15 Incredible Gourmet Foods You Can Buy at Costco
Costco is one of the kings of big-box stores. With massive deals and large quantities, it’s a haven for consumers who benefit from buying in bulk. But there’s nothing ‘warehouse’ about the Costco food selection. With a variety of high-end options, it’s become a go-to stop for foodies who want bargains without sacrificing quality. If you want to explore Costco’s gourmet options but don’t know where to start, check out these 15 incredible selections.
Balanced Eating Pack
Why settle for just one gourmet treat when you can have seven? The Balanced Eating Pack is loaded with delicious, top-grade foods, from main course centerpieces to side dish staples.
Costco offers a number of these gourmet groupings, each one of them with a variety of ingredients that are sure to appeal to your inner foodie. Whether you want chicken breast or salmon steaks for your high-tech grill or a frozen fruit bar for a healthy snack, these balanced food packs are an easy and affordable way to build up a pantry with high-quality food choices. (These are the secrets behind Costco’s famous rotisserie chicken.)
Whole Wheel Parmigiano Reggiano, 72 lbs
There’s just something about a full wheel of cheese that gives the room an instant air of artisan legitimacy. Bring a sense of style to your pantry or kitchen with this whopping 72-lb. wheel of parmigiano cheese. And as a bonus, it’s a bit of design flair you can actually eat!
Aged for a minimum of two years before leaving Italy for the Costco warehouses, this wheel of sharp and delicious cheese is a classic complement to a variety of pastas and meats. Or enjoy it on its own, paired with a wine such as Merlot or Pinot Grigio.
Wheatgrass is a fairly recent addition to the kitchens of health-conscious foodies. Juice the blades to create a stand-alone shot of wellness, or blend into a more complex smoothie to moderate the intensity of the flavor.
This large tray of Costco wheatgrass allows you to cultivate it right in your home and enjoy its benefits year-round. Of course, it also makes a fun and whimsical centerpiece for living space decoration. Just make sure that you keep it out of the path of your cats: you may even consider setting up some DIY cat furniture to distract your felines from this delicious gourmet grass.
Depending on where you live, there are often options for growing your own high-quality vegetables. But for most people, the process of growing mushrooms remains shrouded in darkness and mystery.
So unless you want to pick up a new hobby, it’s far easier to stop by your local Costco and pick up a selection of gourmet mushrooms. Pictured here is a collection of four types of mushrooms, including King Trumpet, Maitake, and both brown and white Shimeji mushrooms. Each of them has unique qualities that make for exquisite pairings with seafood or red meat, or prepared as stand-alone treats.
Live Maine Lobster
There are few things more iconic than Maine fishermen hauling in catches of live lobsters. For decades, live lobster was a delicacy only available to those in the rugged northeast or who had the budget to arrange for the rapid, refrigerated transport of these delicious animals.
But today, companies like Costco have the robust infrastructure to get live lobster to your table. These Maine lobsters are shipped out the same day they reach the docks. Packed in specially insulated boxes, they ship complete with frozen gel packs and instructions for preparation and dining. (Watch out for these things that you should never, ever buy at Costco.)