Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco: Product Review

Costco Canada has been carrying this product for a long time, but for some reason I’d never tried it. Contrary to a regular grocery store, where you can find a thousand brands and flavors of chips and crackers, Costco has a more … limited … selection, so to avoid repetition I decided to finally try the Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers.

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco

First things first, the basics. The Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps crackers come in bags of 737 grams, which is quite a bit, and costs $6.99 plus taxes, in Canadian dollars – about $5 USD. Based on the serving size – more on that later – I can estimate that there are approximately 290 crackers per bag, so each cracker weighs about 2.5 grams, and each costs about 2.4 pennies. They are made in the United States, although there is no indication as to where the actual ingredients come from. For reference, the Costco Item Number is 262313 (in Canada).

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco Nutrition Facts
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco Nutrition Facts

Alright then, enough with the math. As you can see on the Nutrition Fact sheet right here, each serving is 100 calories, for 11 crackers. While this might seem entirely reasonable, it doesn’t factor in the fact that these Pretzel Crisps are friggin’ delicious, and I dare you to only eat 11. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that I are so much of them in one sitting that I gave myself sausage fingers because of the salt content.

Now, joking aside, the salt content is 14% per serving, which is not bad if you only have 1 serving, but that’s not really realistic. If you eat these things are crackers or snacks without putting anything on them, you will hoover down a whole bunch because they are awesome.

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Ingredients

When it comes to ingredients, these crackers are actually not that bad. Here are the ingredients, in order of appearance:

  • Wheat Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Malt Syrup (Tapioca Syrup, Malt Extract)
  • Sodium Hydroxide

Sodium Hydroxide is present in order to give the pretzel their distinctive crunch. In certain cases, Sodium Carbonate is used, but clearly not in this case.

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco

These Pretzel Crisps are also Non-GMO certified, which is great if you’re into that kind of stuff. Costco has more and more of those products, because I guess they can tell which way the wind is blowing. Personally, I care a lot less about GMOs than I do about the crazy lists of unpronounceable ingredients you can find in heavily modified and processed foods.

In conclusion, while I’m not a fan of that last ingredient, in part because it can be used as a drain and pipe cleaner, I’m confident that it’s only present in small enough concentrations not to be harmful. Moreover, these Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps crackers are made in the USA, non-GMO certified, and more importantly, they are absolutely delicious either just like that, as potato chips, or with dip, as canapes, or whatever. Just be mindful of the salt content, and you’ll be fine.

Enjoy, and let me know in the comments below how you enjoy them, also if your local Costco carries them!

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Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen 200 mg Liquid Gel Capsules: Product Review

It’s no secret that the pharmacy area can be one of the best places to save money at Costco; the pharmaceutical industry is well known for its spectacular profit margins, so it’s a great place to see Costco’s smaller margins in action, especially with Kirkland Signature branded products.

Today I’ve decided to review Kirkland Signature’s Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules, available only at Costco. Contrary to some of my other reviews, this review will be more focused on price than anything else, since the virtues of ibuprofen are already pretty well documented.

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules
Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules

Do Costco’s Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules Work?

That’s the $1000 question, isn’t it? The fact is, Ibuprofen either works for you, or it doesn’t. It really depends on the person. For myself, I can only take ibuprofen, acetaminophen doesn’t work, I might as well have sugar pills, so for me, the Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules are perfect.

The bottom line is, is Ibuprofen is right for you, then these Gel Capsules will work, quickly and effectively. Since the ibuprofen is provided in liquid form, it is quickly absorbed and quickly effective.

What are the KIRKLAND SIGNATURE IBUPROFEN LIQUID GEL CAPSULES ingredients?

As you might surmise, the main – and only – medicinal ingredients in these capsules is 200 mg of Ibuprofen, present as free acid and potassium salt.

