I've said before that grocery stores play an invaluable role in our lives. With Thanksgiving in just three days, that's never been truer. We as a community here at Food52 have written unabashedly about how much we love supermarkets like Trader Joe's, Costco, and Whole Foods. I like to call them our "grocery store love letters" (100% unsponsored).
In the comments section of the ALDI love letter, community member Donna A. writes, "I buy so many of my regular groceries at Aldi! Their diced tomatoes and peppers are as good as Rotel, for half the price. ALL the crackers, cookies, and chips rival the name brands for much lower prices. There are often Wine Spectator–rated wines for ridiculously low prices. The take-and-bake pizzas are delicious, as is the frozen flat bread pizza. And of course, organic and regular produce."
As Donna says, ALDI has proven to be a fan-favorite to those with access to one, whether it's their low prices or their unique store-brand products (which have a cult following in some circles). For many, it's the go-to supermarket for affordable groceries, which is why we're turning to it this week for Thanksgiving. In these busy times, we'll take all the help we can get!
Here are some of the ALDI products that may help for the big dinner on Thursday:
The Main Event
Still need a bird? Both the Never Any! Antibiotic-Free Turkey and Honeysuckle White Fresh Whole Turkey are just $1.19 per pound. If it's an organic turkey you're after, go for the Simply Nature Chilled Organic Turkey for $2.99 per pound.
It's okay to ask for help sometimes. As Dumbledore says in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, "Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it." Stonemill Gravy Mix is only $0.39 a pack and Chef's Cupboard Homestyle Turkey Gravy is $0.89, if you need last-minute gravy in a pinch.
Boxed Mixes Are Useful!
Shortcuts are especially helpful on Thanksgiving. Look for the liveGfree label for boxed stuffing mix ($2.99), cornbread mix ($2.29), and even cheddar biscuit mix ($2.29)—all gluten-free to boot.
Herbs, Spice & Everything Nice
The Stonemill dried herbs are only $1.69 a jar (sage, thyme, rosemary, and poultry seasoning—the usual Thanksgiving contenders). And for some dinner roll action, you can set the L'oven Fresh Brown & Serve Rolls on the table for just $0.99. How nice is that?
Useful Things for Pie
Canned pumpkin is paramount for pumpkin pie. The Baker's Corner 100% Pure Canned Pumpkin is just $0.79, which is different (read the label carefully!) from the Baker's Corner Pumpkin Pie Mix that sells at $1.89, to which you just add eggs. You could also get the Specially Selected Dark Morello Cherries for $2.39, if you're not a pumpkin pie fan.
I Only Have Pies for You
If you're not the baking type and need a last-minute dessert for Thanksgiving, the Village Bakery Dutch Apple and Cherry Pies are $3.89 each. Don't forget to pick up some ice cream!
You don't have to cook everything. How about an appetizer that's delicious on its own? ALDI has a nice selection of cheeses, including the Specially Selected Goat Cheese Spreads ($3.69) if you want something soft, and any of the Happy Farms Preferred hard cheeses, like fontina, Cheddar, and Parmesan, which all retail at $3.89 each. Follow Donna's lead and get some crackers while you're at it; they're cheaper here!
The No. 1 Reason We Love ALDI
Here in the United States, we can finally get the famous wine and cheese "advent calendars," which serve up 24 days of each. The wine calendar retails at $69.99 and the cheese calendar at $12.99.
Here's an extra holiday tip: If you'd like to save a trip to the grocery store and save on delivery fees post-Thanksgiving, ALDI will help you give back with Instacart. On #GivingTuesday (Nov. 27), every ALDI purchase made via Instacart will be matched by the company with a donation to Feeding America, totaling up to 1 million meals.
Happy Holidays, everyone.
We love talking grocery stores! Which supermarket will you be relying on for Thanksgiving this year? Let us know your favorite buys in the comments below.