20 Trader Joe’s Frozen Food Products That Are Always in Our Freezers

Between the packed inventory and endless lines of shoppers, the aisles in any Trader Joe’s are—how do I put this?—absolute chaos. The freezer section, perhaps the most of all. From peeled-and-chopped produce to microwave-and-eat meals, there’s no short…

Between the packed inventory and endless lines of shoppers, the aisles in any Trader Joe's are—how do I put this?—absolute chaos. The freezer section, perhaps the most of all. From peeled-and-chopped produce to microwave-and-eat meals, there’s no shortage of time-saving gems in there, but when making your way through the crowds, it's helpful to know exactly what to look for.

Which is why I asked our staff: What Trader Joe's frozen food products do you always keep stocked in your freezer?

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19 Best Costco Snacks for When You Need a Bite, Stat

While there is nothing ordinary about these times, as a mom to two boys, I’m continuously trying to create any semblance of normalcy for them. And of course, kids or no kids, we all need to find ways to make our own worlds feel the slightest bit regula…

While there is nothing ordinary about these times, as a mom to two boys, I’m continuously trying to create any semblance of normalcy for them. And of course, kids or no kids, we all need to find ways to make our own worlds feel the slightest bit regular as well.

The big things might be out of reach (far-away vacations! big parties with friends!) but there are lots of little things within our grasp. The back-to-school season always gets me thinking about snacks—whether they’re paired up with lunch, munched in between virtual learning sessions, or tucked in a bag to tote along on a socially distanced walk.

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How to Pick a Watermelon That’s Juuust Ripe

Whether you’re munching on triangle-shaped slices straight from the fridge (or cooler) or blending up chunks for a refreshing slushy cocktail, watermelon is a summer classic.

Picking out just the right watermelon can be tricky since there aren’t many …

Whether you're munching on triangle-shaped slices straight from the fridge (or cooler) or blending up chunks for a refreshing slushy cocktail, watermelon is a summer classic.

Picking out just the right watermelon can be tricky since there aren't many external signifiers, and you can't just give it a squeeze to see if it's softened, like you would with other fruits. There are, however, a few things you can look out for and do to ensure you've got a melon that's ready to eat.

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How to Make Over 100 Dishes With Ingredients You Probably Have

“Certainly, cooking in a quarantine was the furthest thing from my mind over the years I was working on the book,” cookbook author Lukas Volger emails me across Brooklyn. His intended aim for Start Simple was to show families, like his brother’s, that …

“Certainly, cooking in a quarantine was the furthest thing from my mind over the years I was working on the book,” cookbook author Lukas Volger emails me across Brooklyn. His intended aim for Start Simple was to show families, like his brother’s, that they can always whip up something delicious with whatever they’ve got.

The book, which came out this past February, offers over 100 fresh takes on 11 common ingredients home cooks are stocking (Volger’s done a lot of peeking into carts). Figuring into the starter pack are dried beans and hardy greens, silken tofu and tortilla stacks, sweet winter and spongy summer squash, to name a few. Sound familiar? I know—I felt a bit spooked, too.

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Grocery Shopping Online? We Asked Home Cooks for Their Best Tips.

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


In light of social distancing and shelter-in-place recommendations, grocery shopping has changed a lot recently. Due to the increased difficulty of shopping in person, many have turned to online ordering and delivery services, often for the first time.

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A Very Handy Guide to Common Ingredient Substitutions

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


What and how how we're cooking these days looks a lot different than it did just a month ago. As COVID-19 spreads in the United States, certain ingredients—from yeast and flour to heavy cream and eggs—can be difficult to find, whether you're making limited runs to the grocery store or trying to get supplies delivered to your door. Which means we've been making substitutions left and right, using what we've already got stocked in our pantries, fridges, and freezers.

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The 20 Beloved Indie Grocers We’re Browsing Online

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


I was manning the Hotline early last week, when Hallie from D.C. wrote in: “What independent online grocers (not Whole Foods, Stop & Shop) can I buy from during the quarantine?” Pfft, easy, I thought.

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The Groceries New Yorkers Reach for in Times of Crisis

On Saturday morning, Eddie, 61, was on his knees in the pasta aisle of Gristedes in Manhattan’s West Village, moving a new shipment of jarred tomato sauce onto shelves.

A supply truck—the second in three days—had just replenished the grocery store’s s…

On Saturday morning, Eddie, 61, was on his knees in the pasta aisle of Gristedes in Manhattan’s West Village, moving a new shipment of jarred tomato sauce onto shelves.

A supply truck—the second in three days—had just replenished the grocery store’s stock of items selling out all over the city. “It’s spaghetti sauce, toilet paper, water, paper towels, rice, beans,” he said, ticking them off from memory. “Frozen vegetables, canned tomatoes, canned soup—all the Progresso was sold out.”

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My Mom Has Impeccable Taste & This Is the Only Tomato Sauce She’ll Buy

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: My mom has the best taste. Impeccable, in fact. From always ordering the best thing on the menu (yes, I’ll have a bite of that, thankyouverymuch) to jumping on the oat milk trend before it was the most…

I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again: My mom has the best taste. Impeccable, in fact. From always ordering the best thing on the menu (yes, I'll have a bite of that, thankyouverymuch) to jumping on the oat milk trend before it was the most coveted item in the dairy aisle, she's always had a knack for knowing what's good.

Her choice of tomato sauce is no different.

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10 Surprising Grocery Staples Our Senior Editor Will Only Buy Online

Allow me to start off by saying how much I love grocery shopping: sniffing my own lemons, hand-picking my own avocados, and asking Jeffrey my butcher for this ribeye and not that one. But doing so in New York City—and because I have to shop for food ne…

Allow me to start off by saying how much I love grocery shopping: sniffing my own lemons, hand-picking my own avocados, and asking Jeffrey my butcher for this ribeye and not that one. But doing so in New York City—and because I have to shop for food nearly every day as part of my job—has meant that making use of delivery services, like FreshDirect, has been imperative to my wellbeing.

Even our food stylist, Anna Billingskog, relies on the many conveniences of grocery delivery once in a while in her own life. “I get my heavy things from FreshDirect—staples like olive oil, flour, sugar, and salt,” she tells me. “For someone who lives in New York City, paper products are helpful to order, too, so you don’t have to lug them up five flights of narrow stairs every week.”

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