10 Things You Should Never Buy From Aldi

By Ashley Marcin on 16 September 2014 110 comments

I've been shopping at Aldi for our weekly groceries for over half a year. Along the way, I've picked up a few best practices. For example, buying for two or more weeks at a time saves us time and money on shelf-stable foods like tortillas, spaghetti, and canned goods. I love Aldi's selection of price-friendly cheeses, Greek yogurt, chocolate-hazelnut spread, and hummus, among many others. Plus, our local shop stocks its shelves on Sunday afternoons, so that's the time to go for the freshest food and the most selection. (See also: 6 Awesome Reasons to Shop At Aldi)

Of course, with all these tips for things to buy and ways to buy them, I've also discovered there are a few things — at least at my store — that are better purchased elsewhere Yes: There are plenty of foods that are great and price-competitive, but consider staying away from the following.

1. Certain Dairy

If you're trying to avoid food additives, your Aldi's almond milk, cottage cheese, and a few other dairy products might be suspect. These foods — at least in some markets — contain carrageenan, which is a thickener and stabilizer. There is some debate over whether carrageenan is a carcinogen, but it has been shown to cause some inflammation in the digestive tract. (You can also find this ingredient at most other grocery stores, so keep an eye out.)

2. Shredded Cheese

I love Aldi block cheese. It's economical and tasty. However, the shredded variety contains cornstarch to keep the shreds from sticking to one another in the bag, and I find that it burns quicker than other cheeses, especially under the broiler. And mine burned with an oily mess on top of it. Stick with block cheese and a grater for the best results.

3. Garlic

Maybe I've been spoiled by our gigantic, juicy CSA garlic, but Aldi's cloves just don't match up. They're tiny and difficult to both peel and cut. Since garlic isn't terribly expensive, when it's the off-season for produce, we tend to buy it at another store (when we pick up tofu and a few other ingredients Aldi stores don't carry).

4. Potatoes

I've given several varieties of potatoes a try, only to have them spoil within the week (one time, even in just a few days). Since I stored them like I have stored all other potatoes in the past, I cannot assume it was my own error. Potatoes should be hearty and last a good while. Thankfully, they are one of the more inexpensive buys at most stores — so, I grab a bag elsewhere.

5. Other Produce

On that same note, you must be stringent when choosing produce of all shapes and sizes. Depending on the time of week you shop, the food — like at any store — may have been freshly delivered or sitting there for days. Inspect each piece for signs of spoilage before bringing home. I once got a bad batch of onions, bananas, and green peppers that got soft and moldy the day after I stocked them in my fridge. (See also: Fridge or Counter? Where to Store Fruit for Best Flavor)

6. Chocolate Chips

While I absolutely adore the Moser Roth chocolate in the first aisle of the store, the chocolate chips in the baking section leave much to be desired with taste. If you want your chocolate chip cookies to taste out-of-this-world delicious, scrimp and save to get a bag of the quality stuff. Alternatively, I've made chocolate chunk cookies using the Moser Roth chocolate.

7. Packaged Cookie Dough

If you're planning to skip the from-scratch experience and lay out prepackaged cookie dough on a sheet to bake, just don't. Even following package directions, my refrigerated dough burned easily and still didn't cook the whole way through. To make matters worse, the flavor was definitely artificial.

8. Frozen Stir-Fry

I was incredibly excited to find brightly colored packs of frozen veggies with sauce for quick weeknight meals, only to become dismayed when I read the label on the back of the package. In Aldi's defense, I haven't closely inspected other frozen stir-fries before, but I found that the ingredients in the Fusia mix came from all over the place: China, Holland, Guatemala, Mexico, and the USA.

9. Ground Beef

As a vegetarian, I have not purchased meat products at Aldi. I did a little research, so I thought I'd share those results. You can actually find better prices on ground beef at a store like Walmart ($3.69/pound versus $2.66/pound) for similar-quality protein. (See also: 5 Frugal Lessons I Learned From Aldi)

10. Non-Food Items

I've found many of the non-food items — from brand-name diapers to garbage bags and beyond — to not be price-competitive with other discount stores. If you can buy these same products at stores that also accept coupons or offer bulk discounts, go for it.

We'd love to hear what foods and products you stay away from at Aldi. Please leave a note in the comments!

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Awesome advice and very timely.

We've just got back from two years abroad and are planning a big Aldi shop this afternoon. Good to know what we should look out for!! Thanks.

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Candice

I'm actually surprised at a few of the things you mention, but I've heard that Aldi's can vary from store to store and even more so from state to state, depending on your area's distribution channels. I'm not sure. I always buy the frozen hamburger 1 lb tubes for $2.79 each. We have a large family, so I cut it with an additional pound of ground turkey (in the frozen tube) for $1.79/lb. But it sure beats our Walmart - where a similar quality ground beef is about $4.29/lb on any given day.

