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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Cool food finds...

You probably know this, but TJ Maxx (no, I'm not on the payroll - although it would be awesome to have an employee discount... hmm...) is an awesome place to find food, spices and cookware. You can even find baking mixes and other treats. It's like shopping in a really good clearance section of Williams-Sonoma. I've found great vanilla, spices and other yummy treats there, all for much less than I would have to pay elsewhere.

Saturday I walked over to the TJ Maxx at Tower Place to rummage through their pantry, as it were. I found a bottle of O Ginger Rice Vinegar. It retails for $12, but I got it on clearance for $5. I splashed it over my salad last night along with a fruity extra virgin olive oil and it was fabulous. Would have been even tastier with an infused oil. They also had some other O products.

I also found a big, pretty glass container of grey sea salt for $3.99. I'm planning to cook with that tonight, so I'll write about that after I try it.

Where do you go for fabulous food finds?


at 1:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am always leery of buying any edibles there. You never know how old they are. TJ Maxx buys out overstocks and inventory from stores that are going out if business. Some of that stuff has likely been sitting in a shelf somewhere for a long time. buyer beware.

at 1:24 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

I'm careful to check the dates and the packaging to make sure the seals are intact. And I've come across lots of things that I would not buy from there because the seal looked funny, or something was cloudy. But when it comes to shelf-stable goods, things that could (and often do) sit in your pantry for a long time and be fine, I go for it. Seasonings, vinegars, etc... Just because it's there does not mean it's been on a shelf for a long time. Besides, you have to be careful at ANY store. I picked up a package of cottage cheese at Kroger last weekend and the expiration date said February. FEBRUARY! :)

at 7:38 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

Tom Douglas is a famous chef in Seattle who owns a few restaurants and markets some cooking items. One of my favorite items are his dry rubs. He makes one for salmon, one for chicken, and one for steak. I found them at Sur La Table at Rookwood, so now my mom doesn't have to mail the rubs to me from Seattle. They are fantastic.....

at 7:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently bought some Sarabeth fruit preserves for $5 a pop at TJ Maxx (or TJ Saks as I prefer to call it)and a whole vanilla bean in a large jar. It required me to add my own vodka, but now I have my own, homemade vanilla extract. I've never had a bad experience buying stuff there, but I've found some amazing things over the years: mustards, fancy vinegars, Taylor's of Harrogate Tea, Le Creuset with a ding or two, but remarkably low priced, and unusual condiments that are so cheap I don't feel like I wasted money if I don't like them.

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