Hungry? If you've never visited Aldi Grocery Stores and were wondering what the deal is, this overview of the regularly stocked food items will hopefully persuade you to check it out. This is by no means an exhaustive listing of all the grocery store items available at Aldi, which would impossible.
One thing to watch out for at Aldi: they stock the goodies right at the entrance. Literally, you can't get into the store without going down that entire, first tantalizing aisle. The one with the candy, chips and cookies. And that's just the stuff starting with the letter"c". If your neighborhood store is one that sells wine and beer, it's usually in that first aisle as well.
They've got every variety of potato chip you can think of. They even stock Pringles. My absolute favorites: peppercorn ranch and the all natural, special buy sweet potato chips (stock up when you find them). You'll find corn chips, tortilla chips, blue corn chips, multigrain, party mix, pretzels, pork rinds, cheese puffs and popcorn (bag and microwave). Dip it all in salsa, cheese sauce or hummus.
Also in that first aisle are your staples, including sugar, flour, cake, brownie and muffin box mixes and vanilla extract and frosting - in case you want to bake your own goodies.
For most of these basics, Aldi gives you one size option: large. As in sugar and flour in 5-lb bags, and vegetable, corn or canola oils in 48-oz. bottles. They also offer regular and extra-virgin olive oil in 16-oz bottles.
The section is rounded out with crackers, nuts, baking soda, gelatin and pudding mixes, a small selection of spices, condiments and salad dressings. In the chocolate category, choose from white, milk, dark, flavored bars, with or without nuts.
Usually, the refrigerator section is located against the back wall. That's the milk and other dairy, including eggs and egg substitutes, yogurt, cheeses and creamers. Deli meats include bacon, hot dogs, brats, bologna, roast beef, turkey and smoked sausage.
The refrigerator section also stocks bagged salads, romaine lettuce and spinach, more cookies (ready-to-bake), orange juice, biscuits, coleslaw, and cold salads (macaroni, chicken, seafood, tuna) and ready-to-bake pizzas. At the end are fresh meats - not a large assortment, typically ground beef, chicken breasts and wings, pork loin roasts, ribs and chops and a cut or two of steak.
The produce area has iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes (white, red or sweet), celery, peppers, cucumbers, onions and corn-on-the-cob, broccoli, mushrooms, squash and asparagus, to name a few.
Fruit selections include apples, oranges, grapefruit, grapes, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, lemons, limes, avocado, bananas and kiwi. Again, this is Aldi so, typically, you won't find loose, singles in some categories (lemons and limes, apples, oranges, potatoes, onions, peppers will come in bagged quantities). Although occasionally Aldi will offer a per unit price (i.e., mangoes at 49 cents each).
Dry pastas include spaghetti, penne, lasagna noodles , rigatoni, rotini, egg noodles and macaroni (also rice and dry beans), along with boxed pasta meals. You'll have a variety of pasta sauces to choose from, as well.
Aldi grocery stores carry their own equivalents of many of the popular cereals on the market, with names like Rice Squares (Rice Chex), Cocoa Rice (Cocoa Crispies), Fruit Rounds (Fruit Loops), along with Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran and Shredded Wheat. Alongside the breakfast cereals are oats, pancake mix and syrup and toaster pastries. Next comes canned fish, dry beans and rice. Beverage selections include bottled juices and water, soft drink beverages, coffee and tea.
The canned goods feature beans, fruit, vegetables, soups, even ramen noodles.
The freezer section houses 100% beef patties, individually frozen chicken (breasts, thighs, wings, drumsticks), cornish hens, ground beef, steaks, ground turkey, salmon, tilapia, breaded and battered fish, shrimp and frozen pizzas and burritos. And a couple (really, only a couple) of frozen dinner entrees.
There are larger family-sized frozen meals, pasta dishes, pocket sandwiches and garlic bread. Frozen juice, berries, pies, cheesecakes, mini-eclairs and cream puffs. Then there's ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, nut cones, popsicles, fudge bars, ice cream (half gallon vanilla, french vanilla chocolate, cookies & cream, moose tracks, and chocolate chip cookie dough, or 5-quart vanilla, fudge swirl or neapolitan), ice cream cups, and all natural frozen fruit bars.
The bread aisle has white, wheat, whole wheat, whole grain, raisin bread. Hot dog and hamburger buns (white only, although occasionally a wheat kaiser roll is available). Also, bagels, donuts, english muffins.
At the checkout counter, you'll find the usual grocery store assortment of gum, nuts and mints. They even have Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers Bars!
And, remember, during special buys, you'll see all kinds of specialty items (like lobster tails, turkeys, spiral sliced hams and boneless leg of lamb) that will normally be shelved until they are sold out. Meaning, get them when you first see them.
Reminders: some items may not be available at all Aldi Grocery Stores.