The Best Thing You Can Buy at Costco This November
As Kitchn’s Honorary Costco Expert, I search high and low for the smartest tips and savviest buys to help my fellow shoppers navigate the warehouse giant. And in the two years since I started sharing my monthly best-bulk-buy recommendations, I’m honestly shocked that this month’s pick hadn’t yet earned the honor.
Now, alarmists will warn against investing in the large packages of produce at big-box stores (here’s what they say: You’ll never get through it all! The produce will rot! Think of the food waste! The quality is poor!). But here’s what I say: Get the mushrooms!
While mushrooms might appear to be the riskiest of bulk produce investments, I say ignore those naysayers — especially when armed with a plan (more on that below). The best thing you can buy at Costco this month is a bulk container or two of baby bella mushrooms.
How much space will you need in your cart for this month’s best bulk buy? As mushroom as possible! See what I did there?
Organic Baby Bella Mushrooms, $5.79 for 24 ounces
My love affair with cremini (aka baby bella) mushrooms reached a whole new level this summer, and I can’t keep it in any longer. The quick-cooking caps are perfect for tossing on the grill with a few fresh herbs! Now that the holiday season is upon us, the potential for these mushrooms is at its peak.
Start your morning with a soft egg scrambled with nutty Gruyère cheese and sautéed spinach and mushrooms. Just remember our favorite culinary school tip for getting the most color on stovetop-seared shrooms — don’t salt until the end. If you’re looking for a make-ahead egg-and-mushroom option, we’ve got you covered there, too, with this cheesy mushroom frittata.
If you’re entertaining, you’ll love these two-bite stuffed mushroom appetizers to start the meal, and I recommend serving them alongside a rosy pink roast and creamy horseradish sauce. And of course, you’ll need these mushrooms if you’re making a stuffing. Think strategically and you may even toss a second package into your cart!