Aldi Finds

Burman’s, Tuscan Garden, and Happy Farms at Aldi

If you follow my blog you’ll probably be aware that I shop at Aldi. I thought I would occasionally list some items that I found there and thought were wonderful. Aldi is the common company brand name of two German multinational family-owned discount supermarket chains operating over 10,000 stores in 20 countries.

Burman’s Chipotle, and Garlic Aioli Spread

The classic Burman’s Chipotle[1] Squeeze Aioli[2] is a great all-purpose spice with the added benefit of a great vinegar and chip that can be used to make sauces like marinades or risotto. The ahi base has a rich flavor that gives it a unique, earthy feel. Use as a condiment in salads for dips or add this vinegar for dipping on the grill or use as the base when making risottos such as pasta salad dressing! The Garlic Aioli Spread is also delicious if you’re not in the mood for spicy.

The ingredients of the Chiplote are water, soybean and/or canola oil, distilled vinegar, sugar, tomato paste, adobo chipotle puree (water, chipotle peppers, tomato paste, distilled vinegar, natural flavors, salt), egg yolks, modified food starch, salt, dried red pepper, lime juice concentrate, natural smoke flavor, dried garlic, dried onion, phosphoric acid, potassium sorbate, and sodium benzoate as preservatives, xanthan gum, citric acid, calcium disodium edta to preserve flavor, natural lime flavor.

It has 1 gram of sugar and carbs, 115 grams mg of sodium, 5 grams of total fat, and 50 calories per tbsp (15gm).

Burman’s Avocado Serrano Hot Sauce

I have been eating Burman’s Avocado Serrano Hot Sauce. Burman’s Hot Sauce is made with high-quality ingredients and offers a perfect balance of heat and flavor. The Avocado Serrano flavor combines the creaminess of avocado with the heat of serrano peppers[3], creating a unique and flavorful sauce. This hot sauce is a versatile ingredient that can be used to spice up any dish, from tacos and burritos to eggs and burgers. Add a splash to your favorite marinade or dipping sauce to give it an extra kick of flavor. There is no actual avocado, only avocado oil along with soybean or canola oil. And the primary pepper is jalapeno (by weight) and serrano chile. It has 15 calories per tsp (6 grams), 1 gram of total fat, and 60mg of sodium.

Tuscan Garden Salsa, Spicy, and Guacamole Ranch Dressing

The most common praise for this Tuscan Garden Aldi-brand ranch dressing is the consistency, which is thicker than most of its competitors. Tuscan Garden is good on fries, salads, and wings and has a creamy flavor that reminded me of buttermilk. The Salsa flavor adds a mild spice to the mix whereas the Spicy is a good medium hot if not a little more. The Guacamole was creamy and delicious, my favorite of the three. They have 1 gram of sugar, 2 carbs, 11 grams of fat, and 240mg of sodium per 2 Tbsp (30ml). There are 110 calories per serving.

Happy Farms Pimento Cheese Sandwich Spread –
Original and Zesty Jalapeno

I have always loved pimento cheese sandwiches and the Happy Farms Pimento Cheese is very good. I eat it by dipping vegetables, crackers, and sandwiches. I even like it on my hot dogs. The Jalapeno one is a little too spicy for me, kinda loses its taste, but combining it with some original makes it perfect!

The ingredients in the Original are cheddar cheese (pasteurized milk, salt, cheese cultures, enzymes), water, pimiento puree (pimiento, water, citric acid), soybean oil high fructose corn syrup, salt, cream, distilled vinegar, egg yolk, modified food starch, milk protein concentrate, whey, skim milk, sodium citrate, sodium phosphate, corn syrup, corn starch, mustard flour, paprika, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (preservatives, guar gum, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, and color (paprika extract, annatto extract).

It has 150 calories per serving (0.25 cups (55g). The Total fat is 13 grams, sodium 570mg, 5 grams of sugar, 5 grams of carbs, and 130mg of calcium.

  1. Chipotle peppers are a type of dried and smoked chili pepper that is commonly used in Mexican and Southwestern cuisine. The peppers are typically made from ripe jalapeño peppers that are smoked over a wood fire until they are dry and slightly shriveled. The smoking process gives the peppers a distinctive smoky flavor and a mild to medium heat level, making them a popular ingredient in salsas, marinades, and rubs for meats. Chipotle peppers can be found whole, in adobo sauce, or in powdered form in many grocery stores and online retailers. [Back]
  2. Aioli is a traditional Mediterranean sauce that is made by emulsifying garlic, olive oil, and egg yolks. The result is a creamy, flavorful condiment that can be used as a dip for vegetables, a spread for sandwiches, or a sauce for seafood or meat. While the classic version of aioli is made with just garlic and oil, many modern variations include additional ingredients like lemon juice, mustard, or herbs. Aioli is often confused with mayonnaise, which is a similar emulsified sauce made with oil, egg yolks, and vinegar or lemon juice, but without garlic. [Back]
  3. Serrano peppers are a type of chili pepper that is commonly used in Mexican and Southwestern cuisine. They are smaller and hotter than jalapeño peppers, with a Scoville heat rating of 10,000 to 23,000 units. Serranos are typically green when unripe, but turn red, yellow, orange, or brown as they mature. They have a bright, citrusy flavor and a crisp texture that makes them a popular ingredient in salsas, marinades, and spicy dishes. Serrano peppers can be found fresh, dried, or pickled in many grocery stores and online retailers. [Back]

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Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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