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Costco Review: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank

With everything that is going on in the world right now, people are definitely staying more at home, and cooking more, but that gets old sometimes. Several times a week I feel like I couldn’t be bothered to cook, and I wish I could just not be hungry. That’s pretty grim, I know, and thankfully there are some tasty alternatives out there.

Costco seems to have figured this out, and there are more ready-to-eat meals than ever available. I picked up this new thing just a few days ago, and tried it last night: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank.

Costco: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank

I got this gorgeous new thing at my local Costco for only $19.99, Canadian dollars, no taxes. Basically for 20 bucks you get two pork shanks, about 700 grams each. The box helpfully proclaims that ‘one shank is ideal for 2 people’ so I made the whole thing, since there are 4 of us. I made this with mashed potatoes and asparagus on the side, and there was some left over at the end.

Each shank is vacuum-sealed in its own bag, so you can chose to make only one if you want.

Costco: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank

These come already fully cooked; you only need to heat them up, which I did in the oven. The box claims that 18 minutes at 350 degrees, uncovered, will do the trick, but I left it in there for 20 minutes, covered and it still wasn’t warm enough to my liking. The next time I make these, I will boil them in the bag, which is another cooking option, as is the microwave, but I don’t do that (I don’t even own a microwave).

Costco: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank

Now, the Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shanks don’t look huge, but I assure you that there is plenty of meat on there to satisfy even the more voracious appetites. There’s also plenty of bone, but those are pork shanks; this is to be expected and not a surprise. I just wish I could easily slurp up the marrow!

Costco: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank

Now on to the most important stuff: appearance, taste and texture! I’ll let you judge the appearance for yourself. This is not meant to be fancy food, but that being said, nicely presented, the shanks look good, the color is good and you can see herbs and spices and the surface if you look at the previous picture.

As to taste and texture, this is where this product really shines! The meat is fall-of-bone delicious, and would have been even more so if I’d boiled the packages instead of opening and roasting them. Lesson learned. That being said, the meat was very easy to separate from the bone, and besides the actual bones, there is very little waste in terms of cartilage, tendons, fat, et cetera.

The taste was subtle and pleasant, not overpowering, just… delightful. One thing that must be said, however, was that this is an extremely salty dish.

Costco: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank Nutrition Facts

As you can see with the Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank nutrition facts sheet, there is a stunning 35% of the daily recommended sodium in just 100 grams of this delicious stuff. That’s a lot, and if you eat half a shank, then you’ve definitely had at least 2 servings. I’m guessing the bone probably weighs around 250 grams, leaving a total of 5 servings per shank.

When it comes to the rest, these are actually not bad for a prepared meal. You get 11% of your daily fat, 15% of daily trans Fat, 26 grams of proteins and non-negligible amounts of Potassium and Iron. Oh yeah, and 80mg of Cholesterol.

Honestly, nobody buys products like this and expects something truly healthy; I’m happy when it’s not actually bad, and when I recognize all the ingredients without investing years of my life in a PhD in Chemistry.

Speaking of which, here are the ingredients that go into these delicious Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shanks. It’s a blessedly short list:

  • Pork
  • Salt
  • Sugar (Dextrose)
  • Marsala wine
  • Natural flavoring
  • Spices

There is nothing weird or unpronounceable here, no unholy conservation agents or anything of the sort, so these roasted pork shanks go even higher on my list.

There is just one negative point, and its a personal one, but it’ll give you something to think about: my wife couldn’t finish her plate, as she claimed the meat was too salty. As I said, a personal point, she’s sensitive to excess salt but usually not to that extent, and has been known to polish off a bag of chips in one sitting, so make of it what you will.

In conclusion, the Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank, available at Costco for $19.99 Canadian dollars, are a fantastic deal for a quick weekday meal, and presented properly, could be offered to guests. The meat is tender, juicy and tasty, and the value proposition spectacular. Just mind the salt.

