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Aug 22, 2012 06:12 AM

Aldi's --- what are you liking or not? August 2012

Here is what I'm liking--

On sale starting next week August 29th. Deutsche Küche
Black Forest Smoked Ham
$8.99 for 3lbs of German ham. I like EU pork or any meats because the EU is lot stricter on raising pigs etc with hormones and antibiotics. German farmers will be obeying these laws more so than the the free wheeling EU nations in crisis such as Spain and Greece

Update -- BF ham is from Germany or USA? I could swear their other Deutsche Küche products said German origin. The bratwurst and knockwurst is what I have eaten so far

Here is a review not written by me ---

I also like Aldi's hot sauce under their Burman's house brand. Better than Tabasco because less vinegary and more thick full pepper like Sriracha. $1 for 15oz all the time

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  1. I like the Friendly Farms Original almond milk (2.50 for 1/2 gallon), and glad they carry it on a regular basis now. I wish they carried an unsweetened one....but as it is, I stir in a little instant espresso powder (not from Aldi) for a quick version of dairy-free coffee milk- so the sweeteness isn't always such a bad thing.

    Aldi also carries multi-color mini peppers in a sack for at least a dollar less than other stores around here.....and when it's on sale, nearly half the price of that in other local stores!

    Friendly Farms spreadable cheese wedges seem identical to Laughing Cow wedges....maybe not offered in the same variety of flavors (only I've seen/tried are jalapeno cheddar and herb garlic) but they are much more reasonably priced.

    Their woven wheat crackers are nearly as good as Triscuits- maybe not quite as nice a roasted flavor as Triscuits (I love when come have slightly darker edges!) but pretty good. Less than $1.50 for a standard-size box.

    Their chocolates are generally good- I tend to prefer dark chocolate, but I was offered a piece of their milk chocolate with hazelnuts once and thought it was leaps and bounds over Hershey's, at a comparable price point.

    Plastic wrap and foil are fine (foil is only regular, not heavy duty, in my store). Sponges seem a little less sturdy than brand name in my estimation, but they are perfectly fuctional.

    The only miss for me has been their shelf-stable jarred green pesto (have not tried the red version). Wegmans has a good store-brand jar pesto, and ingredient lists looked similar.....but the Aldi product had a weird sort of pickled flavor that I couldn't get past. Ick.

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    1. re: 4Snisl

      Almond milk was a great discovery-$1.50 savings on each. Every time I would get both types(90 and 60 calorie per serving) but wishing they had another option-unsweetened. To my surprise and excitement, last week the two varieties were both unsweetened, 40 cal per serving! But no previous options. Today they are back to previous versions, but no more unsweetened. What gives? This was a nice wish come through, but only for a week. I wish I knew more about their 'limited' runs, ideas behind it and notifications about upcoming ones.

      1. re: Zorki

        You know, I had written an e-mail to their customer service once and received a very nice, personalized reply. It might be worth sending a note letting them know about your concerns!

      1. I thought Black Forest was just a type of ham as Dietz and Watson and Boar's Head have their own versions. Do you slice it thick for sandwiches? If I had a spiral slicer, I would buy that all of the time.

        I also love their version of light wheat thins and light tricuits. Same with the Savoritz water crackers.

        I had some of their brats (special item, not the regular ones) from Germany or WI the other month and they were amazing.

        My store will have eggs for $.69/dozen and avacados for $.59 each this week. That is nuts. The problem with their product is that it can turn very quickly. The avacados are rocks in the store but mush in a week.

        Those baby backs are a good price for my hood ($3.29/lb) but I have not tried them.

        Their chex mix and kettle chips are both damn good and cheap.

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        1. re: Dax

          I forgot about the 4 smaller heads of artisian lettuce for $1.99 or the spinach or salad greens for like $1.50. Also, the butter is fairy cheap at about $2.50/lb.

          My girlfriend swears their milk tastes weird so we don't get it but I don't drink enough milk to notice a difference.

          1. re: Dax

            I agree w your girlfriend..i don't buy milk there.

            1. re: Dax

              The artisan lettuce is on special at our local Aldi this week for 99 cents, and butter runs 2.12.

              I just picked up 8 really nice looking bell peppers at 49 cents/2 pack. Pretty happy about that.

          2. I like NOTHING about our Aldi's; & dislike EVERYTHING about our Aldi's.

            Cheap & creepy. Nuff said.

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            1. re: Bacardi1

              That is unfortunate for you. Ours is new(ish), clean and bright.

              The only thing creepy is the jackasses who park in the handicap spots without placards or plates, but that is normal all over.

              1. re: Dax

                Frozen peas are $1 there (LB)
                Good luck finding this in a conventional store. If your children love cereals then go to Aldi's and find some good deals on sturdy imitations of Kellogg's xxxxxx etc etc. Lots of Euro chocolate bars there too. White and baby bella mushRoom are often at deep discount at mine like 79 centavos yesterday so hate on bacardi

                In Florida at least they have been running seeded watermelons for months at $4 or less. Good sized ones and I have never gotten a mushy or crappy one which is more than I can say for that mega store starting with a T plus higher priced at T

              2. re: Bacardi1

                While my son was studying a year abroad in France, he shopped for the first time at Aldi's. In France, Aldi's is highly regarded and as large as WalMart in size and offerings. Along with the all frozen food shops called Picard (where you can buy FR pastries for little $), he ate very well on a college budget in a tiny kitchen setup.

                LOL, Aldi's bashers are like TJ bashers. Nuff said.

                1. re: HillJ

                  There are actually two Aldi companies -- Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd. The Aldi stores in France are part of the Aldi Nord chain, which also owns Trader Joe's; Aldi USA is owned by Aldi Süd.

                  Not sure how pronounced the Nord/Süd distinction is in Europe -- I think I've only been to a Süd store (Munich) and that was in 1991 -- but it's an interesting consideration.

                2. re: Bacardi1

                  Sorry to hear that Bacardi... i wont buy meats there (things like steaks, chops, or ground meat because of the heavy brining they seem to use), but much of their other stuff is of equal or better quality than some 'name brand' stuff...and a helluva lot less pricey.

                3. 3 pack of mangoes for 1.79. They are delicous.
                  Their mac salad is good. 2.50 for 2 lbs.
                  6" flour tortillas 20 for 1.49.
                  Somethings changed about their salsa. Used to be I don't like it.