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Is Aldi's a Good Grocery Store for Paleo People?

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Created October 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I shop at Trader Joe's. Love it, but the expense is getting ridiculous. It was mentioned on a dieting message board that Aldi's is really cheap. A lot of the posters were buying non-paleo products, though. Any paleo people here shop at Aldi's? Is it true that the food cost is low while still being of good quality?

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0 · March 26, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Here is what I bought at Aldi this morning, this is very paleo:

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0 · March 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM

I agree for the most part. The only animal product which would meet a reasonable primal standard would be Kerrygold Dubliner cheese, which even then is still dairy.

If you already plan on getting conventional produce it will be moderately cheaper at Aldi's, but with less selection, and there are only one or two organic products.

All-in-all, if you want conventional food on a budget, Aldi's is probably the best, but it's better to get higher quality stuff elsewhere.

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10194 · October 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I was talking to someone about this a hour ago. Aldi's is second tier Trader Joes. I wouldn't go to either one for produce, but I like TJ's cured meats (ham bacon sausage).

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11048 · October 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I knew they were related, but was too lazy to look up how.

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20411 · October 10, 2012 at 7:04 PM

I shop at a Korean market for produce and fish. Prices are great, wide variety and very fresh. See if you can find an asian market near you.

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3614 · October 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Huh....the more you know ;-)

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3347 · October 10, 2012 at 4:45 PM

They always have mahi which is wild caught, and good deals on sockeye that is wild caught, and once in a while they have deals on scallops.

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11152 · October 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

All of their meats seem gross and slimy.

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25 · October 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I buy 2-3 bags of raw nuts a week. If Aldi's has them cheaper than TJ's that's a plus.

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25 · October 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I'm in the US. Wonder if there's a difference in quality here versus UK.

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25 · October 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I'll check Aldi's out just to see what the fuss is about and see if there's anything worth coming in for every week. The fish fillets sound hopeful, if they aren't farm raised.

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25 · October 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Ugh, your description has me cringing. I'd rather pay more and get quality meats and produce.

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11478 · October 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Aldi seems to have a reputation for Grass Fed Meat in Australia, not sure if it's the case here.

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130 · October 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I guess you would put Aldi in the same band as Lidl, Morrisons, Asda with Tesco closely ahead followed by Sainsburys and then Waitrose/M& S. From a paleo perspective, farm shops, butchers, fish mongers and farmers markets rank above Waitrose/M&S..

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11478 · October 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

What is this Aldi of which you speak? Is it like Waitrose but for poor people?

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1567 · October 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I used to shop at Aldi regularly in my pre-paleo days. Their meat and poultry selection is poor, though cheap, and their produce section is even worse. Unless you know exactly when they get their deliveries, you're bound to find loads of damaged, rotting and molding produce. They occasionally have good sales on frozen items, and their frozen chickens are always cheap, but for the most part, I would not recommend them for paleo folks unless you absolutely must stick to a tight budget, mainly because of the questionable sourcing of the meat. It's very likely to be from mass-produced feedlot animals.

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25 · October 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Ugh, your description has me cringing. I'd rather pay more and get quality meats and produce.

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0 · March 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM

I agree for the most part. The only animal product which would meet a reasonable primal standard would be Kerrygold Dubliner cheese, which even then is still dairy.

If you already plan on getting conventional produce it will be moderately cheaper at Aldi's, but with less selection, and there are only one or two organic products.

All-in-all, if you want conventional food on a budget, Aldi's is probably the best, but it's better to get higher quality stuff elsewhere.

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381 · October 10, 2012 at 6:56 PM

As an interesting aside, Aldi's is actually the parent company of Trader Joe's.

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11048 · October 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I knew they were related, but was too lazy to look up how.

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3614 · October 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Huh....the more you know ;-)

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10194 · October 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I was talking to someone about this a hour ago. Aldi's is second tier Trader Joes. I wouldn't go to either one for produce, but I like TJ's cured meats (ham bacon sausage).

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3347 · October 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

The one near me here in Florida sells very little other than highly processed foods. They have a small meat and produce section but it is maybe 1/10 the size of the average grocery store.

They do have good prices on frozen seafood but when I have bought fish fillets they were not individually wrapped which is the way I prefer them.

Bought a few things when they first opened cause it was new and different but haven't been there in a couple years.

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25 · October 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I'll check Aldi's out just to see what the fuss is about and see if there's anything worth coming in for every week. The fish fillets sound hopeful, if they aren't farm raised.

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11152 · October 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

All of their meats seem gross and slimy.

