Their reputation as a money-saving grocery store had preceded them before ALDI came to my area. After my first trip, I was hooked, and I soon realized that when I shopped anywhere else, I spent more money. It so happens that there is an ALDI very close by and in the same shopping center as Mom’s Organic Market.
There are some foods that I choose to buy organic and others that I don’t. Of course, organic is more expensive, and that’s why I love that I can save money on what I buy at ALDI to help pay for the items I feel strongly about buying organic. And I even found a great deal on organic grass fed beef at ALDI one week!
Since I love ALDI, I’m happy to share a few upcoming Special Buy items that you can find there in November. I had a chance to try these and want to tell you about them.
I have used cast iron cookware for a few years. I love my skillets, but they require seasoning, and the rest of my family doesn’t always use them properly. So I was happy to try out some new coated cast iron cookware.
The Kitchen Living cast iron frying pan and grill have a red enamel coating on the outside and a black satin porcelain enamel coating on the inside that does not require seasoning. There is also a cast iron Dutch oven which has a smooth enamel finish on the inside and outside.
I’ve used all three of these pieces and really liked them. The skillet is large and sturdy, but not as heavy as my old skillet. With the pour spouts on the sides of the skillet and a manageable weight, it’s easier for me to drain the fat when I brown meat in the skillet. The grill is great for meats like bacon, sausage, or burgers. Both the skillet and grill heated evenly and cooked the food well with little sticking.
I used the Dutch oven to cook a whole chicken with vegetables as well as a corn-bread topped Mexican casserole. Both turned out great! I actually didn’t have a Dutch oven before this, and I’m looking forward to using it more.
All three products were easy to clean. I know some people don’t like the fact that you are not supposed to use soap on cast iron. I personally don’t have a problem with that. I always feel that my skillets are thoroughly cleaned with hot water and a good scrubbing. But with these ALDI skillets, you can use soap because of the enamel coating!
They do need to be washed by hand and dried well after washing. You also need to be careful not to use cleaners or utensils that will scratch the surface. The instructions say that over time a brownish film will develop that enhances cooking performance and reduces sticking. I haven’t had mine long enough for that to happen.
If you’re interested in trying these and other products, you can find them at ALDI at a great price for a limited time. The following Special Buys will be available beginning on the dates listed and while supplies last.
- Kitchen Living Two Speed Hand Blender, $19.99 – Beginning November 13
- Kitchen Living 6 Qt. Cast Iron Dutch Oven, $29.99 – Beginning November 20
- Kitchen Living Cast Iron Grill, $14.99 – Beginning November 20
- Kitchen Living Cast Iron Frying Pan, $14.99 – Beginning November 20
- Kitchen Living Heat Resistant Glove or Oven Mitt, $4.99 – Beginning November 20
- Kitchen Living Cast Iron Trivet, $4.99 – Beginning November 20 (hand blender photo)
I want to quickly mention the other items listed here. The hand blender contains a rather small blade, so it is adequate for small jobs but had a tougher time with the large quantity of mashed cauliflower and butternut squash soup that I tried it on. It comes with a mixing cup that would hold a more reasonable quantity. It’s not a bad price for what you get considering that there is a mini chopper with it also.
The heat resistant glove and mitt are very heat resistant. I like the coverage they give and the fact that they can be used on either hand (especially since I am left handed). What I didn’t like is how big they are. Extra-large mitts and long fingers can make it difficult to grab a hold of things. The mitt would be great for grilling and would make a great gift for a guy who likes to cook. The glove is handy, I just wish it was not so large (and my hands are not small).
I find that I can always use more trivets, and I loved the red lattice pie-top design of the Kitchen Living trivet. It’s a nice size and height.
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Disclosure: I was provided with free products to try out and was compensated for writing this post, but the opinions expressed here are my own.