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    • torbrex
    • By torbrex 17th Jan 16, 10:59 AM
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    Good and Bad Buys from Aldi & Lidl *Do NOT Expire Please*
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    • 17th Jan 16, 10:59 AM
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    Good and Bad Buys from Aldi & Lidl *Do NOT Expire Please* 17th Jan 16 at 10:59 AM
    The old thread can be found here.

    Please use this new thread to report any good finds in the Discount stores Aldi & Lidl.
    You can also report any not so good deals as a warning to others.


    The Stollen bites and other xmas food was being given away FREE in my local Lidl this morning, plenty left and they want it shifted by next week.
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    • robin58
    • By robin58 13th Oct 16, 12:11 AM
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    I know where you live

    Still you can always pop into the Matalan afterwards, or go to the bingo place before you have a KFC supper.
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    I've been rumbled!!!!


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    • robin58
    • By robin58 13th Oct 16, 12:15 AM
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    I bought some Brussels sprouts from Aldi from the Super 6 and half of them were mouldy when I took off the bit that was attached to the 'tree'. Black inside.

    Another produce item added to the won't buy from Aldi again list.
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    Found these to be a bit on the small size and 'buggy'. But then again they are a bit early in the season. Will keep a eye on future packs.
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    • POPPYOSCAR
    • By POPPYOSCAR 13th Oct 16, 12:34 AM
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    Was told that Aldi steak was good.

    Thought I would try it, thinking it would be ok but not great.

    How wrong was I!

    It was brilliant.

    Not keen on their veg though. It is ok if you use it straightaway but does not keep well in my experience.
    • quoia
    • By quoia 13th Oct 16, 1:17 AM
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    I bought some Brussels sprouts from Aldi from the Super 6 and half of them were mouldy when I took off the bit that was attached to the 'tree'. Black inside.

    Another produce item added to the won't buy from Aldi again list.
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    Your store seems to have more than it's fair share of bad fruit & veg. Have you considered speaking to management to find out why?

    I bought some myself the other day and they were crisp, firm and absolutely delicious!
    Originally posted by Feral Moon
    Found these to be a bit on the small size and 'buggy'. But then again they are a bit early in the season. Will keep a eye on future packs.
    Originally posted by robin58
    Agree with F M, bought some Sunday and they were all but PERFECT, albeit that picking after a frost makes them better still.

    Regards size - plenty of choice at ours.
    I selected a 500g bag that had the very smallest inside - there was about 80 of them
    Other bags had larger ones - perhaps about 40 to the bag and some had even bigger still with only 25 or even 20 sprouts in them.
    99% of the bags appeared to contain entirely "pristine" produce and mine certainly didn't contain mouldy ones or any bugs.
    Only waste were a few discarded outer leaves and 1mm trimmed from the bases.

    Looking forward to when the entire stalks start hitting the shops.
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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 13th Oct 16, 8:07 AM
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    Your store seems to have more than it's fair share of bad fruit & veg. Have you considered speaking to management to find out why?

    I bought some myself the other day and they were crisp, firm and absolutely delicious!
    Originally posted by Feral Moon
    The problematic FnV has come from 3 or 4 different Aldi stores within 6 miles from here. I forget which stores I bought each of the bad FnV from. So, its easier not to buy it in the future.

    I go to a different store, depending on where I have been earlier in the day.
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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 13th Oct 16, 8:10 AM
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    Quoia,

    Someone told me the stalks are good for making veg stock.
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    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 13th Oct 16, 12:27 PM
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    Was told that Aldi steak was good.

    Thought I would try it, thinking it would be ok but not great.

    How wrong was I!

    It was brilliant.

    Not keen on their veg though. It is ok if you use it straightaway but does not keep well in my experience.
    Originally posted by POPPYOSCAR
    Two ways of looking at that, depending on where you are in country you will get different suppliers so varying quality.

    And even if you get lots from 1 supplier it will be nicer somewhere closer to depot.
    • quoia
    • By quoia 13th Oct 16, 2:20 PM
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    Quoia,

    Someone told me the stalks are good for making veg stock.
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    I use just about all the bits of all vegetables that you would normally throw away for this purpose.

    All the outer leaves from things like cabbages, cauliflowers and even brussel sprouts.
    Stalks (those chunks I have decided not to roast) and "clean" trimmings from them.
    Even peelings from potatoes, carrots, parsnips etc.
    Just wash or scrub as necessary before peeling.
    "Bad bits" in the bin - everything else in the stock pot.


    Regarding the brussel stalks - I particularly like them because you can easily keep them for up to a month or more just taking a few "fresh" sprouts every now and then, and if you pick the "correct" stalk it's usually the cheapest way to buy them.

    I keep mine on the sill in the corner of the kitchen window, where it's quite cool, upright with the bottom end in a small vase filled with water.
    Change the water daily and when you remove any sprouts (always from the bottom) cut the stalk by about the same amount that is now "sproutless" giving a new end in which to allow water take up.
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    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 13th Oct 16, 6:44 PM
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    Two ways of looking at that, depending on where you are in country you will get different suppliers so varying quality.

    And even if you get lots from 1 supplier it will be nicer somewhere closer to depot.
    Originally posted by dekaspace
    Exactly the same for fruit and veg as they like to use local suppliers. I live in the Fens which supply fruit & veg to the whole country and beyond.

    I don't which suppliers they use for meat/poultry but I've never had a complaint and the steaks are better than my local butcher.
    • glider3560
    • By glider3560 13th Oct 16, 7:36 PM
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    Has anyone tried Aldi's vodka (the one with the red label) for £9.99?

    Also, do they sell tomato juice? Anyone know how much this costs?

