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Costco Review: Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing & Marinade

I often tell my kids that when it comes to food, there is absolutely nothing I do not like. I don’t LOVE everything, for sure, but I don’t HATE anything, either, and I’ll try just about anything. So far anyways.

With this in mind, I’m always ready to try new things, and thanks to Costco, I’ve had the chance to purchase the Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade. I had an inkling that this was the sort of product I would enjoy, and boy am I not disappointed!

Costco Review: Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing & Marinade
Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade: Taste and Texture

I’ve always been a fan of all types of peanut sauces and dips, so this played right to my palette. The overall taste is very bold, to say the least. There is no ambiguity as to what this is: a sesame dressing. If not used carefully, as a dressing for example, it is quite apt to overpower everything. Knowing this, however, you can adjust. It is salty, but not too much, and when it comes to texture and mouthfeel, this dressing is absolutely exquisite.

Sesame seeds are just plentiful in this dressing. It’s not just the taste, you can see them and feel them and even chew them, although that is hardly necessary. Since they are roasted, the seeds will give way easily to the tooth, with just the right amount of yield. The scrumptious roasted seeds will cling to your salad, or to your meat if you use it as a marinade. It looks fantastic and tastes even better.

Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade: Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Costco Review: Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing Nutrition Facts

Since the main ingredient is Canola oil, you can’t be surprised that this dressing is highly caloric, to the tune of 70 calories per tablespoon. This is, however, where the bad news end; this Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade is otherwise quite “healthy”, with reasonable fat, sugar and salt content.

When it comes to ingredients, here is what you’ll find, in the usual order:

  • Expeller-pressed Canola Oil
  • Water
  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Sesame seeds
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Yeast extracts
  • Natural flavors
  • Dried egg yolk
  • Xanthan gum

The only thing that’s fishy here is the xanthan gum, which is a thickening, suspending and stabilizing agent. Great to ensure that the sesame seeds don’t all stay at the bottom of the jar! Joking aside, xanthan gum is a soluble fiber, meaning your body doesn’t digest it.

Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade: Price and Value

I purchased my Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing at Costco, for the surprisingly low price of $8.99. I also benefited from a $2.50 instant savings, which brings the price down to $6.49. This is not a taxable product in Canada, so that’s the price I paid. Each jar contains 887 ml of this delicious dressing, for a price per 100 ml of under $0.75. The price per serving, with the rebate, is 11 cents, which is quite reasonable.

Besides the price, what I like most is the value; this is not just a dressing, or a marinade. You can used it as a dipping sauce for dumplings, mix it with rice or pasta, or basically anything you can think of. It is really versatile.

Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade: The Verdict

If you see this sesame dressing at your Costco, pick it up! You’ll almost certainly love it, and if not, someone in your family certainly will. It is well priced, made in the USA by Q&B Foods out of California, so you know that it’s a quality product, and it goes well with anything. I can’t recommend it enough! Q&B is a division of Kewpie Foods from Japan, so know you’re getting authentic Japanese taste, too.

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Costco Kirkland Signature Product Reviews

Costco Review: Kirkland Signature Beef Chili

With that whole lockdown thing that’s been happening all over the world, a lot of people have taken to cooking more and more. This is awesome, and healthy – usually – however there comes a point when the only thing you want is to not be hungry. Meal planning is annoying, and feeling like you’re always cooking, even more so. In these cases, and like a lot of people, I’ve been relying on Costco to provide me with tasty, relatively healthy ready to eat meals. One of my new discoveries is the Kirkland Signature Beef Chili.

Kirkland Signature Beef Chili

As you can see by the packing, this is a product that is packaged at the local level, although I’m pretty certain that they receive this from somewhere and simply put the finishing touches in the actual local warehouse; this is fine, as long as the product is good.

Kirkland Signature Beef Chili: Good Value, or Not?

In terms of value, this Beef Chili is pretty hard to beat; it costs $9.99 per kilogram, or $4.53 a pound, in Canadian dollars, and is packaged in containers of roughly 1.4 kilos. In my situation, the package I got was $14.03, and there was a $4 instant rebate at the cash, so it cost me only $10.03 for 1.4 kilograms of chili! Even without the rebate, this is a good deal.

Now I know that people take their Chili seriously, as do I, to a certain point, but I’m no stickler to “The Rules”. As long as it’s good, it’s good. This Beef Chili contains beans and corn, and tomatoes, which I’m certain will outrage a segment of the chili-loving population, but I’m not here to judge.

Kirkland Signature Beef Chili (detail)

Costco’s Kirkland Signature Beef Chili is a tasty treat, and a fantastic quick easy meal for the whole family, which is all I can ask of it; the taste is middle of the road. It’s spicy, but not too much; my five-year-old daughter has no problem eating it, and she’s usually very picky when it comes to spicy food.

Kirkland Signature Beef Chili Ingredients

I’m not going to list all the ingredients, as this would be too long. Let’s just say that besides regular additives that you’ll find in other ready-to-eat meals, there is nothing weird or unpronounceable. Costco doesn’t provide a Nutrition Facts chart for this product. I’m sure it’s available online; what you can be sure of is that this beef chili is both salty and fatty, not in a bad way, but hey, it’s prepared chili, what do you expect.

Now, I don’t get this product every week, but once a month or is just fine for this delicious beef Chili; the kids love it, as do we, it’s quick to make – just reheat on the stove, add spices if you’d like – and it’s inexpensive. One whole other meal that I don’t have to fret about!

Costco’s Beef Chili: In Conclusion

The Kirkland Signature Beef Chili is a new product, at least at my Costco; if your Costco carries it, make sure you give it a try, and keep buying it once in a while if you want it to stay. If it doesn’t sell well enough, they’ll replace it with something that will, and at least in the winter, I love having my Chili, so I do my part!

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Costco Product Reviews

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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