The Best Thing You Can Buy at Costco This November

updated Oct 3, 2022
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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?

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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.

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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.

Come dinnertime you can let the slow cooker do the prep with this cozy mushroom soup, or dress up baked chicken with an easy three-ingredient creamy mushroom-garlic sauce. Creminis are perfect on pizza, shepherd’s pie, and pasta.

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!

What are you buying this month at Costco? Tell us in the comments below!