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Costco meat & fish trip report, not sure about quality & value

cherrypoprocks | Mar 14, 2010 03:10 PM

So I took a trip to Costco in LIC yesterday to see what their meats and seafood are like. The place wasn't busy at all, I'm assuming due to the heavy rain and bad weather. In the meat section, I asked an employee about skirt steak, and he told me Costco never carries this which I was disappointed with, as I really like skirt steak. Anyway, what they did have included:

-Beef chuck roast $3.50/lb.
-Boneless rib-eye steaks $6.99/lb.
-Filet Mignon $9.99/lb.

So far so good, I guess. The ground beef, however, I didn't like simply because the label stated that the origins of the meat included USA, Mexico, Australia, etc. It seemed odd to me to see that many countries on a meat label. Then, I saw organic 85/15 ground beef from a place called "verde farms" packaged into three seperate 1lb. amounts for a total of $12.99 ($4.33/lb.).

Next I looked at the seafood. I was really hoping to find gulf coast shrimp or wild salmon, instead they had Black Tiger shrimp, (sorry, I forget the count but they were pretty big) farm raised from Vietnam at $8.50/lb. I didn't like the salmon they had simply because it stated that "color was added through the feed." Adding artificial coloring to salmon is a pet peeve of mine, and I don't like the idea of ingesting that.

In the freezer sections, I found bags of:

-Chicken breasts $16 for 6 1/2 lbs.
-Flounder filets $8.69 for 2 lbs.
-Wild Alaskan salmon $26 for 3 lbs.
-Shrimp farm raised from Thailand, 21-25 ct., $16 for 2 lbs.

I'm not sure if I could do better elsewhere, in terms of quality and cost. I will be calling some butchers tomorrow, including Metro Meats, and others I have seen mentioned in Astoria to compare. As far as seafood, I'm open to recommendations from all of you as to where I could find nice quality that is reasonably priced.

Many thanks in advance for opinions, input, and guidance, it is very appreciated.

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