Costco Deli Chicken Wings in Actifry Air fryer

Costco Deli Chicken Wings (not from food court!) cooked in Tefal Actifry, about 25-30 minutes, tender and juicy, much less salt and grease

The Costco deli chicken wings are always a favorite at my house; they are delicious, affordable and easy to make. You just stick them in the oven for about 20 minutes, and you’re good to go!

Just one small problem: like all chicken wings, they are incredibly fatty, as the foil on which they cook will attest, and more specifically to Costco, they are spectacularly salty! The salt content is not rated, but trust me: if the batch is not properly mixed by the employees, you will find some wings with clumps of seasoning, and they will be downright inedible.

(side note: just now, as I write this, I have completed my bag of Moon Cheese I reviewed a few days ago; as I thought, I will not be buying it anymore)

As I was given a Tefal Actifry air fryer recently, I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to try something new. The deli manager at my local Costco told me he’d never tried it, that I might lose some seasoning, but that it should work.

Boy, did it ever!

Costco Deli Chicken Wings in Tefal Actifry

This took about 25-30 minutes, a bit longer than the oven, but it was well worth it. Much of the seasoning did end up in the bottom, soaking up the grease, but it would not have been possible to tell; the wings were just as flavorful and delicious as usual, although they did seem a little bit dryer, probably due to the fact that all the grease that I normally would have eaten was at the bottom of the Actifry.

Costco Deli Chicken Wings in Tefal Actifry  (Residue)

I cooked about 2/3rds of the package, so about 1.5 kilograms; in retrospect this is way too much for the Actifry, but I didn’t know, I just got it. Cut me some slack, okay?

Joking aside, check out the picture above; all that salt and grease I normally would have eaten. It’s absolutely wonderful that I can cook these awesome and tasty chicken wings from Costco while not ingesting all that sludge! And seriously, the taste is just about the same.

Costco Deli Chicken Wings in Tefal Actifry  (close-up)

Check out this crunchy, tender and delicious Costco chicken wing! Compared to the version cooked in the oven, it looks downright healthy! True enough, there are patches where this no more seasoning or batter, but honestly, this makes no difference except visually.

On a grosser note, since I overloaded the Actifry, some of the wings got roughed up and lost their skin, which ended up in the bottom rolling around with the seasoning and grease. I mistakenly bit down on one such morsel, and I won’t do it again.

In conclusion the Tefal Actifry is perfect for cooking Costco deli chicken wings; it’s fast, doesn’t make a mess and most importantly, it removes much of the excess salt and fat, which conveniently clump at the bottom of the non-stick surface, ready to be disposed of in the garbage. The wings come out juicy and tender, with the just the right amount of crunch.

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We’re talking here about the Costco chicken wings that are sold raw, to be cooked at home. If you’re looking for the food court chicken wings, make sure to read Lord of The Wings Costco food court chicken wings review, after you’ve read my stuff!

Crystal Margarine : Costco Product Review

Crystal Margarine from Costco: 1.7 kilograms, $5.99 (Regular Price); Lactose-free, Vegan, No Trans fat, Contains Omega-3 fatty acids, tastes great

It’s fun to write new and exciting products, but sometimes one must pay homage to the true heroes of the kitchen, those whose praise are rarely if ever sung, but without whose existence cooking would be an unpleasant, tasteless chore. Today, I am happy to pay my dues to the humble margarine, specifically the Crystal Margarine, which I’ve been purchasing at my local Costco for many years.

Crystal Margarine from Costco
Crystal Margarine from Costco

Margarine has been a staple of our household forever; I remember as a kid having it on toast, and to this day a toasted English muffin is not the same without margarine. Of course you can forget making Kraft Dinner without this oily, delicious staple. It even goes great with the Pretzel Crisps Crackers!

I’ll get ahead of all the margarine haters right now: I know its made from oil, and I know that it doesn’t replace butter. Even though it may look similar, and in many cases has similar uses, it is not the same; different ingredients, different uses, different taste.

Margarine, or oleo for the crossword lovers out there, has a long and contentious history in my home province of Quebec. Quebec, you see, is home to a large and powerful cartel of dairy farmers, who through lobbying imposed ridiculously draconian laws and regulation on margarine, as they were afraid people would stop buying butter. For many years, margarine could not be yellow, just plain white. For some time it came with a separate little capsule of yellow dye, which you could mix in with the margarine and thus skirt these lobby-imposed regulation.

Thankfully, for the last 20-25 years, margarine has broken free and can now be whatever color it chooses. It’s still pretty whitish.

Crystal Margarine Nutrition Facts
Crystal Margarine Nutrition Facts

Now, to the crux of the matter, the awesome Crystal Margarine that I purchase at Costco. It costs $5.99, Canadian dollars for 1.7 kilograms or 3.75 pounds, but it is often on special, when you can get the same for as little as $3.99. I usually buy a couple in those cases. It’s a product that is almost always in stock, except in exceptional circumstances – more on that later. If you need it, the Costco item number is 1316819.

Crystal Margarine is non-hydrogenated, vegan, lactose-free and contains absolutely no Trans fat. It’s also a great source of polyunsaturated Omega-3.

For those that are interested by this, it’s also kosher, and made from 91% Canola oil and 9% vegetable oil. Here’s the ingredients breakdown:

  • Canola Oil
  • Water
  • Modified Palm and Palm Kernel Oil
  • Salt
  • Vegetable Monoglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Natural Flavor, Annatto, Turmeric, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2

Like most reasonable people I’m no big fan of palm oil in any form, so I wish that is something that could be addressed by the company, and that this damaging ingredient could be removed. In the meantime, there’s not too much of it, so I’m willing to give them a chance to fix it.

Crystal Margarine is made in Canada by Richardson Oilseed Limited of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and its absolutely great to be able to encourage a local product, such as it is. Not everything has to come from China, and Canada is a major producer, if not THE major producer of Canola, so let’s get to it already. Crystal Margarine is actually made even closer to home, in Oakville, Ontario.

One of the great things about Crystal Margarine is the reusable Tupperware-style container it comes in; it’s clearly designed to be saved and reused, and is it ever. In fact, one of the only times Crystal Margarine was out of stock at Costco was when they switched containers and packaging, causing great distress in Tupperware closets all over Canada, as the old and the new do not stack neatly together; still, its a small price to pay, as for $5.99 you get 1.7 kilograms of delicious margarine, and a container that you can use for lunches and leftovers for years. This is not a cheap container, as good as any brand-name.

Just like rice, flower, pasta or butter, Crystal Margarine is a product that I make sure never to run out of. It’s delicious, affordable, relatively healthy and has a variety of uses around the kitchen. Don’t forget about the container. Never forget about the container.

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