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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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    • Nellie Dean
    • By Nellie Dean 20th Apr 17, 10:44 PM
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    Aldi had boxes of Swiss milk chocolate truffles half price at 99 pence yesterday. I would recommend these - they were lovely very similar to the red Lindor truffles
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 21st Apr 17, 5:31 PM
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    I gave Aldi's very strong flour a go - it's supposed to hold more air bubbles. I normally get really good results from their strong flour anyway. I got the same results as regards a rise and air bubbles.
    The texture was definitely closer and less crumbly though, and I could cut slices easily for the toaster, so that was a big plus.
    Unfortunately my tummy didn't quite deal with the high gluten well, although it may have been something else, I suspect the bread. I did eat a lot though, so it's my own greedy fault..
    Anyway, if you make your own bread look out for the aqua coloured bags of flour alongside the normal light green striped bags. It's 75p - great value.
    Follow the Aldi recipe on both bags too - it's a good one and the olive oil makes a big difference.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • PLRFD
    • By PLRFD 21st Apr 17, 5:41 PM
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    IUnfortunately my tummy didn't quite deal with the high gluten well,
    Originally posted by mcculloch29
    Bog roll is a good price in Lidl at the moment
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 22nd Apr 17, 6:50 AM
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    I gave Aldi's very strong flour a go - it's supposed to hold more air bubbles. I normally get really good results from their strong flour anyway. I got the same results as regards a rise and air bubbles.
    The texture was definitely closer and less crumbly though, and I could cut slices easily for the toaster, so that was a big plus.
    Unfortunately my tummy didn't quite deal with the high gluten well, although it may have been something else, I suspect the bread. I did eat a lot though, so it's my own greedy fault..
    Anyway, if you make your own bread look out for the aqua coloured bags of flour alongside the normal light green striped bags. It's 75p - great value.
    Follow the Aldi recipe on both bags too - it's a good one and the olive oil makes a big difference.
    Originally posted by mcculloch29
    Sounds interesting. My Aldi doesn't have this (yet?) but I'll watch out for it. Their standard strong flour is 11.7% protein - is this much stronger than that in % protein terms?
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 22nd Apr 17, 10:41 AM
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    I gave Aldi's very strong flour a go - it's supposed to hold more air bubbles. I normally get really good results from their strong flour anyway. I got the same results as regards a rise and air bubbles.
    The texture was definitely closer and less crumbly though, and I could cut slices easily for the toaster, so that was a big plus.
    Unfortunately my tummy didn't quite deal with the high gluten well, although it may have been something else, I suspect the bread. I did eat a lot though, so it's my own greedy fault..
    Anyway, if you make your own bread look out for the aqua coloured bags of flour alongside the normal light green striped bags. It's 75p - great value.
    Follow the Aldi recipe on both bags too - it's a good one and the olive oil makes a big difference.
    Originally posted by mcculloch29
    Potentially even better, my local Aldi last week had a range of flours from Matthews Cotswold Flours that included French T55 and a speciality Italian flour. I'm planning to try the T55 this week.
    • maman
    • By maman 22nd Apr 17, 5:27 PM
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    Aldi's SS lamb Rogan Josh is fab and only 1 syn on Slimming World
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble

    Thanks for that. I'll take a look tomorrow. I might be lucky.
    Originally posted by maman

    I bought the last pack in Aldi's yesterday and it was delicious. Hopefully they'll have some next week so I can freeze a few.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 22nd Apr 17, 9:35 PM
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    Sounds interesting. My Aldi doesn't have this (yet?) but I'll watch out for it. Their standard strong flour is 11.7% protein - is this much stronger than that in % protein terms?
    Originally posted by Doc N
    Actually, according to the bag, it isn't - the stated protein percentage is 11%. Having said that, the protein percentage on Aldi's ordinary plain flour is 9.4% so we are not looking at vast statistical differences here.
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    • Judi
    • By Judi 22nd Apr 17, 9:44 PM
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    Look out for the cleansing lotion in the toiletry aisle. Looks, smells and feels like Simple cleansing lotion to me. They do a toner too.
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    • Crisps87
    • By Crisps87 23rd Apr 17, 8:09 PM
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    My Aldi had 1.8kg packs of fresh chicken breasts for £9.99 - there's 9 big breasts in there so just over £1 a breast - a decent deal so I grabbed the last pack!

