ALDI Food Worth Trying?

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FiF

36,225 posts

199 months

Monday 11th November
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Stollen is essentially a rich yeast raised spicy fruit bread which has marzipan within it, more like a fruit cake than bread in my opinion. It can be iced, or dipped in chocolate, or just plain dusted with sugar. Spread it with butter? Errr nope.

In my opinion the mini stollen are best, didn't get on with the apple ones.

Like others I don't know how folks can scarf down a packet in more or less one sitting. Hod knows what it foes to blood sugar levels and carb coma. Takes me a week plus to go down a packet, but then I must be an amateur gannet. Mind you I look at some of the pictures on the dirty takeaway thread that folks claim are a single meal, some food mountains would defeat two or even three of us.

V8mate

42,981 posts

137 months

Tuesday 12th November
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wobert said:
This Stollen thing I find puzzling....call me a blasphemer if you like laugh

I bought a pack of the Aldi Apple Stollen on Friday to see what the fuss was about.

They were “ok” but at 109 calories each I’m flabbergasted that people can eat full / multiple packs in one sitting, presumably you all go and run a marathon afterwards to burn the excess calories off?

(Caveat Emptor: I’m in shape, Round is a shape smile)
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for.

Aldi has drifted a long way from its German parent, which means that it sources as much as possible in the UK. This means that you'll generally, in this case specifically, be getting a 'take' on Stollen, by an English commercial baker, more used to turning out dry Angel cakes for Asda. The ones you tried are bloody dreadful and utterly unlike anything a German would eat. For anything seasonal, I'd only eat from their 'Specially Selected' range, BUT that's still no guarantee of authenticity.

You have a better chance of eating something authentic in Lidl, though again, I'd look to their own Favorina or Deluxe range (Favorina is definitely imported). Lidl sourcing is still heavily tied to its European parent.

For absolute advice (irrelevant of where you shop) look out for:

Stollen - from Dresden
Lebkuchen - from Nuremberg (Nürnberg)

In Lidl, the larger Lebkuchen discs are definitely authentic, for example:


NormalWisdom

2,059 posts

107 months

Tuesday 12th November
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V8mate said:
....and a bottle of ALDI's most excellent Zinfandel lurking in the background

V8mate

42,981 posts

137 months

Tuesday 12th November
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NormalWisdom said:
....and a bottle of ALDI's most excellent Zinfandel lurking in the background
Yes, I took Wobert's advice and bought a bottle this morning. See if I can add him to the list of 'Trusted wine advisors' hehe

wobert

2,584 posts

170 months

Tuesday 12th November
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V8mate said:
NormalWisdom said:
....and a bottle of ALDI's most excellent Zinfandel lurking in the background
Yes, I took Wobert's advice and bought a bottle this morning. See if I can add him to the list of 'Trusted wine advisors' hehe
For the record I am certainly no somelier, just passing on the judgement of 18 amateur wine enthusiasts.....the result was unanimous in the appraisal. laugh

V8mate

42,981 posts

137 months

Tuesday 12th November
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wobert said:
V8mate said:
NormalWisdom said:
....and a bottle of ALDI's most excellent Zinfandel lurking in the background
Yes, I took Wobert's advice and bought a bottle this morning. See if I can add him to the list of 'Trusted wine advisors' hehe
For the record I am certainly no somelier, just passing on the judgement of 18 amateur wine enthusiasts.....the result was unanimous in the appraisal. laugh
Wobert's Wine Wing hehe

Mobile Chicane

18,974 posts

160 months

Tuesday 12th November
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V8mate said:
NormalWisdom said:
....and a bottle of ALDI's most excellent Zinfandel lurking in the background
Yes, I took Wobert's advice and bought a bottle this morning. See if I can add him to the list of 'Trusted wine advisors' hehe
Sold out online. In-store only.

Grrr. Bugger. Arse.

JustALooseScrew

748 posts

15 months

Thursday 14th November
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NormalWisdom said:
....and a bottle of ALDI's most excellent Zinfandel lurking in the background
hehe

That wine is remarkably good for the price.

I was put on to it after chatting with George our Aldi's security guard, an absolute gentleman who I always stop and have a bit of a chat with.

I love Aldi - it's just a shame that they are now rolling out the staff that I've known for years into other stores.

NormalWisdom

2,059 posts

107 months

Friday 15th November
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Mobile Chicane said:
V8mate said:
NormalWisdom said:
....and a bottle of ALDI's most excellent Zinfandel lurking in the background
Yes, I took Wobert's advice and bought a bottle this morning. See if I can add him to the list of 'Trusted wine advisors' hehe
Sold out online. In-store only.

