I actually went to the other side of the coin, Trader Joe’s, before heading to Aldi today. I know a lot of people are huge Trader Joe’s fans but since I don’t eat a lot of prepared foods in general, I mostly go there for their version of toum, knock off Goddess dressing (which Aldi no longer seems to sell and I mourn) which they were out of and things like mustard and Scandinavian Swimmers. Aldi still wins my heart.
- I think I might be taking one for the team with this crab rangoon dip ($3.29) but I do sort of love fake crab and it sounds wacky enough to possibly be good? UPDATE: Reviewed here!
- “Artisanal bread” is just sliced white bread with a floury top ($1.99). It seems to be a new product. I’m hoping it’s good because Pepperidge Farm’s country white is one of the few items I need to regularly buy at a regular supermarket. UPDATE: we did not like it as much as the PF bread but it’s pretty good, on a par with the Sara Lee bread which it is virtually identical to. I’d buy it again, especially if I had no reason to go to another store.
- Boneless lamb loin ($7.99/lb) is a little bit of a splurge for Aldi but I thought it would be fun to make. The one I got was only about 2 lbs which is great since we are a family of two. So often lamb is either completely unavailable everywhere or it sold in huge quantities.
- Breakfast ham ($2.95) looks very similar to Canadian bacon. My husband bought a pack of English muffins lately and I thought maybe DIYing some Egg McMuffins might help us actually finish the pack.
- More chili sauce ($1.29) I don’t know why this is a seasonal item. When I use a bottle (I topped some chicken meatloaf with it) I try and replace it right away. Who knows when the season ends?
- Two heads of cauliflower ($1.29) because they keep a long time in the fridge and even at Aldi they are normally around $3 a head.
I spent slightly more than I expected. I guess the lamb pushed me over the edge? I thought it might be lower because I already had some of the ingredients I need for recipes I have in mind and a ton of produce.
$60.98 for 25 items for an average of $2.43 an item.