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Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits, reviewed (refrigerated)

Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits

The last time I tried biscuits from Trader Joe’s, it was a disaster. Not only were the baking directions on the package terrible, the biscuits looked and tasted bad no matter what you did. Often, TJ’s stocks very good ready-make products, but perhaps bake-from-frozen biscuits were not the way to go. I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt where biscuits were concerned and picked up a tube of their new Buttermilk Biscuits.

Unlike their predecessors, these were in the refrigerated section of the market and come out of the tube round and ready-to-bake, just like other brands of refrigerated biscuits. They baked up well with the directions given on the packaging, though I had a slight preference for the slightly darker color of the batch I baked at a higher temperature. They were tender and rose well, but were not particularly light or flaky. This lack of flakiness can be partly attributed to the fact that they’re made with shortening (great for tenderizing) and not butter (better for flakiness). The lack of butter also hurts these biscuits in the flavor department: they’re pleasant, but not buttery at all on their own.

Huge improvement over the last attempt, but I still prefer my homemade biscuits – especially since they don’t take long to make. Still, these aren’t bad and make a great addition to a bowl of soup, chili or gravy in a pinch. But a little more butter flavor (which I added by slathering them with butter myself) and they’re even better.

Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits

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7 Comments
  • Linda
    December 29, 2009

    I tried them as well. I agree much improvement over the frozen ones but still a far cry from homemade. As far as refrigerator biscuits go they are better than average. I got some at Whole Foods as well and TJ’s were the better of the two. Good in a pinch but nothing like homemade for sure!!

  • Jane Stone
    January 4, 2010

    Wow!! this is my first time seeing a biscuits in can.. 🙂
    sorry for being naive

  • Caribou Coffee
    April 20, 2010

    Woow..! that’s mine favorite biscuits(butter & milk) i loves it. thanks for your great post.

  • Biswarup KP
    May 18, 2010

    Great biscuits . this is the first time I am seeing refrigerated ones

  • Rhinoplasty
    May 20, 2010

    cookies, even when I cook in theright amount of time (18 minutes), stay heavy and dense and never really out of this form of block. I would not be a repeat buyer. If someone has access to a Schwan’s delivery of services, their frozen, unbaked cookies are the best I have tasted, house included.

  • Heather
    March 24, 2012

    Wow! When they say keep the ends facing away from you when you open it, they really mean it!

  • Deej
    October 20, 2012

    I just wish the can was easier to open

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