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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Aldi and Organic

I am elated to write this post!

Aldi is now carrying ORGANIC!  Today was the 1st day and of course I had to go and check it out.  I used to shop at Aldi when I first stopped working outside of the house to become a stay at home mom.  We reeeally missed my income and one effort to compensate was to shop at Aldi's.

Then after some time, we started to buy and eat organic and Aldi had nothing for me in the organic area.  So, we slowly left Aldi and went to Meijer.

Now I am thrilled to find out (Thank you Tammy!!) that Aldi has a new line called "Simply Nature."  And most of it is organic.  Still read your labels though.  Just because it says organic doesn't mean it is healthy for you and me.  And some of the Simply Nature is "natural" which DOES NOT mean organic.  Natural is just a pretty word for this still may have pesticides in it.

But as far as cheese and frozen fruit goes, Aldi's gets 2 thumbs up from me.  Here's why....

First, I could not believe that Aldi carries KerryGold.  When I can't find cheese made from raw milk KerryGold is my second in line (they also have amazing butter that I buy at Costco).  All KerryGold cheese and butter is made in Ireland from cows who are only grass fed.  Aldi carries two KerryGold cheeses.  One is 7oz of Blarney Castle for $1.99 (which is a smooth and mild Gouda) and the second is a 7oz Dubliner cheese with Irish Stout for $3.99(oh how I used to love Guinness!).  I can't wait to try both of them.  (Meijer sells a KerryGold cheddar and I believe it is $5.99 for 7oz).

Then, I still can't believe this one!  Aldi carries an 8oz block of Simply Nature Sharp Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese that is also organic for $3.49!  WHAT!?  Heaven.  And we had it for lunch today, it is delicious (kids did not care for it but I thought it was divine).  I am sure they will not complain when it is melted down for their cheese quesadillas.  :-)

On to the frozen fruit.  I usually buy my organic frozen fruit from Meijer.  Not any longer.  First, they are no longer carrying organic blueberries and second Aldi has Meijer beat hands down on price.  

Meijer sells a 10oz bag of organic frozen strawberries for $3.99.  Aldi has a 12oz bag of organic frozen strawberries for $2.39!!  Rock on!!  We use organic strawberries in our Kombucha and Christmas Jam, so this is going to save us a ton!  Aldi's organic frozen blueberries are $3.49 for 12oz.

I also splurged and bought the kids some frozen organic fruit bars for $2.69 (4 per box).  Ingredients do include organic sugar, guar gum and xanthan gum.  Fyi.  

They also carry organic yogurt (dairy has to be bought organic or don't eat it!!), pasta sauce, spaghetti, linguine, string cheese, olive oil, apple juice and chicken broth.  Comment below if you want specific prices or look at their ad online.

I also bought a jar of spaghetti sauce, chicken broth (I always have some on hand if I run out of my homemade broth) and string cheese to try.

Here is a "chart" for those of you who like charts.  :-)


                                                                                       Aldi                      Meijer
KerryGold Dubliner Cheese w/ Irish Stout 7oz              $3.99
KerryGold Blarney Castle Cheese (gouda) 7oz            $1.99
Organic Raw Sharp Cheddar 8oz                                  $3.49
Organic Frozen Strawberries                                         $2.39 (12oz)         $3.99 (10oz)
Organic Frozen Blueberries                                           $3.49
Organic Frozen Red Raspberries                                                                $3.79 (10oz)

Happy shopping!


7 comments:

  1. Be weary of grass fed butter, and other items that are not organic.Countries do get feed for their animals from the USA. As a matter of fact we make most of the world's soybeans. Since the USA's primary animal feed is soy and corn, most cows are fed this in the winter months. These are mainly GMO, thanks to Monsanto and the Gov't close tie to this company needless to say having these ex Monsanto people on their staff. Unfortunately, they do not want GMO labeling even though most countries now have it and have freedom to choose to know what is in their food. This beats adding carrots and celery to school menus, I think!!Studies in rats have shown tumor growths and obesity linked to GMO's. Now Alphalpha has just been approved to be a GMO product which is discouraging because many products as labeled as grass fed could be eating Alphalpha from the good ol USA.

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  2. Dear Anonymous,

    Excellent comment.

    I contacted KerryGold and this is what they said...

    "The vast majority of an Irish cow’s diet, almost 90%, is from rich, natural grass. Like so much of what we Irish dairy farmers do, the feeding pattern follows the cycle of nature. During the winter, when grasses stop growing, Irish cows are fed dried grass (known as silage). This grass is grown throughout the year, cut fresh and stored to be used when the winter comes.

    Supplementary feed makes up about 10% of a cow’s diet. The majority of the cow’s supplementary feed is from locally grown Irish crops, such as wheat and barley. The balance of this feed can be composed of distillers grain (rapeseed, soy and citrus pulp – a blend of dried peel, pulp and seeds of oranges, grapefruit and other citrus fruit)."

    You do make a great point. But as far as I can research I am comfortable buying KerryGold. Honestly, it is the only butter or cheese I will buy that is not organic.

    Sarah Pope, who writes for The Healthy Home Economist blog is a supporter of KerryGold too, when she cannot get raw cheese and butter from her local farmer.

    Thanks for reading and for your comment!

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  3. Do you know the source for Aldi's organic butter? Just curious.

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    1. No, I don't sorry. Ours quit carrying the organic line and I haven't been back in there since. Does your Aldi carry organic butter on a regular basis? I either buy Raw butter where we get our Raw milk or buy KerryGold grassfed butter from Costco.

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  4. Yes, we do get the organic butter, but not regularly. I would feel more comfortable buying it if it was source verified. I will look into it some more and see. We usually do whole foods, but the butter is ridiculously expensive.

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  5. Just wanted to comment that Aldi was only testing their Organic line earlier this year. They have now decided to make the line PERMANENT! Check back at your local Aldi, the organic items may be back! :)

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