Costco's 28 Best Buys for Packing Your Freezer
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Costco's 27 Best Buys for Packing Your Freezer

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Costco's 28 Best Buys for Packing Your Freezer
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Bulking Up

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 frozen-food buys at Costco that will make you want to clear some room in your freezer.


Prices and availability are subject to change.


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Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Sandwiches
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Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Sandwiches

$14 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 $1.15 a sandwich here compared with $1.47 a sandwich at Kroger.


Related: The Greatest Breakfast Sandwich in Every State

Kirkland Signature Three Berry Blend
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Kirkland Signature Three Berry Blend

$10 for 4 pounds


Frozen berries are one of our go-to buys in the popular warehouse store's frozen food section, 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 store. 


Related: Healthy Recipes You'll Never Know Were Made With Frozen Produce


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Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars
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Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

$10 for 15 bars


Need a sweet summer treat that won't weigh you down? Check out these frozen treats from Yasso, made with Greek yogurt. There are only 100 calories a bar, plus they're gluten-free. Each serving also has 5 filling grams of protein. At Kroger, you'll pay $1.32 a bar; at Costco, just 67 cents.


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Kirkland Signature Italian-Style Meatballs
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Kirkland Signature Italian-Style Meatballs

$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.


Related: Prepared Meals at Costco to Feed Your Family

Beyond Burger Plant-Based Patties
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Beyond Burger Plant-Based Patties

$15 for 8 patties


Yet another meatless option has popped up in Costco's freezer: The much-buzzed-about Beyond Burger. Only you can decide if it lives up to the hype, but we recommend starting with these to save some pennies. Two refrigerated patties from Whole Foods will set you back $6, or $3 a patty, while a frozen patty from Costco is about $1.88.


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Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pies
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Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pies

$11 for 8 pot pies


These eponymous pot pies win solid praise from Serious Eats, which notes the flavorful chicken, firm carrots, snappy peas, and peppery gravy. And at just $1.36 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).


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Crazy Cuisine Mandarin Orange Chicken
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Crazy Cuizine Mandarin Orange Chicken

$14 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 Cuizine Mandarin Orange Chicken available to Costco shoppers 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. No need for takeout or delivery.


Related: Trader Joe's Best Buys for Packing Your Freezer

Eggo Homestyle Frozen Waffles
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Eggo Homestyle Frozen Waffles

$10 for 72 waffles


Whether you're trying to feed a pack of hungry kids or need a quick bite before rushing off to work, frozen waffles are an easy breakfast staple. Stocking up at Costco makes sense: You'll pay about 14 cents a waffle here, compared with about 20 cents a waffle for the biggest box at Kroger.

Sandwich Bros. Chicken Melts
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Sandwich Bros. Chicken Melts

$11 for 15 sandwiches


These simple chicken-and-cheese flatbread sandwiches have become a personal favorite because they're so fast to heat and eat. Dress them up with lettuce, tomatoes, and other toppings for a heartier meal, or grab one on the fly for a snack.

costco kirkland grass-fed beef patties
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Kirkland Signature Grass-Fed Beef Patties

$20 for 15 patties


We can personally vouch for these oh-so-convenient one-third pound beef patties, which have been a staple in our own freezer for months now. These burgers didn't taste like frozen patties at all, and grass-fed ground beef contains more omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed, Healthline notes.


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Kirkland Signature Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
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Kirkland Signature Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast

$17 for 6.5 pounds


Grabbing a pack of fresh chicken breast is convenient, but frozen chicken can be a big 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.

Smuckers Uncrustables
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Smuckers Uncrustables

$11 for 18 sandwiches


It's not hard to make your kid a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but there's something to be said for streamlining the morning routine as much as possible. Uncrustables are a popular way to do that, and stocking up at Costco costs about 61 cents a sandwich versus 70 cents a sandwich at Kroger.


Related: Things You Didn't Know About Peanut Butter and Jelly

Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
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Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon

$30 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 $10 a pound; at Whole Foods, you'll pay $14. Ouch.

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Garden Lites Double Chocolate Muffins

$13 for 20 muffins


These individually wrapped gluten-free muffins contain zucchini and carrots as their primary ingredients, making them a sweet way to add more veggies to your day. They're also a great breakfast add-on for all those unsuspecting veggie-hating kids. 

Kirkland Signature Cheese Pizza
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Kirkland Signature Cheese Pizza

$11 for four 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 just over $10 — certainly a better deal than delivery.


Related: We Tasted 13 Frozen Pizzas and This is the Best

Don Lee Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers
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Don Lee Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

$14 for 12 patties


Whether you're a vegetarian or 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.


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Bibigo Steamed Dumplings
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Bibigo Steamed Dumplings

$12 for 36 dumplings


These easy-to-microwave trays of dumplings reliably found at Costco are the ultimate in convenience, and they're just as good as an entree as they are an appetizer or snack. They're roughly 30 cents an ounce here, versus 43 cents an ounce at Walmart. 

Kirkland Signature Ice Cream Bars
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Kirkland Signature Ice Cream Bars

$9 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.

Food for Life Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread
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Food for Life Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread

$7 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 12 cents an ounce, compared with 23 cents at Whole Foods.

Kirkland Signature All-Natural Italian Sausage and Beef Lasagna
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Kirkland Signature All-Natural Italian Sausage and Beef Lasagna

$14 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. (Not a Costco member? Apply here.)

Brazi Bites
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Brazi Bites

$12 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.

Kirkland Signature Normandy-Style Vegetable Blend
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Kirkland Signature Normandy-Style Vegetable Blend

$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 12 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.

Kirkland Signature Cooked Tail-On Shrimp
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Kirkland Signature Cooked Tail-On Shrimp

$15 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, 2 pounds of medium frozen cooked shrimp is just under $20.

Totino's Pepperoni Pizza Rolls
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Totino's Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

$9 for 160 rolls


Say what you will about pizza rolls and their uncanny ability to burn the skin off the roof of your mouth — if you've ever had to feed a pack of teenage boys, it's best to buy these tasty little pouches of molten lava in bulk. Costco's price works out to about 5 cents a roll, while Kroger wants about 8 cents a roll for its biggest pack.

Lilly B's Organic Bean Rice Cheese Burritos
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Lilly B's Organic Bean, Rice and Cheese Burritos

$10 for 8 burritos


Sometimes a burrito just hits the spot, and when you're pressed for time, it's hard to beat these heat-and-eat wonders with 11 grams of protein each. They're also certified organic and vegetarian-friendly. 

Tattooed Chef Organic Acai Bowls
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Tattooed Chef Organic Acai Bowls

$12 for six bowls


This blend of granola, acai, and other fruit is vegan, gluten free, and organic, and it's a convenient sweet treat that's ready to thaw and eat in the morning or any time you need something fast.

caesars kitchen chicken marsala
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Caesar's Kitchen Chicken Marsala with Riced Cauliflower

$10 for 2 20-ounce packages 


We've fallen prey to the seductive convenience of prepackaged frozen pasta meals many times. Served with garlic bread or a salad, they're a tasty way to get dinner on the table quickly. For a more wholesome alternative, try this chicken marsala with cauliflower rice. It has 18 grams of protein a serving, is certified gluten-free, and can be heated on the stovetop or in the microwave.