ALDI Food Worth Trying?

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Baryonyx

16,774 posts

107 months

Friday 3rd February 2012
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Buy anything that seems 'Continental' in there. Any produce that looks slightly 'German' is usually good; beers, meats, cheese etc etc. Aldi do some really nice food, when I lived in Preston I recall absolutely loving some of their 'finest' range ice creams.

I love October at Aldi though (or should I say 'Oktober') since they get all the Oktoberfest stuff in. Special beers, delicious cured meats (the kabanos are amazing), what a treat.

NotDave

20,951 posts

105 months

Friday 3rd February 2012
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0a said:
Well I came out with what looks like a lot of shopping for £35 which is a bargain compared to the usual weekly shop. Raw meat will be purchased from the butcher.
This is what me & the OH do.

Only thing we struggle to get in the local Aldi is decent lettuce....... God knows why, they just don't get it. confused

Everything else is grand.

Raw meat, we have a very good local butchers and numerous farm shops. But for the "cupboard stockers" et al.... ALDI is a win

redtwin

7,518 posts

130 months

Friday 3rd February 2012
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They do run a skeleton staff, so the person on checkout is also the person that has to restock shelves etc. I only go during weekdays to avoid the crowds.

mrtwisty

2,560 posts

113 months

Friday 3rd February 2012
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Stonebaked 'Romagna' salami & rocket pizza. Really, really good - better than greasy domino's crap.

Badger Hopping Hare ale - one of my all time favorites, and I used to be a brewer.

Pizza - check.
Ale - check.
That's my weekly shop sorted biggrin

Reginaldo

10 posts

139 months

Friday 3rd February 2012
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Next time you go there try their treacle cured bacon. You can thank me later. wink

NotDave

20,951 posts

105 months

Friday 3rd February 2012
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their cured meats lick


Cheddar, can't remember the name, but "EXTRA MATURE" cloud9


Cheese covered bread-baps


Oooh, smoked salmon too cloud9

snowdude2910

754 posts

112 months

Friday 3rd February 2012
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Ah man shopping, as I like to call it. No fking around just one of everything until you get to the things you like a choice of, like meata, cheese and cereals. Oh and no faffing around putting change back in your purse or neatly stacking things into bags while everybody waits they practically kick ditherers out of the way, just the way it should be :-)

0a

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21,618 posts

142 months

Friday 3rd February 2012
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snowdude2910 said:
Ah man shopping, as I like to call it. No fking around just one of everything until you get to the things you like a choice of, like meata, cheese and cereals. Oh and no faffing around putting change back in your purse or neatly stacking things into bags while everybody waits they practically kick ditherers out of the way, just the way it should be :-)
Yes I'd agree with this, I did take some bags but just shoved it all in the trolley! There was a queue but the girl on the till banged the items through at lightning speed.

Update on the food- the tomatoes and coffee were rubbish.


williamp

16,662 posts

221 months

Friday 3rd February 2012
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cant disagree with anything said. And Mozarella for 49p. The bread isnt all that, and often tastes stale. The cooking bread is nice, though

Flat6er

1,597 posts

158 months

Saturday 4th February 2012
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Their 4 bird roast is prety good for a tenner.

0a

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21,618 posts

142 months

Saturday 4th February 2012
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Oh and the best thing - most of the cans have ring pulls on them! The Germans clearly expect them even on low priced stuff!

mph1977

12,467 posts

116 months

Saturday 4th February 2012
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williamp said:
cant disagree with anything said. And Mozarella for 49p. The bread isnt all that, and often tastes stale. The cooking bread is nice, though
current best buy status for bread is Farmfoods

3 full sized loaves of Hovis white / brown / half and half in medium or thick sliced for 2 quid and iirc they don't mind mix and match as long as it's three loaves.

Toaster Pilot

12,138 posts

106 months

Saturday 4th February 2012
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Being a poor student I'm an Aldi regular - buy most things there but by far the best are the cooked meats, some of the raw meats (the "specially selected" bacon, sausages being a good example), fruit and veg.

