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Old 01-28-2008, 09:44 AM   #11
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You know Katie, I'm surprised too, because I've heard from others that "their" Aldis are a pretty nice & economical place to shop. But the one they opened up here in Culpeper is downright awful.

Okay - they do explain that the reason they force customers to deposit a refundable $.25 in order to use a grocery cart & also charge for grocery bags is so they can keep prices down, but at the same time I have to admit I think the $.25 to unlock a grocery cart quite cheap & cheesy. The big sign on the door that said "Cash or Food Stamps Only", just clinched the ambiance - lol. I mean, Culpeper isn't a high-crime or low-income area - in fact, it's becoming rather upscale.

But mile-high piles of imitation food of "dollar store" quality or imported surplus stuff is beyond me. We had to stifle laughter at a - literally - 6-foot high stack of sad-looking canned oysters right next to a 6-foot high stack of "imitation" Kraft macaroni & cheese. The box was identical to K's mac & cheese, except, of course for the logo, which said something like "Kaft" - lol. The whole store was the same way. Canned tuna with labels made to look like Bumblebee or Chicken of the Sea - until you looked closely. It was like being in a "Bizarro" or reverse dimension supermarket - lol!! Way too sad.

And when we ventured over to the - cough - meat & produce department, there was a tiny area with a few sad-looking pieces of meat, 5-pound packages of bologna & other cheap cold cuts, & then a row of wooden pallets on the floor with cardboard boxes of produce - all warm, & as I said before, all with fruit flies hovering about. It was beyond awful.

Needless to say, we didn't buy anything & have never been back. Lord only knows why they opened this place up - & in a brand new shopping center as well, with a Super Wal-Mart right across the street that is, frankly, fabulous. This may be the first time that I can say I'd be pleased as punch if Wal-Mart drives a place out of business - lol!!
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:01 AM   #12
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You know Katie, I'm surprised too, because I've heard from others that "their" Aldis are a pretty nice & economical place to shop. But the one they opened up here in Culpeper is downright awful.

Okay - they do explain that the reason they force customers to deposit a refundable $.25 in order to use a grocery cart & also charge for grocery bags is so they can keep prices down, but at the same time I have to admit I think the $.25 to unlock a grocery cart quite cheap & cheesy. The big sign on the door that said "Cash or Food Stamps Only", just clinched the ambiance - lol. I mean, Culpeper isn't a high-crime or low-income area - in fact, it's becoming rather upscale.

But mile-high piles of imitation food of "dollar store" quality or imported surplus stuff is beyond me. We had to stifle laughter at a - literally - 6-foot high stack of sad-looking canned oysters right next to a 6-foot high stack of "imitation" Kraft macaroni & cheese. The box was identical to K's mac & cheese, except, of course for the logo, which said something like "Kaft" - lol. The whole store was the same way. Canned tuna with labels made to look like Bumblebee or Chicken of the Sea - until you looked closely. It was like being in a "Bizarro" or reverse dimension supermarket - lol!! Way too sad.

And when we ventured over to the - cough - meat & produce department, there was a tiny area with a few sad-looking pieces of meat, 5-pound packages of bologna & other cheap cold cuts, & then a row of wooden pallets on the floor with cardboard boxes of produce - all warm, & as I said before, all with fruit flies hovering about. It was beyond awful.

Needless to say, we didn't buy anything & have never been back. Lord only knows why they opened this place up - & in a brand new shopping center as well, with a Super Wal-Mart right across the street that is, frankly, fabulous. This may be the first time that I can say I'd be pleased as punch if Wal-Mart drives a place out of business - lol!!
They do the coin or token for a cart in germany as well its to save money by not having to pay someone to fetch all the carts in the parking lot.You get your coin back if you put cart back again.They also only sell plastic bags no free bags but everyone just brings their own bag or basket.Its all to save money and pass the savings on to your groceries.They pay deposits on all the glass drinks bottles you bring them back and get a refund.The germans are great at recycling everything.They have a whole different approach to packaging .I like it and we should try to learn something from them.
Their washing machines and dryers are also really small but highly efficient
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:07 AM   #13
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Would it work with a home-made yeast dough? Just do a 1st rise and proceed correct? I want to make it, would it be ok if you pre-cooked the sausage? Just a little to get some grease out? Grease makes me nauseous. Unless it's been deep fried. Then it makes me happy....... and very sorry!
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:20 PM   #14
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Would it work with a home-made yeast dough? Just do a 1st rise and proceed correct? I want to make it, would it be ok if you pre-cooked the sausage? Just a little to get some grease out? Grease makes me nauseous. Unless it's been deep fried. Then it makes me happy....... and very sorry!
I think you would be fine on the dough. If you pre-cook the sausage patty make sure it starts out larger than the pan you will eventually put it together in and cook with. It will shrink some. One technique I have heard was not to pre-cook it but sear it quickly.
I would think this would trap the juices in, but since I have not tried it that way I couldn't say for sure.
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I compared notes with a friend of mine in Iowa, turns out her ALDI also does not have a very good selection, and going to the Super Wal-Mart is a better option for them. She said it reminds her of the old Government Food Distribution Centers we used to have there growing up.
Here the ALDI has better selection and better prices than the Super Wal-Mart, as well as many European products that are not knock-offs at all but in most case just as good if not better. Only real difference is I don't pay extra for a brand name that does nothing to fill my families bellies ;) We also have the trendy version of ALDI called Trader Joe's.
And I am sorry, any place that has flies and stuff buzzing around would never never get my business either! Yick! Not even if they cleaned it.. first impressions are everything!
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:45 AM   #16
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I made a Chicago style pizza last night and it turned out pretty good. I cooked my sausage before adding it to the crust and I also made the pizza sauce out of crushed tomatoes, tomato puree and chopped garlic. My husband, a former Chicagoian, said it was pretty good.
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:50 AM   #17
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Nice job, looks great!
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:18 AM   #18
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Wow look at the size of that!!!
Myabe I gotta make that sooner than I thought! Did you make your own dough for the crust?
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:40 PM   #19
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Wow look at the size of that!!!
Myabe I gotta make that sooner than I thought! Did you make your own dough for the crust?
Yes, I made the dough. I made it with my kitchen aid with the dough hook and then I stuck it in the fridge for a slow rise until I was ready to use it. The crust tasted very much like Unos, must the be addition of corn meal and the olive oil. I was quite pleased with the whole thing!

I used Maverick's recipe as a jumping off point and found a dough recipe online for Chicago style deep dish and went from there - I baked mine in a cast iron skillet for 30 minutes at 475.
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Okay - they do explain that the reason they force customers to deposit a refundable $.25 in order to use a grocery cart & also charge for grocery bags
WOW!

Yours has CARTS?!! And they offer BAGS?!?!!?

Your 'Hood must be Stylin!

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As a young man I made a mistake or two and put myself in a difficult position.

I remember looking at a class of people and thinking , There but for the Grace of God go I.

Chilling thought.

May your wallet always be so full as to afford your laughter.

Wife and I still shop at Aldis, Thankfully not out of necessity. Usually if we are in the neighborhood and think about it, or are doing purchasing for a mass feeding on a budget.


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