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Anything to look for in Aldis?

The new Aldis store opens today, just a few blocks from our apartment. DH is going to take me over there tomorrow to check it out. Anything special I should be looking out for?

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      Ummm... I've read them. I don't think a discussion from 2009 is particularly relevant in December 2013. There's been an awful lot of inflation since then... I was asking whether there's anything in particular to take note of and snap up NOW....

      1. re: Kajikit

        Aldis is my favorite place to buy grapefruit both for quality and price. Standard cheeses are sometimes a good buy. Butter also

        1. re: Kajikit

          Umm, one of the threads I linked to was started less than a month ago. The other has over 40 posts from this year. You're welcome!

      2. I bought an ipad case and keyboard for $15 a week ago and have been pretty happy with it.

        1. This time of the year I look for German-made products including Chocolates, sour Kraut and pretzels. These won't be big-box-store brands you are accustomed to, so be prepared.

          Check out cheese (Have been getting a good price Jarlsburg) and other items in the dairy/produce section.

          This is the place for staples when you don't care about name brands or organic certification. For me this means onions, carrots, pepper and garlic mainly.

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          1. re: pedalfaster

            Ditto on German stuff. I also always look in the freezer case for special buys, have occasionally found stuff that my son will eat.

            For a while they had a pizza that was a clone of the TJ's Tarte d'Alsace. And they have those tiny frozen cream puffs in a non-Costco size that are a nice thing to have for a holiday dessert.

            And the non-food stuff can be a screaming deal, I've bought a lot of that!

            But not a fan generally of produce or bread.

            1. re: coney with everything

              We had a brand new one open here on Friday, I thought the produce was the best thing that had. (Well except maybe the chocolate!) I got a perfectly ripe pineapple and a couple of ripe mangoes too, excellent prices. Of course I'll try again after they're open for a few weeks and see if it's still as good.

            2. re: pedalfaster

              The German made stollen is quite impressive, especially for $5.00. I consider myself a good baker but I couldn't reproduce it for less than $8.00.

              I like Aldis butter, the fresh tortellini and the fresh mozzarella.

              Crimini mushrooms for 1.69 a 1/2 lb are a steal.

              1. re: Kelli2006

                I love the stollen from Aldi's also. I like their mixed nuts. They still include hazelnuts, which many American mixed nuts don't anymore. I love their dark chocolate bars.

                What else from Germany is good?

                1. re: shoo bee doo

                  The mustard, pickled cabbage and the dried bags of Spätzle

              2. re: pedalfaster

                The cheese selection at the Aldi by me is outstanding.

                1. re: libgirl2

                  After 6 months, both of the stores in my area restocked with the same suspects as walmart. And one store is in a very high income area.
                  Go figure.

                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                    Are we talking Palm Bay and Melbourne, INDIANRIVERFL?

              3. Their cheese, canned goods, spices, and many of the frozen items are worth checking out. For the price, their frozen Chinese food is pretty decent stuff. Avoid their prepackaged meats (lunchmeat, steaks, ribs). Not a big fan of their bread items, but hey, it's cheap.

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                1. re: Boston_Otter

                  I am completely amazed by the choices of cheese. The least pricey chevre your gonna find in my area.

                2. This time of year,In our area I buy
                  a dozen eggs for .89/dozen, limiit 4.
                  Unsalted butter for $1.20 a lb, no limit
                  An assortment of brand name and sourced cheeses 4-8 oz. btwn $.99 -$3.99 each
                  Bag of 4 avocados for $2.99
                  Bag of 12 ruby red grapefruits $2.19
                  Bag of 12 whole lemons $1.49
                  Fage yogurt $3.49/tub
                  Misc items: garbage bags, paper napkins, foil, ziplock bags, sponges, batteries, dryer sheets.

                  A typical shop runs me $15-$45.00.
                  Remember a quarter for the cart and your market bags if you have them (they sell bags on the cheap too).

                  1. They have incredible specials each week. Logon to their site, put in your zip (because different store locations have different specials).

                    Last week I bought 3 pineapples for $0.99 each!
                    This week:
                    3 pound bag of onions for $0.79!!!
                    15 pound bag of potatoes for $3.50
                    4 pound navel oranges for $1.50

                    Of course, nuts, almond milk...

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                    1. re: acssss

                      and they change their offerings on a regular basis -- so the weekly flyer will give you a heads-up as to what you should look for this week (and next week)

                      1. re: acssss

                        My local Aldi had the 3 lb bags of onions on sale for $.10 each. That is nuts so we bought two and will be making some french onion soup.

                        1. re: Dax

                          that's what I'm talking about. those kinda Aldi bargains are just too good to pass up.

                          1. re: HillJ

                            This summer they had mushrooms for 10 cents/box!

                            1. re: cheesecake17

                              What??!! I hope you were making good use of the super deal! Incredible.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                Of course!!!! I bought 30 boxes- that's all they had. Made a ton of mushoom puffs for the freezer.

                                I've also bought pints of blueberries from Aldi's for 50 cents

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    Yup! Once in a while I've gotten lucky

                      2. I'm digging on the Jalapeno Kettle chips, and also, look for the choceur chocolate bars with the Austrian flag. I'm an Aldi newbie, but I'm trying to find stuff as well. Their bag of frozen cheese ravioli in a blue bag was pretty bland, so you need a decent sauce. I found a frozen bag of stuffed rigatoni with spinach and ricotta that I really liked. I went back a few days later to buy the rest of them, and they were gone. I've been back twice and didn't see them again. Someone told me that they really like their "Chex" style cereal. I might try it if the price is ok.

