The Fruit Tray That A Current Costco Employee Swears By For Entertaining

Fruit And Cheese Tray
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Whether it's for a large party or a small gathering, putting together a spread for guests can prove a stressful and time-consuming endeavor. It doesn't help that supermarket platters often contain soggy, stale, and subpar offerings. Fortunately, Costco has party trays that aren't filled with sad fruits and vegetables. They're the perfect way to liven up a get-together without spending time in the kitchen. One Costco employee swears by the retailer's trays, citing the Kirkland Signature fruit and cheese tray as one of the best things to buy at Costco (via Insider).

You'll find the platter in question near the deli section of the store. It boasts strawberries, green and red grapes, and two types of cheese: cheddar and gouda. Everything comes prepared, so serving this is as simple as removing the plastic top. For around $5 per pound — which typically leaves the price somewhere between $17 and $20 — it's a great deal. Its price isn't the only benefit, either.

As Costco employee Veronica Thatcher told Insider, "The Kirkland Signature fruit and cheese tray saves a lot of time." That's what most hosts are looking for when planning a party. Serving this platter can be as simple or complicated as you'd like. While it's easy enough to rip off the lid and put it on display, the fruit and cheese tray lends itself to a wide range of serving options.

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The Kirkland Fruit And Cheese Tray Is Versatile

Cheese Crackers and Grapes
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The Kirkland Signature fruit and cheese tray is great all on its own, but part of its charm is how versatile it is. Costco has no shortage of party trays to choose from, and the fruit and cheese platter complements most of them. The items in it accompany Costco's vegetable tray with ease, and they make a tasty, light appetizer ahead of a sandwich or wrap platter. Kirkland's best wines pair well with the fruit and cheese, and nuts and crackers will further enhance their taste.

If you want to get really fancy, you can even use the fruit and cheese tray as a jumping-off point for your own display. Fruit and cheese kabobs make a fun summer treat, and Costco's party tray offers pre-cut ingredients. These items can also be mixed with other cheeses and fruits to create bigger, better holiday platters. Of course, this will take more time than just putting the platter out on display. Still, a themed charcuterie board could be worth it — and you'll save money on the building blocks by getting them bundled at Costco.

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