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules Ingredients and Directions
Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules Ingredients and Directions

These Ibuprofen Gel Capsules are for adults only, not for children under 12 years of age; for migraines, you should take 1 capsule every 4 hours or 2 capsules every 6-8 hours, at the first sign of symptoms. Don’t exceed 6 capsules per day. I can only speak for myself, but I’ve spectacularly busted this limit many times.

How much do Kirkland Signature’s Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules Cost?

Each container of Kirkland Signature’s Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules contains 250 capsules, and costs $11.99 Canadian dollars, plus applicable taxes. This comes down to a cost of 4.8 pennies per capsule, plus taxes, or $0.05 each. This is an affordable way to get rid of a headache or other aches such as toothaches, menstrual pain, arthritis pain or back pain, among others.

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules
Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules

For the sake of comparison, you can purchase a bottle of 115 brand-name Advil Liqui-Gels, 200 mg of Ibuprofen per capsule, for $23.49 (plus taxes), or 20.25 pennies each, more than 4 times more expensive than the Kirkland Signature brand, for exactly the same active ingredient, in the same concentration.

When it comes to the expiration date, it is pretty close. I just bought some and the best before date is October 2020, which gives me a year and a half to go through 250 capsules. This is a lot, but not unreasonable. If you think this is too much for you, just give half the bottle to a friend or family member; even if they don’t give you any money, your remaining pills are still half the price of the competition, you just can’t go wrong!

I don’t understand why people insist on the brand name, and paying so much for for exactly the same product. That’s the power of marketing, I guess.

In Conclusion: KIRKLAND SIGNATURE IBUPROFEN LIQUID GEL CAPSULES

I regret to say that I am a great fan of Costco’s Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules. They are affordable and easy to swallow, and since the Ibuprofen is present in liquid form, very quick to take effect and relieve the pain. I say ‘I regret’ not because I don’t like them, but because I’d rather not have to use them!

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel single Capsule
Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel single Capsule

Shopping at the Costco pharmacy and checking out the Kirkland Signature branded pills and vitamins is a fantastic way to pay for your membership fees really quickly.

Zarotti Light Tuna Fillets (in Olive Oil) from Costco: Product Review

I’m not usually a tuna kind of guy; I like it well enough, in salads or in Kraft Dinner, or as a quick and tasty source of protein when I’m too lazy to do anything but open a can. Of course I’m talking about cooked tuna here; I love raw tuna in sushi or as sashimi, but that’s something else entirely.

This is why I’m so happy to be sharing my review of Zarotti’s Light Tuna Fillets in Olive Oil, which I bought at Costco. As you can see in the picture below, the jar is unopened, but that’s the second one; I inhaled the first one in a matter of days, it was that good.

Zarotti Light Tuna Fillets in Olive Oil from Costco
Prepare your taste buds, this is gonna be GOOD!

Now, let’s start with the basics; Zarotti’s Light Tuna Fillets (in Olive Oil) at available at Costco at a cost of $9.99 (Canadian dollars), in a jar of 520 grams. This comes out to $1.92 per 100 grams, which is more expensive yet comparable to regular canned tuna.

Now this is where the comparison begins, and ends. This is nothing like canned tuna; it is velvety smooth, salty but not too much, just right, and absolutely exploding with flavor. It’s fair to say that this is, by far, the tastiest tuna I’ve ever eaten, and I’ve eaten a lot. I would say that it is comparable to the canned tuna in oil, also made by Zarotti, but certainly better in every way.

The fact that the tuna in neither in chunks not in flakes, but rather large chunks of fillets, gives it an entirely different mouthfeel.

Zarotti Light Tuna Fillets in Olive Oil Ingredients

This is exactly what I love seeing on an ingredients label. See for yourselves!

Zarotti Light Tuna Fillets in Olive Oil Ingredients from Costco
Keep it simple, baby

Three simple ingredients, no preservatives or other weird things: tuna, olive oil and salt, that’s it, and that’s how it should always be.

