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  1. #1
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Costco Organic Ground Beef

    When did they change it? Or do they carry more than one kind now? I bought
    some a few weeks back and noticed that the packaging is different. But the
    meat was fine.

    Then this past Sunday I bought some more. Made Spanish brown rice with 1/3
    of it. The end result although tasty was very greasy. I assumed I had used
    too much olive oil, even though I really didn't use much. Just a little to
    toast the rice.

    But then I used it again tonight for spaghetti sauce. I noticed a large
    amount of grease in the pan, which I blotted off. But the resulting sauce
    was still greasier than I wanted.

    So I looked at the remaining package. It is now 85% lean and 15% fat. I
    could have sworn that it used to be more lean. Or maybe I bought the wrong
    thing? Do they make it in different percentages of leanness?



  2. #2
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    On Wed, 16 May 2012 20:48:02 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:

    > When did they change it? Or do they carry more than one kind now? I bought
    > some a few weeks back and noticed that the packaging is different. But the
    > meat was fine.


    What did they say when you called them? CostCo carries different
    brands in different markets.

    So it's 85% lean now. What was it before? if you don't know that,
    then, well....

    -sw

  3. #3
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef


    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Wed, 16 May 2012 20:48:02 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    >> When did they change it? Or do they carry more than one kind now? I
    >> bought
    >> some a few weeks back and noticed that the packaging is different. But
    >> the
    >> meat was fine.

    >
    > What did they say when you called them? CostCo carries different
    > brands in different markets.
    >
    > So it's 85% lean now. What was it before? if you don't know that,
    > then, well....


    I didn't call them. I am not sure what it was before. But I think
    somewhere in the 90%.



  4. #4
    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    On May 16, 11:24*pm, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    > On Wed, 16 May 2012 20:48:02 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    > > When did they change it? *Or do they carry more than one kind now? *I bought
    > > some a few weeks back and noticed that the packaging is different. *But the
    > > meat was fine.

    >
    > What did they say when you called them? *CostCo carries different
    > brands in different markets.
    >
    > So it's 85% lean now. *What was it before? *if you don't know that,
    > then, well....


    I sometimes buy 85% lean if it's cheap, but I'm not a fan of beef
    fat. I find it pretty tasteless. I love bovine milkfat. Anyone
    remember Bonnie Buttered Beef?
    >
    > -sw


    --Bryan

  5. #5
    Kent Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef


    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:jp1vhc$8t4$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> On Wed, 16 May 2012 20:48:02 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >>
    >>> When did they change it? Or do they carry more than one kind now? I
    >>> bought
    >>> some a few weeks back and noticed that the packaging is different. But
    >>> the
    >>> meat was fine.

    >>
    >> What did they say when you called them? CostCo carries different
    >> brands in different markets.
    >>
    >> So it's 85% lean now. What was it before? if you don't know that,
    >> then, well....

    >
    > I didn't call them. I am not sure what it was before. But I think
    > somewhere in the 90%.
    >

    I think "normal" ground beef is 20% fat. A restaurant "gourmet" hamburger
    is usually 20% fat. A lean ground beef hamburger is too dry and lacks
    flavor. Always go for 20% and make sure the beef is ground on site. Costco's
    hamburger is.

    Kent




  6. #6
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    On Wed, 16 May 2012 23:10:13 -0700, Kent wrote:

    > I think "normal" ground beef is 20% fat. A restaurant "gourmet" hamburger
    > is usually 20% fat. A lean ground beef hamburger is too dry and lacks
    > flavor. Always go for 20% and make sure the beef is ground on site. Costco's
    > hamburger is.


    The organic ground beef they sell at our stores are pre-packaged. I
    think they're in 3 1-lb cryovac packages. But I don't pay attention
    to them. Never bought ground beef there - too much real meat to
    choose from.

    -sw

  7. #7
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef


    "Kent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:jp24o6$vge$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:jp1vhc$8t4$[email protected]..
    >>
    >> "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> On Wed, 16 May 2012 20:48:02 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> When did they change it? Or do they carry more than one kind now? I
    >>>> bought
    >>>> some a few weeks back and noticed that the packaging is different. But
    >>>> the
    >>>> meat was fine.
    >>>
    >>> What did they say when you called them? CostCo carries different
    >>> brands in different markets.
    >>>
    >>> So it's 85% lean now. What was it before? if you don't know that,
    >>> then, well....

