Best Costco Products To Stock Your Kitchen (and Save Money)

Check out this lineup of the 36 best Costco products that I consistently keep in my kitchen. I’ve spent hours comparing prices and exploring every corner of Costco to master my money-saving shopping approach to share with you!

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After three years of marriage, I’ve honed the skill of selecting items at the grocery store that are both wholesome and free from harmful additives, all while staying within our budget. Naturally, we’re far from perfect.

There are times when we end up with a jumbo bag of Dorito chips from Costco or even splurge on pricier ice cream bars at Walmart. However, the key takeaway is not to excessively dwell on what’s deemed healthy or not. It’s about prioritizing wholesome ingredients derived from real food, with room for the occasional indulgence.

This is why I’ve developed a deep appreciation for shopping at Costco. It allows me to fill our kitchen with wholesome, nutrient-based foods. This way, when the occasional bag of chips finds its way into our cart, it’s savored as a delightful treat rather than becoming our primary sustenance.

Why I Love Shopping At Costco

  • Saves us tons of money on kitchen staples
  • Bulk quantities of nutrient-rich organic foods
  • Large organic food selections
  • Helps keep our grocery budget frugal
  • Delicious wholesome snack options
  • AMAZING food court with $10 XL pizzas to top off our shopping trip (I always budget a pizza into our grocery bill haha!)

Costco Shopping FAQ

  • How do I reduce my food waste if I buy in bulk? When buying in bulk, cut waste by choosing items you regularly consume, planning for excess use or preservation, and practicing proper storage.
  • How do I use all that produce before it goes bad? Minimize produce waste by focusing on your favorites, freezing surplus for later, and getting creative with leftover fruits.
  • Is a Costco membership worth it? A Costco membership pays off if you shop frequently or every 3-4 months; infrequent or minor purchases might not justify the cost. The food court is a bonus!
  • Is everything a good deal at Costco? Not everything at Costco is a steal. Compare prices per unit and avoid waste by concentrating on foods you use regularly.

36 Best Costco Products To Stock Your Kitchen

This compilation is my ultimate shopping companion for every Costco visit. I’ve dedicated considerable time to exploring the warehouse, capturing images, comparing prices, and identifying top-notch deals and optimal nutritional choices.

All 36 items listed below have secured a spot in our kitchen, ensuring we’re consistently supplied with a range of healthy and delightful ingredients. If you’re embarking on a journey toward healthier eating, this list offers the perfect starting point.

1. Organic Brown Rice

  • Value: 10-pound resealable bag of organic brown rice is the perfect wholesome base for a meal or side.
  • Uses: Rice dishes, stir-fry, Chinese/Asian dishes, soups, stuffing.
  • Storage: Keep in a resealable bag or air-tight glass container.
  • Longevity: 6 months in a cool dry pantry or cabinet after opening or 18 months in the freezer.
  • Beyond Longevity: If any remains after 6 months store in the freezer to keep fresh.

2. Organic All-Purpose Flour

  • Value: Wholesome pure organic flour that comes in 20-pounds saving you quite a bit per pound.
  • Uses: Tons of uses from sourdough bread to homemade noodles, brownies to breadsticks.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container.
  • Longevity: 3 months after purchasing at room temperate, 6 months in a cooler area like a root cellar, 1 year in the fridge, or 2 years in the freezer.
  • Beyond Longevity: Place any flour after longevity into the freezer or use to batch homemade cookies, crusts, breadsticks and stick in the freezer for quick treats in the future.

3. Sea Salt

  • Value: Pure sea salt for a fraction of the price at other stores.
  • Uses: On everything, use the same as regular salt (1:1).
  • Storage: Store in a cool dry air-tight container or keep a small salt cellar on the counter that you can refill as needed.
  • Longevity: essentially forever (sea salt is pure which means microbes can’t grow like with iodized salt).
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

4. Organic Pasta

  • Value: Wholesome natural pasta from Italy that doesn’t have GMOs or added junk for an amazing price!
  • Uses: Pasta dishes or sides
  • Storage: Store in an air-tight container uncooked in the pantry or cabinet.
  • Longevity: 2 years
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

5. Organic Fruits

  • Value: Organic fruits especially strawberries and mangos come in huge quantities for a great price!
  • Uses: Snacks, desserts, in dishes, smoothies etc.
  • Storage: Keep fruits whole in your fridge crisper drawer, unwashed (until you’re ready to eat them), in an air-tight container.
  • Longevity: Depends on fruit variety
  • Beyond Longevity: Slice up and freeze for homemade treats and smoothies, make desserts, or dry fruits in the oven for a pantry snack.