ZAROTTI LIGHT TUNA FILLETS IN OLIVE OIl nutrition facts

This is where it gets interesting, and by that I mean, the tuna is soaking in olive oil, so there you have it, it’s not light. It’s not that bad, either, but still, see for yourselves.

Zarotti Light Tuna Fillets in Olive Oil Nutrition Facts from Costco

For each 55 gram ‘portion’, and let’s agree that’s like two big bites, you get 100 calories, comprised of 6 grams of fat, 15 grams of proteins – not bad! – and 20 mg of cholesterol, not to mention a whopping 330 milligrams of salt, or 14% of your daily recommended allowance. No wonder it’s so delicious!

You can also eat this incredible tuna relatively guilt-free, as the jar sports the Dolphin Safe logo, which means that the tuna is fished in a way designed to minimize dolphin bycatch and casualties. This doesn’t mean that tuna is fished in a sustainable way, although I certainly hope it is, because I never want us to run out. It’s too tasty.

That being said, this is – again – the most delicious tuna I’ve ever eaten, and if you try it I think you’ll find it’s the same. Zarotti’s Light Tuna Fillets in Olive Oil from Costco is not the kind of tuna that you mix with food; it’s the kind you open the jar, and pick at it with a fork, one heavenly bite after the other, until the jar is empty or you regain control of yourself. Good luck with that!

Costco Commercial Fold-in-Half Table: Product Review

I usually write reviews of products I eat from Costco; I guess those are generally more appealing to me, but my circumstances have changed in the last few weeks, and I found myself in need of a temporary desk. I thought, why not try the commercial Fold-in-half table from Costco?

I’ve seen those tables everywhere, but I’ve never had the occasion to use one. Here’s my chance!

Costco Fold-in-half Table, 6 ft

First things first: the fold-in-half table costs $57.99, plus taxes, in Canadian dollars, and is unfortunately made in China, but what isn’t these days. The dimensions are 72 inches long, 30 inches wide and 29.25 inches high. In my case, the table is long enough for my computer, a desktop, my two monitors, and my mouse and keyboard. For reference, the Costco (Canada) item number is 277974.

For those that need to carry this around, for exhibitions, booths, presentations or whatever, the folding mechanism is easy to use and convenient, and the legs fold easily where they are supposed to. The legs come with a ring to secure them when they are deployed so that the table cannot collapse unannounced.

When it comes to actual load, I would not want to hazard a guess as to how much this folding table will hold, but loaded as it is, with a computer, monitor, et cetera, it’s not even breaking a sweat. I know that I could put much heavier things on it, no problem.

One thing that is a bit annoying is the weight; the table, folded, weighs in at 33 pounds. That is not crazy heavy, but it’s certainly not light. Despite the fact that is has a convenient carrying handle, I would not want to have to lug this around all day, it’s quite bulky and heavy.

Costco Fold-in-half Table, 6 ft, deployed
My living room is going to feel crowded.

All in all, I have to say that the table feels solid and well built, and for about $65, everything included, that is hard to beat. Buying the wood and metal legs separately would have cost at least this much, I would have needed to assemble it and the result would not have been half as nice.

Costco Fold-in-half Table, 6 ft used as temporary desk

As you can see, the commercial fold-in-half table from Costco will work just fine as a temporary desk. I look forward to moving to my office in the basement and using this table as a packing table, which will ultimately be its destiny. For reference, the exact same table is sold at Home Depot (Canada) for $149, plus taxes. If you decide that you need this table, it’s totally worth it to become a Costco member just for that; it’s cheaper than buying it elsewhere!

Extreme Decluttering Technique: Flooding

I’ve written quite a bit about techniques to declutter, or to stop accumulating so much stuff. Recently though, I was introduced to a new method to get rid of lots of stuff: flooding.

My little town suffered the breach of a dyke about 3 weeks ago, which I wrote about here. Writing at the time was pretty traumatic, and the whole thing still feels surreal.