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                        1. re: gordeaux

                          We buy the chex type cereal. It's very good.
                          Also, my daughter likes the fake Reese's puffs cereal

                        2. Kaj, I bought these brie and raspberry filled appetizers (sort of like a sweet egg roll) the other day and they turned out to be surprisingly good. I served them alongside red wine cocktails.

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                          1. re: HillJ

                            I was wondering how they were! I was there just yesterday and was eyeing them. I got a boneless Black Forest ham. It's about 3 lbs. for $8.99 and totally worth it. Barely a teaspoon of juice. The outside looks kind of forbidding- almost black and I thought it was going to be tough but it was as tender as the rest of the ham. Basically no waste to it. Also got a jar of sweet gherkins- 16 oz. for $1.29. Nice size pickles, good taste and a great crunch.

                            Another thing I got before that I mentioned on another thread was the seasonal stollen- I think 26 oz. for $4.99. Very nice toasted and buttered. I've been pretty surprised and pleased with what I've gotten so far. It's also a nice change of pace to be able to go through the whole market in about 15 mins- even if you go up and down all the aisles!

                            1. re: janmcbaker

                              My company enjoyed the brie/raspberry egg rolls. Earlier in the season I nabbed a few of the panettone they sold for $4.00 for some of my raisin bread loving neighbors. In the box it makes a nice neighbor gift. I really have fun @ Aldi!

                          2. Is it just me, or are all the employees there cold and emotionless? They don't smile or greet you or ask if you need help with anything - it's pretty creepy. Be sure you bring your own bags too because they don't provide any.

                            Their spices are a good deal, and I was also pretty happy with their jarred sauces.

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                            1. re: Atomic76

                              "Is it just me, or are all the employees there cold and emotionless? They don't smile or greet you or ask if you need help with anything - it's pretty creepy."

                              It must be you. I've always been greeted by a friendly cashier and the few times I've asked for help, they were fully responsive.

                              And yes, you do need to carry in your own bags. That's part of the savings, although should be able to purchase bags, if that's your preference.

                              1. re: Atomic76

                                I'm guessing it varies by location -- I used to go to Aldi in another town because the clerks were always smiling and friendly.

                                1. re: Atomic76

                                  They are always super nice to me.

                                  1. re: Atomic76

                                    TJ's are well known to scoop up the friendlier Aldi's employees, where they exist nearby.

                                  2. Went back to Aldis for the second time today and bought more bits and pieces to try... I like the fact that they have a lot of products with 'no msg' on the label. We both LOVED their 'exotic' vegetable chips and the deluxe chocolate. Some of the cheap chocolate was a bit nasty - way too milky and sweet for me but the dark chocolate orange is delicious. ALL their meat looks like it's preprocessed or injected (ugh) and their paper products are skimpy, but there's plenty of other stuff to get there. I wish they had plain brown rice though, and I didn't see any wholewheat pasta either.

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                                    1. re: Kajikit

                                      you won't -- Aldi is A-item staples, only.

                                      1. re: Kajikit

                                        I have bought both brown rice (in a box) and wholewheat spaghetti from Aldi and didn't care for either. So yes, they sell it but no you didn't miss out.

                                        This morning I picked up eggs for .89/doz. Sugar for $1.69. 6 oz. Honey goat cheese for .99/markdown.

                                        1. re: Kajikit

                                          Oddly, just yesterday our local Aldi's was stocked full of all kinds of whole wheat pastas, gluten-free items, protein bars, and a bunch of "healthy" stuff (low sodium soups, sugar-free jams, etc). Probably in anticipation of all of us New Year's dieters! :-)

                                          1. re: Kajikit

                                            They do have plain brown rice- I've seen it in a small bag.
                                            I don't care for their whole wheat pasta, but it's there

                                            1. re: Kajikit

                                              I buy the paper towels, napkins, cups, toilet paper from there and it's all fine.

                                              The dishwasher detergent individual packs are great- $2.50/24. Best price I've seen. However, the dish soap in the "green apple" scent has a weird smell.

                                            2. Eggs at .49 cents per dozen in my local Aldi, crumbled gorgonzola and feta cheese, German rye bread, dark chili chocolate, fat free chicken broth, we even bought our Christmas ham here at a good price.

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                                              1. re: Kat

                                                Kat, have you seen the super thin German bread that comes in dark rye, sunflower seed and wheat yet? I haven't seen the brand for months but the sunflower seed version is really tasty toasted and topped with cheese.

                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                  Yes, that is the one I meant. I bought the dark rye. It is perfect for open faced sandwiches. I checked my fridge, it is their Deutsche Kuche brand. Agreed, very tasty.

                                                  1. re: Kat

                                                    That's it! Here's hoping they return to the Aldi I shop. They freeze well too. Yes, open faced sandwiches, so good.

                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                      I too like that sunflower bread...reminds me of trip to Germany a Long time ago.
                                                      The stollen is a bargain and delicious too.

                                                      1. re: JTravel

                                                        I have yet to find the stollen. Always sold out. I'm going to check for the sunflower bread on Tues.