I've had no trouble with the cheese or cookie dough, but you are right - a lot of Aldi's foods contain the same additives as most other similar products at any grocery store. At a regular grocery store, you can turn around and choose another brand if the one you are looking at doesn't have what you want. You can't do that at Aldi's.

That said, I'm definitely an Aldi's aficionado. I see very little difference in quality in most things (except the produce, which needs to be eaten extra quickly!) between Aldi's and any other grocery store. One thing I don't buy there (or, I can't) is bulk foods. Or bigger bags of most things. With 4 kids, a little bag of anything just doesn't cut it!

(As an interesting aside, my father has worked for years in upper management of food distribution, both in food companies and distributors. A lot of people don't realize that store brands really are regular brands with store labels. My father told me how he was visiting a plant and watching the production line. When he was in the labeling area, he watched the line stop, the workers remove his brand's stickers from the machine, put in a store label, and start the line up again. There was absolutely no other difference in the actual product. I wonder if Aldi's gets their food the same way?)

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Guest

Is there there anything you wouldn't recommend bu in at Aldi? I bought a whole chicken a while ago, and while it was some of the tastiest I've had, de-boning it was kind of miserable. I had to remove all the skin because of the terrible pluck-job. Also, there weren't just pin-feathers; the wings were completely covered in long White feathers. I threw those away, and am wishing I had thrown everything else with them

Twice now I've gotten sick after eating a dish made with this chicken.

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Guest

I'm a manager at an Aldi store and yes, you are correct.

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Guest

I love Aldi's but there are some products to avoid. Some are canned veggies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, coffee, and the under-sized grapes. You can get some excellent buys on produce but have to inspect everything closely.

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l

What on earth is wrong with the canned veggies?! This is the go to place to get stuff like that!

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Guest

Sorry, but I do agree....our Aldi red grapes are delicious and cost between 1.98 & 2.98 per 2# bag...a steal.

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NJGill

What is the problem with stir-fry veggies coming from "from all over the place: China, Holland, Guatemala, Mexico, and the USA."? Why are you making pronouncements about ground beef if you do not eat it? And why are you recommending that abnyone shop at Walmart?

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Guest

Agreed, why advocate for Walmart? I will pay extra and take the time to inspect my produce at store like Aldi's vs. support Walmart.

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Guest

I will not purchase canned green beans. To many times have found sticks and rocks in the cans. I also only purchase the small early peas as they have the best taste.

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BowDowntoZod

Guest...why the distinction against Walmart? Don't you know who Aldi is? They are so HUGE they make Walmart look like a corner mom-and-pop store! Aldi is the other brother to Trader Joes. Together, they control the entire grocery shopping empire that covers the entire of Europe! They certainly use their size to get what they want too! Aldi has such great prices because they bully their suppliers to give it to them. And they have the size to get it too!

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Guest

Well you obviously do not know that most banned pesticides in US are sold to these other countries and sprayed on the fruits and veggies and penetrate the very soil they are grown in! Do some research.

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Guest

There are also a lot of pesticides, food coloring and other chemicals in American food that are not allowed in Europe. As a German living in the US I'm sometimes horrified by what is allowed here and the tIles and regulations for the good industry. That's why 99% of our meals are cooked by me. I avoid already prepared food e.g frozen lasagna.

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Jill

I found this article to be interesting but not that helpful. I shop at Aldi's regularly and disagree with a number of the points. For instance, I love the Aldis semi-sweet chocolate chips, but I dislike the chocolate/hazelnut spread. I think their bananas turn bad too quickly, but I love their nectarines and grapes. Bottom line: Do your own taste test and try their products, see what you like and don't like, and go from there. It's all subjective.

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Mary

I'm not certain if your store sells the bananas this way but at mine they are in bunches that are already separated out into plastic bags. Those bags trap the gasses that the fruit emits which causes them to spoil faster. Once I get home, I immediately remove the bunch from the bag and place them in a bowl on my countertop. They seem to last much longer that way!

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Jamie

I totally agree! ALDI'S bottomline approach and powerful wholesale buying power make them a good choice.
Do your own taste testing and draw your own conclusions!

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Guest

It is the way they handle the bananas. The staff is under too much of a demand from the mgr to speed up. They toss the bananas around like they were indestructible.

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elise

we have shopped at aldi for over 35 years.. in 35 years we have bought one thing that didnt live up to our standards... canned cream corn, and that was about 20 years ago.. we brought the empty can back on our next trip and received a refund plus a free item. i am soo over shopping at mega centers.. the choices that aldi has is small, but how many types of cream of mushroom soup do u need? i dont agree about the ground beef at all. we buy 90% lean and their price is more than competitive. i have had potatoes go "bad" but over weeks, not days. we save nearly 33% off of any other grocery/mega store on our groceries... and we do 95% of our food shopping there. anything stated on this thread could be said of any other store out there.. and btw, try their fresh sirloin steaks. .. with no marinating they are amazing!! go aldi!!!!!!!!!

