With so many people switching their supermarket swap over to Aldi from one of the ‘big’ supermarkets I thought it would be handy to put together a what to buy in Aldi list along with a few notes on what not to buy in Aldi. These are just a few of our favourite must-haves which we tend to add to our shopping list on a regular basis and of course this is all down to our personal tastes. I’d love your feedback and recommendations in the comments below.
WHAT TO BUY IN ALDI
– Severn Vale Quick Frying Steak
– Specially Selected British Angus Mince
– Premium Lean Steak Mince
– Specially Selected Free Range Whole Chicken
– Turkey Mince
– Ultimate Pork and Apple Sausages
– Ultimate Pork Chipolata Sausages
– Ultimate British Back Bacon (Smoked)
– Pork Loin Steaks
– BBQ ribs
– Polish pork pepper sausage
– Smoked, peppered mackerel
– Fresh salmon
– Sliced chicken
– Black Forest ham
– Parmigiano Reggiano
– Specially Selected Vintage Cheddar
– British Extra Mature Cheddar (purple pack)
– Sliced Gouda
– Mozzarella balls
– Port Salut
– Goats cheese
– Brooklea Mango and Passion Fruit Yoghurt
– Brooklea Low Fat Natural Yoghurt
– Brooklea Greek Style Yoghurt
– Creme Fraiche
– Specially Selected Orange Juice
– Tapas Al Minito – the entire range
– Cornish pasties
– Chicken soup
WHAT NOT TO BUY
We’ve found their parma ham/proscuittio and similar to be very stringy and a tad on the fatty side so we tend to avoid it. The cheap trays of mince are incredibly fatty to the point we’ve cooked meals and thrown them away because the fattiness made them inedible. When it comes to lamb we avoid altogether from supermarkets (unless we can find shoulder or neck as per this lamb and lentil curry recipe) as it tends to be all bone and no meat and Aldi is no different.
Filled pasta from the fridge is in my opinion horrible and sludgy, I really suggest opting for the dried versions, they’re lovely.
The items we’ve liked least from Aldi has to be their cream cheese, it tastes incredibly synthetic and although passable as an ingredient we tend not to buy it because if you can’t eat it on a bagel what’s the point?
Both fruit and veg are really dependant on what is in season and what they have as they rotate their stock so often. Here are our favourites based on what we’ve bought multiple times.
– Pears (all varieties)
– Granny Smith apples
– Fair Trade bananas
– White grapes
– Vine tomatoes
– Butternut squash
– Red onions
– Spring onions
– White onions
– Bell peppers (3/4 in a pack)
– Green beans
– Mixed chillies (4/5 in a pack)
– Little gem lettuce
– Corn on the cob
WHAT NOT TO BUY
We’ve found the Garlic tastes really synthetic and strange so we’ve given up on it altogether. I’m not overly fond of a lot of their berries and Mr Thrifty doesn’t like their tomatoes other than the vine tomatoes (I don’t like fresh tomatoes DEVILDEVIL, so I can’t pass comment). I think I might be a Spud Snob but I’ve always found Aldi potatoes to be rubbish, we tend to avoid at all costs.
TINNED AND JARRED FOOD ETC.
– Tinned whole tomatoes
– Tuna in Brine
– Pesto – all varieties are nice
– Specially Selected Manuka Honey
– Tinned soups
– Chopped tomatoes
– Stock cubes (chicken and vegetable)
– Grapefruit marmalade
– Tinned ravioli
– Rice pudding
– Tomato puree
– Chicken gravy granules
– Morrelo cherry conserve
– Tortellini – the dried is much nicer than the fresh
– Bran Flakes
– Everyday Essentials Porridge Oats
– Wheat bisks
BREAD AND CRACKERS ETC.
– Savour Bakes Mini Crackers (red packet) – these and many of their cracker products come wrapped per portion so they don’t go off which is really, really handy.
– Savour Bakes Wheat Crackers (green packet)
– Oat cakes
– Sunnyhills Tortilla Wraps – plain
– Sunnyhills Naan – garlic and coriander
– Sunnyhills Pitta Bread – wholemeal
– Savour Bakes Bread Sticks (green packet)
– Sunnyhill Bagels – plain
– Multiseed Deli Rolls
– English Toasting Muffins
– French Marble Brioche
– Everyday Essentials Penne
– Everyday Essentials Spaghetti
– Egg noodles
(We buy our rice from Asian superstores so I’d be interested to hear what Aldi rice is like.)
– Self raising flour
– Plain flour
– Caster sugar
SNACKS AND TREATS ETC.
– Oaties biscuits
– Disco biscuits (although they’ve changed the name but I can never remember what to)
– Everyday Essentials Salted Peanuts
– Everyday Essentials Roasted Salted Cashew Nuts
– Moser Roth Chocolate Dark Bar (70% & 85%)
– Everyday Essentials Tortilla Chips
– Titan bars – a dupe for Mars Bars
– Passions crisps
– Ice pops – they come ready to freeze
WHAT NOT TO BUY
Any time we’ve bought crisps which have a meat or mustard flavouring they’ve been too salty and we ended up with an odd coating on our tongues so we stick to their excellent sea salt flavour crisps. Their tinned salmon was a let down, especially because their tinned tuna is packed full of flavour.
I really, really don’t like their sliced bread in any form, I’m a bit funny with sliced bread in general – Gerrard’s Sliced bloomer is passable for toast.
Another we like to avoid is their brown sauce which my friend described it as ‘akin to licking the floor of a kebab shop on a sweaty Saturday night.”
FISH, MEAT & ALTERNATIVES
– Wild Pink Salmon Fillets
– Smoked Haddock Fillets
– Specially Selected Raw Jumbo King Prawns
– Northern Catch Fish Fingers
– Quorn – we often find regular branded Quorn mince in the freezers
– Specially Selected Italian Stone Baked Salami, Rocket and Mozzarella Pizza (lovely thin bases)
– Specially Selected Italian Stone Baked Spicy Chicken & Peppery Rocket Pizza
– Specially Selected Chunky Oven Chips
– Everyday Essentials Garden Peas
– Potato wedges
– Garlic bread
WHAT NOT TO BUY
Carlo’s Takeaway BBQ Chicken Pizza has a really rough textured crust and an awful, acidic sauce.
– Kitchen roll
– Magnum washing up liquid
– Tin foil (the more expensive range)
– Tissues (cube boxes)
– Magnum dishwasher tablets
– Almat washing powder (blue box)
– Q10 Anti-wrinkle Night Cream
– Lacura cotton buds
– Lacura roll on deodorant
– Kick Start shower gel
– Sea Mineral foam bath
– Carino Hairspray
– 6 in 1 Mouthwash
WHAT NOT TO BUY
I find their toothpaste has a really odd texture so I won’t be buying it again. Their cling film drives me batty, RUN FAR AWAY FROM THIS STUFF unless you want to spend eternity wrapped in it trying to find your way out.
So there you have it those are my current Aldi recommendations. We haven’t tried everything in store, so I can only recommend items we’ve tried, enjoyed and considered good quality but I hope this might help you out in some way.
If you’d like me to put together a list of my recommended beers, wines and spirits let me know and I’ll put one together for you soon and the same goes for Christmas products when we head into the festive season.
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This post is purely based on my opinion and those of my family. I am UK based so the products may vary from country to country. Please check out the comments below as there are some great ideas and recommendations from people all over the world.