    Does anyone find if they go shopping on different days the availability at Aldi nosedives? When I went today (Sunday) the fruit and veg department was very spartan.
    • maman
    • By maman 23rd Apr 17, 8:29 PM
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    Does anyone find if they go shopping on different days the availability at Aldi nosedives? When I went today (Sunday) the fruit and veg department was very spartan.
    Originally posted by Crisps87

    I went once on a Sunday afternoon (usually go on Friday) and it was manic. People were queuing down the aisles even though every checkout was staffed. It was even worse than Christmas.
    • Judi
    • By Judi 23rd Apr 17, 9:26 PM
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    The last few weeks ive been going on Fridays at tea time.... its bliss! No more than a couple of trolleys before us at the checkout.
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    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 23rd Apr 17, 10:05 PM
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    My Aldi had 1.8kg packs of fresh chicken breasts for £9.99 - there's 9 big breasts in there so just over £1 a breast - a decent deal so I grabbed the last pack!

    Does anyone find if they go shopping on different days the availability at Aldi nosedives? When I went today (Sunday) the fruit and veg department was very spartan.
    Originally posted by Crisps87
    I wish it was easier to predict! I tend to go on a Tuesday as Sundays are insane and on Mondays they haven't re-stocked fully (don't even think about Friday, either!).

    Last Tuesday, though. my local(ish) branch was low on all kinds of stock. No salted butter, very few chickens, lots of gaps all round the store.

    Aldi needs to get its logistics better organised to cope with the increased amount of business it's doing.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 23rd Apr 17, 10:13 PM
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    There's a massive new Aldi distribution centre being built here. I'm expecting our local store's stock to be flawless when it opens.
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    • Livelongandprosper
    • By Livelongandprosper 23rd Apr 17, 10:47 PM
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    We don't have Aldi, just lidl, and apart from the weekend super savers the stock level is usually ok on a Sunday

    We had a patch there earlier in the year when stocks were really bad, a problem with their distribution centre apparently. Seems to have been sorted. However I do sometimes need to go to a bigger town to ensure I get such things as the cats preferred food, my local is so small they have very little shelf space and when it comes to the multi variety outers, the popular ones go fast
    • maman
    • By maman 24th Apr 17, 5:11 PM
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    The last few weeks ive been going on Fridays at tea time.... its bliss! No more than a couple of trolleys before us at the checkout.
    Originally posted by Judi

    I find if I go just before 3 o'clock on a Friday it's quiet as people are picking their children up from school. Stock is usually good too as they're busy filling shelves for the evening rush.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 24th Apr 17, 8:30 PM
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    I find if I go just before 3 o'clock on a Friday it's quiet as people are picking their children up from school. Stock is usually good too as they're busy filling shelves for the evening rush.
    Originally posted by maman
    I try to visit as soon as it opens at 8am. The super 6 go fast at my local branch, but as I know what I want I'm in and out in less than 10 minutes. By evening there are crumbs left if you are lucky.

    I actively avoid the weekends at Aldi, total havoc.
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    • Towser
    • By Towser 25th Apr 17, 8:24 AM
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    I used to use Aldi, but went off them as I had more than a few issues with their fresh stuff going off, even when unopened and before their use by dates.
    • PLRFD
    • By PLRFD 25th Apr 17, 11:45 AM
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    The fruit and veg has always been a problem at both Lidl and Aldi but it has improved a bit recently,maybe the 29p veg increased stock rotation ?
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 25th Apr 17, 3:49 PM
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    I store all my veg except potatoes in the fridge and Aldi veg lasts just as long as any other. Today I used up leeks and carrots bought 2 weeks ago and broccoli and courgettes bought a week ago. Potatoes bought 3 weeks ago are still fine, kept in the dark of course to prevent greening and sprouting. The Super 6 saves me a lot of money.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 25th Apr 17, 4:43 PM
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    I find if I go just before 3 o'clock on a Friday it's quiet as people are picking their children up from school. Stock is usually good too as they're busy filling shelves for the evening rush.
    Originally posted by maman
    I go at school run time too
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