Meal Prep With Pep

September 08, 2017 in Category: Guides

Meal Prep. Short for “meal preparation.” It’s what kitchens were designed to accomplish, although most people will say kitchens were designed to provide a space for people to gather during parties. When you aren’t hosting parties, consider using your kitchen to prepare meals. And we’re not talking just one meal. You can start small, by preparing meals for the week ahead. Eventually, you might even want to work your way up to meal prepping that’ll carry you through 2022. But that would involve upgrading to an industrial-type kitchen, complete with futuristic food-saving methods, not to mention a lot of groceries…

The Sauces of Summer

May 24, 2017 in Category: Guides

With summer just on the horizon, our shelves will soon be brimming with seasonally essential products: watermelon, salt water taffy, marshmallows, aloe vera…and barbecue sauce. When the warm weather rolls around, we more than double our queue of ‘Q sauces—in fact, you’ll find seven sauces in our stores to fulfill your BBQ-slathering needs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. We’ve drawn up the handy primer below—and a recipe!—to help guide you to BBQ bliss...

Mum's The Word

May 08, 2017 in Category: Guides

The act of giving flowers reaches back through history, across cultures, oceans...even languages. In Victorian times, when outwardly expressing emotion was frowned upon, people used floriography (secret communication through flowers) to convey their deepest feelings, send layered, hidden messages to loved ones, or say things their societal norms wouldn’t otherwise allow...

Hygge You Think You Are?

February 06, 2017 in Category: Guides

While there’s no direct translation, the Danish word hygge (say “HOO-guh”) can be loosely described as an atmosphere of coziness, contentment and kinship, or an appreciation of those things in everyday life. It's a concept we've been cuddling up to lately, thanks to...

Festive Finds

December 22, 2016 in Category: Guides

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” Unless you’ve mentally ended that sentence with “a personal shopper,” it’s likely you have gift-gathering that needs to be completed. There’s still time! Fuel up with some Wintry Blend Coffee, grab your ugly sweater (you only have a few days left to wear it, after all) and head to Trader Joe’s. We’ve got festive finds for everyone on your list—and for anyone you may have forgotten!

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 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

May 06, 2015 in Category: 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.