I want to make it clear that all that was lost, in our case, were material possessions. My children are safe, and so are my wife and I. Thanks to herculean efforts and the help of a few dear friends, our house is almost ready to be moved back in, which is a lot more than many people can say.

There’s a lot of decluttering happening on this street.

This brings me to the decluttering angle of things. I find one of the more difficult aspects of decluttering is letting go of items that remind me of things, that elicit memories or feelings. Because so many of my precious books and belongings were damaged by the flood, and the disgusting sewer waters, I had no choice but to get rid of them. In many cases I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye.

I catch myself a hundred times a day thinking, yeah, I have something like that … oh wait. No I don’t. Not anymore. My wife was asking me how many bookshelves we had – for insurance purposes. My first thought was, that’s easy, let me go check … oh wait.

As horrible and traumatic as this experience has been – let’s call it that – the fallout has something that for me, is somewhat cathartic. I don’t have to go through thousands upon thousands of items, deciding at every step what makes the cut and what doesn’t. God has already made the choice for me, and He chose whatever was on the lower shelves, hung in the water or fell in the water, as well as the actual floor, walls and ceilings of my basement. And the washroom. And the freezer. And my grandmother’s rocking chair. And all the kid’s toys.

God has made the choice, and I had to carry everything out to the curb.

This is – hopefully – a once-in-a-lifetime decluttering experience.

In the picture above you can see a small excavator picking up 40 years of treasured possessions and dumping them unceremoniously in a truck. We initially took so much stuff out that it took that machine 2 hours and three – THREE – full trucks to haul away our stuff. We put more out afterwards, at least another truck full.

The result has been spectacular in terms of decluttering – silver lining here folks. I never thought that I would get the chance to remodel the basement to my taste, but here we are.

The result, after a week of back-breaking work.

Having lost so much possessions already, I find it easier to select what I’ll be keeping from what has survived. I thought that since so much was lost, I would be keen on keeping every shred of what was not, however I find that this is not the case.

It’s like the Band-Aid has been pulled; I am now able to throw away things that I have been keeping for years, on the odd chance that I would need them again, or because someone I cared about loved them. My dear, departed mother loved books by Larry McMurtry; I don’t. I don’t need to keep stuff someone else loved because I loved them. It doesn’t make me love my mother any more or miss her any less because I am holding on to these things – and countless others.

We are now in the process of boxing up what we have left so that we can finally move back into our house. The water is drained, everything in the basement is demolished and taken out, the decontamination is done. All we have left to do is clean up and move back in, and remember the lesson that was taught to us, at great emotional, physical and financial expense: stuff is just stuff.

Flooding in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-lac, QC

Hey everyone.

The reason that I haven’t been writing so much the last few days is that on Saturday night, 27th of April, my town was flooded. I’m not talking about humidity in the basement kind of flooding, I mean cars pushed away, cops and firefighters going door to door and giving people as little as one minute to leave.

Possessions and pets were abandoned in the melee that ensued. Over 6,000 people, a third of my town, were evacuated and over 2,000 houses flooded. A dike, which some claim was ill-maintained, broke, and all hell broke loose.

At 8 PM, we had just finished watching The Secret Life of Pets (which was hilarious by the way), we put the kids to bed, and … the power cut.

I counted to 10, as I always do, hoping the it would come back on. Instead we were treated to a spectacular chorus of sirens from the fire department and seemingly every cop car in the province. I stepped outside to see what was happening, and a neighbor told me the dike had broken and some streets were being evacuated. It was pitch black and terrifying.

This picture is taken with Google’s awesome Night Sight. I was WAY darker than that.

I went back in the house. My son was already up, panicking slightly. I gave him the task of holding the flashlight while I awkwardly carried valuables (to me) from the basement to the main floor. About 15 minutes later we were ready to go.

We went out with our two cars so as not to leave them to get flooded. We decided on a rendez-vous point, which we reached quickly. It was decided that my wife would go to her parents, while I would go back and try to help as I could. As it turns out the bridge to go to her parent’s house was closed, for, the same reason, so we ended up going to my sister’s.

