In addition to a lifetime supply of paper towels, 20 pound bags of sugar, and all the discount books you could ever hope for, Costco also carries a decent selection of Jewish and kosher foods. And yet another perhaps unknown fact about the super-store is that co-founder Jeff Brotman, of blessed memory, is Jewish.
We recently perused the aisles of our local Costco location to scout out the most awesome Jewish products.
What we discovered is that you can easily cater your next Kiddush, bris, or synagogue luncheon with all the quintessential Jewish foods they offer. Please note: Each location carries different products based on the region and some of these may not be available where you live.
Smoked salmon/lox: Not only does Costco carry smoked salmon, but they carry several different varieties including their own Kirkland brand and a wild smoked salmon cream cheese spread from the company La Terra Fina. Good thing they also carry bagels!
Smoked whole white fish: You don’t need to order whitefish for your next brunch or bris from a caterer or appetizing shop–just head to Costco where they are selling an entire smoked whitefish for less than $20.
Bagels: Selling their own brand of bagels in plain, whole wheat, everything, and cinnamon raisin, you don’t need to schlep to the bagel store after all.
Rugelach: Yup, Costco is churning out their own flaky rugelach in raspberry, chocolate, and cinnamon flavors.
Joey’s Black and white cookies: Look to the cookie? Look to Costco for a box of everyone’s favorite sweet, two-toned treat.
Hummus: Costco carries several different brands of hummus in many different flavors and varieties, including mini hummus containers perfect for snacking on the go.
Blue Hill Bay smoked whitefish salad: Whitefish lovers–we have found your heaven, and it is a two-pound container of whitefish salad.
Blue Hill Bay herring in wine sauce: What’s better than a little herring and scotch? A 26 oz jar of herring. And scotch.
Gabilas’s potato knishes: Fulfill your knish cravings with a large box of Gabila’s knishes. Then stop in the condiment aisle for some spicy brown mustard for dipping.
Hot dogs: Whether you want the classic Hebrew National hot dogs, Nathan’s famous hot dogs, or pigs in a blanket, Costco has got you covered. They are also carrying the hot dog buns, ketchup, and relish you will want to serve them with.
Pickles: You can buy kosher dill pickles literally by the bucket from several different brands including Eli’s Fresh and Heinz.
Tnuva Israeli feta and edam cheeses: Looking for authentic Israeli cheese? Costco has got it and is selling them in double packs of course.
Chickpeas: For those times when you need to make a massive amount of homemade hummus, go for the gold and buy a six-pound can.
Pronounced: KOH-sher, Origin: Hebrew, adhering to kashrut, the traditional Jewish dietary laws.