Grrr. Bugger. Arse.
Plenty in-store (Wokingham), picked-up another 6 this morning

21st Century Man

31,914 posts

196 months

Friday 15th November
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I've called in-store a couple of times to buy this but no stock (I would imagine it is similar to the Lidl Peuceta Primitivo). I crossed the road to Morrison's and bought their Primitivo instead.

Mr Pointy

4,511 posts

107 months

Sunday 17th November
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Waitrose customers in Aldi produce fury:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7694571/O...

I often suspected this sort of thing went on but leaving the label on is going a bit far (sorry for the DM link if it triggers any sensitive souls).

Fermit and Sexy Sarah

7,441 posts

48 months

Sunday 17th November
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Mr Pointy said:
Waitrose customers in Aldi produce fury:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7694571/O...

I often suspected this sort of thing went on but leaving the label on is going a bit far (sorry for the DM link if it triggers any sensitive souls).
'The disappointed couple, who wish to remain anonymous' Of course they did, pure brand snobs.

Steamer

11,395 posts

161 months

Sunday 17th November
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hehe the comments of outrage at it being a scam hehe

V8mate

42,981 posts

137 months

Sunday 17th November
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Steamer said:
hehe the comments of outrage at it being a scam hehe
Well, it is. Waitrose is one big scam.

Pothole

27,780 posts

230 months

Monday 18th November
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soxboy said:
Back to the food, a few grumbles from me:

1. Aldi's version of Oatso Simple 'just add milk' porridge is disgusting, doesn't seem to absorb the milk anywhere near as well as Quaker and doesn't have the useful line on the packet showing how much milk to put in.

2. Last 2 batches of potatoes have been crap. The first lot had a rotten one in the middle of the bag which tainted half the bag so that was half a bag wasted, the second lot (pack of 4 baking potatoes) had one of them manky and had to be chucked.

3. Carrots only come in a big bag, but if you don't use all of them within a day or two they quickly go manky.

So, unfortunately a bit of a false economy where the veg costs less than other places but you can only use a smaller proportion.
I often buy bags of carrots (well. once a week, anyway) and don't find they go manky particularly quickly. I do spend time going through the bags of easy peeler oranges to find a bag without a green one in, though.

hotchy

1,165 posts

74 months

Monday 18th November
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That actually reminds me what happened with jammy Dodgers. I was unpacking a box, filling the shelf and 4 of the entire box was tesco own brand jammy dodgers... result because we couldnt sell them I got to keep them.

andburg

3,354 posts

117 months

Monday 18th November
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Pothole said:
soxboy said:
Back to the food, a few grumbles from me:

1. Aldi's version of Oatso Simple 'just add milk' porridge is disgusting, doesn't seem to absorb the milk anywhere near as well as Quaker and doesn't have the useful line on the packet showing how much milk to put in.

2. Last 2 batches of potatoes have been crap. The first lot had a rotten one in the middle of the bag which tainted half the bag so that was half a bag wasted, the second lot (pack of 4 baking potatoes) had one of them manky and had to be chucked.

3. Carrots only come in a big bag, but if you don't use all of them within a day or two they quickly go manky.

So, unfortunately a bit of a false economy where the veg costs less than other places but you can only use a smaller proportion.
I often buy bags of carrots (well. once a week, anyway) and don't find they go manky particularly quickly. I do spend time going through the bags of easy peeler oranges to find a bag without a green one in, though.
No issues with short life veg for me, removed from bag and keep in the salad drawers of my fridge or in a dark dry cupboard.

jas xjr

11,307 posts

187 months

Monday 18th November
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Whilst it is no surprise that many products are the same except for the label,it is not always the case. I worked for a company that made own brand chocolate bars for many supermarkets.
The Waitrose ones had a thicker coating of chocolate.

Steamer

11,395 posts

161 months

Monday 18th November
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jas xjr said:
Whilst it is no surprise that many products are the same except for the label,it is not always the case. I worked for a company that made own brand chocolate bars for many supermarkets.
The Waitrose ones had a thicker coating of chocolate.
They need it! Some of those comments in the article above sounded very bitter boxedin

FiF

36,225 posts

199 months

Monday 18th November
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andburg said:
No issues with short life veg for me, removed from bag and keep in the salad drawers of my fridge or in a dark dry cupboard.
That's all ok but if stuff is way beyond as sold. Similar experience with spuds from Lidl. Now only buy produce from them sold loose so you have a reasonable chance of inspection.