Spoilage occurs in several ways – There were a few times when there was a power outage & frozen food defrosted and refroze. The only way I could tell was that the Rich whip was not hard as it should be. Generally, don’t buy freezer items that are sven slightly soft or have frozen crystals on the packages. At the deli, a hint that something might be spoiled is i fthey have too much of it left at the end of the day; esp. for a “fast moving” item. Dairy items, esp. milk are hard to determine. Often, the ,ilk has been left outside on the hot pavement in the summer between the plant and the time the store actually takes it in and finally puts it in the fridge. So, the expiration date on milk is not telling you teh full story. You’re just guessing.
On the positive side, I find Brach’s prices Very Good, compared to some other Kosher Places, When Costco first started selling Kosher Meat their Prices were good, but now the prices there, are on the Higher side. One the negative side you have to watch when you check out,ar Brach’s prices many times are wrong at the checkout, higher in Brach’s favor, and many times dairy items are expired or moldy . A couple of times my Schul purchased Kugels for Kiddush, and they were spoiled.
Shalom – I think you miss the practical point. It would be nice all the 5 Towns stores could compete their chicken & meat prices with Costco. But, compare the volume that Costco buys with the local store, and you can understand that it won’t and can’t happen. Besides, al the kosher stores sell far more kosher products than Costco carries, anyway. Additionally, Costco only sells giant packages, and many people don’t want to buy or pay for 20 lbs. of chicken parts at one time.
In short, we need both Costco as well as Brach’s, Seasons and Gourmet Glatt.
Furthermore, Shalom, your priority is backwards. I’d rather have Costco continue selling to the goyim and have teh goyim buy in Brach’s, Gourmet Glatt and Seasons as well and keep EVERYONE in business!
Putting a priec tag on the item is far cheaper than putting customer price scanners throughout sucha large store. It’s impractical. I don’t know of any neighborhood competing store that has customer price scanners. Perhaps, if you really knew what the price was, you wouldn’t buy it in the first place. By th etime you have the item on the check-out counter, you’re more likely to buy it, anyway. And, if even then you don’t want it, you can always say, “No” to the cashier.
Maybe my understanding of the chickenas an animal is lacking! But, I never knew that chickens have either fingers or breasts. And, regarding cuts of meat, I REALLY don’t understand 2 cuts I see advertised – “Chulent meat” – if I never eat chulent, what cut of meat is this? And “Shabbes meat” – is “Shabbes” a cut of meat, like “flanken”, “top of rib”? ANd what if I want it in the middle of tyhe week, or is that assur?
Buy your meats at Costco. Higher quality, better prices. These guys have been stealing from us for years let them try selling to goyim at these prices. I would rather Brachs, Gourmet Glatt, and Supersol all go out of business rather than Costco.
Quality varies based on when you go. Be warned, though. Make sure frozen items are really frozen and as recently stocked as possible. I went there a few times and found the frozen whipped cream container soft. I asked the maanger what happened; he said they had a power outage for half a day. Nu? And you don’t warn anyone or take the old items out of the freezer, but sell them that way??? No apologies; no comment. I’m not impressed by that!