Costco's 25 Best Buys for Packing Your Freezer
There's a lot to love about frozen food: It's cheap, it's convenient, and you can squirrel it away for months without worrying about anything more than the occasional case of freezer burn. Buying your frozen food at Costco often makes it an even better value, since bulk buys often translate into major savings. Here are 25 frozen-food buys at Costco that will make you want to clear some room in your freezer. (Note: Prices and availability are subject to change.)
$9.59 for 4 pounds
Frozen berries are one of our go-to food buys at Costco, and it's no wonder: They're delicious in smoothies, baked goods, oatmeal, and sauces no matter what the weather is outside. Even better, you'll pay less for a bigger bag at Costco than you would for a smaller bag at the local grocery.
$13.69 for 66 ounces
Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken is one of that store's most-loved foods, but we'll let you in on a little secret: The Crazy Cuisine brand available at Costco tastes just as good (or better, some say). It's also a bit cheaper: You'll pay about 20.7 cents an ounce at Costco, and 22.7 cents an ounce at TJ's.
$11.89 for 12 sandwiches
Competition for our breakfast dollars is strong, but these Jimmy Dean sandwiches made with turkey sausage and egg whites are tasty and relatively healthy compared to other, greasier breakfast sandwiches. Snag them at Costco for much less: They're roughly 99 cents a sandwich here compared with $1.37 a sandwich at Kroger.
$17 for 6 pounds
The Kitchn gives Costco's store-brand meatballs a nod as one of the best appetizers you can buy at your favorite warehouse club. Of course, these bite-size, lightly spiced morsels also prime dinner fare, whether thrown into a casserole, served up on a sub sandwich, or simply tossed with pasta and your favorite sauce.
$15.79 for 12 patties
We can personally vouch for these oh-so-convenient quarter-pound beef patties, which have been a staple in our own freezer for months now. The charbroiled taste is surprisingly legit, and grass-fed beef contains more omega-3s than grain-fed, Healthline notes.
$10 for 72 waffles
Whether you're trying to feed a pack of hungry kids or need a quick bite to eat before you rush off to work, frozen waffles are an easy breakfast staple. Stocking up at Costco makes sense: You'll pay about 13.8 cents a waffle here, compared with about 20 cents a waffle for the biggest box at Kroger.
$17 for 6.5 pounds
Grabbing a pack of fresh chicken breast is definitely convenient, but frozen chicken can be a big-time money-saver if you can plan ahead to allow defrosting time. Case in point: paying about $2.62 a pound for Costco's store-brand frozen chicken, when a package of fresh chicken breast usually runs at least $3.50 a pound at the local supermarket.
$11 for 4 pints
Halo Top is all the rage among ice-cream lovers who are trying to keep their calories in check. For example, the peanut butter cup flavor has only 320 calories in the entire pint -- a number more typical of a single serving with other frozen desserts. Buy four pints at a time and you'll pay about $2.75 each at Costco, compared with $4.50 and up elsewhere.
$33 for 3 pounds
Wild-caught salmon is a high-protein dinner option that's healthier and more eco-friendly than the cheaper farm-raised stuff. But it can cost a pretty penny, which is why stocking up on Costco's high-quality frozen filets is a no-brainer. Here, you pay just under $11 a pound; at Whole Foods, you'll pay $17. Ouch.
$12.69 for 20 muffins
A Costco exclusive, these individually wrapped whole-grain muffins also contain zucchini and carrots, making them a sweet way to sneak more veggies into your day. Because they're gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, and dairy-free, they're also ideal for a range of folks with dietary restrictions.
$11 for 18 sandwiches
No, it's not hard to make your kid a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but there's also something to be said for streamlining the morning routine as much as possible. Uncrustables are one popular way to do that, and it's cheaper to stock up at Costco -- they're about 61 cents a sandwich here versus 70 cents a sandwich at Kroger.
$9.49 for 4 pizzas
When more elaborate dinner ideas just seem too time-consuming, it's hard to beat a crowd-pleasing frozen pizza that can be dressed up with whatever toppings you might have on hand. Even better: Getting four Costco brand pizzas for under $10 -- certainly a better deal than delivery.