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Guest

I agree! We've only had 2 bad products, returned them, got our money back, BUT no free produce like they promise. I must ask them about this next trip. I love their greek olives and green olives. Their ground sirloin is to die for. 3 lb package reasonably prices. We separate into one pound containers at home and freeze.

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Guest

Thank you so much for not calling it "Aldi's" UGH !

Aldi's what?

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Guest Gerrie

If you have shopped at Aldi's you must be in Europe. Aldi's is new to many places in the U.S. It's only in the last few years Americans must bring their own shopping bags:)

My brother lives in Germany and he knew the name, so that helped me know a little about it. I know Germany (and I think other places in Europe too) are even more strict about pesticides and certain things in foods.

Thank you for your comment! We need good info:)

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vufindr

To the person who commented on Aldi being new to the US. I know it has been here for at least 15 years, because there was one I shopped at often in Mt.Zion IL. I'm being conservative with my estimate because I have lived in Florida for 13 and shopped at the store in Mt. Zion for at least a few years before moving to Florida.

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I buy over ripe bananas, chop or mash them and freeze them. They can be used anyway you would normally use bananas except eating them outright. They sometimes turn brown after thawing. I microwave them to speed up the thaw. I use them in baked goods, oatmeal, etc etc etc. Thanks for the info about the brick cheese - I'll try that. I don't go to Aldi much - it is just me , I'm a vegetarian and the stores here are not very convenient. I wonder why that commenter didn't like canned goods.

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I also agree with the other person who commented that store brand items are the same as famous brand. I also had a friend whose family owned a regional bakery and they would run so much bread on the line and then stop it and change to a store label. Ever since I learned that, I don't stick to name brands.

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Wow The main reason I go to Aldi is for their awesome and so much less expensive produce. You have to look at all produce before you buy it anywhere you shop. Their dairy and eggs are fine as well and the cheapest around.

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Mary

I love Aldi and over the past few months I've started shopping there primarily. I've seen a lot of negative comments across various articles regarding the produce. I typically stick to purchasing what is seasonal and advertised as the "produce pick" of the week as those prices typically beat out even the lowest sale prices at the big chain grocery in my area (Kroger). I believe that the store re-stocks that produce especially for the sales so I've never had any trouble with fast spoilage on those. Some of the best deals I've gotten recently: pack of artisan lettuce for .99, organic baby carrots for .99, grapes for .79 a pound, and peaches/plums for .25 each.

I just got back from an Aldi trip today and spent $100 which will give my family of 3 enough groceries for about a week. I decided to sit down and look at my receipt and try to do an informal comparison of prices at my local Kroger. There are some things I don't see any savings on, others that are negligible, and a few items that Aldi cuts their competitor by 50% on. Overall, I think I saved about $25 for that trip alone, which is pretty significant for me!

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Susan

Most all packaged shredded cheeses from all manufacturers have a layer of "dusting" powder on them to keep the shreds from sticking together. Generally speaking it's usually either straight cellulose, potato starch or a cellulose/potato starch blend. If in fact the Aldi shredded cheeses are dusted with cornstarch that's the reason for the burning of the cheese under the broiler due to the Maillard reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars. Potato starch based dusting starches will react as well, but not to the extent that cornstarch does.

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I disagree on almost all counts. First of all the almond milk does not contain carageenan. The vegetables have always been fresh.

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Betty Krocker

What points do you agree/disagree with. Unlike all of the other comments, you offered no personal notes about your personal experiences, except that "The vegetables have always been fresh". No one said the vegetables were not fresh, they noted that they have not lasted as long as they would have expected. Others raved about the prices and products they got...including vegetables!!!
I do have a question for everyone ELSE... I have never shopped there as an adult. As a child, I used to go with my Aunt. I remembered clearly seeing signs and commercials for double coupon days way back when. 2 questions 1.Do they still take coupons, 2.Do they ever have double coupon days anymore?, and 3.DO they have the capability (if they do indeed take coupons) of scanning the coupons from our smartphones like other grocery stores? Many apps do not allow a coupon to be read electronically, but I found one that does work with the scanners. I guess this is a 4th question... Do they meet the advertised prices of other stores? I would assume not, but since Walmart does or did do that, I am curious if anyone has asked. Thank you all for your comments. I learned so much!!!

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I love going to Aldi. Love stuff from each area/food category. Chocolate chips are 1$ saving, & they r good. We didn't care for the pickles, honey mustard, or mandarin oranges in gel (I thought they were just mandarin oranges, bought them, so we tried them, not good. My kid like gelatin desserts, but would not eat it). Produce is like anywhere, u gotta inspect it.

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Caroline

At my local Aldi, the products, prices and staff are the best (for me). Some dairy products come from our local farms, and now many name brands are stocked (Pampers, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Hershey’s, even a local meat producer). Aldi cheeses are my favorite, are as good as, or better than at the big chains, and are priced lower of course. Aldi carries gluten-free and healthier choice products now. Even non-food items are okay by me. So much about Aldi product selection depends on our own personal tastes and needs, so let me just say that I couldn't find a better place to shop. If, when, I need a bigger selection, I can go elsewhere, but it’s going to take longer, and will cost more.