6. Kirkland Grass-Fed Butter

  • Value: 4 large bars from New Zealand cows and very few additives!
  • Uses: Unlimited: eggs, grilled sandwiches, toast, popcorn, etc.
  • Storage: Keep in the fridge or freezer.
  • Longevity: Opened or unopened lasts up to 3 months in the fridge or frozen for 1 year
  • Beyond Longevity: Keep in the freezer for up to 18 months after purchase.

7. Kirkland Canned Chicken

  • Value: 6 cans of chicken breast without added junk for a wonderful price!
  • Uses: Tacos, nachos, burritos, casseroles, dips, etc.
  • Storage: Cool dry place.
  • Longevity: No specific timeline due to being shelf-stable but best if eaten within 3-5 years.
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

8. Toilet Paper (not kitchen but necessary haha)

  • Value: Amazing value, 30 double-ply rolls that are huge!
  • Uses: Well you all know the use of this one haha!
  • Storage: Cabinet, baskets, etc.
  • Longevity: N/A
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

9. Frozen Chicken Breasts

  • Value: Large chicken breasts for an amazing price without antibiotics!
  • Uses: Chicken dishes, dips, etc.
  • Storage: Air-tight bag in the freezer
  • Longevity: 9 months in the freezer
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

10. Organic Whole Coffee Beans

  • Value: XL bag of wholesome organic coffee beans around the same price for a tiny bag in regular stores.
  • Uses: Coffee drinks like PBH’s Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew (plant-based and simple!)
  • Storage: Air-tight container in a cool dry place.
  • Longevity: Unopened for 1 year or opened for 1 month in an air-tight container.
  • Beyond Longevity: stick in the freezer for up to 4 months.

11. Natural Canadian Bacon

  • Value: Natural Canadian bacon without the junk for a great price!
  • Uses: Breakfast, lunch, etc.
  • Storage: Air-tight container after opened in the fridge.
  • Longevity: Unopened package is good until the “use by” date on the package or opened for about 1 week.
  • Beyond Longevity: Store for up to 3 months in the freezer.

12. Cheeses Of All Kind

  • Value: Huge blocks of cheese (tons of options) with minimal additives for a great price!
  • Uses: In everything.
  • Storage: Store in the fridge or freezer in their package or air-tight container.
  • Longevity: Soft cheeses last in the fridge for 7 days after opening, hard cheeses last 3-4 weeks.
  • Beyond Longevity: Freeze for up to 9 months.

13. Pure Cane Sugar

  • Value: A 10-pound bag of wholesome pure cane sugar for an amazing price.
  • Uses: Desserts, drinks, etc.
  • Storage: Air-tight container in a cool dry place.
  • Longevity: Indefinitely (doesn’t spoil just keep out of water)
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

14. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Value: Wholesome heart-healthy oil in bulk quantity for a wonderful price.
  • Uses: Sauces, stir-fry’s, etc.
  • Storage: Cool dry place/
  • Longevity: 12-18 months after purchase
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

15. Organic Sprouted Rolled Oats

  • Value: One of the only glyphosate-free confirmed oats I can find and they’re organic in a huge quantity for a great price!
  • Uses: Oatmeal, oat milk, granola, etc.
  • Storage: Air-tight dry cool place.
  • Longevity: 1 year from purchasing
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

16. Organic Ground Beef

  • Value: 3 pounds (in 1 pounds packs) for a great price!
  • Uses: All kinds of dishes.
  • Storage: Freezer
  • Longevity: 4 months in the freezer
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

17. Kirkland Pistachios

  • Value: Huge bag of pistachios, 2.5 pounds, for an amazing price!
  • Uses: Snack, granola, etc.
  • Storage: Air-tight container in a cool dry place.
  • Longevity: 6 months in pantry
  • Beyond Longevity: store for up to 1 year in the fridge and 2 years in the freezer

18. Kirkland Raw Unsalted Cashews

  • Value: Huge bag of cashews, 2.5 pounds, for an amazing price!
  • Uses: Cashew milk and cream, snack, granola, etc.
  • Storage: Air-tight container in a cool dry place
  • Longevity: 6 months in pantry
  • Beyond Longevity: store for up to 1 year in the fridge and 2 years in the freezer

19. Crunch Master Multi-Grain Crackers

  • Value: Delicious and wholesome snack for a great price!
  • Uses: Snacking or appetizers with a dip
  • Storage: Air-tight container in cool, dry place
  • Longevity: Date on package
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

20. Kirkland Raw Honey

  • Value: Regional raw honey for an amazing price per ounce!
  • Uses: Sweeten desserts, and drinks, use for medicinal purposes for natural remedies
  • Storage: Dry, cool place
  • Longevity: Indefinitely (doesn’t spoil, if it crystalized just place bottle in a warm pot of water)
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