                                                2. re: Kat

                                                  Eggs just went up to 99 cents per dozen. :(
                                                  But, noticed that they now have whole wheat gnocchi!

                                                  1. re: Kat

                                                    Still better then the price in my area. I think it was either $1.19 or $1.79 and $1.79 wouldn't be unusual for this Aldi store.

                                                      1. re: cheesecake17

                                                        My neighbor was complaining about Aldi the other day. It bugged him that the price of eggs varied. Some days .55/dozen, some $1.89/doz. And when I pointed out that the exact same eggs cost $2.79 or higher in the grocery store he was unmoved.

                                                        So, I was amused how quickly we can forget that even with a store that offers a range of prices, prices for basics @ Aldi is still lower than anywhere else (coupon use excluded).

                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                          That's the funny thing...anywhere else eggs would be cheaper! They were $1.39-1.59 in several other stores.

                                                          They were also out of milk, whipped cream, regular cottage cheese, and flour. Fruit & vegetable selection was meager. None of the advertised specials were actually available. I was disappointed.

                                                          1. re: cheesecake17

                                                            That's so odd. I can't find a doz eggs cheaper anywhere else unless the store is running a special coupon or a Mgr promo that involves buying say, bacon in order to receive eggs for .99/dozen.

                                                            Even when Aldi charges over a dollar they are higher in the grocery store. I'm reminded that prices really do differ; especially state to state. Right now Stop & Shop is selling a half dozen for over a dollar. A dozen closer to 3.00.

                                                            As for the advertised specials not being avail. I have def. had that happen but the shelves are usually restocked within 24 hours and the dates on those specials are still valid and honored as long as the stock is avail during the sale period. Aldi is so popular now, I've missed out on a # of specials when I couldn't get there within a few days of ads.

                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                              Have you ever checked out the ethnic places? Right now the eggs are around $1.69 which to me is outrageous, compared to a year or so ago. But if I went to Stop and Shop I would expect double the price (which is why I rarely darken their doorstep, even though I could walk there from my house).

                                                              Actually our Aldi's just opened up ALMOST right next door; good thing for S&S that Aldi's is so small.

                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                I have! Unless I have a reason to buy say quail eggs or something very specific and a visit to the farm is possible, I've been very happy with the eggs I buy at Aldi.

                                                                And in spite of their small real estate, Aldi has given Pathmark, S&S, A&P and the brand new 58,000 sq ft ShopRite a run for their money. How do I know? Customers openly discuss this while shopping at Aldi. Pick up the $1.69 sugar and a customer comes by to share how mad they are that they just paid $2.99 on sale for the same white sugar at S&S with coupon!

                                                                Happens all the time.

                                                                I was a reluctant Aldi shopper two years ago. The older stores in NJ were run down and god awful. But they won me back when they opened this new store because the products, cleanliness, customer detail and PR has improved.

                                                              2. re: HillJ

                                                                The Chinese markets and the kosher grocery stores have the cheapest eggs. (Not on sale, regular prices)

                                                                The aldi near me is so popular, they have a security guard at the door checking receipts

                                                                1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                  That's fortunate for you cheesec. The Asian market I shop has a dozen white eggs for $1.80 - $2.79 most weeks. I do buy a great deal of eggs each month so I think I've done my homework :) When I come upon a surprise though I'm a very happy shopper.

                                                                  Security guard? No kidding. The only time I see that at a food market is during a grand opening. When the big ShopRite opened Bon Jovi's dad parked his commerical truck in front to advertise his line of jarred tomato sauce. Customers thought Jon would be there so security was increased. Did customers really think a concert would take place in the parking lot, ha!

                                                                  Markets sure have changed!

                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                    I buy a ton of eggs also, but it's an item that lasts. So if I come across a good deal I'll usually buy more even if I've got some in the fridge already.

                                                                    And yep, security guard. Checking every receipt and looking in shopping bags.

                                                                    1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                      Oh I go through 4-5 dozen eggs a week. So I'm always buying them and looking for the steal of the week.

                                                                      Sounds like existing Costco without the authority of uniform. Then there's a reason the store is paying for the coverage.

                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                        On wow I don't use that many!
                                                                        I used to get eggs from Costco , but too many broken ones in the sealed packages made it more frustrating than anything.

                                                                        There must be a reason there's a guard. If you ask me, the whole parking lot set up is pretty stupid. There's a rooftop lot but the elevator has been broken since they opened. The aldi shares a small parking lot (super narrow spaces too) with rite aid, pet store, party city and a few others. There's been a fight over parking every time I go to the store :(

                                                                        1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                          After listening to one of my SIL rave about the Costco eggs, I too gave them a try and I also came home to a few broken ones. Last time. Their gallon milk redesign made it impossible to open and pour w/out losing a good amount, so I stopped buying Costco milk too.

                                                                          There's generous parking in the strip mall the Aldi I visit shares with about 7-8 other stores. Most folks DO return the carts :)

                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                            The Costco milk carton is ridiculous. Costco's really a pain in the @$$ to get to so I don't go often. But when my kiddo was drinking a TON of milk (bottles, then sippy cups) the savings on buying 3+ gallons per week was worth it!

                                                                            Aldi's milk is pretty well priced, but they don't have gallons of 1%. Only 1/2 gallons, and then there's little to no savings over other stores...