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It might help to note, if you do get something of inferior quality, Aldi will replace the item AND refund your money.

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Guest

Freakin love Aldis! My husband and I once filled our cart and made it through checking in a timed 10 minutes as they were nearing closing time. Could never do that at Walmart! Boo ya!

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Guest

As a (relatively new) Aldi employee, I can respond to some of the comments regarding produce freshness. Once delivered on the truck, most produce goes immediately out to the floor. What doesn't fit is either kept on pallets in the stockroom or in the refrigerated cooler. Take a look at me signs next time you are in the store - if there is an "R" in the corner, that produce is kept in the coolers and tends to stay fresh longer. We also try to limit how much of that goes out to the floor to extend its shelf life. Also, all of the berries/grapes are brought back into the cooler every night because berries spoil so quickly. Some stores bring in all of their "R" produce every night. The organic produce also tends to spoil more quickly due to the lack of chemical protection.

While practices may vary by store, our store inspects the entire produce section every half hour and has a policy of "if you wouldn't buy it, throw it out," and we do! Today I threw away an entire case of Dole bananas from the stockroom instead of putting them out because they were just starting to brown and I saw a few flies on them (A single female fruit fly can lay up to 500 eggs per day, so they are almost impossible to eliminate in produce storage). Sure, the bananas were edible, but they wouldn't have lasted long and we don't want flies to spread.

Overall, I've really come to appreciate this store even more now that I work there. I've been shopping at Aldi since I was a child when it had a "ghetto "grocery store reputation. It's amazing how the company has evolved over the past 30 years!

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Fruit Fly

I'm bummed because I have had fruit flies in my house all summer. At first I thought it was a gnat from my aloe plant. I did everything trying to get rid of them. My house was infested. I got rid of the aloe plant and every house plant I had inside. They were constantly swarming my bananas and fruit basket. I got rid of those. Each time I would buy fruit, I would put it in the refrigerator, even my poor bananas. I have been buying their strawberries, blueberries and bananas for my smoothies. Alas, a couple of weeks ago after buying fruit fly traps, I got rid of the flies. Last week, I made my weekly trip to Aldi's and as I was in the fruit section, I see fruit flies. It hit me, I was getting them from Aldi's all along. I thought well, I will buy them and make sure I check the packages good, I was even in the parking lot being an idiot, waving them around to make sure I didn't take any in the car with me. I got home, rinsed the fruit and put it in the refrigerator. I got up the next morning and my kitchen had flies again and even my refrigerator. I tossed it all out and now still battle getting them out of here. I realized today I bought sweet potatoes from there so perhaps, they are in that bag. I love Aldi's but now I have decided I will pay more at a regular grocery store to avoid this disgusting havoc. :(

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Kathy

I just started to shop at Aldis in Florida. I'm definitely saving money. I have no complaints with the produce. I check everything before I buy. I also just buy enough for a few days. I work part time and had decided before shopping there that I was going to shop a few times a week. I recently purchased Sirloin chop meat. It was delicious. We're seniors and I see many seniors shopping there. I've purchased meat in Publix that had to be returned because underneath the top layer it was bad. I haven't been on line for more than 10 minutes, even on a Saturday. I'm going to continue shopping at Aldis.

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I would have to agree with the potato comment. For the second time now I have had to throw out an entire 10 pound bag of potatoes only days after bringing it home. I tired to give Aldi another chance on the potatoes but from my experience, you're lucky if your potato sac makes it past the 2nd day in your home without rotting, or worse, being full of maggots! Also, Aldi's potatoes don't taste good. I'll stick to my Idaho potatoes and look for sales at other stores. I wish there was just one store that people could go to and get nice, good food at a reasonable and fair price instead of having to go to three or four different stores.

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Guest

oh come on. Are you a WALMART Spokesperson? By 2018, there will be 2000 Aldi stores, and many more discount stores -

LIDL is also coming 2018.

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Guest

Your first two points are EXACTLY THE SAME at regular grocery stores. You will not buy creamer for example at WalMart that DOESN'T contain carrageenan. Of the two major stores in our town only one sells one brand of cream that doesn't list that ingredient. And ALL shredded cheeses contain some sort of starch...it's what keeps it from sticking together. Shred your own if you don't like the starch. These are not Aldi's issues.

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Guest

Sargeanto doesn't have corn starch or fillers. It's not plastic cheese, it's natural. You get starch when you buy cheap cheese. I've tried Aldi's cheddar bar and liked them. I found no powder residue whatsoever. Sure they cost a bit more, but it's well worth it.

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To the guest advocating Sargento, last time I checked their label on a bag of shredded cheese they used cellulose & potato starch (April 2016)...not an Aldi thing, heck at least they don't use cellulose!

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vufindr

If somebody want to be picky about their shredded, grated cheese etc check to see if one of the ingredients is cellulose. FYI...that is wood pulp. Myself it doesn't bother me. But a lot of people seem to be dissing Aldi products for this or that. Do some research on some of the expensive products you buy at other stores. You'd be surprised to see what some of those mystery ingredients really are.

