Monday, September 10, 2007
Trader Joe's Cheese Sucks
It pains me to say it, but say it I must. Trader Joe's brand cheap CA cheddar cheese really does suck. Like many people, we had come to rely on TJ's for reasonably-priced, good-quality staples. We drank more than a few bottles of 2 Buck Chuck and have picked up specialty items on occasion for far less than one would pay at Whole Paycheck to good results. But the quality is slipping. One cannot judge a store like TJ's purely on its Double Gloucester or Brie. One must look to the lowliest cheese product and see if it passes muster. The answer is a resounding no. This cheese tasted like plastic. Like cheesefood. I checked the label several times to establish that it really was cheese. It was so bad that we couldn't eat it on sandwiches. It had to be disguised in quesadillas, melted and smothered in green chile salsa. And it wasn't even that cheap or that local. Give me Tillamook (from nearby Oregon) any day, or even Safeway brand Lucerne cheese over this stuff. Trader Joe's, you have let us down.