    >>
    >> I didn't call them. I am not sure what it was before. But I think
    >> somewhere in the 90%.
    >>

    > I think "normal" ground beef is 20% fat. A restaurant "gourmet"
    > hamburger is usually 20% fat. A lean ground beef hamburger is too dry and
    > lacks flavor. Always go for 20% and make sure the beef is ground on site.
    > Costco's hamburger is.


    I don't believe this is ground on site. This is the organic.



  8. #8
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef


    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Wed, 16 May 2012 23:10:13 -0700, Kent wrote:
    >
    >> I think "normal" ground beef is 20% fat. A restaurant "gourmet"
    >> hamburger
    >> is usually 20% fat. A lean ground beef hamburger is too dry and lacks
    >> flavor. Always go for 20% and make sure the beef is ground on site.
    >> Costco's
    >> hamburger is.

    >
    > The organic ground beef they sell at our stores are pre-packaged. I
    > think they're in 3 1-lb cryovac packages. But I don't pay attention
    > to them. Never bought ground beef there - too much real meat to
    > choose from.


    Yes. That's the stuff.

    I will have to look at it better next time. There were two sections of it.
    Perhaps there are two different kinds and I bought the wrong one? I have
    bought the kind that they grind but you just have to buy so much of it! I
    don't need that much. And I don't like dealing with frozen meat.



  9. #9
    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    On May 17, 1:10*am, "Kent" <keh6...@ana.yahoo.com> wrote:
    > "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:jp1vhc$8t4$[email protected]..
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > "Sqwertz" <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote in message
    > >news:[email protected]..
    > >> On Wed, 16 May 2012 20:48:02 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:

    >
    > >>> When did they change it? *Or do they carry more than one kind now? *I
    > >>> bought
    > >>> some a few weeks back and noticed that the packaging is different. *But
    > >>> the
    > >>> meat was fine.

    >
    > >> What did they say when you called them? *CostCo carries different
    > >> brands in different markets.

    >
    > >> So it's 85% lean now. *What was it before? *if you don't know that,
    > >> then, well....

    >
    > > I didn't call them. *I am not sure what it was before. *But I think
    > > somewhere in the 90%.

    >
    > I think "normal" ground beef *is 20% fat. *A restaurant "gourmet" hamburger
    > is usually 20% fat. *A lean ground beef hamburger is too dry and lacks
    > flavor. Always go for 20% and make sure the beef is ground on site. Costco's
    > hamburger is.


    I understand the "too dry" part, but that "lacks flavor" thing is
    bull****. Lean beef has flavor. Delicious flavor. You're just
    repeating **** you've heard time and time again. Do a side by side
    tasting of browned lean beef against rendered tallow. You tell me
    which one has "flavor."
    >
    > Kent


    --Bryan

  10. #10
    George M. Middius Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    Kent wrote:

    > I think "normal" ground beef is 20% fat. A restaurant "gourmet" hamburger
    > is usually 20% fat.


    For burgers, you want at least 15% fat. The leaner kind is better for
    stuffed peppers, bolognese sauce, meatloaf, but not burgers.


  11. #11
    Marcella Peek Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Wed, 16 May 2012 23:10:13 -0700, Kent wrote:
    >
    > > I think "normal" ground beef is 20% fat. A restaurant "gourmet" hamburger
    > > is usually 20% fat. A lean ground beef hamburger is too dry and lacks
    > > flavor. Always go for 20% and make sure the beef is ground on site.
    > > Costco's
    > > hamburger is.

    >
    > The organic ground beef they sell at our stores are pre-packaged. I
    > think they're in 3 1-lb cryovac packages. But I don't pay attention
    > to them. Never bought ground beef there - too much real meat to
    > choose from.
    >
    > -sw


    Almost (at least at my local store) It used to be in one pound packages,
    not it's three 1 1/3 pound packages for a total of 4 pounds. Irritates
    me. I stopped buying it when they increased the package size. I'm too
    lazy to go home, slit open the packages, and repackage it in smaller
    portions for freezing.

    It was good when it was in 1 lb portions, but when the size change the
    brand changed too and maybe that's the difference your finding as well.

    marcella

  12. #12
    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    On May 17, 8:34*am, George M. Middius <glanb...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > Kent wrote:
    > > I think "normal" ground beef *is 20% fat. *A restaurant "gourmet" hamburger
    > > is usually 20% fat.

    >
    > For burgers, you want at least 15% fat. The leaner kind is better for
    > stuffed peppers, bolognese sauce, meatloaf, but not burgers.



    I'd far rather have 9% fat if I'm cooking them rare or medium rare,
    more fat the more done you're going to cook them.