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I definitively don't buy any kind of meat from Aldi, the flavor is not good.

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I have gradually found by trying new things that the meat I get at Aldi is much better than from other stores. Love the baby back pork ribs, the ground turkey makes great burgers when seasoned (better than beef). Just made a pork roast yesterday and it was very good. I have a chuck roast ready to prepare tomorrow. It will be the first I have tried from Aldi. I do like that the meat states quite clearly most is born and raised in USA. I watch for that. I feel comfortable with US or Canadian meat. Have noticed the ground beef in Walmart is from US or Mexico. I do not feel comfortable with that. Have read of inspection issues.
I like that there are interesting frozen veggies combos to choose from at Aldi and I have never had a problem with the fresh veggies. Love the German product selections and the the German sauerkraut is the best there is.

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Ana

You bugging I love aldis pork chop they taste better than any other store and always tends to be fresher!!

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Guest

We love Aldi! We miss our Durham store. We would typically purchased eggs, diary, half & half...loved the chicken salad, greek yogurt, cheese, produce! Frozen fish, hambugers, sausage even. Pick and choose. Quality OJ, not from concentrate. We didn't care for the coffee. Excellent dark chocolate. They are opening a store in my area soon. I can't wait. Making my shopping list right now.

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A Young

I find I pick and choose when at Aldi's. I buy milk, cheese, oj, and lots of produce from Aldi, but prefer the indivdiual choices to prepackaged. I check the potatoes,(I've lost some) berries, oranges, apples, bananas, and the like carefully. I've been disappointed by the prepack Roma tomatoes which never seem to ripen and have no flavor, most grapes and avocados, (also ripening issues). We try to buy "product of USA" which include the lasagna, most cheeses, beef stock soup -(delicious) and many paper products. I find great bargains with tortilla wraps, romaine, and "skinny" bread which although a name brand cuts $.30 to $1.21 per package from any grocery store price. We have had tasty smoked hams which price was reduced just days after holidays.

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Guest

Almost all brands of shredded cheeses contain cornstarch. Don't blame Aldi for you not doing your research. Oh and ground beef there is consistently cheaper than my local Kroger or Meijer

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B. Futrell

We have decided to stop shopping at Aldi in Paris, TX. The lunch meat, dairy products, and produce spoil within 2 days of purchase. Yes, of course I keep them refrigerated. We have found that the bags of potatoes are usually soft. We have shopped there since they opened a couple of months ago and have always had the same results.

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Guestlkajdsfkljadslfkja

I've never had any issues with meat or produce from there. Their sandwich meat is awesome especially for $2.69. I had some organic bananas from there (still cheaper than any other regular banana at any other store) that didn't got bad for three weeks.

But their coffee sucks, and something else sucks but can't think of it right now. Their cereal is awesome and very inexpensive. Aldi is amazing. The checkout process is not though. It's pretty stressful actually.

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Pam

Did you know that carrageenan is actually a seaweed extract? Just curious, where did you get that information?

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Guest

Last I heard there was no credible evidence that carrageenan has caused cancer in rodents, pigs, or humans. Yes, it can irritate the digestive tract, but has never produced cancerous lesions or tumors in the various trials that have been performed. I am a researcher who works for in a food safety laboratory that is not funded by the food industry in any way. I do not advocate for either side of the argument. Just the facts, ma'am.

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Janette

I'm actually very disappointed in the quality of food from Aldi's. Their cheese is great but everything else is hit and miss. My husband and I both went shopping there and bought produce-- we even inspected it in the store. Within a day of shopping and putting the food in the fridge, half of it was already spoiling. I also ate lettuce, washed it thoroughly, and ended up with diarrhea. Lettuce has NEVER given me diarrhea. I think I'd rather pay a little bit more for quality food that won't make me sick over Aldi's, sorry.

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Pat

I dont agree, I havent had any problem with anything i have bought at Aldis, everything we have tried has been good quality and tasted great, saves me alot of money, i love shopping there!

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Guest

hi, My family and I are in Australia and aldis been here for no more then 10 yrs. But theye given our two biggest grocery retailers a kick in the arse to the point where one is loosing money and the other has decided to try and compete with some items from aldi. Aldi products are good, but they could be better. For instance they sell double choc chip cookies which is also sold at the competitions store under that stores name. probably 50 to 60 cents more but the quality is also a little better at the competition. Soft drinks are cheap and contain less sugar then branded products, which is a good thing for a change. Some items work out to be more exspensive at aldi because even though you think your getting a good deal it turns out that the packaging may look the same size as branded products but the weight of the contents is less. All in all we do 60-80 percent of our shopping at aldi and for a fortnight we average 160. not bad I think.

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Jill Pearson

I buy the 4 pack tomatoes there and they last 4 weeks!

