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Unread 04-17-2013, 08:49 PM   #16
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I've been buying USDA Prime Tri tips at Costco for $4.79 a pound they are the big vacuum pack but a great price. There's about six to eight in a pack anywhere from 1.5lb to 3.0
That just sounds like a crazy great deal! Any prime beef cuts by me are in the area of $14.00 lb.
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TJ's is an excellent store. I do like the charcoal and the meats. Yes, Australia produces a great deal of beef and they can be very competitive on price and quality. I have rarely been disappointed with anything from Trader Joe's.

The beer, wine and booze prices are usually good. Snacks are delicious too.
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Sounds like a great find. Im driving 50 miles this weekend in search of my first tri-tip in many years.
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I love Trader Joe's. We had one in Annapolis, but not where I live now. Have to drive 3 hours to the closest one
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I've been buying USDA Prime Tri tips at Costco for $4.79 a pound they are the big vacuum pack but a great price. There's about six to eight in a pack anywhere from 1.5lb to 3.0
Try Smart & Final, they have Tri Tips in vacuum pack untrimmed for $3.06 a pound.
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Smart & Final tri tips around here are usually select cuts at those low prices.
TJ's tri tips come from New Zealand, including other cuts such as flat iron.
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I've cooked several TJ's tri tips and have been very happy with them.

For a little more info on TJ"s try http://www.traderjoesfan.com/
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I've never had good luck with tri tips from trader joes IMO
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I've never had good luck with tri tips from trader joes IMO
Hey Offthehook,

Can you tell us why you don't care for TJ's tri tips? I've been using their's
since tri tips aren't very common around here.
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Smart & Final tri tips around here are usually select cuts at those low prices.
TJ's tri tips come from New Zealand, including other cuts such as flat iron.
Mine clearly is marked product of Australia, unless they consider that New Zealand too, I don't know
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KangaROO.

We have a TJ's about a mile from us and I've never found anything there that we didn't like. I haven't tried the tri-tip since I get them at Restaurant Depot, however.

Their rack of lamb is very good. It is pre-seasoned with garlic and rosemary.

Also, the Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup is excellent. We buy two boxes every time we stop there.
+1 on the RRP & tomato soup!
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Can't comment on the tri tip, but I've always had good at Trader Joe's. I was in San Fransisco on business and there was one right down the street from my hotel. Not only did they have ACTUAL 2 buck chuck (it's $2.99-$3.99 a bottle here) but they had a HUGE selection of Napa Valley wines for between $5 and $8 a bottle. The same wines here would be in the $12-$20 range. They also had a great selection of micro and craft beers for about half what we'd pay here on the right coast.
We have a few in our area here and really like the selection and prices.
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One thing I have noticed about Australian beef is the cows are grass fed. This makes the meat richer than corn fed.
Check the package to see if it says anything about grass.
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Mine clearly is marked product of Australia, unless they consider that New Zealand too, I don't know
Perhaps just the flat irons are marked product of New Zealand. I've purchased plenty of those from TJ's. For tri-tips I go to regular supermarkets which sell them at lower prices.
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Perhaps just the flat irons are marked product of New Zealand. I've purchased plenty of those from TJ's. For tri-tips I go to regular supermarkets which sell them at lower prices.
I wasnt really shopping for price. Was not shopping for it all actually.

I just happened to see it when I was in there getting charcoal and thought I would buy one
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