yields a maximum amount of meat, which provides
greater value to members,” he explains.
All Costco meat departments are managed by
skilled meat cutters. Joe, himself a certified meat
cutter, notes that when meat arrives at Costco warehouses via refrigerated trucks “the cutters inspect
for quality and wholesomeness, then hand-cut and
trim again according to our internal cutting specifications. Non-desirable parts such as extra fat or
gristle are eliminated, and all that’s left is a beautiful
piece of meat with very little waste. Very few retailers can even come close to matching the scale of our
USDA Prime and Choice beef program.”
The extreme-trimmed tenderloin filet (
pictured at left) is indicative of the excellent quality of
beef offered at Costco, and due to Costco’s volume
buying power there’s not a better value anywhere
for such outstanding quality.
Prime rib is another popular
holiday meal choice, and
“prime rib lovers will
appreciate the four great
options we offer,” Joe
bone-in rib roast is
a Costco seasonal
specialty and the
ultimate in tenderness and succulent
flavor, making it
the favorite of many
•Boneless rib roast
is sold year-round and is
one of Costco’s most popular and delicious roasts;
because it’s boneless, it’s easy to
carve and serve to happy diners.
•Deli seasoned bone-in rib roast is one of
the most appealing seasonal meat selections from
the Costco Deli, available at an unbelievable
value. Starting with a standing bone-in rib roast
from the meat department, the cutters release the
bones and then tie them back on for cooking.
The deli then stuffs the roast with
fresh garlic and enrobes it in
Kirkland Signature olive oil and
the deli’s own delicious blend of
herbs and spices before placing it
in an aluminum baking pan.
Simply pop the roast in the oven, grab some of
the deli’s own roasted Yukon Gold mashed potatoes or deli mashed sweet potatoes, and throw in a
deli Caesar salad and Costco pumpkin pie for a
delightful spread that is easy for busy cooks during
one of the most hectic times of year.
Kirkland Signature gourmet steaks are sold
year-round and offered in both USDA Prime and
•New York steak is a classic cut with plenty of
marbling for a bold, flavorful meal.
•Ribeye steak is a premium steak cut from a
boneless rib that explodes with flavor when
• Top sirloin steak is a tasty and affordable cut that is easy to prepare in the oven or on
the grill; it’s a leading favorite with Costco members looking for a terrific quality steak.
More details on all these fine cuts can be
found on the next page.
Costco requires that all beef processing plants be
audited by third-party auditors. Christine Summers,
director of food safety and corporate quality assurance, notes, “We also conduct shadow audits of the
auditors to ensure they are performing according to
Costco’s stringent safety specifications.”
One audit is for humane
handling of cattle to ensure
they are healthy, transported correctly and
that all auditors be
certified, which is
the leading meat
nization and pro-
motes the humane
treatment of animals.”
The food quality
control (safety) audit reviews
10 categories of food safety for
compliance, including sanitation,
employee training and hygiene. Christine tells me,
“As safe handling of beef is vital, we also require
that all Costco managers take a nationally recognized food safety training program, and all Costco
employees also take a Costco-developed food
Always hand-trimmed and
consistently tender and flavorful,
Kirkland Signature beef is an
extraordinary value for a hearty,
nutritious and delicious meal. Costco’s quality beef
is bound to provide chefs with a surefire hit for
meat aficionados, at holidays and throughout the
Sherrie Newman ( email@example.com) is a
marketing and communications consultant who lives
in the Seattle area with her family.
There are certain food safety rules you should
follow when handling and preparing any meat.
• Wash hands well with hot water and soap.
• Wash all utensils, containers, surfaces, etc.,
after preparing meat.
• Make sure to thaw meats in the
refrigerator or microwave.
• Immediately cook meat that has been
defrosted in a microwave.
• Marinate meat in the refrigerator and discard
leftover marinades (never reuse them).
• Do not use the same surface for
cutting meat and vegetables.
MIKE DORPAT, Costco.com food
and sundries buyer, manages
the Costco.com beef program
and is constantly researching
unique options to provide to
members. In addition to the
same USDA Prime selections
carried in the warehouse,
Costco.com also offers Wagyu
steaks and Wagyu ground beef,
an American version of Kobe
beef, as well as organic grass-fed steaks.
Mike reveals, “An exceptional item we will import over
the holiday season is authentic
Kobe beef from Japan, a world-renowned cattle breed known
for its intense marbling, which
provides some of the most tender beef in the world.” Be sure
to experience this scrumptious
and rare selection, offered at a
remarkable value of 11 pounds
of Grade 5A (essentially the
highest grade) for $1,499.99,
including overnight shipping.
Another exciting new selection is an outstanding 30-day
dry-aged prime rib from a supplier that provisions some of the
top New York restaurants. The
meat is cut to order and sent
fresh overnight to members.
“This dry-aged meat is simply an amazing product, and we
are very excited about providing
such a quality product to our
members,” says Mike.
In addition to the prime rib,
Costco.com features a meat lover’s pack that includes dry-aged
ribeye, sausages (both hot and
sweet) and brisket burgers from
the same supplier.
Of course, Costco.com offers
a 100 percent guarantee on its
beef, with returns possible at
any warehouse, and the exceptional value always includes the
cost of overnight shipping.—SN
Roast recipes, page 94
Grilling tips, page 95