                                                                            1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                              Yeah, I agree. I tend to buy milk at 7-11 where they offer deals all the time and it's super fresh. Great turnover at 7-11.

                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                I never thought to buy milk at 7-11! Will totally look into that.

                                                                                Some days I feel like all I do is shop for milk, cucumbers, and pasta. (Life with a preschooler!)

                                                                    2. re: HillJ

                                                                      I lean more towards the Spanish markets, they satisfy me well enough ;-) Not saying I won't be checking out Aldi further but it didn't carry enough items to make it a weekly stop.

                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                        You're fortunate. Spanish markets in my area means warming up to a restaurant owner and asking if he'll/she'll share their wholesale order w/me.

                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                          Oh that's so sad. If you ever get over to Long Island I'll give you a tour of the three I go to, it's lots of fun! And it's not all Spanish by any means, lots of variety and even (what you might call) "gourmet" items too.

                                                    1. Bought a pineapple (.79) and a few grapefruit (.39). Wasn't expecting these to be stellar, but hell...damn good, sweet and juicy. Forgot about the whole no bag thing, good thing I had a big coat that day

                                                      1. The new Simply Nature label has some really good looking things. I picked up some tortilla chips yesterday when I ran by to pick up some limes. Also, they had Sistema klip to go soup mugs which are really handy for work lunches. $2.99 each. I had just put one back on the shelf at Kitchen & Co. because I didn't want to pay $10 for an extra one. I got two extra for less than that. Yay, Aldi!

                                                        1. What Aldi stocks seems to vary widely depending on region of the country (and the world). Here in Atlanta, the Aldis seem to cater to large families on a budget, selling odd brands of mostly frozen and packaged items in large quantities. I haven't seen much that interests me. At the other end of the spectrum, some Aldis in Europe are reminiscent of the Trader Joe's we have in the US and stock all kinds of interesting items. Not sure what you (the OP) are going to find in your Ft. Lauderdale Aldi. Let us know.

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                                                          1. re: LorenzoGA

                                                            The OP has included what they found on several visits to Aldi already.

                                                            The Aldi we visit while in Roubaix, FR was very impressive but I have found quality buys in NJ too. But I agree the Aldi stores vary a good deal. While on Hwy 130 towards Philly we stopped in an Aldi store. This location was small and disorganized (I should have left) and my transaction wound up costing me a bank issue ta boot. So, like many stores not all are created equal.

                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                              I admittedly did not read the entire thread. Just contributing what I have observed, as it may be of interest to someone someday.

                                                          2. I also really love the spicy guacamole. It comes in a two pack for less than the cost of a single pack at the other grocery store we frequent.

                                                            1. I haven't read each and every reply, so please pardon if this is a redundant post, but if you go to Aldi's website, you can view the weekly sales circular for your local store. The closest for me is 25 minute drive, so I usually don't go unless I really need to stock up on basics or there are advertised specials that I intend to purchase

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                                                              1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                We receive an Aldi circular in the mail every week but I have checked out the website too.

                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                  Yep the week before they opened, all of a sudden Aldi's is in our packet of grocery flyers every Weds. Good to know in case it's ever missing.

                                                              2. Went on my usual weekly shopping spree at Aldi's to pick up some cabbage ($1), cauliflower ($1), celery ($1), lettuce ($1), eggs ($1.09), onions ($1 for 3 lbs) and mushrooms ($0.79 for 8oz), grapefruit ($0.29/each), and carrots ($0.40/lb) and pineapple ($1.29/each)and low and behold they had pomegranates ($1/each) - and it wasn't even on the weekly circular or their website. What a great surprise. So I bought 20 poms! Love them

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                                                                1. re: acssss

                                                                  Pom juice???
                                                                  I'm in Wisconsin no such bargains. Eggs $.35 last we ek. Advertised price on grapefruit was 35 vents and I thought that was a bargain.

                                                                  1. re: chocchic

                                                                    The aldi in my neighborhood had medium size POM brand pomegranate juice for $2.99.

                                                                    Didn't buy any because...a few weeks ago they had large bolthouse farms organic 100% pomegranate juice for $0.50/bottle!!!!!!!! (Yes, I bought several!)

                                                                  2. re: acssss

                                                                    Recently the poms were $.49 each here. Just amazing.

                                                                    1. re: Leepa

                                                                      Poms at Aldi's were $0.50 a few weeks ago, but now they are $1 - but still $2.50 less than our local supermarkets - and certainly a great bargain :-)

                                                                  3. I just noticed the price for heavy cream, almost half of what it costs at my local market.

                                                                    1. tonight we tried some of the organic broth that I bought last week on sale for $1.79. I had low expectations, but honestly it was quite good. I would definitely use it again. Normally we usually homemade stock, but this organic broth was really quite good

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                                                                      1. I LOVE aldi's some things I buy only there:

                                                                        -their chocolates (esp xmas & easter items) / choc chips / baking items/cocoa powder
                                                                        -Their German "liquor" cakes almond - amazing for fondue
                                                                        chopped pancetta when available
                                                                        -Yukon Gold Potatoes, mangoes & clementines
                                                                        -their dairy has been good all around
                                                                        new Simply Nature label = yes
                                                                        crackers / snacks / dried fruit
                                                                        frozen veg
                                                                        whole fruit popsicles
                                                                        crown roast pork (frozen) - xmastime

                                                                        I go twice a month and load up. When I do holiday baking I buy all my supplies there.

