Aldi Food Finds.
My Aldi hangups certainly are not deal-breakers, though--I shop there at least once a month. It's the most affordable place locally to buy eggs, kefir, and canned pantry staples.
I thought touday I'd share some of my favorite recent Aldi finds.
Happy Farms spreadable cheese wedges - yes, it's a processed cheese product (yes, real cheese is better), just like the Laughing Cow wedges. The ingredient list is almost identical--but the price is drastically different. While Publix charges $3.49 for Laughing Cow wedges, Aldi charges $1.29 for this seemingly identical product. Sweeeet. For the record, I'd never pay $3.49 for the 6 cheese wedges, but I'm happy to keep some of the knock-off version in my fridge.
Lunch Mate Uncured Black Forest Ham, 7 oz. The comparable product in a regular grocery store would be Applegate Farms Black Forest Ham, also 7 oz. While the Publix price on the Applegate packages of lunch meat is $4.99, Aldi charges only $3.29 for the same weight, and the quality is identical in my opinion. I make every effort to buy uncured meats for my family in order to avoid the sodium nitrates/nitrites. I'm not always successful, but Aldi having a low-cost alternative to Applegate Farms lunch meat is definitely a step in the right direction.
Cocoa Almonds, 12 oz. I love snacking on almonds, cashews, and sunflower seeds and Aldi has been a great place to stock up on those items. Their prices run consistently 30-40% less than most grocery stores. This bag of almonds is $4.99 at Aldi, whereas comparable sized cocoa almonds run about $6.99 elsewhere. There's a bonus here, though--the ingredient list is BETTER at Aldi. Just almonds, cocoa powder, sugar and oil. The major brand cocoa almonds contain sucralose (Splenda) and a longer ingredient list. This, my friends, is a win.
So, what are your thoughts about Aldi? Any successes for your family?