    I'm thinking of making blood themed cocktails for a halloween party and don't want to be turning up with Tesco Value products...!

    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 13th Oct 16, 7:44 PM
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    Has anyone tried Aldi's vodka (the one with the red label) for £9.99?

    Also, do they sell tomato juice? Anyone know how much this costs?

    I'm thinking of making blood themed cocktails for a halloween party and don't want to be turning up with Tesco Value products...!
    Originally posted by glider3560
    Not sure they sell tomato juice, but the vodka's fine - much like any other vodka.
    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 13th Oct 16, 9:36 PM
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    I use just about all the bits of all vegetables that you would normally throw away for this purpose.

    All the outer leaves from things like cabbages, cauliflowers and even brussel sprouts.
    Stalks (those chunks I have decided not to roast) and "clean" trimmings from them.
    Even peelings from potatoes, carrots, parsnips etc.
    Just wash or scrub as necessary before peeling.
    "Bad bits" in the bin - everything else in the stock pot.


    Regarding the brussel stalks - I particularly like them because you can easily keep them for up to a month or more just taking a few "fresh" sprouts every now and then, and if you pick the "correct" stalk it's usually the cheapest way to buy them.

    I keep mine on the sill in the corner of the kitchen window, where it's quite cool, upright with the bottom end in a small vase filled with water.
    Change the water daily and when you remove any sprouts (always from the bottom) cut the stalk by about the same amount that is now "sproutless" giving a new end in which to allow water take up.
    Originally posted by quoia
    I actually eat cauliflower leaves and cook it like cabbage. Can't tell the difference and its MSE as getting '2 for 1'
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    • quoia
    • By quoia 13th Oct 16, 11:13 PM
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    I actually eat cauliflower leaves and cook it like cabbage. Can't tell the difference and its MSE as getting '2 for 1'
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    SNAP !

    I can tell the difference and actually prefer Cauli leaves to most if not all cabbages.

    It's only the very outer leaves that are perhaps a bit tatty and beyond their best that I'd use for stock - as I said before, those that you'd just throw away.

    When selecting a cauliflower I obviously look for the largest head available that's really white with nice tight florets but I also try to find one that got as much greenery surrounding it as possible because it's DELICIOUS
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    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 14th Oct 16, 12:21 AM
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    I visited a previously unknown (to me) Aldi this afternoon and made a point of checking out the Brussels. All looked absolutely fine to me, good sizes and fresh green appearance.

    One think that made me chuckle was spotting the ready spiralised veg and cauliflower rice
    • PLRFD
    • By PLRFD 14th Oct 16, 2:43 PM
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    Has anyone tried Aldi's vodka (the one with the red label) for £9.99?

    Also, do they sell tomato juice? Anyone know how much this costs?

    I'm thinking of making blood themed cocktails for a halloween party and don't want to be turning up with Tesco Value products...!
    Originally posted by glider3560
    I'm pretty sure both Aldi and Lidl sell tomato juice 99p a litre last week at Lidl it was on offer 20p off I think.
    • maman
    • By maman 14th Oct 16, 6:13 PM
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    I'm pretty sure both Aldi and Lidl sell tomato juice 99p a litre last week at Lidl it was on offer 20p off I think.
    Originally posted by PLRFD
    Definitely had tomato juice in my Aldi today but didn't notice the price.
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 14th Oct 16, 8:11 PM
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    My local Aldi didn't have the own brand microwaveable rice this week (handy as a standby) - instead it had Uncle Ben's at not too far off twice the price.

    I hope this isn't a trend towards selling major brands.
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 14th Oct 16, 8:13 PM
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    Not sure they sell tomato juice, but the vodka's fine - much like any other vodka.
    Originally posted by Doc N
    Agreed. I wouldn't drink it neat but as a mixer, who can tell?
    • andygb
    • By andygb 15th Oct 16, 6:22 PM
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    Was told that Aldi steak was good.

    Thought I would try it, thinking it would be ok but not great.

    How wrong was I!

    It was brilliant.

    Not keen on their veg though. It is ok if you use it straightaway but does not keep well in my experience.
    Originally posted by POPPYOSCAR

    Our once a month treat is Aldi ribeye steak (don't try the Lidl equivalent though, because we have found it chewy and lacking in taste) with HM oven chips and mushrooms.
    When we were a bit better off, we used to buy steak at Sainsburys or Waitrose, but this is much better and a lot cheaper.
    To cook it, I use a large Circulon frying pan, and I rub a little olive oil on the steak (never the pan), then season with a little salt, and a healthy amount of cracked black pepper. I heat the pan for about five or six minutes at a hot setting on the hob and cook for three minutes each side (for pink in the middle). For the last minute, I add a little knob of butter to the pan and using a spoon, nappe the steak with it when it melts.
    I always rest the steak for around five minutes at least.
    Only two weeks until our next one
    • quoia
    • By quoia 15th Oct 16, 7:28 PM
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    Our once a month treat is Aldi ribeye steak (don't try the Lidl equivalent though, because we have found it chewy and lacking in taste) with HM oven chips and mushrooms.
    When we were a bit better off, we used to buy steak at Sainsburys or Waitrose, but this is much better and a lot cheaper.
    To cook it, I use a large Circulon frying pan, and I rub a little olive oil on the steak (never the pan), then season with a little salt, and a healthy amount of cracked black pepper. I heat the pan for about five or six minutes at a hot setting on the hob and cook for three minutes each side (for pink in the middle). For the last minute, I add a little knob of butter to the pan and using a spoon, nappe the steak with it when it melts.
    I always rest the steak for around five minutes at least.
    Only two weeks until our next one
    Originally posted by andygb

    You should never put the salt on until the very end
    All it does is absorb moisture from the steak which is the last thing you want
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