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Guest

Thanks! I never took notice of the carrageenan on the labels, nor realized what it was. I am lactose intolerant, but indulge in the stuff anyway. I had recently been considering cutting out most dairy- and love Aldi... SO here is another reason why I need to make the switch!
I agree wholeheartedly that Aldi has the worst potatoes, bananas, and (usually) onions! I always thought their diapers were decent, and sold at a fair enough price. However, their baby wipes were pretty lacking in quality.

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Hollie

I've tried Aldi 3 times now, have not been impressed. We like food without additives..and to me I was disappointed nearly every time I turned the package over to look at the label. The half and half had 5 extra ingredients….all of the fruit cups were from china or indonesia…the produce was sad…the yogurts had aspartame in them, msg in a few things... I can go to kroger and get their brand or the organic name brand stuff on sale or clearance for much less without even clipping a coupon. I have been buying a qtr. of beef in twice a year so the meat isn't an issue. I haven't bought beef from kroger in 2 years it's AWFUL. I used to hate kroger but now I know where everything comes from and they have a great natural section….I feel it's a better bang for my buck to stock up when things go on sale. I thought aldi would be more transparent and the ingriedents more streamlined. I do like the idea of aldi- just tweak a few things and it would be perfect. Just my 2 cents.

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Non GMO Shopper

Did you consider that the Beef purchased from Walmart may have been fed GMO feed.
Sometime being "frugal" by shopping at other markets could be cost effective, than again how is important to you is your health?

"Big 6" pesticide and GMO corporations are BASF, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Chemical Company, Monsanto, and Syngenta. They are so called because they dominate the agricultural input market -- that is, they own the world's seed, pesticide and biotechnology industries., how important is your health to you? After reading, search companies that use GMO, you may change your mind

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Guest

Avocados....they've always been hard and never ripen quite properly. If they were cheaper than they were, I'd still get them, but not when I can get better ones cheaper elsewhere

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Guest

Carrageenan is a seaweed. Not a poisonous carcinogens. It is widely used as the main ingredient in making jellies especially in Asia.

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Guest

I especially love how much less time I spend grocery shopping at Aldi's. Checking out is amazing, regardless of how many people are in line.

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Edith Keeler

I'm a regular Aldi shopper and love almost everything there. I've found the produce varies by region, etc. When I lived in TX, the produce was always great, but it was always great in all the stores--because most of it was fairly local. In TN, the produce is rough--but it's rough most places here, because it has further to come to get here. The one thing I don't like at Aldi is their hot dogs--I've tried all the varieties and they are just not good, IMHO. But I LOVE their seasonal items--it's always fun near the holidays when the cheeses and things start coming in.

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I feel extra sorry for anyone who has to "scrimp and save" for quality chocolate chips. WT....??? Are things really this bad in America? Do you have a jar on the counter with the label "Dream: to have a bag of Nestle chips- put another penny in here when you can!" I live in Los angeles, (read:expensive). I am a college student (read: poor) and I baked toll house cookies last week without scrimping and saving for chocolate chips. And I bought them at Ralph's. Get real.

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Yes, outside of your world, things are this bad in most areas. No jobs no money. Wait till you graduate from that college. You think you're poor? You probably are on a scholarship and get money each semester to do what you will with. I know, my son graduated from a University 15 years ago and we never gave him any money.He ate well and was clothed with the money he received for NEW books, not used. He bought used, as you probably do. If you're folks live in LA which you say is expensive, they are not poor and either are you. Stop denouncing people! I can't even afford real chips because I'm retired!

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vufindr

I agree with a previous comment. In the real world things are much different. If you have student loans you are in for a rude awakening once you get out on your own, unless somebody is handing you some cash here and there.

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I have to add that although you buy meat else where keep in mind that Aldi does everything to ensure the animals are treated hi mainly unlike other stores.
Also, non food items are all from sustainable materials, guaranteed no heavy meters or cancer causing. They are have strict guidelines to ensure the communities are taken care of and they really do their research to ensure there is no child labor etc. you don't even get that with Nike. So yeah, I'd rather spend a few more cents to help our world. You decide.

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Nodge

Also a regular shopper and in general, happy.

Recently however, I bought the 12.75kg bag of wild bird seed mix. It is not a bargain. It may be the whole pieces of wheat that make up the bulk of it but it's the big bits anyway. It makes no difference whether you put it on a bird table, feeder or on the ground, the big bits will not be eaten. As a result you will have about 4 kilos of waste seeds in your garden or patio.

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Guest John R. Hornyak

Another "gripe" I have with Aldi is that no rain-checks are issued for out of stock items. In Sunday's ad recently was a great produce special on 2# "Tokay" red grapes. That very afternoon I made a special 20-mile round trip to its store but informed none were on the truck. Fine. May I have a rain check? No. Out of the question.

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vufindr

I hope you drove 20 miles for more than just grapes.

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I have a PhD in agricultural science. I rate Aldi's and Hannaford as two of the best grocery stores. Aldi's is the least expensive and is very efficient.

