Well, overall, my Aldi shopping experience this week was definitely a positive one, I think, even if the food displays weren’t quite as attractive as those in Sainsbury’s and the staff not quite as charming as those employed in Waitrose. Who wants to pay extra for these things? It was refreshing to shop somewhere where there was no metallic pop grating on your ears or annoying sales people trying to flog you stuff you don’t want. I was furious recently when I visited Sainsbury’s and had to fend off a persistent energy salesmen who was determined to sign me up and wouldn’t take no for an answer.
The only downside was I couldn’t get everything I wanted. There was no strong white bread flour, no romaine lettuce and no balsamic vinegar. So I’ll have to go elsewhere for those. And the adventures of one of this blog’s commentators, Christine, in her local Aldi suggests the chain doesn’t cater brilliantly for vegetarians or vegans, and that the produce available and the quality of the store experience may vary around the country.
But what does the produce taste like? I tried the salami out first – I’m not a big cold meat fan and bought it for DJ really -but it was delicious and I’ve been grazing on it all week. DJ tried out the asparagus the other night and gave it the thumbs up, despite being a fussy eater. And last night I gave the £1.39 sausages a go in a toad in the hole. Not terribly summery but I just fancied it. The pork content was an impressive 72 per cent, according to the packet. And they tasted good – on a par with ones we get from Asda – and much better than the £1 ones I’d bought from our farm shop. I’d definitely buy them again. The dried pasta was also just as good as pasta from any other store. The tomatoes, though, were a bit flavourless but that’s often the case with supermarket ones. If you grow your own you notice the difference. And I’ve eaten better mushrooms but they were ok considering the price.
All in all, the shopping expedition was a success and I will carry my Aldi bags with pride now (by the way – in response to your comments I do reuse my shopping bags, typically in my excitement to get to Aldi I forgot to take them with me). I must also venture to our local Lidl’s too as many of you say you think some of the produce there is better quality or even cheaper. Sadly we don’t have a Netto’s close enough to make it worth the journey.
Thanks for all your tips and comments and have a great weekend. Piper xxx