As I returned I was greeted by the sight of two yellow school buses full of police officers on my street, on their way to evacuate a old people’s home right on the water. The water was already halfway up the street to my house from the lake, and the street parallel to mine was already flooded.

I went back inside the house, but stupidly didn’t use the time I had to move more things upstairs. I wasn’t thinking right. I’m still not.

I left to go join my wife and kids. It was really eerie. The police and military presence was overwhelming, in a good way. At least we felt that we weren’t left to fend for ourselves

As I walked back to my car I was greeted by the sight of a military armored amphibious vehicle, along with more soldiers and police officers.

After driving for what seemed like an eternity we made it to my dad’s apartment, which was unused as he was in Florida. I broke down in tears in the street as I realized I left all our family’s pictures on the floor in the basement.

Now 5 days have passed. We are staying at my dad’s place, which is not ideally located for us, but is warm and dry and safe. My kids have gone back to school and daycare, and I’ve gone to work one day this week so far. I go to our house every day to see if the water has receded but so far, it hasn’t.

Today we tried pumping out the water with two powerful pumps, but the groundwater is still too high, it drops by about 10 inches and then no amount of pumping does anything. A friend helped me clear out some soaked belongings to the yard. 40 years of treasured possessions lie in a broken, soggy heap outside. It’s both tougher and easier than I thought, mentally speaking. One heck of a way to declutter.

This is the same view as the picture above, 5 days later. They are furiously pumping water back into the lake, but it’s going to take some doing. The lake is 1,500 feet away and the area affected, immense.

Thankfully, I was able so save many books, and some photo albums survived. I even think that I’ll be able to rescue most of the photos which are now floating all around the basement.

When we compare ourselves with others who were flooded, we got it easy. It’s not easy, bear in mind, but still. My street is flooded, sure, but my land is dry. All the water came up through the sump pit. My rear neighbor has electricity so I can plug a pump in. When all’s said and done we’ll have had about 25 inches of water in the basement. People I know have their entire basement completely flooded, and other neighbors can kayak through their house. Other house, mainly mobile homes have simply been knocked off their foundation.

Some folks have lost everything, barely go out with their lives. If this had happened in the middle of the night instead of at dinner time, there would have been dozens of casualties.

For my family, the bad news is that even though we’ve been luckier than some (most?), we’re still evacuated, and we can’t go back home for a while, as we can’t pump the water out and we have no power, so no heat, light, refrigerator, nothing.

The kids are safe, my wife is safe, and so am I.

Bump in the road.

Siwin Asian Chicken Dumplings Potstickers at Costco: Product Review

As readers of this blog know, I’m a big sucker for things that come from Costco. You always get the best value, and that’s what I’m all about. Today I’m going to write about Siwin Asian Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings Potstickers, which I purchase at Costco in a suitably enormous bag.

Siwin Asian Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings
That’s a lot of dough.

Now, the basics. These Asian potstickers are available at Costco in 1.91 kilogram bags, about 4 pounds. Regular price was $12.99 Canadian dollars, and there was an instant savings of $3 per bag, so of course I got two. It drives my wife nuts, and Costco’s stock price ever higher. For those who are interested, the Costco item number is 5502859 (in Canada, anyways). There are roughly 84 potstickers in each bag, entirely cooked before being frozen. Possible allergens are sesame, soy and wheat. These are NOT gluten free.

Siwin Asian Chicken Dumplings Ingredients

One of the things I appreciate from many of these kind of things (from Costco, anyways) is that the ingredients are more or less wholesome. Nothing weird or unpronounceable, and these potstickers are no exceptions. Here we go, in order of appearance:

Filling:

  • Chicken, Cabbage, Water, Green Onion, Canola Oil, Sugar, Yeast Extract, Salt, Spices, Sesame Oil

Wrapper:

  • Wheat flour, Water, Canola Oil, Salt, Sugar

Sauce:

  • Soy Sauce, Sugar, Water, Vinegar, Sesame Oil
Siwin Asian Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings Ingredients

Siwin Asian Chicken Dumplings Nutrition Facts

As you can expect from this type of prepared food, it’s really the sodium that’s a kicker here. One portion of potstickers, with one portion of the supplied sauce, will give you a whopping 39% of your daily sodium, and I can guarantee you that you’ll still be hungry! I usually skip the sauce, the dumplings are tasty as is.

