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3 Surprisingly Great Kirkland-Brand Products at Costco

You can save money and find quality in the warehouse chain's signature food and spirits line.

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When you shop for high-quality food items, you may not reach for the store brand. But the Kirkland Signature line from Costco Wholesale produces some gems. (Prices are from a Costco store in Albuquerque, N.M.; annual Costco membership starts at $55.)

1. Olive oil. A chemical and sensory study of olive oils by the University of California, Davis found that Kirkland Signature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($13.99 for 2 liters) was one of a minority of imported oils that met international and U.S. standards for extra-virgin olive oil.

2. Bacon. In a taste test of bacon brands, Consumer Reports bestowed an “excellent” rating on just one product: Kirkland Signature Bacon ($10.99 for four 1-pound packages).

3. Liquor. You’ll get a lot of bang for your buck with the Kirkland Signature Tequila Añejo ($19.99 for 1 liter) and the Egg Nog Liqueur ($9.99 for 1.75 liters), says Jerald O’Kennard, director of the Beverage Tasting Institute’s Tastings.com. Both received scores in the “exceptional” range from the site. For more ways to save at Costco, check out our 12 Secrets Costco Shoppers Need to Know.

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