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3347 · October 10, 2012 at 4:45 PM

They always have mahi which is wild caught, and good deals on sockeye that is wild caught, and once in a while they have deals on scallops.

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0 · March 25, 2014 at 6:58 PM

The one I have here seems to have very little variety or middle ground as far as produce goes. They offer very inexpensive options like bananas, pineapples,avocados, onions, squash, sweet potatoes, and other fruits. Very little greens options and no organic (for the greens) that I've seen. I have seen the very high-end lettuce that's in the plastic clam shells offered from time to time. I even saw organic grape tomatoes the other day. It's very hit or miss.

I do not recommend their meat selections at all-except maybe their whole chickens but they're not organic. Their fish all comes from China farms. Their canned fish is a very inexpensive option like skip jack tuna, salmon, and sardines. I believe they have dried coconut that isn't sweetened sometimes, and things like nuts and raisins.

So yes, I'd bulk up on some of the fruits and vegetable options and canned fish. You can then go to your other stores for more variety like parsley, kale, leeks, and all those sorts of things that Aldi doesn't tend to have.

I hope this helps,

Stephanie

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0 · March 25, 2014 at 5:52 PM

They are trying their best and I give them credit for that! They have grass fed beef every once in a while, which is better than never, I eat the wild caught fish mostly. For here in WI, the turnover is high so the produce is pretty fresh, sometimes an old package shows up, but for the most part, its pretty good!

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0 · March 25, 2014 at 5:51 PM

They are trying their best and I give them credit for that! They have grass fed beef every once in a while, which is better than never, I eat the wild caught fish mostly. For here in WI, the turnover is high so the produce is pretty fresh, sometimes an old package shows up, but for the most part, its pretty good!

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0 · March 26, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Here is what I bought at Aldi this morning, this is very paleo:

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5043 · October 16, 2012 at 6:42 AM

I bought some yarn for knitting socks there once, it was incredibly cheap. Knitting your own socks must be paleo.

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5 · October 16, 2012 at 6:03 AM

I am a college student so im working with a pretty tight budget. The Aldi's by my apartment gets their new shipment every Tuesday night so I go Wednesday mornings/afternoons for the cheap produce. Basically all I get from there aside from frozen seafood. Great prices, but not very paleo friendly.

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165 · October 10, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I have used Aldis (and similarly, Lidl) recently but wasn't very impressed in terms of meat or fresh produce.

As an aside -- isn't the 'like Waitrose for poor people' line getting a bit hackneyed around here? I've seen it crop up on several posts. Not that I particularly care... but for monotony's sake, just sayin'.

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175 · October 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I was in Aldi today for the first time (UK).

Bought some minced beef for meatloaf. Triumph! Tastes way better than the stuff on other supermarket shelves, and the price is about 30% less.

Bit confusing at the checkout - no credit cards and you have to buy a bag. And everyone is from east Europe.

But the beef? No contest. Better on both counts than Sainsbury/Waitrose. Tesco is a shop of horrors whichever way you look at it. Asda I quite like.

Also bought some cheap bratwurst that looks OK by the ingredients label.

I did try the nearby Lidl as well, but that was creepy.

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5650 · October 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

i used to shop at aldi's when i was a fruitarian since the produce is so cheap. the quality isn't that great on a lot of things though. also, i would probably stay away from the meat since none of it is organic.

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5775 · October 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Hit or miss. I've found great deals on things like canned tuna and sardines. They also have raw nuts that are cheaper than most. However, other things like produce or meat I'd much prefer to get from a better source or don't mind spending a little extra money for.

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25 · October 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I buy 2-3 bags of raw nuts a week. If Aldi's has them cheaper than TJ's that's a plus.

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130 · October 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Here in the UK their fruit and veg is very cheap but I wouldn't say the quality was great. I personally would pay a little more for local or higher quality products, but if your on a strict budget it's not a bad place to shop.

I would generally steer clear of the meat, however you can find some good german/european sliced meat/sausage if that's your thing.

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25 · October 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I'm in the US. Wonder if there's a difference in quality here versus UK.

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11478 · October 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Aldi seems to have a reputation for Grass Fed Meat in Australia, not sure if it's the case here.

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130 · October 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I guess you would put Aldi in the same band as Lidl, Morrisons, Asda with Tesco closely ahead followed by Sainsburys and then Waitrose/M& S. From a paleo perspective, farm shops, butchers, fish mongers and farmers markets rank above Waitrose/M&S..

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11478 · October 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

What is this Aldi of which you speak? Is it like Waitrose but for poor people?

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