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The Grilled Cheese Spot

April 03, 2016 in 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...

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Guide to TJ's Coffee Character

February 16, 2016 in 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...

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Guide To Potatoes

December 14, 2015 in Guides

In case you didn’t know, Joe’s loves potatoes. Shouldn’t be surprising—who’s ever heard of a tater hater? We love them because they’re versatile, ready to pair with almost any protein, or another vegetable. Potatoes are also exceptional vehicles for other flavors; and they’re tasty all by themselves. To top it all off, they’re inexpensive… need to feed and fill a bunch of people? Potatoes! Given the span of spuds we offer in our stores, we’d like to shed more light on them (figuratively speaking only—they’re classified as nightshades for a reason). And so, we thought a Guide was in order. Read on to become rooted in our regular selection of starchy, all-purpose, and waxy potato varieties. We promise, you won’t have to dig too deep to discover helpful preparation suggestions, along with some totally tuber-ular recipes...

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Guide To Turkey Roasting

November 17, 2015 in 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). Rinse the bird inside and out with cold water. Pat dry, inside and out, with paper towels and set on a clean, flat surface.

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Guide To Building Better Snacks

September 21, 2015 in Guides

Some snacks can quell cravings – chocolate, salt, caffeine – but after you’ve crunch, crunch, crunched or sucked down the “bite,” your body feels like its crashing or crumbling. Oh, no. How do you handle hankerings and buttress your physique? Build a better snack with “the building blocks of life.”...

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Guide to TJ's Rice

September 08, 2015 in Guides

Rice is the best. The wholesome cereal grain serves as a staple for two-third’s of the world’s population. (That’s a lot of people.) As such, rice is an integral ingredient in culinary traditions of many different cultures (sushi, stir fry, paella, pudding, curry, risotto…), each with its own preferences regarding texture, taste and color. Luckily, there are some 40,000 different varieties of rice, grown throughout the world. (That’s a lot of rice). We don’t carry 40,000, but we sure have a fine variety of rice at Trader Joe’s. From Basmati and Black to Arborio and Red, our rice selection offers difference in texture, taste and color. From fully-cooked and frozen, to whole grains and medleys, our selection also offers plenty of difference in preparation. To help you find the Trader Joe’s Rice that best suits your recipe(s), we’ve categorized our rice offerings and their corresponding characteristics, and followed that up with a few grains of wisdom about cooking and serving...

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Guide to Extra Virgin Olive Oil

May 06, 2015 in Guides

Hippocrates called olive oil “the great therapeutic.” Homer called it “liquid gold.” For some, that’s reason enough to slap on a high price tag and call it a day. Not at Trader Joe’s. Our buyers seek out Extra Virgin Olive Oils from experienced producers in the world’s best growing regions—Spain, Italy, Greece, California... Then our tasting panel examines them from every angle: body, fruitiness, bitterness, pungency and, of course, price. Only those that receive high marks across the board are bottled under the Trader Joe’s name and brought to you. Before we examine what’s in those bottles, let’s take a look at what it means to be Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Guide To Avoiding Abominable Cheese Platters

December 15, 2014 in Guides

Learn how to turn your cheese platters from monstrous to marvelous in three easy steps! Step 1: Don't Overdo It. Too many cheese varieties will overwhelm your palate and your guests

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