I went to buy some kosher rib eye steaks at Costco in Nanuet, NY today and was surprised to find a sign in the refrigerated meat case saying that kosher beef was now in the freezer. Sure enough, all of the meat is now Teva brand and sold frozen. They had the rib eyes for $14.49/lb (I think it used to be $14.99) in a 2-pack individually frozen (used to be two in a single package). They still have too much fat but I was able to find a couple of packages which seemed OK (with the caveat that most of the meat is covered by the labels so I won't know until I use it). Ground beef is now $5.99/lb and sold as two packs of assorted weights totalling 3+ pounds (was $5.33 and sold in 3 one-pound packages). This is disappointing since we used to rely on each package being a pound, convenient for making burgers. They also had minute steaks (which they did not have before), I think for $9.99 sold in 2-packs , london broil $8.99 (was $12.99 I think but much larger than the ones they sold before and too cold to search thru the boxes for a small one) and brisket ($10.99, not sure what it was before).
Hopefully the quality is as good as it used to be and being sold frozen will allow them to have more reliable supply. Overall I'd rather buy it fresh. I assume this is a chain-wide change.
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