Siwin Asian Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings Nutrition Facts
Easy on the salt, there, cowboy.

Siwin Asian Chicken Dumplings Cooking Instructions

Cooking these dumplings is really super easy. A steamer would be nice, but you can make do with a simple non-stick pan and a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Turn the heat up to medium-high, dump a bunch of dumplings in the pan, and add about 1/2 a cup of water.

Siwin Asian Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings Cooking
Takes only about 5-6 minutes, total.

Bring the water to a boil, and cover for 3 minutes. Afterwards, simply remove the cover, let the remaining water evaporate and fry them a little, until you get a light crust. Remove from the pan and eat up!

The Siwin Asian Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings Potstickers I purchase at Costco are always a hit with the kids. They only take a few minutes to cook, so they are ideal when you’re running out of time and need to make something RIGHT NOW because the kids are hungry and they will DIE OF HUNGER if they don’t eat RIGHT THIS SECOND. With lots of crying and whining.

Even when purchased at full price, this is a really good product that’s quick and easy to make, and for something that comes frozen in a bag, doesn’t contain horrible ingredients and that is not too bad for you, provided you don’t eat the whole bag in one sitting. Bon app├ętit!

Decluttering: Donating Old Clothes to Charity

Yesterday my family and I did something that had been haunting us for a long time. I’ve long been a hoarder – trying to reform myself – and doing this kind of thing is difficult, but still. I donated all of my children’s old clothes to charity. This fits nicely within my goal of decluttering our house.

My children are now 4 and 7, and growing like weeds, and we generate a lot of clothes that are barely used and we will never, ever need again, so instead of trying to sell them, we donated them.

Donating Kid's Clothes to Charity
These boxes would NOT fit in my Subaru.

I usually try to sell everything; when you’re trying to pay down a mortgage, every dollar counts. That being said, and as my wife wisely said, it could take years to get rid of that stuff on Kijiji and eBay, and we would not make much money.

Decluttering and Charity are Good for the Soul

Moreover, a lot of these clothes were donated to us, mainly by my sister, who has kids just a bit older than ours, so giving to charity would be paying it forward and good for the soul.

It’s crazy how just getting rid of 6 boxes of old clothes and 2 massive garbage bags would make a difference, but a part of the basement now seems clear after years of clutter. There is still a long ways to go, but we are going in the right direction!

Of course, getting rid of boxes of stuff that’s already been sorted and for which there is a market, so to speak, is easy. The rest of the decluttering is going to take some doing.

Marinade Bay Teriyaki Sauce at Costco: Product Review

Besides saving money and decluttering my home, one of the things I most enjoy doing is writing product reviews for things I purchase. I’ve already spent the money, so everyone might as well share in the knowledge! Today I will be writing a review for the Marinade Bay Teriyaki Sauce I purchased at Costco a few weeks ago, before the Ice Storm. I just got around to finally using it, and as planned I make Teriyaki chicken.

Marinade Bay Teriyaki Sauce from Costco
Marinade Bay Teriyaki Sauce from Costco, 970 ml, $6.49

Marinade Bay Teriyaki Sauce: First Impression

First, the basics. This sauce is sold in a 970 ml bottle, so almost a full liter, for $6.49 Canadian dollars, at Costco. The sauce is made in the USA and I purchased it at a Costco in the Montreal, Canada area. At first glance, this is a really good price for a marinade sauce, because you don’t really need that much when you cook. For just a few dollars, I can enjoy Teriyaki Chicken all summer!