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The problem with Walmart meat is they add red dye to it. Go ahead and pay the extra dollar to not have red dye in your meat at aldi

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GUEST

I find your info to be not at all on track coming from a long time Aldi shopper- perhaps you had a bad store.
however Their Produce is always the best around bar none, their chocolate chips are also one of the best around. I cant speak to their additives- but they have some of the highest quality items to chose from even when comapring to the gourment food stores that i do the rest of my shopping at. And i would be suprised if those same additives are in Branded items at our stores

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Ana

I love aldis. Great prices and everything taste just like the name brand stuff the only thing I do not buy there is their sliced bread it tends to get mold after a few days, and the mayo taste nasty but everything else is awesome.

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Goldipox

A new Aldis opened in my neighborhood about 4 months ago. I had never been to one before. I feel your article is mostly generic to all grocery stores and not just Aldis. Second, produce must be inspected wherever you buy it. I have bought many snacks there that do not contain hydrogenated oils where elsewhere they would. (Ex. Pinwheel cookies $1.79 & twist can biscuits)
I've purchased all varieties of canned beans they are fine. Milk eggs butter & yogurt all fine and cheaper then other stores. Avocados are cheap and better quality than my local Shoprite. I've bought lettuce, tomatoes , bell peppers, all of good quality. Their Brands are spot on with flavor and taste. Brick cheese is good with the exception of the mozzarella which is to hard & dry for my taste. I bought chicken sausage (packaged) flavored w spinach & mozzarella & a mild Italian, both are awesome no nitrates no additives. Frozen fish sticks very good also cheaper. As far as meats go look at the label. All the pork has additives to keep it fresh. I do buy all my raw meats at Shop rite as they have an on site butcher & its very fresh not pre packaged. Aldis brand cola is very close in taste to Coca Cola. Why you would even suggest Walmart for meats is beyond me haven't you ever seen 4 different colored pork chops or steaks in one pack? Yuck. And Walmart is a highly agitating shopping experience in general. At least Aldis has a quick checkout. I've actually seen seasons change while on line at Walmart, and that was the EXPRESS CHECKOUT!

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Aldi cheese are absolutely poor quality and no good, friendly farm products are inferior products, Aldi need to find a better dairy vendor, the organic carrots are terrible in looks nasty like scraps, buy your bananas at Walmart, produce at Aldi go bad quickly, poor quality, I've noticed that vegetables grown with a lot of fertilizer do the same, Aldi need to sell better eggs, the spices and herbs seasonings need to change vendors, it is poor quality and does not taste good

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I've been shopping regularly at a local Aldi's for several years, and I've noticed they've recently started cheapening the quality of a number of their food items. They've clearly started sdding fillers to their previously very good cheese products, and breakfast sausage rolls as well. A number of their frozen entrees and desserts are pretty disappointing as well.

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Maga

Oh No No No!!!! This post is all wrong... Sorry but with 4 kids I don't have time to do coupons, and now our local Aldi is sending $10off coupons on their weekly adds and that's way better than cutting coupons all over... We had got $5 diapers from Aldi for 3 of our kids and they were always better and cheaper than Costco or Walmart store brand.
Produce is always fresh at our local store...Avoid goin on Monday nights because you will find nothing good left...Wednesdays are always the best...new items and lots of savings on products you can only find on Amazon at at half the price (Aldi scores) we got kitchen supplies, rain boots, car stuff, patio chairs and tables all from Aldi..great quality and the secret is to wait until they go on sale! Usually 2 weeks from the original release day..because they are to constantly updating their items, they need the room on the shelf...we have got camping tents from $35 to $15! Toy organizers from $45 to $15!!!! Amazon $50! We love Aldi and seriously why would you go to another store when you can just get everything you need right there. So please check Aldi and give it a chance..you will not regret it!

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Susan

I have been shopping at Aldi's twice now. I was grateful for the difference in meat-especially chicken thighs. I have been cooking chicken in my crock pot for a good 20 yrs. I put it in at night and wake up to a great smell and use it for soups or snacking on during the week. But mostly I use it to mix with my dog's dry food. I use it a lot thus appreciate a break on price. But...I did notice, for one, that their package was at least 2 pieces short of the other family packages I usually but-but-mostly-when I got up I did not have that wonder smell. When I first woke up I was trying to figure out what that strange smell in my home was. Then my grandson (3 1/2) woke up and said eww-what is that aweful smell? The only thing I was cooking was the chicken. I lifted the lid and it did not smell like chicken-more like rubber or something. Then to top it off my dog wouldn't touch it. I have tried it several times-she smells it and walks away. Wow-wonder what that's all about-I won't feed it to my (3) grandchildren if my dog won't eat it...and I only cook it in water-nothing else. So it hasn't turned out to be a savings-but actually a waste of money. I have purchased other products there-and some of the produce did spoil quickly. But a lot of items my daughter has bought there have been appreciated. Thank you.

