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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

They are small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese and should taste very mild. I've never had to rinse them. Try rinsing one. Or taste the water or whey that they are in. Maybe that is what is tasting bitter. Or..return them and stop at another store. I don't remember ever buying them at Costco unfortunately.

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added about 2 years ago

It definitely should not taste bitter at all. Good thing about Costco is that they will take it back and give you a refund. If you have a cheese shop or market that makes fresh bocconcini, (pain in the ass I know) you'll find that its taste springy, mild and creamy. Since its a semi-soft cheese, it is susceptible to picking up other flavors and odors.

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amysarah

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added about 2 years ago

I've had mozzarella go off, and it does get a sort of bitter or acrid taste. Fresh mozzarella's flavor is the opposite of that - mild and milky.

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added about 2 years ago

Bummer!!!! AND I threw away my receipt- like a champ. Fool me once Costco. Am making Greek style skewers with feta instead (rolling with the punches....). Darnit though *shaking fist in anger*.....

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Nancy Harmon Jenkins

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added about 2 years ago

Bravo! A good cook learns to roll with the punches--and I bet the skewered feta will be great.

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

Ooo...I love the sound of feta instead. You could marinate it in olive oil and fresh herbs for a while like my Papou (Greek Grandfather) used to when I was a kid.

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amysarah

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added about 2 years ago

Sometimes last minute work-arounds yield the best results - while always tasty, Caprese skewers make a regular appearance at cocktail parties. Feta gives them a less expected spin. Might become your new standard!

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added about 2 years ago

You don't need your receipt. They can trace your lurches thru your member card.

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added about 2 years ago

You could still return it - they just scan the bar code (and they know their products). I am with Nancy, they would want to know.

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Pegeen

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added about 2 years ago

I have always found customer service at Costco to be very accommodating. Don't throw out the cheese, just bring it back in the original container. That way they are more able to trace the batch and deal with the problem.

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added about 2 years ago

Thanks a bunch all! I ended up buying a small container of bocconcini at regular supermarket as I didn't have time to deal with Costco today. You're right, mine were totally gonzo because the fresh ones tasted mild/neutral.

I can report that the feta did not work with the skewers because of the cheese's crumbly nature (or my skewers were perhaps too beefy)- it split apart.

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

Glad you had success after your trials and tribulations. :0)

I made watermelon, mint and feta skewers with balsamic glaze last month. I borrowed a friends skewers and they were very skinny. Almost like a cake tester, but not quite.