But will I, though? Here’s the kicker: I found the sauce to be a bit thick for a marinade. Probably good when you add it at the end of cooking, cooking a bunch of chicken soaked in the stuff made for a challenging experience, even though the result was satisfactory in terms of taste.

Turns out that the sauce thickened A LOT during cooking, and I didn’t want boiled chicken, so I had to drain the sauce several times. I almost certainly would have been better off grilling the chicken first, then adding a BIT of sauce at the end, for flavor. Marinading was not required, I think.

Marine Bay Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients

Marinade Bay Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients

Looking at the ingredients, we can tell that the Marinade Bay people take their products seriously. There is not a single unpronounceable ingredient in there, and while I’m pretty certain that the various vinegars act as conservation agents, there is nothing artificial in here. Moreover, several of the ingredients are organic, which is great. The product itself is not labelled as such, as all the ingredients are not organically sourced, but still, a long way in the right direction, and kudos to them.

Marinade Bay Teriyaki Sauce Nutrition Facts

Marinade Bay Teriyaki Sauce Nutrition Facts

Considering the ingredients list, I’m pretty surprised at how not unhealthy this sauce actually is. I mean, sugar is the third ingredient and concentrated pineapple juice is the fourth, and these are pretty sweet, so I would have expected much more calories per portion.

Granted, the portion size is a single tablespoon, but still.

An area of concern here would be the salt content, 220 mg or 9% of your daily allowance, but with this type of sauce, it is to be expected, both really sweet and really salty at the same time. The good news here is that there is no fat and no cholesterol, which is awesome.

In Conclusion: Marinade Bay Teriyaki Sauce at Costco

I look forward to trying out this sauce as a cooking sauce and not a marinade. I was fooled by the name of the company, Marinade Bay, and I was not too pleased at the result. Moreover, I’m used to the teriyaki sauce in restaurants having a different texture, so perhaps I was biased here.

A few things are certain: the price point of the Marinade Bay Teriyaki Sauce from Costco, at a mere $0.66 per 100 ml, is right on target. The natural, and sometimes organic ingredients are a plus, and all in all, the taste was very acceptable.

I will update this review once I have used the sauce again under different circumstances.

Now the question is, will this sauce become a staple of Costco, or is it destined to be one of those sauces they have a pallet of, sell and then is never seen again? Only time (and sales) will tell!

One-Month Clutter Challenge: Ice Storm

This is going to be a short update, because I have to get to work, but I’m not going to skimp out on the details too much. A lot has happened in the last few days, all of it caused by a meteorological phenomenon called an ‘ice storm’.

In a nutshell, this happens when it rains and the outside temperature is just at the freezing point. The rain just freezes on everything. It’s very pretty, but also heavy, which means A LOT of broken trees, which fall on power lines, which cut power to entire regions – not just neighborhoods or streets. On April 8th, at night, over 315,000 households were without power in my neck of the woods. That’s a lot of people.

I have a sump pump in my basement to evacuate water as it rises, but because of the lack of power, it wasn’t working, which required me to purchase a water-pressure based pump, which was a complete waste of money because I was too stressed out to install it correctly. In the end, we only got minor flooding and damage, but the expense and the clutter remains.

I ended up spending $77.76 at the Home Hardware for that stupid pump, and every penny of it was a waste, and additional clutter for me. As discussed with my wife, we will return what we can and throw out the rest, as well as the now defunct garden hose (which will need replacement).

I also spent $27.75 taking the kids out to the restaurant, where the food was warm and plentiful, as opposed to home, where everything was room temperature.

We were out of power for about 30 hours, and surprisingly we did not lose anything in terms of food. We did not open the refrigerator or freezer a single time, and even the chicken and cheese I had bought at Costco the day before were still okay.

This has been an exhausting week so far, but the kids took it well, we didn’t spend too much and managed not to add to the clutter. I look forward to purchasing and installing a gas-powered generator in the near future.