21. Kirkland Pure Maple Syrup

  • Value: Large container of pure maple syrup without any additives!
  • Uses: Sweeten desserts and drinks naturally, use on pancakes and breakfast foods.
  • Storage: In the fridge after opening.
  • Longevity: 1 year
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

22. Kirkland Beef Jerky

  • Value: Large bag of delicious beef jerky for a great price!
  • Uses: Snacking and protein at lunch
  • Storage: In the fridge
  • Longevity: Date on the bag
  • Beyond Longevity: Freeze for up to 7-12 months

23. Kirkland Chocolate Chips

  • Value: 4.5-pounds of chocolate chips without tons of additives for an amazing price
  • Uses: In desserts, melt down, snacking
  • Storage: Air-tight container in a cool dry place
  • Longevity: 2-4 months
  • Beyond Longevity: Store in fridge for 6-8 months or freezer for 2-3 years

24. Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

  • Value: Delicious and wholesome snack for a great price!
  • Uses: Snacking or appetizers with a dip
  • Storage: Air-tight container in cool, dry place
  • Longevity: Date on package
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

25. Organic Chia Seeds

  • Value: Huge bag of chia seeds for one of the best prices I’ve ever seen!
  • Uses: Add nutrients to puddings, top yogurt, and desserts.
  • Storage: Air-tight container
  • Longevity: 2-5 years
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

26. Kirkland Organic Chicken Stock

  • Value: 6, 1-quart cartoons that are made from slow-cooked chicken bones without junk added.
  • Uses: In soups, gravy, etc.
  • Storage: In a cool dry place (fridge after opening)
  • Longevity: 1 year unopened
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

27. Kirkland Almond Butter

  • Value: Best tasting almond butter for an amazing price!
  • Uses: On toast, in desserts, in parfaits, etc.
  • Storage: Cool, dry place (before opening)
  • Longevity: 6-9 months after opening in the fridge
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

28. Kirkland Organic Tomato Sauce

  • Value: 12, 15-ounce cans without junk added for a great price!
  • Uses: In soups, sauces, etc.
  • Storage: Cool dry, place
  • Longevity: 18-24 months
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

29. Black Pepper

  • Value: Huge container of ground pepepr for the same price as a tiny one at other stores
  • Uses: Most dishes
  • Storage: Cool, dry place
  • Longevity: 3-4 years
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

30. Organic Cinnamon

  • Value: Huge container of organic cinnamon for the same price as a tiny one at other stores
  • Uses: Drinks, desserts, dishes, etc.
  • Storage: Air-tight container.
  • Longevity: 2-3 years.
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

31. Kirkland Organic Tomato Paste

  • Value: 12, 6-ounce cans made without junky additives for a great price.
  • Uses: Soups, sauces, etc.
  • Storage: In a cool dry area.
  • Longevity: 2 years unopened.
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A.

32. Kirkland Organic Diced Tomatoes

  • Value: 8, 14.5-ounce cans without added junk for a great price!
  • Uses: Sauces, soups, etc.
  • Storage: In a cool, dry place.
  • Longevity: 18 months
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

33. Kirkland Organic Paprika

  • Value: Huge container of organic paprika for the same price as a tiny one at other stores.
  • Uses: Sauces, soups, chicken, beef, mac and cheese, etc.
  • Storage: Keep in an air tight container in a dry cool place.
  • Longevity: 3-4 years for best taste.
  • Beyond Longevity: doesn’t go bad just starts to lose flavor after longevity.

34. Heinz White Vinegar

  • Value: Gigantic bottle for vinegar under $5.
  • Uses: Mainly for cleaning and DIY products but also for pickling and some foods.
  • Storage: Store in a cool dry place like the pantry, closet, or cabinet.
  • Longevity: 2-5 years (the date on the bottle really doesn’t matter).
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

35. Kirkland Cream Cheese

  • Value: 6, 8-ounce cream cheese bars with minimal additives and a great price!
  • Uses: Desserts, pasta dishes, dips, appetizers.
  • Storage: Keep in the refrigerator.
  • Longevity: Unopened bars can still be good 3-4 weeks longer after the date on the package. Opened bars can last 10 days in the fridge or a few days more in an air-tight container.
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

36. Just Bare Lightly Breaded Chicken Nuggets

  • Value: Wholesome chicken nuggets created with nutrient-dense, clean ingredients for an amazing price!
  • Uses: Lunch protein, in wraps, on tortillas for tacos, etc.
  • Storage: Store in the freezer in the resealable bag
  • Longevity: 6 months when stored in the freezer (usually still good after that but may be a little freezer burnt)
  • Beyond Longevity: N/A

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