                                                                          1. re: Bada Bing

                                                                            And the comments below the article pretty much sum up the vast view the public has of Aldi; from sheer dislike and mistrust to love.

                                                                            Always interesting!

                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                              I was surprised by the "name brand = better quality" comments.

                                                                              Talk about brainwashing! I suppose I have to give a golf-clap to Monsanto for that. Good show chaps.

                                                                              1. re: pedalfaster

                                                                                Name brand means: always the same.
                                                                                No more than that.

                                                                          2. I'm a big fan of their Simply Nature stuff - especially the newer stuff for kids. No HFCS, no artificial colors,etc. They have a version of teddy grahams, some fruit twists and fruit leathers that my toddler enjoys. Big thumps up - we avoid food dyes and such and it's not always easy to find at an affordable price. I'm incredibly pleased.

                                                                            We regularly get:
                                                                            Cookies - Milk Chocolate coated butter cookies and seasonally their Stroopwaffel and mint Torino cookies.
                                                                            Cheese blocks - $1.49, sharp cheddar and mozarella
                                                                            Specialty cheeses
                                                                            Reggios frozen pizzas - delicious butter crust pizza, out of Chicago. Love them. Get them if they carry them.
                                                                            Turano french rolls
                                                                            Organic diced tomatoes
                                                                            Whatever organic fresh produce they are carrying that day.

                                                                            I'm sure there is more, but off the top of my head these are our regular purchases.

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                                                                            1. re: tiffeecanoe

                                                                              "Whatever organic fresh produce they are carrying that day."

                                                                              I've been pleased to see organic grape tomatoes, salad greens, and bananas become staples on the shelves at my nearest Aldi. Still beat other local supermarket prices by quite a large margin.

                                                                              Next I would like to see vegetarian (fed) eggs and unbleached flour.

                                                                              1. re: pedalfaster

                                                                                Yes! Agreed, that would be very nice. We've had organic Fuji apples lately in addition to what you mentioned which has been wonderful.

                                                                                1. re: pedalfaster

                                                                                  a chicken's natural diet is not vegetarian. a happy, healthy chicken is pastured and pecking away at grubs, worms, etc.

                                                                                  1. re: Vidute

                                                                                    I'm fine with a chicken eating grubs and worms. Just trying to stay away from those that are fed other chickens (and other assorted unnamed animal parts).

                                                                                2. re: tiffeecanoe

                                                                                  Those teddy cookies are good for the mommies of the kids too. :)

                                                                                3. An Aldi opened up a few miles from me in Denton, TX (north Texas) about six months ago. Thank you to everyone who has posted on this thread. I might not have given it a try otherwise.

                                                                                  Some finds for me on Saturday:
                                                                                  Dozen eggs - 1.39
                                                                                  White and cremini mushrooms - .79 for 8 ounces. Wowza! I bought two of each. It's mushroom week at my house.
                                                                                  Baking potatoes - 1.79 for 5 pounds
                                                                                  Light sour cream - .49 for 8 ounces
                                                                                  Organic spinach or organic spring mix - 1.99 for 5 ounces
                                                                                  Zucchini and yellow squash - 1.07 per pound (I stocked up here again)
                                                                                  Pistachios - 5.99 per pound. Can't remember how that compares to TJ's prices, but TJ's is a 45-minute drive

                                                                                  Thanks again, all. It's nice to get bargains here and there!

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                                                                                  1. re: KrumTx

                                                                                    Wow at the price on 5lb potatoes! Were they organic? I think I've been paying $3.99/5lb organic Yukon gold at TJs. (Potatoes are pretty high on the dirty dozen list of produce you should buy organic).

                                                                                    1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                      Label says 'MountinKing Potatoes.' Apparently nothing organic about them. Made a good baked potato, though.

                                                                                      Edit: Gah. Now I'm worried about the organic top 12:)

                                                                                  2. I scored half a spiral ham for less than $6 yesterday at Aldis. Now I'm trying to figure out what to do with it, alimost outdated. Freeze it?

                                                                                    1. Avoid the Cheetos-like snack, bleah. Avoid!

                                                                                      1. Coming back to rave about the honey goat cheese for .99. I just enjoyed it spread on a slice of date nut bread. I made the Chock Full o Nuts copycat recipe earlier. So good.

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                                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                                          The honey goat cheese was $1.99 at my local Aldi's but I bought it anyway. Wowser. Doesn't need any supporting cast. I ate it straight out of the plastic wrapper - all of it. I also bought the garlic/herb goat cheese. I'm kind of afraid to open it. At this rate, I'll be interviewing for a spot on "My 600 lb Life" soon


                                                                                        2. I just made these udon noodles with soy ginger sauce. I think it was $1.79. The noodles were toothsome, and the sauce (surprisingly) tasted of fresh ginger. +1

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                                                                                          1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                            Good to know. Some of their other Fusia offerings have been awful.

                                                                                            1. re: Dax

                                                                                              Boy, that is the truth . . . we tried the Fusia Kung Pao sauce last night and it was inedible, even though I had extremely low expectations. Ordinarily, I make my own stir fry sauce but grabbed this on a whim, since the udon noodles/sauce were pretty good.