    --Bryan

  13. #13
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    On Thu, 17 May 2012 07:35:38 -0700, Marcella Peek wrote:

    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Wed, 16 May 2012 23:10:13 -0700, Kent wrote:
    >>
    >>> I think "normal" ground beef is 20% fat. A restaurant "gourmet" hamburger
    >>> is usually 20% fat. A lean ground beef hamburger is too dry and lacks
    >>> flavor. Always go for 20% and make sure the beef is ground on site.
    >>> Costco's
    >>> hamburger is.

    >>
    >> The organic ground beef they sell at our stores are pre-packaged. I
    >> think they're in 3 1-lb cryovac packages. But I don't pay attention
    >> to them. Never bought ground beef there - too much real meat to
    >> choose from.
    >>
    >> -sw

    >
    > Almost (at least at my local store) It used to be in one pound packages,
    > not it's three 1 1/3 pound packages for a total of 4 pounds.


    I thought 3lbs would have been kinda small for CostCo. I was going to
    guess 1 2/3rds pounds to make it an even 5lbs.

    -sw

  14. #14
    Hell Toupee Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    On 5/17/2012 7:23 AM, Bryan wrote:

    > I understand the "too dry" part, but that "lacks flavor" thing is
    > bull****. Lean beef has flavor. Delicious flavor. You're just
    > repeating **** you've heard time and time again. Do a side by side
    > tasting of browned lean beef against rendered tallow. You tell me
    > which one has "flavor."


    Rendered tallow is pretty damned delicious, too. It's what made
    McDonald's french fries famous, after all (back in the days when they
    fried real potatoes in real beef tallow. Even Julia Child praised them.)

  15. #15
    Kent Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef


    "Bryan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On May 17, 1:10 am, "Kent" <keh6...@ana.yahoo.com> wrote:
    > "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:jp1vhc$8t4$[email protected]..
    >
    > > "Sqwertz" <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote in message
    > >news:[email protected]..
    > >> On Wed, 16 May 2012 20:48:02 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:

    >
    > >>> When did they change it? Or do they carry more than one kind now? I
    > >>> bought
    > >>> some a few weeks back and noticed that the packaging is different. But
    > >>> the
    > >>> meat was fine.

    >
    > >> What did they say when you called them? CostCo carries different
    > >> brands in different markets.

    >
    > >> So it's 85% lean now. What was it before? if you don't know that,
    > >> then, well....

    >
    > > I didn't call them. I am not sure what it was before. But I think
    > > somewhere in the 90%.

    >
    > I think "normal" ground beef is 20% fat. A restaurant "gourmet" hamburger
    > is usually 20% fat. A lean ground beef hamburger is too dry and lacks
    > flavor. Always go for 20% and make sure the beef is ground on site.
    > Costco's
    > hamburger is.


    I understand the "too dry" part, but that "lacks flavor" thing is
    bull****. Lean beef has flavor. Delicious flavor. You're just
    repeating **** you've heard time and time again. Do a side by side
    tasting of browned lean beef against rendered tallow. You tell me
    which one has "flavor."
    >

    --Bryan

    The flavor beef is tied to the fat in the meat. Standing rib and ribeye
    taste great. Chuck tastes great. NY strip is intermediate. Filet doesn't
    taste like beef.

    Kent







  16. #16
    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    Kent <keh6444@ana.yah[email protected]> wrote:

    > Filet doesn't taste like beef.


    You must mean salmon filets.



  17. #17
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef


    "Marcella Peek" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Wed, 16 May 2012 23:10:13 -0700, Kent wrote:
    >>
    >> > I think "normal" ground beef is 20% fat. A restaurant "gourmet"
    >> > hamburger
    >> > is usually 20% fat. A lean ground beef hamburger is too dry and lacks
    >> > flavor. Always go for 20% and make sure the beef is ground on site.
    >> > Costco's
    >> > hamburger is.

    >>
    >> The organic ground beef they sell at our stores are pre-packaged. I
    >> think they're in 3 1-lb cryovac packages. But I don't pay attention
    >> to them. Never bought ground beef there - too much real meat to
    >> choose from.
    >>
    >> -sw

    >
    > Almost (at least at my local store) It used to be in one pound packages,
    > not it's three 1 1/3 pound packages for a total of 4 pounds. Irritates
    > me. I stopped buying it when they increased the package size. I'm too
    > lazy to go home, slit open the packages, and repackage it in smaller
    > portions for freezing.
    >
    > It was good when it was in 1 lb portions, but when the size change the
    > brand changed too and maybe that's the difference your finding as well.
    >
    > marcella


    Ohhhhhh. You're right! I forgot about the extra meat. I had noticed that.



