Do you shop at Aldi?
Most of us have now realised that Aldi is much more than just a cheap, Euro-import supermarket…
It is fast becoming a well-respected retailer – often topping the best supermarket polls and whose products regularly feature and are highly praised in The Grocer, Good Housekeeping and Which? best-buy reports.
I’ll admit, the Aldi environment isn’t the most customer-friendly. Lots of pile-it-high shelf stacking and really odd checkouts where there’s no space to pack your shopping (what’s that all about???)
Whilst I haven’t yet done an entire shop at Aldi, many reports claim that an average family can save around £30 per week by switching to Aldi. A saving not to be sniffed at…
I pop into my local branch once or twice a month to pick up specific items that I have grown to love, not only because of the price, but also because of the quality.
Here’s what I buy, starting with the important stuff:
Freemans Bay Pinot Gris, £5.69 – this is a favourite of mine, an easily quaff-able wine that makes a lighter change from NZ Sauv Blancs.
Cremant du Jura, sparkling chardonnay, £7.49 – a multi-award winning fizz. Crisp and refreshing, it makes a welcome change from Prosecco.
London Dry Gin, £9.99 – in blind taste-tests, Aldi’s Gin was rated better than brands like Hendricks and Bombay Sapphire!?! I actually don’t agree with this, but at half the price this Gin is fab value. Jilly Goolden (remember her from the BBC programme Food & Drink?) scored it 9/10 in a review for the Daily Mail!!!
Sausages, £1.79 – at 97% pork, these are comparable to Heck sausages for meat content. In our house, we are fans of the sweet chilli variety, but these have less meat content.
Rapeseed Oil, £1.99 – great, colour with a clean & nutty taste and in an expensive looking bottle! A Silver winner in the 2105 Grocer awards.
Balsamic Vinegar, 59p – a cheap vinegar which won Gold in the 2015 Grocer awards. I use it to make salad dressing.
Magnum Dishwasher Tablets, £3.49 – a Which? best buy, these honestly make a difference to how clean my glassware is and they are half the price of the leading Finish brand.
Lacura Q10 Night Cream, £1.69 – I read a glowing review of this and thought I’d give it a try. This is the only cream that has lured me away from my beloved Dermalogica face products and it’s a smidgen of the price! My skin can be really sensitive and this has a barely-there perfume and glides on my skin, leaving it feeling supple and smooth.
West Country, Extra Mature Cheddar, £2.29 – this is an amazing, crumbly, nutty and tart cheese which is perfect for a cheeseboard.
Moser Roth Chocolate, £1.29 – there are many varieties I like, such as the sea salt flavour, but the ginger version is my favourite. Best of all it comes in individually wrapped portions so you can limit yourself (or not, as the case may be!!)
Super Nutty Granola, £1.99 – I’ve found this to be not as sweet as other granolas and offers a generous combination of nuts including Brazil nuts, flaked almonds, macadamias, cashews, pecans and pistachios, pumpkin.
Fruit & Nut mix, £1.19 – this is a great, mixed snack bag which I keep on me for when I am running errands or have a craving for something sweet whilst at my desk.
Berry mix, £1.19 – a yummy mix of juicy raisins & cranberries; useful for adding to overnight oats.
French Torchon Ham, £1.49 – a delicious, high quality ham that my kids love and is only a fraction more expensive than those horrid, thin & wet squares of ham.
Cucina Grilled Peppers, 85p – a bargain jar of mixed of yellow and red peppers that can be added to salads or presented on an Antipasti plate.
Gourmet Sea Salt Crackers, 79p. Pitted Black Olives, 59p. Italian Style Pancetta, £1.29. Chorizo Sausage Slice, 75p. Jumbo Peanuts & Cashew Nuts, £1.19
There are undoubtedly many products that I have yet to discover at Aldi, so I’d love to know which items you regularly buy.
The Aldi Christmas brochure has just arrived on my doormat, featuring lots of yummy treats. Aldi’s Christmas pudding is often highly recommended as is the Panettone and Stollen. My Aunt tells me that the macaroons (from the frozen dessert section) are comparable to any macaroon she’s had in France (and she knows her macaroons!!)
Do leave a comment below and share your Aldi shopping tips! I am keen to know what I might be missing out on…
Please note, I have not been sponsored to write this post.