                                                                                            2. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                              Does this contain fish? or shellfish?

                                                                                              1. re: Chowrin

                                                                                                I'm sorry that I cannot answer that question, chowrin, I no longer have the box. I bought several but my college student took them off to school!

                                                                                            3. We have a brand new one, but I have to say, is it customary to have a small, three aisle store? Because geez, it's hard to find much to get excited about. Hardly worth stopping by for a couple of produce items.

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                                                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                                                no, that's unusually small. Most I've been in are the size of a small supermarket, rather than the cupboard it sounds like you've been blessed with.

                                                                                                1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                  I am sort of disappointed they didn't do a Trader Joes instead. No matter how small I would have made a weekly visit there.

                                                                                              2. I love Aldi for produce and staples. I don't do a lot of the prepared foods, I have allergies, but will pick up a frozen pizza or two for the husband.

                                                                                                I buy most of my potatoes and onions there. The aldi that I go to seems to have pretty good turnover. I have had way more trouble with getting bad potatoes or soft onions in bags from the local grocery chain (Giant Eagle), so now I always get them at Aldi.

                                                                                                Our fresh fruit for the week is generally dependent upon what is on special at Aldi. We get pineapple and strawberries when they are on special, and have always had good luck with them. My husband and step-daughter really like the kiwis. I really appreciate that lately they have had a good selection of bananas that are not as big as my forearm. Smaller is better for school lunches and a husband that is calorie counting.

                                                                                                I've used the refrigerated pie crusts to make quiche for a quick weeknight dinner, and the family seems to like it.

                                                                                                1. I had to leave work early, so didn't actually have lunch.

                                                                                                  I'm now sitting here nibbling at a small (5-ounce) block of Five Counties Cheese that I bought at Aldi. It was $3 or a little less, and it's a "layer cake" of Double Gloucester, Red Leicester, Cheshire, Derby, and Somerset Cheddar.

                                                                                                  It's so good, I'm kind of glad I'm the only one home. Definitely on the "look-for" list next time I'm near Aldi!

                                                                                                  1. I just discovered there is an app for Aldi's. Shows sale items, specials, etc. for current week + one week ahead and allows creation of a shopping list. For iPhone and Android. So far, it seems useful.

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                                                                                                    1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                      Thanks! Maybe TJ's will pattern theirs after Aldi. They seem to have it goin' on.

                                                                                                      1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                        highly likely, since Aldi owns TJ's

                                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                          The owners are related (brothers I think) but not the same.

                                                                                                          We just had Aldi's open a small store near me, I have been in several times but haven't found much of anything to make it a regular stop. Wish Trader Joes had appeared instead.

                                                                                                          1. re: coll

                                                                                                            this comes up every so often...it's complicated.

                                                                                                            You have Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud, each owned by a brother (they split over whether or not to sell cigarettes in the stores and one has since passed away).

                                                                                                            The logos are similar enough to be very easily confused.

                                                                                                            Aldi Nord owns TJs and Aldi Sud owns the Aldi stores in the US.

                                                                                                            (I heard this week that archrival Lidl is looking to expand to the US -- I can't wait -- Lidl's even better than Aldi)

                                                                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                              Well so far I love Trader Joes and am not impressed with Aldis. Bring it on!

                                                                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                                                                just an aside -- I've never seen a significant difference between Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud in Europe.

                                                                                                                Not the same company, but no discernible difference to the consumer.

                                                                                                              2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                Lidl is better than Aldi, but Aldi in Europe is better than Aldi in the US, so who knows how it would turn out. The Aldi's near me in the US state of Georgia do not have the nice selection of items that people posting in this thread are reporting of other US Aldis. I think it varies by region.

                                                                                                                1. re: LorenzoGA

                                                                                                                  The aldi near my has gone way downhill in the few months it's been open. I hardly shop there anymore

                                                                                                                  1. re: LorenzoGA

                                                                                                                    Hmm,I am in Alabama but my mom lives in Athens, GA and the Aldis in both areas are nice and well stocked. I actually dropped way too much at my BHM, AL one Sunday.

                                                                                                                    Has anyone tried their pierogies yet? I picked up a box.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Dax

                                                                                                                      There are three Aldis in Atlanta that I know of, and all are located in areas of the city that have residents of what you might call very modest means. I bet Athens, being a college town, has a nicer Aldi.

                                                                                                              3. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                Yes. I know. Which is why I even mentioned it.

                                                                                                            1. re: POAndrea

                                                                                                              Just bought them; they're OK but after eating Cheetos all my life, the peanut butter flavor is a little hard to get used to. I'm eating them slowly, husband won't touch.

                                                                                                            2. I really like their almonds. They sell three different packages. One of them is salt-free, but the only way to tell is to look at the sodium levels on the back.

                                                                                                              Not sure if anyone has mentioned the chocolate. I've tried both varieties of the dark chocolate with hazelnuts and they are both delicious. One has the bar divided into individually wrapped sections. I like this one best simply for the portion control!

                                                                                                              My Aldis has the smaller footprint but the money I save on the items I buy makes it worth the 10 minutes or so a stop takes. The blackberries have been excellent and nicely priced. Avocado, organic carrots, onions, Kerrygold cheese. Some of the Fit & Active (?) items compare closely to Adkins products and the bars are very tasty.

