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As a COSTCO hold out seeking redemption...

RRPRRP Posts: 22,352
We have been SAMS members for years as it was less than 5 miles away. Then when COSTCO came in to our market some 19 miles away we held out. Then 2 years ago we finally joined COSTCO. Right after we joined COSTCO I finally looked at their bin of prime beef and I was not impressed. Well a month ago I bought 3 Prime NICElY marbled NY strips and after egging them I was hooked! Today I selected this package of 4 prime strips and now I'm an AVID COSTCO member! Look at that marbling for 4.51 pounds at a mere $12.99 a pound!

L, M, S, &  Mini
And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
Ron
Dunlap, IL
Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
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  • Hans61Hans61 Posts: 3,505
    Nice man good eats await!
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  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 6,490
    That looks great. I have some personal reasons for staying away from getting a COSTCO membership.  
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    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,352
    R2Egg2Q said:
    Meat looks good but I still don’t see why Costco blade tenderizes their prime grade steaks and expects you to over cook them as a result
    I hear you, but being a fan of tenderizing meat (beef, pork and even chicken) myself using my  JACCARD, I don't have such a concern. And as for over cooking them I imagine their legal beagles made them reveal all that! 
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 1,971
    thetrim said:
    That looks great. I have some personal reasons for staying away from getting a COSTCO membership.  
    They get a restraining order on you after some kind of weird bathroom incident?
  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,297
    R2Egg2Q said:
    Meat looks good but I still don’t see why Costco blade tenderizes their prime grade steaks and expects you to over cook them as a result
    They don't expect us to overcook them -- they seem to be ignorant about the danger.  I asked one of their butchers about it.

    I don't think many here are as concerned about this issue as you and I are, but I'm relieved to discover that I'm not the only one.  I was in Costco just a couple of weeks ago, had some GORGEOUS prime ribeye steaks in my hand, was very happily about to put them in the cart when I noticed the fine print about them having been blade tenderized.  I put them back.

    GOSH I wish they wouldn't do that!  It can take deadly bacteria that would have gotten killed on the outside when grilled into the inside, where they WON'T get killed!  Sure, the risk is small, but it's not a small risk of catching a cold -- it's a small risk of getting miserably, desperately sick.  Not me.
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 6,490
    thetrim said:
    That looks great. I have some personal reasons for staying away from getting a COSTCO membership.  
    They get a restraining order on you after some kind of weird bathroom incident?
    No, I had a college classmate get blasted to death outside a Las Vegas Costco by the LVPD under some shady Costco circumstances. He wasnt completely without blame, but I still can’t make my way in one of their stores for any weird bathroom behavior.  
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    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 2,041
    Keep your eye out for the whole prime strip when it goes on sale. Stellar. 
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,364
    Looks good Ron.
    The tenderizer thing sucks.

    Do they do fock up the pork too?

    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • Sweet100sSweet100s Posts: 425
    Theophan said:
    GOSH I wish they wouldn't do that!  It can take deadly bacteria that would have gotten killed on the outside when grilled into the inside, where they WON'T get killed!  Sure, the risk is small, but it's not a small risk of catching a cold -- it's a small risk of getting miserably, desperately sick.  Not me.
    Agreed. My never-been-sick sister had to be hospitalized for the first time for 5 days after food poisoning. Rookie question for Theophan: Would following SousVideDash app's time and temp recommendations kill the beasties you would be worried about from blade tenderization?
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 9,035
    thetrim said:
    thetrim said:
    That looks great. I have some personal reasons for staying away from getting a COSTCO membership.  
    They get a restraining order on you after some kind of weird bathroom incident?
    No, I had a college classmate get blasted to death outside a Las Vegas Costco by the LVPD under some shady Costco circumstances. He wasnt completely without blame, but I still can’t make my way in one of their stores for any weird bathroom behavior.  
    He wasn't Eric Scott was he?
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 18,023
    Sweet100s said:
    Theophan said:
    GOSH I wish they wouldn't do that!  It can take deadly bacteria that would have gotten killed on the outside when grilled into the inside, where they WON'T get killed!  Sure, the risk is small, but it's not a small risk of catching a cold -- it's a small risk of getting miserably, desperately sick.  Not me.
    Agreed. My never-been-sick sister had to be hospitalized for the first time for 5 days after food poisoning. Rookie question for Theophan: Would following SousVideDash app's time and temp recommendations kill the beasties you would be worried about from blade tenderization?
    Assuming you are cooking over 130-131-ish then it would
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,483
    theres a few 20 miles from me but they are all 45 minute plus drives with the traffic.  have had those steaks many times but just wont drive that far.  ive eaten raw ground store bought burger most of my life so im ok as well with the jaccard =)
  • Kent8621Kent8621 Posts: 462
    i have always had good luck with Costco meats and one of the main reasons we still have the membership there as well as sams.  there is a rumor a new Costco is going to be built 5 min away from me on my side of town I am hoping it is true.

