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Golden SHARE Foods Holiday Meal Review and Giveaway

When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of sharing a meal with family and friends. In years past, we’ve done a potluck-style dinner where we get together with friends and each of us take care of part of the meal. Up until now, I’ve never done the entire dinner. But this year, with a Thanksgiving package provided by Golden SHARE Foods, we decided to give hosting a whirl.

Golden SHARE Foods is the largest and oldest grocery cooperative in SoCal – and they have things down to a science. If you’re not familiar with a cooperative, it’s a buying organization that pools resources to to buy in large quantities — and in doing that they save money. Golden SHARE Foods is run by volunteers – another way they keep costs down.

What I found really great is there’s no membership fee or requirement to work in order to purchase food from the cooperative. All you need to do is volunteer in your community (it doesn’t have to be at GSF, but you could volunteer there).

We sampled the Thanksgiving meal box. It included a LOT of food:

  • Frozen turkey (ours was 17 pounds!)
  • Box of stuffing
  • 3# russet potatoes
  • 3# sweet potatoes
  • Broccoli bunch
  • Bag of apples (ours were little washington apples – perfect for our kiddo)
  • Bag of onions
  • Baby carrots (peeled)
  • Bunch of celery
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 1 doz dinner rolls (ours were potato rolls & they were super fresh & soft)
  • 10 inch pumpkin pie

And if you had bought all of that food for Thanksgiving, you would have paid exactly $36 at GSF. Now we could have made our entire meal just from these items, but there are other things we like to make, too. So this was our family’s Thanksgiving menu, supplemented with some things we had on hand, and a few things from the grocery store:

  • Roasted turkey
  • Dressing (made in my crockpot with a couple other boxes, too – I really like dressing)
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Candied sweet potatoes (yes, the ones with marshmallows on top. YUM.)
  • Glazed baby carrots
  • Green bean casserole
  • Organic yellow corn (we had this on hand in the freezer)
  • Homemade gravy
  • Dinner rolls (we did need more than 1 dozen for 6 adults & 1 kid – we really like our bread)
  • Pumpkin pie w/whipped topping

We used the broccoli as an appetizer & chopped it up for dipping in dressing, along with some grape tomatoes and more baby carrots we had on hand.

So how was the food quality? We got rave reviews on the turkey. I think this is the second time we’ve roasted a turkey (we’ve deep fried them in the past). We just watched the temp very closely and pulled it out as soon as it was near the temp we wanted (so it could rest while we made the gravy & finished things).

We did have one bad potato in the russets. But I recently bought a bag of reds at a big name warehouse store and it had a couple of bad ones in there, too. It just happens sometimes. The broccoli and celery were excellent. The baby carrots were the same ones you would buy at the grocery store.

When you buy a package from Golden SHARE Foods, you do have to pick it up at their central warehouse or a nearby distribution location. We had a pick-up point a few miles from us, so we went there. Pick up was to start at 9:30 am, but they were running a little bit late. Turns out they had a lot of orders the day we were there. It was a small delay and no big deal for us. As soon as the trucks arrived with the food, we just jumped in and helped unload. It was all unloaded and sorted in less than 10 minutes.

Getting our items took very little time as well. I swear it was easier than going to my local grocery store – everything is packed in boxes and ready to go. You can see the types of packages that you can buy on the Golden SHARE web site. And definitely check out the sell-off days (where they sell leftover items as even greater savings).

And now the fun part – we get to give away a Christmas meal package!

Here’s what the Holiday Meal package includes:

  • (1)7-9 lbs. Spiral Cut Honey Ham w/ Glaze Packet
  • 1 bag Fresh Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 3 lbs. Fresh Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 lbs. Fresh Apples
  • 2 lbs. Fresh Onions
  • 1 lbs. Fresh Green Beans
  • 1 ea. Fresh Celery Sleeved
  • 1 can Pineapple Chunks in Natural Juice
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 can Apple Sauce
  • 1 doz Dinner Rolls
  • 1 Whole Pumpkin Pie (10 inch/ 40 oz)

This package is valued at $36. How would you like to have your Christmas or Holiday meal paid for? Enter this contest to win by leaving a comment on this post.

To be eligible to win, you need to live near a pickup location in Southern California.

Contest ends on December 4th at 6 pm (PST). I will choose a winner via random drawing. You must be able to pick up your meal package at one of the Golden SHARE Foods pickup locations or at the main warehouse. One comment per person, please.

Disclosure: We received a Thanksgiving meal package so we could try GSF’s services and review it.

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6 Responses to “Golden SHARE Foods Holiday Meal Review and Giveaway”


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  4. jboydsandiego

    I just order “basic” for the first time with a turkey. Can’t wait to see what I get on Dec. 19th.

  5. Annieo

    What a great find Becky!!

    Got to comment AND read all your other things here. I apparently don’t visit here enough.


  6. YUM! Who wouldn’t love a free holiday meal? And I know who to ask for great recipes, now, too! :)