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Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites: Costco Product Review

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites: $9.99 at Costco, 163 grams, $6.12/100g, 11g of carbs per 50g serving, sea salt, Vitamin C and K, Gluten-free, Vegan Certified and oh-so-good!

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the things I love most about Costco is their willingness to try new things. Sometimes is doesn’t pan out, and the product is quickly removed from the floor, never to be seen again, and sometimes they hit the bull’s eye, as they have with Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites, seasoned with sea salt.

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites

Before I get started on why I love Rhythm’s Organic Cauliflower Bites, let me tell you the one reason I don’t: the price. While I bought them on special, $2 off, the $9.99 regular price is just ridiculous for what amounts to a few handfuls of fried cauliflower. A $5 price point for this quantity of product would be a lot more reasonable, and honestly, just more fair. Based on the nutritional information fact sheet, there are just over 3 servings of 50 grams each per bag, so that’s $3.06 per serving.

This is not caviar. It’s cauliflower. It’s cheap, even if it’s organic, so drop that price and I’ll buy a lot.

Now, after this bummer of an opening, let me tell you the reasons why I LOVE this awesome organic snack from Costco!

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites Nutrition Facts

The first thing would be this: for once, I can buy a nice, crunchy snack that is more or less healthy.

I’m not saying it’s perfect: there’s quite a bit of salt in there, 240 mg per serving, which amounts to 10% of your daily requirement.

Moreover, the fat content isn’t great, but that being said, most of the fat is in the form of monounsaturated fat, for 9 grams per portion. There’s also quite a bit of fiber – 14% of you daily requirement -and no cholesterol.

Since the cauliflower is cooked – or fried, rather- at low temperatures, it retains much of what is good about it, namely a stunning amount of Vitamin C, 82%, 24% of your vitamin K, as well as non-trace amounts of potassium, calcium and Iron. There is no cholesterol, and no sugar or proteins to speak of. As far as calories are concerned, this is where the ‘fried’ really kicks in, as there are 170 calories per 50 grams serving.

This is all well and good, unsurprisingly the Organic Cauliflower Bites are not bad for you, but how do they taste?

One word : AWESOME!

The texture is very satisfactorily crunchy, as in crumble-in-your-mouth crunch, dry but not arid. The bigger pieces are especially delicious in terms of texture. Unfortunately, the Cauliflower Bites are so dry that they tend to crumble by themselves in the bag, so you’ll be lucky if you have more than 15-20 bigger pieces in a bag, the rest is crumbs, still crunchy and delicious but smaller than 0.5 cm in diameter. I’ll update with some pictures when I buy more, I ate the whole bag…

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites

There is no doubt that these are cauliflower bites; they taste like cauliflower, in a most pleasant way. The taste is not overpowering, but it’s there; some of the pieces, towards the bottom of the bag, will be saltier but even then that’s not bad, you never get a bite that you will feel is just too salty.

Rhythm’s Sea-Salt Seasoned Cauliflower Bites Ingredients

This is where this product really shines; no unpronounceable ingredients, nothing weird or unhealthy:

  • Organic Cauliflower
  • Organic high oleic sunflower and/or safflower oil
  • Sea salt
  • Sugar (organic maltodextrin)

This product is certified organic by the aptly name Organic Certifiers, certified Vegan, and certified Gluten Free. It is also USDA Organic and NON-GMO Verified. It is made in Mexico for Rhythm Superfoods, a company based in Austin, Texas.

Sea-Salt Organic Cauliflower Bites : In Conclusion

There’s no avoiding this : these bite-sized, crunchy cauliflower bites are absolutely delicious; crumbly, but not too much, salty, but not overpowering, taste like the original vegetable without making you feel like a rabit for eating it, and to top it off, just about healthy in every way.

The only thing that is a negative, and it’s a big one, is the price. At more than $3 per 50-gram serving, this is just too much. If Costco can use its purchasing power to get us a lower price, then this will go in my weekly basket; this is something that is delicious, fun to eat, fun to give, offer and make your friends discover.

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