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  • Miked125Miked125 Posts: 445
    I try to shop local but F costco is too cheap and the meat is great.... and then last year my costco started selling tomahawks....
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,352
    GrillSgt said:
    Keep your eye out for the whole prime strip when it goes on sale. Stellar. 
    Do they advertise that sale? If so I will buy one for sure and dry age it myself! Or should I just ask for a whole any time?
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • pescadorzihpescadorzih Posts: 873
    Mine has the Prime strips all the time. Never seen them on sale though.
    I think they are $10ish/lb around here. Same for the whole ribeyes. That is all I buy and cut my own. No tenderizing. =) 
    SE PA
    XL, Mini max
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 2,041
    RRP said:
    GrillSgt said:
    Keep your eye out for the whole prime strip when it goes on sale. Stellar. 
    Do they advertise that sale? If so I will buy one for sure and dry age it myself! Or should I just ask for a whole any time?
    I got my notice on here. I'm not a Costco member but both of my kids are.
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  • OshawaDaveOshawaDave Posts: 80

    You can't go wrong with Coscto. If you want better quality you need to go to  a butcher. I grilled these Coscto bad-boys (Ribeye) a couple of weeks ago and they were great. Sorry no after pics.

    Weber Genesis CP310; Weber Q1200 (camping); LBGE.

    "If you haven't heard a rumour by 8:30 am - start one"

  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 5,283
    thetrim said:
    thetrim said:
    That looks great. I have some personal reasons for staying away from getting a COSTCO membership.  
    They get a restraining order on you after some kind of weird bathroom incident?
    No, I had a college classmate get blasted to death outside a Las Vegas Costco by the LVPD under some shady Costco circumstances. He wasnt completely without blame, but I still can’t make my way in one of their stores for any weird bathroom behavior.  
    He wasn't Eric Scott was he?
    Must have been him.




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  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 5,283
    It seems the data tells us we're far more likely to get sick from lettuce than from blade tenderized meats.

    From what I've read the butcher shops in Costco's clean/sterilize their tenderizing gear every couple of hours but I'm sure that my not hold true of every store.

    Has anyone ever asked the butcher at a Costco to cut some fresh ribeyes and NOT tenderize them?

    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,829
    I also was a long time SAMS member. Made the change about a year ago over to Costco.....and have not looked back. Regrettably, there is not one near me...but there is one near where the wif works. Bottom line....i don't get to see that gawjus beef for myself....which might be a good thing.
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 6,490
    thetrim said:
    thetrim said:
    That looks great. I have some personal reasons for staying away from getting a COSTCO membership.  
    They get a restraining order on you after some kind of weird bathroom incident?
    No, I had a college classmate get blasted to death outside a Las Vegas Costco by the LVPD under some shady Costco circumstances. He wasnt completely without blame, but I still can’t make my way in one of their stores for any weird bathroom behavior.  
    He wasn't Eric Scott was he?
    Yeah that was him. 
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    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 6,490
    I also have another classmate in Vegas doing life w/o parole for hiring a homeless guy to off his wife.  So, I stay out of Costco AND Vegas as well.  
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    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,831
    I have a 45 mile drive to Costco but it is well worth it.
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,352
    SGH said:
    @RRP
    Forgive the hijack my friend. Hope you are doing well. 

    Cool pictures, Scottie!!! BTW can you tell me exactly what your job entails? Do you actually go in the water yourself?
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 6,490
    KEEP IT REAL, @SGH
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    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • SGHSGH Posts: 25,028
    RRP said:
    Do you actually go in the water yourself?
    Not anymore. The last commercial dive I made was in 1998. That’s a young mans game. 

    thetrim said:
    KEEP IT REAL, @SGH
    I’m trying brother. 

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  • SGHSGH Posts: 25,028
    edited May 19
    Ron, I can finally see land off in the distance. You know what that means. It’s finally about over. Thank goodness. 

    Location- Just "this side" of Biloxi, Ms.

    Status- Standing by.

    Arsenal-Just a small wore out and broken down Weber kettle. No other means to cook at all.
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    The greatest barrier against all wisdom, the stronghold against knowledge itself, is the single thought in ones mind, that they already have it all figured out. 
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