                                                                                                              Really, it is similar to Trader Joe's as far as not being able to cover all your grocery needs. In the same way what you do buy will save a bit of money.

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                                                                                                              1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                The first week they opened I was amazed at the quality of their produce, which is mostly all I'm buying there (oh and yes, the individual dark chocolates!) But since then, it all goes rotten pretty fast. Oh well. And I'm talking onions and potatoes too. It's like a ghost town in there though, so I guess to be expected.

                                                                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                                                                  I think it really varies by location. When Aldi's opened in the last area I lived in I was not impressed. The two locations I've been to in my current town have been great. I'm a solo cook, so veggies often are around awhile. I've had no issues with Aldi's produce in my area.

                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                    The problem is, there are five mega supermarkets within five minutes of this store. So you can truly stock up, plus the ethnic one always has prices equivalent to Aldi. I can't find a reason to waste my time there, and am watching what it will morph into at this point. It's dead as a doornail, as Mom used to say. Can't say I didn't give them a try!

                                                                                                                2. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                  I believe that their chocolate is all brought in from Europe.

                                                                                                                  I was just there yesterday and picked up some organic veggies, a new garden hose, and a birdbath.

                                                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                    I know, Germany if I recall. I don't buy much American chocolate anymore.

                                                                                                                    I think their non food items have more promise than the edibles.

                                                                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                                                                      I agree.

                                                                                                                      I pretty much stopped shopping there. It's not worth the time and the drive. Half the time they're sold out of basics

                                                                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                                                                        I go for the chocolate and the imported cheeses-- best price around, no comparison.

                                                                                                                        yesterday they were just unpacking the veggies, so I knew they were pretty fresh.

                                                                                                                        All of the stores around me are pretty busy, so I'm not all that concerned about turnover.

                                                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                          I like the cheese selection at the price as well. The one nearby me has great turnover, and so I have had good luck with the produce as well.

                                                                                                                          I can only remember one time that I have had bad produce from Aldi (a bag of potatoes where I had to throw tons out because of spots). However, that was after I had started buying potatoes only from Aldi because of 3 bad bags in a row from the other nearby grocery. I have bought potatoes since then, and they have been good. I bought quite a few bags of the red potatoes when they had them on sale for St. Patrick's day and they have been very good.

                                                                                                                          I mostly plan what produce we are going to use for the week based on the Aldi produce specials - none of the groceries around here beat those prices. I got strawberries over the weekend at .89 for a pound container, and the rest of the family claims they have been delicious. (I can't vouch for them, since the current pollen count means that I have no sense of smell and thus, no real sense of taste.)

                                                                                                                        2. re: coll

                                                                                                                          My Aldi trips only happen when I see something, usually non-food, in their Sunday ad that piques my interest. The drive is not an issue; the closest Aldi to me is about 2 miles away. But I don't see myself doing "real" shopping there.

                                                                                                                          1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                                                            why not, out of curiousity?

                                                                                                                            Unfortunately, they are pretty much a basics-only store, so they'd never be my *only* shop, but the goodies make it worth my while.

                                                                                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                              I think I've hit peak store :). Between the supermarkets for basics, TJs and Costco for their stuff, the fruit/veg market, farmer's markets, Penzeys, the occasional ethnic market...I am at capacity!

                                                                                                                    2. I’ve been to two, each about a 25 minute trip in each direction so there’s no way they’re going to be a regular stop for me.

                                                                                                                      That being said, I say yes to most of the chocolates I’ve tried, especially the Choceur Dark Hazelnut Crisps, basically mini-kit kats with dark chocolate and hazelnut, a minimum of cookie so proportionally more chocolate and hazelnut. No, however, to the Moser Roth Chili dark chocolate I just tried this time - didn’t do anything for me at all.

                                                                                                                      No on the produce for me, it hasn’t looked good and I prefer to pay extra for good quality produce. I’m sure this varies by market and even by store, though.

                                                                                                                      I don’t usually buy chips and the like but they’re right inside the door (along with the chocolates) and I guess it’s just impulse buying but I like their Clancy’s brand multi-grain crisps, cheddar flavor, knock-offs of Sun Chips I think, and Vegetable Chips and Straws. I bought some of their Pita Chips this time but haven’t opened them yet.

                                                                                                                      I picked up a Spinach/Ricotta Bistro Style Flatbread this time around and really liked it - wish I’d bought a couple and tried another flavor. They were on special, apparently an in-store special since they’re not in the weekly circular.

                                                                                                                      1. There's a spinach and goat cheese frozen pizza that's pretty good when your just too tired to cook.

                                                                                                                        1. Today, I found some horseradish cheddar (like pub cheese) in a tub for 2.69- (4.99 at the regular grocery) It was very good and comparable if not the same product.

                                                                                                                          They also a special purchase of sliced cheese- jalepeno, gouda, and horseradish cheddar. Have not tried them yet.

                                                                                                                          Love the age reserve white cheddar small block.

                                                                                                                          Happy to say pineapples were .89. Can't wait to eat these all week!

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                                                                                                                          1. re: brilynn79

                                                                                                                            I ran in to some more .89 pineapples after Kayaking and purchased the soft garlic and herb cheese in the tub and some pita chips to eat on the way home, both were very good.