  18. #18
    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    On May 17, 12:09*pm, "Kent" <keh6...@ana.yahoo.com> wrote:
    > "Bryan" <bryangsimm...@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]...
    > On May 17, 1:10 am, "Kent" <keh6...@ana.yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote in message

    >
    > >news:jp1vhc$8t4$[email protected]..

    >
    > > > "Sqwertz" <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote in message
    > > >news:[email protected]..
    > > >> On Wed, 16 May 2012 20:48:02 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:

    >
    > > >>> When did they change it? Or do they carry more than one kind now? I
    > > >>> bought
    > > >>> some a few weeks back and noticed that the packaging is different. But
    > > >>> the
    > > >>> meat was fine.

    >
    > > >> What did they say when you called them? CostCo carries different
    > > >> brands in different markets.

    >
    > > >> So it's 85% lean now. What was it before? if you don't know that,
    > > >> then, well....

    >
    > > > I didn't call them. I am not sure what it was before. But I think
    > > > somewhere in the 90%.

    >
    > > I think "normal" ground beef is 20% fat. A restaurant "gourmet" hamburger
    > > is usually 20% fat. A lean ground beef hamburger is too dry and lacks
    > > flavor. Always go for 20% and make sure the beef is ground on site.
    > > Costco's
    > > hamburger is.

    >
    > I understand the "too dry" part, but that "lacks flavor" thing is
    > bull****. *Lean beef has flavor. *Delicious flavor. *You're just
    > repeating **** you've heard time and time again. *Do a side by side
    > tasting of browned lean beef against rendered tallow. *You tell me
    > which one has "flavor."
    >
    > --Bryan
    >
    > The flavor beef is tied to the fat in the meat. Standing rib and ribeye
    > taste great. Chuck tastes great. NY strip is intermediate.


    I'd take the taste of a strip over rib or chuck every time, even if
    the strip had been defatted beforehand. The muscle tissue itself
    tastes different. A lean bite of chuck tastes different than a lean
    bite of round.

    >*Filet doesn't taste like beef.


    There you go saying nonsense again.
    >
    > Kent


    --Bryan

  19. #19
    George M. Middius Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    Bryan wrote:

    > >*Filet doesn't taste like beef.

    >
    > There you go saying nonsense again.


    Isn't Kent the one who says "rectal orifice" when he's annoyed?



  20. #20
    dsi1 Guest

    Default Re: Costco Organic Ground Beef

    On 5/17/2012 7:09 AM, Kent wrote:
    > "Bryan"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > On May 17, 1:10 am, "Kent"<keh6...@ana.yahoo.com> wrote:
    >> "Julie Bove"<julieb...@frontier.com> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:jp1vhc$8t4$[email protected]..
    >>
    >>> "Sqwertz"<swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote in message
    >>> news:[email protected]..
    >>>> On Wed, 16 May 2012 20:48:02 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:

    >>
    >>>>> When did they change it? Or do they carry more than one kind now? I
    >>>>> bought
    >>>>> some a few weeks back and noticed that the packaging is different. But
    >>>>> the
    >>>>> meat was fine.

    >>
    >>>> What did they say when you called them? CostCo carries different
    >>>> brands in different markets.

    >>
    >>>> So it's 85% lean now. What was it before? if you don't know that,
    >>>> then, well....

    >>
    >>> I didn't call them. I am not sure what it was before. But I think
    >>> somewhere in the 90%.

    >>
    >> I think "normal" ground beef is 20% fat. A restaurant "gourmet" hamburger
    >> is usually 20% fat. A lean ground beef hamburger is too dry and lacks
    >> flavor. Always go for 20% and make sure the beef is ground on site.
    >> Costco's
    >> hamburger is.

    >
    > I understand the "too dry" part, but that "lacks flavor" thing is
    > bull****. Lean beef has flavor. Delicious flavor. You're just
    > repeating **** you've heard time and time again. Do a side by side
    > tasting of browned lean beef against rendered tallow. You tell me
    > which one has "flavor."
    >>

    > --Bryan
    >
    > The flavor beef is tied to the fat in the meat. Standing rib and ribeye
    > taste great. Chuck tastes great. NY strip is intermediate. Filet doesn't
    > taste like beef.
    >
    > Kent
    >


    The truth is that any cut of meat is pretty bland until you add salt. I
    guess that makes it more important than what cut you use. OTOH,
    discussing meaty pieces is always tasty:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...tml?ref=topbar

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