Official Costco Logo Shirts, Hoodies, and More
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Check this out! These are the real-deal Costco T-shirts and hoodies with official Kirkland Signature logos. They also have jogging pants for men and women. They are available now, while supplies last.

I ordered one white t-shirt with the Kirkland Signature logo. I shall inspect it first and purchase 1 – 2 more. If they fit perfectly, I may purchase a lot more, but that’s a long shot. The logo shirt is absolutely adorable. I shall wear it every time I go to Costco. In the past, I was tempted to purchase unofficial Costco apparel. I am glad they are now available at Costco.

Ideally, I should own 20 of these logo t-shirts so I can wear them every day as I work from home. But I cannot wear these shirts at home because they are a relaxed fit. The relaxed fit means a lot of access fabric and wicked huge armholes. Supima cotton is soft and nice. But, they can be too soft (stretchy) for me, especially when they are a relaxed fit.

I have purchased a number of Supima cotton t-shirts at Costco. I cannot wear them at home because they are too loose, stretchy, and have big armholes.

*Update: I tried the logo t-shirt and I like it. The logo t-shirt fits me just OK. It’s a slightly relaxed fit that I can feel, but not by a lot. With that, the undershirts fit me better and feel better for my body shape. Look at the below picture for my body shape.

I have a problem with short sleeves shirts with big sleeves. Crucially, your t-shirt should absorb your armpit sweat by wedging into your armpits. Large armholes cannot do that job. So, your pits will stay sweaty all day, leaving you prone to body odor. Personally, though, the loose fabric around my arms and the pits feels unbearable. Also, large sleeves are not very attractive.

T-Shirt with proper sleeves. How t shirt sleeves should fit.
T-shirt from Costco – sleeves that compliment

I like Costco’s white undershirt. They have perfect sleeves to wear at home. I always fold the sleeves at the seams to make them 1 inch shorter. I currently own 11 of them, and I just ordered a 6 pack along with the logo shirt. I work from home, so if I put on a white shirt in the morning it will stay on me for 24 hours. For the past 14 years or longer, I’ve been wearing these white shirts at home and in bed. Fitting t-shirts stay better while I sleep. Loose-fit t-shirts move too much. They ride up more easily, and they just feel too loose, which affects my sleep.

If you are young, you can wear a white t-shirt when you go out, like James Dean. It’s a freakin’ awesome look. But they are not a good look for grown men like me; unless you work construction, hospice, or if your last name is Clean.

Absolutely adorable – Maybe it’s the model
English Laundry Men’s Twill 5 Pocket Pant
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Quick. I have to tell you this before the sale ends on May 2, 2022. ($5 off)

https://www.costco.com/english-laundry-men’s-twill-5-pocket-pant.product.100773733.html

These pants may be one of the best pants I have seen. They fit modern style in slim straight. They are a little stretchy (I like). They come in gray, brown, and green. I bought 3 pairs of each color.

Important: Costco may bring back these pants in the future. The next batch may have the same product number, same name, and the same description. BUT.. the pants may be different. They may use different materials, or they may use a different manufacturer. That’s why you often hear people saying “They are not what they used to be”

So, I can only review these pants for April 2022. And they are fantastic.

Gourmia Air Fryer – GAF798
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John

Air fry, bake, & dehydrate

I spent 2 weeks with a Gourmia Air Fryer, GAF798 (Costco item #5232432). I focused on frying fish and chips. But it does more than frying. It can bake and dehydrate as well. 2 weeks was not enough time to learn about a new kitchen appliance. I shall spend more time with it. So far, this opened a door to a new world. I didn’t know there were so many frozen fish, fries, and such… that I can fry on my own.

I will definitely use this air fryer often for onion rings, fish, and fries. My only problem is that I need to reframe myself from using it too often.

Gourmia’s air fryers are available at Costco. They are currently on sale for $39.95 in-store until April 10, 2022. The online price is $49.99 (shipping & handling included), also through April 10. Costco’s regular price is still the best you can find.