                                                                                                                          2. I've only been to my new Aldi a few times; every time after the first day they opened the produce turns rotten very quickly. Bought a package of plum tomatoes last time and half were going bad by the next day. But I did get a GREAT deal on tomato cages for my garden, $1.49 each, so guess I'll grow my own for now.

                                                                                                                            1. I generally just buy produce at Aldi. Last week I was able to buy avocados on sale for $0.69/each which is the cheapest I have ever seen them. I live in Connecticut and usually avocados on sale are $1/each and normal price is more like $2/each. I also picked up a 3 lb bag of sweet potatoes for $1.29, which I have seen there on sale for $0.99 before.

                                                                                                                              1. I've started buying produce at Aldis just because it is the same quality/brand for much less than our regular grocery stores around where I live in Vermont.

                                                                                                                                Name brand mushrooms and strawberries are often between .89 cents and a little over a dollar.

                                                                                                                                I make sure to process and move through them quickly. It is pretty easy since I eat mostly veggies anyway.

                                                                                                                                Other than that, their hummus is pretty good for 2 dollars and their new line of GF products is a pretty good value. I also like their 5 dollar Temperanillo wine that they sell. I stay away from the 3 buck chuck varieties.

                                                                                                                                1. I remembered something else I get from Aldi's...canned pumpkin! I feed it to my dog daily. Regular grocery store (Stop & Shop) sells it for $1.89/can. Whole Foods is cheaper (!) at $1.69/can. Aldi's comes in at $0.99. SCORE! This is obviously pure pumpkin for the pooch, not canned pumpkin pie filling.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: mels

                                                                                                                                    I buy the canned green beans for my dog at Aldi. He gets a can a day and Aldi sells them for $.49/can as opposed to $.79/can anywhere else.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: anne7134

                                                                                                                                      Your dog eats a can of green beans a day? Do you just rinse them and serve with kibble or something?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Dax

                                                                                                                                        that's what I do -- I usually feed mine frozen green beans, but it gives them fibre, some extra vitamins, and fills them up for very little calories.

                                                                                                                                        Besides -- my big guy and I have an agreement -- he gets raw broccoli and cauliflower stalks and green beans, and in return he keeps his big hairy butt out of my garden.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                          This is getting off topic now but our two lab mutts love carrots so I grab the cheap bags of them at Aldi. I have not given them much other veggies but I guess carrots are sweet so they chomp down on them. They are a little more suspicious of them right out of the bag so I wash and cut into big chunks although they love the frankenstein baby carrots right out of the bag.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dax

                                                                                                                                            you do have to be careful with carrots -- they're very high in sugar, so too many carrots is like letting them empty a bag of candy.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                              Yeah they tend to get about one each every few days plus they love the trader joe's assorted natural dog treats when we get to a trader joe's.

                                                                                                                                  2. Their cashew butter is very tasty. It's the only salted cashew butter I've found. $4.99 per 12oz. Jar.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                                      Making a note to look for it next time. It's not the greasy, organic, type, is it?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                        It is their Simply Nature brand. The label makes no reference to organic, so I'm sure it isn't. The ingredients are "Dry roasted cashews, sunflower oil, palm oil,cane sugar, sea salt". It has the same consistency as regular commercial peanut butter; no oil separation. It was at the front entrance to the store, so may not be a regular item. Hope this helps

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                                          I'll be running down there in the next few days, thanks!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                                            Their Simply Nature label is their organic label, or so I thought?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                                              It's on its way out. I went to stock up on Friday and couldn't find any. When I asked at the register, the cashier said it was a "special buy" product and didn't know if it was coming back. She did, however, find a cart that contained the jars that had been pulled, so I was able to get a few. I love Aldi! I get better customer service there than at a local "high end" chain, where the customer sevice people wouldn 't have done that if the item was within their arms reach.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: coll

                                                                                                                                              "It's not the greasy, organic, type, is it?"

                                                                                                                                              I had to chuckle.
                                                                                                                                              It is indeed labeled as one of Aldi's new, organic products. And yes, nuts ARE oily.

                                                                                                                                              As I've converted to natural nut butters, I've had to learn to stir....and stir, and stir. And stir some more.

                                                                                                                                              I figure I am building muscle...and by the time the product makes it into my mouth I've burned a few calories!

                                                                                                                                              Genius business idea?
                                                                                                                                              A small nut-butter stirrer (electric?) for those who can no longer manage the physical work on their own. Perhaps a tiny heavy duty stick-blender type thingy.

                                                                                                                                              You can send royalty check to pedalfaster at.....

                                                                                                                                              1. re: pedalfaster

                                                                                                                                                I bought a peanut butter stirring device, still in the packaging, from Goodwill. The trouble is, it was meant for the old glass jars. There were wires that went into the peanut butter and a crank on top that stirred things up. It did not fit on the jar of completely separated peanut butter, so I just threw it away.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                  This is an imperfect solution, but if you store natural nut butters and tahini upside down, the solids are on the top when you open the lid. It does make stirring to combine solids + oil a bit easier.

                                                                                                                                          2. They have Italian wine for like five bucks in my area (southern Missouri). They have chianti and pinot noir and they are both great. Even if you're just looking for cooking wine they have three dollar bottles of decent cab and merlot. They also have the cheapest real maple syrup you can buy. Salmon is fairly priced too. Aldi's is an oasis really.