Become a member or don’t become a member? Usually people who live near a big warehouse club store like Costco or Sam’s Club at some point consider whether they want to join. But if you are gluten-free you have an added question — Is it even worth it now that my food choices are more limited?
It’s true, people on the gluten-free diet won’t be hanging out in the Costco bakery any time soon, but I will tell you after a recent visit, I think a Costco membership is worth it.
What can you get at Costco that’s Gluten Free?
The answer is: more than you might think. When I visited the Costco in Maple Grove Minnesota, I found many things that are gluten free. Now as always keep in mind that products at these stores do change, but you can appeal to them if they discontinue a product — with enough demand they may bring it back.
With that said, here’s what I found. For years I have known that their pre-made rotisserie chicken is gluten-free. But now there’s a sign at the warming counter declaring it’s gluten-freeness! To celebrate, I bought one. And at $5.00, it’s a great deal (you can’t buy one and cook it for less)!
Of course in the meat section there are tons of steaks, hamburger and chicken to purchase — sans gluten. But I found a container in the meat cooler of smoked pulled pork! Gluten-Free is written right on the package of the Smoked Pulled Pork, by the Costco house brand Kirkland Signature. Again — I bought it to celebrate the great labeling! I haven’t tried it yet. I hope it’s good!
Other good features of Costco is the produce section. There is a lot of fresh produce. Sometimes buying that in bulk is great, especially if you’re having a party. But I’ve purchased more than enough there only to have extra go bad. So that’s something to keep in mind.
In the freezer section they carry Alexa Waffle Fries and (this one at least) carries Bell and Evans Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets. Moms in my ROCK group swear by them. Emma doesn’t really have a hankering for chicken nuggets. Update: I just got an email from Costco saying their Kirkland Signature Hot Dogs are gluten free. In the dairy section you can get milk for as much as dollar cheaper than a regular grocery store, plus you can get butter and eggs as well.
In the snack section there are Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-ups, dried fruit, nuts. I found these snack bars by Mrs. Mays, which also were loudly displayed as gluten-free.
Then in the vitamin section we have been purchasing their vitamins for years. Especially the Children’s vitamins. I’ve found it hard to buy just regular chewable vitamins for my gluten-free gal so these are perfect. The three containers I have all say “no yeast or gluten”.
So while I am sure there is more. In fact, feel free to add any gluten-free item I may not know about or have overlooked or isn’t in my store in the comment section below. But at $50 for an annual membership, I think it’s worth it.
*I don’t have a membership at Sam’s Club so I cannot give you good comprehensive information about that warehouse club.