The "Specially Selected Columbian Instant Coffee" is good too, and a lot cheaper than elsewhere at £1.69. Recently changed the packaging of this - and Tesco sell their "Finest" range of instant coffees in the old style jars for £3.40+. Pretty sure it's the same..

mph1977 said:
3 full sized loaves of Hovis white / brown / half and half in medium or thick sliced for 2 quid and iirc they don't mind mix and match as long as it's three loaves.
Aldi were selling Hovis for 69p/loaf at one point for those that don't need 3.... Maybe aren't now.

forest172

494 posts

154 months

Saturday 4th February 2012
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remedy said:
What!?! Their Harvest Morn Chocolate Clusters are amazing. I used to get 3 or 4 boxes in there everytime I was in the area and for 99p a box it was brilliant value.
Our kids love the chocolate pillows, so does my dad!!

indi pearl

312 posts

145 months

Saturday 4th February 2012
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All our food comes from Aldi and Waitrose.
Mrs IP does Waitrose on a Saturday morning (she is there now!) and I do Aldi durring the week.
The Aldi I go to in Bournemouth is the best "man type" supermarket you could ask for. Allways quiet, hardly ever any kids/chavs/geriatrics and never long waits at check out.
I buy,
Specially Selected coffee (Java and Ethiopean).
Choceur Fruit and Nut chocholate (far better than Cadburys used to be).
All our fresh fruit and veg, cheaper than any other supermarket and better than even Waitrose.
Continental cured meats (Milano Salami and German baked ham) for weekday lunches.
Extra mature west country cheddar.
Chilled fruit juices.
Free range chicken (£4.99)
Their sirloin steaks (£3.19) are the best supermarket steak going. 1" thick 21 day hung and yellow fat. 2 days air dried in fridge and pan cokked "a la Heston" they will take a lot of beating even by the local butcher!
And then there is the TOOLS............

Chris Peacock

815 posts

156 months

Saturday 4th February 2012
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Did anyone take advantage of the £5 off voucher for Aldi in yesterdays sun.


I went in there today and walked out with loads of stuff for just over £35.

hairyben

8,516 posts

131 months

Saturday 4th February 2012
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Can't really fault anything from lidl/aldi, in particular cooked meats, jars of antipasto at 1/3rd the price of the big stores, the £8 bottles of vodka are better than smirnoff red- fine for general mixing, the OH prefers the knockoff baileys to the branded. The chocolates are as good as much more expensive stuff (great party tip- just remove the packaging;). The fresh veg keeps better than other supermarkets- twice as long IME. Ground coffee's great and half the price. could go on and on.

Mobile Chicane

18,950 posts

160 months

Saturday 4th February 2012
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I do the bulk of my shopping at Lidl (there isn't an Aldi anywhere nearby) and only go to Waitrose for more specialist stuff which Lidl doesn't sell.

Lidl fruit and veg is excellent and typically 30% cheaper than anywhere else - plus there are further offers on these every weekend.

The freezer section is also worth checking out: two partridges for £4.99 (they're £5.99 each in Waitrose), £1.99 for 500g of frozen raspberries. I could go on...

0a

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21,618 posts

142 months

Saturday 4th February 2012
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Mobile Chicane said:
The freezer section is also worth checking out: two partridges for £4.99 (they're £5.99 each in Waitrose), £1.99 for 500g of frozen raspberries. I could go on...
I'll see if ALDI's freezer section is the same. I've been very impressed. As you say the veg is excellent. The bulk of the shopping will be done here from now on (bye bye TESCO!).

I'm based away from my London Waitrose at the moment (3 min walk away normally) frown

jonah35

3,653 posts

105 months

Saturday 4th February 2012
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Aldi is brilliant - it's half the price of the other supermarkets and better quality

i like the chocolate they sell and some of the other food is very good too

no wonder it is the fastest growing supermarket in the UK - people are sick of the monopoly the big 4 tend to have