So here you go, my Five Favorites from Aldi:
1. Carlini Extra Virgin Olive Oil | Somewhere or other, maybe on NPR, I learned about what to look for in olive oil, and I have clung to that information like it was a direct revelation from the big man upstairs. I tend to do that with trivial information. If I read it somewhere, it must be true and I must therefore conform my life accordingly. Anyway, in this probably authoritative story that I heard, it said that your olive oil should be a) extra virgin, b) cold pressed, c) stored in a dark glass container (not clear), d) from only one country of origin, not a combination of countries, and e) preferably organic. Well, this olive oil gets 4 out of 5 (it's not organic) and that is pretty darn good, while also being super cheap-o.
2. Clancy's Vegetable Chips | These chips are virtually indistinguishable from the more expensive version I used to buy at Costco, and they are better than the ones at Trader Joe's. There aren't any ingredients that are too terribly objectionable. And they are a staple in Josiah's lunch menu.
3. Nuts | I haven't made a complete survey of all possible sources, but from what I have seen, Aldi has the best prices on nuts anywhere. And the nuts taste just as good to me. I buy almonds, cashews, and pistachios for snacking, and chopped pecans and walnuts for baking. Saves me a bundle since I started buying them at Aldi.
4. Clementines | Josiah could eat a dozen of these a day if I would let him. Sometimes the produce at Aldi can be sketch, but if you can find them on a good day, they are about half the price of what you'd pay anywhere else.
5. Frozen Salmon fillets | I am not a huge lover of salmon, but I know it is super-d-duper healthy. Once again, the main selling point here is that this is the cheapest salmon I have seen. Also it is wild caught and, when made with this recipe, this salmon is actually something I look forward to having for dinner. Which we do about once a week, since I started getting it at Aldi.
Honorable mentions could go to chocolate, cheese, all natural peanut butter, fruit snacks, razors, toilet paper, spaghetti sauce, whole wheat bread, etc. I'm glad I got over my Aldi snobbery because there is a lot to love in that homely little shop.
So, do you shop at Aldi? Any recommendations??