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The good news - Costco is cheaper than Sam's Club on almost every item I need to purchase for the ConFusion ConSuite. I felt I needed to do the cost comparison, because if we could save a huge amount by shopping at the place of evilness, then I at least needed to consider it. But I'm very happy I don't have to. Costco has a slightly lesser selection of soda than Sam's, but a much better selection and better quality for some of the other items on my list. Now I just need to figure out which items to buy from Costco, and which to buy from Sam's. And to investigate further the delivery option described in the Costco membership book, because that could be extremely useful.

The bad news - I need to develop a shopping list, and I'm feeling woefully unprepared for the task. This should be a solved problem - people have been running ConSuites at ConFusion for decades now - I really shouldn't have to be figuring out how many cans of soda to buy!

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tammylc
Jan. 6th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
Hey, food guru type person - what's your experience with pre-boiled eggs? We like to do up hard boiled eggs to have on hand for a protein boost, plus we were thinking deviled eggs might be a fun little treat to make when we're bored. Not having to boil and peel them would be a huge timesaver, but not if they taste so nasty no one would eat them. (They're actually cheaper than raw eggs at GFS, which is really scary...)
malawry
Jan. 6th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
I have never seen preboiled eggs for sale at Costco--do you have a source for them? Sam's? I never bought them from Sysco when I worked at the sorority either, I just boiled my own.

That being said: I worked in a deli-bakery in college and they got in preboiled eggs which I turned into devilled eggs for the grab-n-go case. They tasted exactly the same to me as regular hard-boiled eggs. I never did a side-by-side taste test, and my palate was not as attuned then as it is now, but the fact is I remember being surprised that they tasted the same as the real deal. They definitely were way more convenient, and there's no loss from shells that attach to the egg white or eggs that crack and weep while boiling. You might want to ask for more recent opinions on eG.
tammylc
Jan. 6th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, Costco doesn't have them - I found them at GFS.
malawry
Jan. 6th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
What's GFS?
tammylc
Jan. 6th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Gordon Food Service.

http://www.gfs.com/

You may not have them in your neck of the woods.
shekkara
Jan. 6th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
You can buy pre-boiled eggs? My stomach goes a bit twisty at the thought. I'd feel safer pre-boiling them myself, but I recognize the amounts that I boiled for the Green Room in 03 and the amounts you will need to boil for the Con Suite are vastly different.

Making deviled eggs seems like a lot of extra work, and you have to watch them. They shouldn't sit out too long, which would be potentially problematic in the ConSuite.
tammylc
Jan. 6th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
I'm not worried about the safety issue. They're fully cooked and treated with preservatives. The preservatives are why I'm worried about the taste, though.

88 boiled and peeled eggs cost $15.49.

My experience with deviled eggs is that they never last very long! Our thinking was that if the hard boiled eggs weren't going very quickly, we could turn them into deviled eggs, just a half dozen or dozen at a time. You know, if we're bored and want to do something special.
shekkara
Jan. 6th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
I agree about the preservatives. They'll also probably have antibiotics and hormones. Frankly at 2.11 per dozen of pre-boiled, pre-shelled eggs -- well, that's quite a mark-up. At that price, you can get locally laid, hormone-free eggs, or save money and get mass-produced eggs at about the quarter of the cost at GFS. But you'd have to boil them yourself. It's the usual convenience vs. cost tradeoff.
tammylc
Jan. 6th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
Actually, a case of 90 raw eggs at GFS is actually more expensive.

Where are you getting happy eggs for less than $2.11/dozen?
shekkara
Jan. 6th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
Really? I know I paid a fairly low price (cheaper than regular grocery store eggs, which is less than 2.11/doz) for 2.5 dozen eggs at GFS in December.

GFS is funny. Some things are shockingly more expensive than regular grocery stores, while others are much much less. A tub of frozen mini-eclairs, for example, is several dollars more expensive at GFS than at Meijers.
marahsk
Jan. 7th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
If you're worried about the taste, would it be possible to buy a smaller amount for a taste test? Or do they just sell them in industrial-sized vats? (I started calling them that when I saw a container of mayo in Costco that, had I bought it, would probably not get used up in my lifetime).
tammylc
Jan. 7th, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
Yep, the only sell them as a 10 lb box.

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