Read More
Ranch Dressing. It’s a staple in so many American homes. And yet, the big national brands of this cultural touchstone of American cuisine are loaded with preservatives and artificials. What do these preservatives and artificials accomplish for the big national brands? One, they lower costs—cheaper ingredients equal lower finished cost for the manufacturer. Two, they allow the national brands to maintain a lower pH in their Ranch, which allows the buttermilk flavor to really pop, and ultimately, gives the dressing its...Read More
We would argue that the Big Game is just as much about Big Eating as it is about enjoying a great game of football. But we might be biased. Whether you’re more interested in the action on the field or the action in the kitchen, there is one thing we can all agree upon: nachos are delicious. So when it comes to Big Game Big Eating, pile it on!
Need some inspiration? Our trio of off-the-beaten-path nacho recipes always earns the extra points. Ready to make your play? Pick and choose products from our Special Teams to strategize an impressive Game Day creation of your very own. Carefully selected, these ingredients can be combined this way, that way, the other way…any way you pile it, you are sure to produce nacho average nachos—guaranteed to impress nacho traditionalists and nacho pioneers alike.
Go savory. Go sweet. Go pile it on!Read More
In fall, Arbequina olives are harvested on ranches in the Sierra foothills; a special blend of the first pressing of those olives is destined for Trader Joe’s...Read More