Below is a quick video – from unboxing to trying out some recipes. I ate a lot.

Key features of Gourmia’s 7-quart digital air fryer are:

  • Pre-set 10 One-Touch Cooking Functions
  • Guided Cooking Prompts with optional Preheat and Turn Food reminders
  • FryForce 360° Technology
  • 90°F to 400°F temperature range, up to 24 hours with auto shut-off
  • Air frying uses up to 80% less fat than deep frying – so enjoy those French fries!
  • Includes dishwasher safe basket, crisper tray, and multi-purpose rack, for easy clean up
  • Digital Dual Time/Temperature Control
  • Cord Management System
Costco Bratwurst – Kirkland Signature Brats (sausages)
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Vacuum, Freeze, Enjoy (#vacuumfreezeenjoy)

I bought Kirkland Signature Brats (Bratwurst) on June 9, 2021. I paid the regular price of $8.49 for 14 links (2 packages of 7 each). I vacuum-packed and froze them for long-term storage. It took me 3 months to finish all 14 links by myself. And I can tell you that these sausages are a delight. I like them, and I will buy them again.

Kirkland Signature Bratwurst, brats, Costco

I made gumbo with these brats. In that gumbo, I also put in an equal amount of Costco chicken breast meat. I don’t live in the South, so I don’t know how the homemade gumbo should look and taste like. I blindly followed the generic recipe, and I enjoyed my gumbo a lot. It was very good. But people from the South may look at the picture of my Gumbo and say, “What the heck is this?”. What can I say… that would be my imaginary gumbo that came to life. 🙂 I also made the collard greens from scratch (picture).

I also fried some brats in a frying pan. For these, I put olive oil and several basic seasonings (no salt). I put it on low heat with the cover on. I purposely didn’t follow the cooking instruction on the package. While cooking, I turned over the brats only once, so my pictures would come out pretty. Don’t worry, I cooked them all the way through. I am not that clueless.

Below are the official care and cooking instructions from the bottom of the package. The instruction is there for people who never cooked before. You may ignore it if you know what you’re doing.

Care Instruction for Costco Bratwurst

  • Once opened, use within 5 days
  • Freeze up to 30 days
  • Keep refrigerated

Cooking Instructions for Kirkland Signature Brats

  • Grill – Heat gas grill to medium-low (if charcoal, allow it to burn until white ash has formed on the embers). Place links on grill. Use tongs to turn often. Grill bratwurst for 20 to 25 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F
  • Stovetop – Spray skillet with cooking spray. Add brats. Cook over medium-high heat until browned, about 5 minutes, turning links with tongs often. Reduce heat to medium-low and add 1/2 cup of water to skillet. Cover skillet and simmer for 12 to 14 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Broil – Place links on broiler rack or foil-lined baking pan 7 to 9 inches below heat. Turn links with tongs every 3 minutes. Broil for 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown or until internal temperature reaches 165°F

Chicken Sausages at Costco
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Article submitted by a new reader of the blog, David from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

One of the things I love about Costco is that, despite being a warehouse type store, they often manage to offer multiple options for many products.  A case in point are the chicken sausages they have for sale!

I love chicken sausages.  They taste great and have less fat and cholesterol than traditional pork and beef sausages.  When I am eating chicken sausages I can at least pretend that I am eating healthy.  By the way, they are especially great when sliced thin and used as a topping for the Costco Caesar Salad!

Costco is currently offering chicken sausages from the following brands:

  • Chef Bruce Aidells
  • Amylou
  • Sabatino’s

The sausages from all of these brands are pre-cooked and ready to eat.

Aidells’ Chicken and Apple Sausage

Bruce Aidells was a pioneer in the poultry sausage marketplace.  His brand has developed a lot of different flavors and there are a ton of great recipes on the company’s website.

I have tried lots of different Aidells products and the apple flavored sausage is one of my favorites.