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I have been shopping at Aldi for quite some time now, but recently, their produce quality among other products, have taken a turn for the worse!!
They have jacked up their prices, but their quality has gone way downhill!!
I might have to start shopping somewhere else!!

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Kenneth Davis

toilet paper and bananas had to throw in trash

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Rozie

Hi Aldi is new in Western Australia and would like some feed back on the meat,vegs, and other food products that they sell, thank you.

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If you hate bad smells don't buy their easy-peel oranges. My birthdays coming up so my parents have spent a lot of their money on presents so they shopped at aldi for the cheapness ( they normally shop at asda ). About 1/2 an hour ago I was feeling peckish so I had one of their easy-peel oranges only to find that tbe smell was absolutely foul and they didn't taste of anything. I don't know if this was a one off but I will never eat one of these oranges again also it didn't fill me up at all :(

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LB

I have to disagree with some of the items you mentioned. I love Aldi cheese and cannot tell a difference compared to other stores. I also love their lean beef (93%) at $4.69 which is cheaper than anywhere else I've found. I also love their grassfed beef which is only $5.89. I also buy their garbage bags because I can get 80 count for a fraction of what they cost elsewhere. They work just as well as name brands. I have been shopping almost exclusively for over a year at Aldi and have saved so much money! I find the vast majority of their items compare equally to name brands and that's why I LOVE it!!

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The (still) cute guy

Am I the only one who cares about t huh e a almost universal use of high fructose corn syrup in every thing that used to have regular sugar?
Aldi is the only local store that sells all sugar bread products. Whether it's white, wheat, bagels, or English muffins, there is no HFCS in their breads.
Since quitting that stuff twenty years ago, I am now back to the weight I was in 1969, when I was discharged from the army, and I feel pretty good for a 55 year old. By the way, I'm 70.

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Great prices on nuts and taste great too! I have found the largest container of cashews to be at least $3.00 less than any store including, WalMart, Kroger, Meijer and Costco.

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Shirley Filer

Their raw beef is terrible.

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The ice cream banana sundae 1 litre is something to be avoided I suffered horrific food poisoning from it upon reading the label the ingredients are bad for anyone with digestive issues. I don't have digestive issues but have suffered from problems for ten days since the poisoning

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The frozen seafood. I asked the store manager whete it came from as I it didn't appear on the packet. He inspected and couldn't tell me.

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today i shopped at aldi in wilkes barre pa with my wegmans shopping list in tow. i found about 2/3 of the items i needed and saved over 25 dollars, and wegmans is cheap as is! ill definitely be back!

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ILOVE ALDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!That' all needed to be said the truth has been spoken .

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Depends on where an Aldi is located. Some times the produce is excellent and other times it is just awful. I have bought meat 3 times and each time was disappointed. Frozen boneless chicken breasts (for dog) inside a bag loaded with ice from injected liquids; bone-in thighs for soup that were really, really old meat (I could tell when removing cooked meat from bones); and a spiral ham that was spiraled only on one half and the slices were super large or super tiny. But I buy flour, sugar, crackers, chocolate bars, cheese bars, cereal, and other staples with no problem. Garlic comes from China and is totally dried out. Sweet potatoes are generally old. All bakery items are initially placed on the shelf straight from the freezer. Frozen veggies are of poor quality. But Aldi has brought more competition and other markets have lowered their prices. I shop wherever the bargains are the best.

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michael c

You should try ALDIS Nuts!!

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Matt

I shop at Aldi's and this article is pretty much irrelevant. Someone's personal opinion about what to watch out for at any grocery store really. I don't believe these tips are mutually exclusive to Aldi's. Quite frankly many of Aldi's products I like the taste of better than much if not most of the name brand.

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Aldis is great. I shopped them in 1970 when I was stationed in Frankfurt Germany, very big chain. But I also shop Walmart for produce. Aldis produce has to be eaten quickly

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Marianne

Aldi's has really stepped up their game. I now buy a lot of organic products there including produce. You do have to check the produce to make sure it's still good at the bottom of bag, but wouldn't you check at any store?
We live 40 miles from an Aldi's, but it's worth the drive. Apparently others in my area believe that too, as I often see neighbors shopping there as well. As always, YMMV at the Aldi's in your town.

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I hate their cereal. Especially the raisin bran. Not enough raisins and the bran flakes taste like cardboard.

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Very knowlegeable. Thanks!

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sarah

aldis black bean is color dyed, it is brown color bean after soaking or light cook.....

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Louise

We we so disappointed with their Big Texas Cheese Danish, because we found the there are a couple of the individually wrapped Danish had little or NONE of the delicious cheese "filling"!! White looking for an email address for Big Texas Cheese Danish, we had to Google Big Texas Cheese Danish...so I assume you there at Aldis are the responsible party to see that we aren't being cheated out of the small amount of the delicious filling that there is not enough of in the first place, as far as WE ARE CONCERNED! THANKS please RSVP to my email address ASAP, as we we THINKING ABOUT serving them to our overnight Holiday guests!! As a quick
small breakfast treat With coffee. Thanks a lot.