Interesting title, I know.
Ummm. How do those two things go together? Well, you’ll understand in a bit. I hope.
We’ve been Costco members for a couple years now, but since it’s out-of-town for us, it has taken me a while to a) get into a habit of remembering to shop there and b) knowing what things I want to plan to buy when I do get there. Each year so far has been an improvement on the one before. I was there over Christmas break and already went back last weekend, which is better than my goal of getting there at least every two months!
I’m finally pretty familiar with the layout and what’s available, though each trip I find something that I didn’t know existed at all or wasn’t aware that they carry there. (Thank you, sample day!) I’m always careful, though, not to fall into the processed food trap. This past year I have really cut out the processed foods we buy and use, and I vowed to myself that if I couldn’t use Costco to save money on the healthy stuff and the things we already buy, then forget it. Now that I’m more regularly using our membership, we’ll see how the savings add up, but I’m definitely finding some great products and good deals.
|My bulk can storage|
Months ago I intended to create a Costco grocery list – basically a standing list that I could run through each time I’m there, so that I don’t forget those good buys that I like to take advantage of. So that’s topic 1 of today’s post!
What I’ve done, then, is created a list of those items I plan to regularly get at Costco because I can a) save money, b) get better quality and/or c) get large quantities of things I use often. I created an “other” section, as well, for things that might crop up occasionally (like wine ;)). This doesn’t mean I’ll always get these things every time I go to Costco. But it gives me a checklist to review of the things I prefer to buy there (rather than our local stores) so that I don’t forget something. When you only get to a place once every month or every-other-month, it pays to be organized (which is also why I keep ongoing Target/Hobby Lobby lists on my phone!).
Now for the cheese-grating. At my last Costco trip I picked up a big block of cheddar cheese, per my husband’s request to get “good cheese” as opposed to processed cheese slices for his lunches. I’ve also been meaning to grate my own cheese to avoid unwanted ingredients (see here for more info) and to save money. I know Brad intended for me to get the pre-sliced “gourmet” deli cheeses, but I figured getting this block would allow us to use it for everything: His sandwiches, the kids’ snacks, and then grated for meals. His response when he saw it was, “What is THIS?!”. He’ll live.
I decided today to make cheese roll-ups for the daycare kids for lunch, and since we were out of pre-shredded cheese, I needed to do it myself! In the past I have tried a rotary grater and absolutely hated the process. The cheese gummed up and wouldn’t come out well, and cleaning it was just as fun. (Not.)
I’ve had this Pampered Chef Microplane Adjustable Coarse Grater for way too long without trying it. Today was the day and I was SO GLAD I did! This thing works like a dream! The cheese came out like butter…and didn’t clog up! And after a quick rinse in the sink and it’s nearly clean! I see a lot more cheese-grating in my future.
So there you have it: Costco and cheese. Don’t you feel enlightened today? 🙂