Chicken Sausage Costco

Amylou’s Andouille Chicken Sausage

Amylou Foods started in 1992 out of Chicago as a side business from an existing sausage shop.

Amylou has developed a lot of interesting chicken products and even has a line of chicken bacon!

The sausage they are selling at Costco is an andouille style that is being marketed as Paleo friendly.

Sabatino’s Basil and Black Pepper Chicken Sausage

Sabatino’s is based out of California and traces its food styling origins to Palermo, Italy.
The Sabatino sausage at Costco is the Paleo friendly Basil and Black pepper flavor that they feature in this amazing recipe for Keto Corndogs!

Which of These Sausages is the Best?

I wish I could tell you that Brand XYZ is the absolute best option so I could make your shopping decision easy.

However, the reality is that all of these brands are great and the flavor profiles of the sausages are so different from each other that a Head to Head taste comparison wouldn’t make any sense.

I think it would be fun to hear what other folks think about these sausages and learn which ones are their favorites!

Everything Bagel Seasoning
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Olde Thompson’s Everything Bagel Seasoning – 11.5 OZ. At Costco

I knew nothing about Everything Bagel Seasoning until now. I bought it because it looked interesting. I have limited knowledge on this topic, so correct me if I’m wrong.

It’s called “Everything Bagel Seasoning” because there is a bagel called “Everything Bagel”. Somebody put all kinds of seasonings on top of the bagel and called it “Everything Bagel” and it became popular. It turned out, the seasoning worked with all kinds of food. So, the seasoning (without the bagel) became popular as well.

I don’t think Olde Thompson is the original creator of “Everything Bagel Seasoning”. There are many versions of Everything Bagel Seasonings out there. Mainly people associate Everything Bagel Seasoning with Trader Joe’s.

On the container it reads “Try on salads, avocado, toast, eggs, veggies, everything!” – so I tried it on both fried eggs and scrambled eggs. And yes, these are very good on eggs. It’s a game-changer. It gives me a totally different experience of eating eggs. I like it a lot. I will buy it again if I see it at Costco. I am not sure if I’m willing to pay the non-Costco price.

I can be wrong, but this is my educated guess: This product is likely to go “on and off” at your local Costco warehouse. You will find them if you find them. Some of you may have a hard time finding it at your local Costco locations. They are not available on the Costco website. They were available on the Costco Business website, but they have disappeared from the website.

Mine has an expiration date of 10/22 -16 months shelf life. Since it’s a dry good, I guess I can stretch it for 2 years if I don’t finish it sooner.

Talk to you later. Take care.

Big Shoulders Smokehouse Baby Back Pork Ribs
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I enjoyed these baby back pork ribs by Big Shoulders Smokehouse. This 48 oz (3 lb) package was $12.99. That’s cheaper than 2 double cheeseburgers without drinks. 2 average-sized adults can pig out on this. In my case, 2 of us could only eat 2/3 of it. This is an excellent value. I shall buy some more.

Update: I went back to Costco 2 weeks later for some more. Now they were $13.99 each. The price went up by $1.00.

I bought this on my Costco Shopping – March 10, 2021. They are fully cooked, so I just needed to reheat in the oven. I put it in the 375-degree oven for 27 minutes.

Maybe these were as good as Tony Roma’s. Maybe these were better than Tony Roma’s. I am not sure. They are that good. The meat was tender and falling off the bone. The sauce was just right. Next time, I shall scrape off BBQ sauce and warm it up separately. Then I shall re-apply the sauce after the ribs are cooked.

As a side dish, I microwaved Kirkland Signature’s Normandy-Style Vegetable mix. I always keep a bag of Kirkland Signature’s frozen mixed vegetables. The bread was from a local store.

It took me about 40 minutes to prepare everything. It was an excellent dinner. Baby back ribs are crazy good times. If you have young dogs (with good teeth) they will love the bones. They will enjoy the bones more than we enjoy the meat.

1/3 of a rack = 1 lb