$14.79 for 12 patties
Whether you're a vegetarian or you just want to cut down on red meat, it's hard to go wrong with Morningstar products. At a quarter-pound each, these veggie-burger patties are much bigger and heartier than the roughly 2.5-ounce Morningstar and Boca patties we've found at our local supermarket.
$10 for 18 bars
Kirkland vanilla ice cream has long been a favorite of taste testers, so it stands to reason that Costco can also make a killer ice cream bar. Dipped in a thick coating of almond-sprinkled chocolate, they're more decadent than the typical frozen treat, and the sample we had in store made us grab a box immediately.
$11 for 8 pot pies
Serious Eats has solid praise for these eponymous pot pies, noting the flavorful chicken, firm carrots, snappy peas, and peppery gravy. And at just $1.38 each at Costco, they're certainly a lot cheaper and heartier than your typical frozen lunch options (we're looking at you, $3 Lean Cuisines).
$8.69 for two 32-ounce loaves
Healthline calls Ezekiel Bread "the healthiest bread you can eat." Why? It's made of organic sprouted grains instead of refined wheat, and contains no added sugar, among other reasons. Of course, all of this comes at a higher price than your average loaf of Wonder Bread, but you can still save by buying these larger, frozen loaves from Costco. You'll pay about 13.6 cents an ounce, compared with 20.8 cents at Whole Foods.
$12.79 for two 3-pound trays
Lasagna is a hearty family favorite, but it can be time-consuming to make. Pop one of Costco's Kirkland lasagna trays in the oven and everyone will be happy. It's even a taste-test winner, earning raves from the San Jose Mercury News for sauce with a "long-cooked, homemade Italian flavor" and a good amount of meat.
$14 for 16 slices
Cheesecake lovers, here's a sweet deal: Over 3 pounds of cheesecake from Eli's, a longtime Chicago favorite, for less than the price of two $8 slices at The Cheesecake Factory. You'll get four slices each of four flavors: original, cherry, hot chocolate and cookie butter.
$13 for 36 ounces
We're going to warn you right now: These things are seriously addictive. Brazi Bites, which first found notoriety on ABC's "Shark Tank," are little balls of Brazilian cheese bread that make a great side dish, snack, or appetizer. Bonus: Because they're made with tapioca flour, they're even gluten-free.
$7 for 5.5 pounds
Here's another staple where it's hard to beat Costco's price. These versatile mixed veggies are about 8 cents an ounce here, compared with 11.7 cents an ounce for the Birds Eye brand at Kroger. For a quick and easy all-Costco meal, pair them with some of that aforementioned Kirkland chicken breast, seasoned however you like.
$8.59 for 84 ounces
Whole Foods shoppers, take note: Costco has a robust selection of organic food, including in the freezer section. The next time you want edamame to jazz up your salad, stir-fry or pasta, think Costco. It's available here for 10.2 cents an ounce, instead of 18.7 cents an ounce at Whole Foods.
$8.49 for 58 ounces
We've fallen prey to the seductive convenience of prepackaged frozen pasta meals many times. Served up with garlic bread or a salad, they're a tasty way to get dinner on the table quickly -- and this Birds Eye Garlic Chicken Pasta gets plenty of love from devotees on Influenster. Buy it at Costco for 14.6 cents an ounce; at Kroger, it will cost you 17.8 cents an ounce.
$9 for 50 frozen pops
Need a sweet summer treat that won't weigh you down? Check out these PhillySwirl frozen fruit pops: There are only 45 calories per pop, and they're even gluten- and dairy-free. You'll get five flavors in the box: berry, cotton candy, cherry melon, fruit punch, and orange dream.
$15.99 for 2 pounds
If Costco's wild salmon doesn't prove its frozen seafood game is on point, the shrimp will. A favorite of Consumer Reports for its "firmer, chewier texture," Kirkland shrimp beats out name brands, and, in true Costco fashion, it's cheaper. At our local Kroger, two pounds of medium frozen cooked shrimp is $19.98.
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