My Organic Shopping List so far.. the Produce I Have Bought and Where I Have Bought them from
Hello all. In this post I will be sharing with you the things I buy that are organic. As I am relatively new to eating organic, my list of items is mainly the basics of things that I have tried and love. To tell you the truth, so far everything that I have bought that is organic has tasted great and I have noticed a difference in the taste; from subtle differences to really noticeable ones in flavour.
Since I am only going to be talking about the organic foods I have tried so far, I will be able to go into a bit more detail on what the produce is like compared to what I was used to before. I will also share my tips and advice where needed. If you would like to check out a long list of affordable organic products with prices, check out my latest post here.
For now, let’s get straight into the products I have tried and love.
First off.. before adjusting my lifestyle to being more organic, I had already been buying some Organic Fairtrade Bananas from Aldi during my weekly shop because I liked that they were Fairtrade. The fact that they were also organic hadn’t crossed my mind as I was quite oblivious to the term. If you are still in the dark on what organic means, you can check out this post.
Of course, when I was altering my diet to be organic where possible, I was thrilled to find I had already got bananas sorted. If you have looked at my post of a list of organic produce, you will find that technically Lidl is the most affordable out of all of the supermarkets that sell Organic Bananas. Since I currently (I anticipate this to change) mostly do my shopping at Aldi, I decided that saving 4p on bananas wasn’t worth it for the detour I would need to make to travel to Lidl (and spend more money on fuel). So I have been spending £1.19 for 1Kg of bananas at Aldi. If I was to buy them at Lidl, they would cost me £1.15, which is apparently 19.2p/banana. Both the Aldi and Lidl bananas tend to have 6 bananas.
I can only vouch for the Aldi bananas as I have tried them for several weeks and know I like them. However, I feel that the Lidl bananas would be of a similar quality if you were thinking about buying them. I tend to use the bananas to eat as they are when they are ripe or in my smoothies. Check out my Instagram to see some of my recent smoothie creations. The bananas from Aldi tend to be yellow when you buy them; I have never spotted them being very green. They are typically ready to eat and sometimes have a few freckles (brown spots) on them. I personally love it when they have ‘freckles’ as I know the bananas are ripe and are nice and sweet; just how I like them.
I believe seeking organic eggs was the first thing I did once I had decided I wanted to try the organic lifestyle and make positive changes to myself that would positively affect my surroundings. My first point of call, naturally, was Aldi. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were selling a 6 pack of organic eggs that were also Free-Range as standard. Absolute bonus.
So the eggs I bought at first were the Merevale Medium Organic British Eggs (6 pack) at a cost of £1.39, which worked out to be 23.2p per egg. Aldi offered the most cost effective price for eggs at their standard price at the time. Since then Asda has offered their Organic Mixed Weight 6 pack for £1.30 (reduced from £1.50). Naturally I have bought some eggs from Asda since they put their organic eggs on offer. With the Asda offer, it made the eggs 21.7p each, better than the Aldi normal price.
Funnily enough, I have recently checked on MySupermarket (after writing this post) to find that Aldi is now offering its eggs for £1.29 (rather than £1.39), coincidently making it the most cost effective option once again, despite the Asda offer. It brings me joy that in order for them to change their price of their organic eggs, there must have been a significant number of people opting for the Asda organic eggs rather than their previous priced eggs, in order for them to reduce their standard egg price to £1.29. Either that or they noticed a blogger, going by the name of Robyn had informed her audience that Asda eggs were the more cost effective option for organic eggs.
Its worth baring in mind that the Aldi organic eggs were all Medium weight, whereas the Asda ones were Mixed weight. To be honest I did not notice much difference between the sizes or the quality between the two. I have however, noticed a big difference in the quality of organic eggs compared to the non-organic I previously ate. The organic eggs have much brighter yolks and just taste a better quality. If you’ll taste one you’ll know what I mean. I remember saying to myself ‘wow, these eggs are niceee’. It might be all in my mind but the organic eggs also look healthier when you crack them open too. It’s a good feeling knowing that you are eating an organic egg, compared to a non-organic egg. Believe me on that one my friends.
I started off with buying Aldi’s organic semi-skimmed milk during my weekly shop. They only had a 2 pints carton at the Aldi I went to for around 89p. Since then I decided to try a larger quantity of milk as we got through Aldi’s fairly quickly. I also knew it would be more cost effective to buy a larger carton than to buy 2 lots of Aldi’s 89p organic milk. So I went on MySupermarket to look for organic milk and corresponding
supermarket prices. I found Asda was the best, with a 4 pint (2.27L) semi-skimmed milk (what I have) for £1.50 (66p/L), which worked out to be 28p less than buying two of what Aldi had. As it happened the last time I went Asda they had an offer on an Arla 2L Organic Milk for £1.25 (previously £1.75), which worked out to be more cost effective per Litre (62.5p/L) than the Asda Organic Milk (which BTW is also produced by Arla in the small print of the label). Of course when I spotted an even bigger saving I opted for the Arla Milk. It has quite a cool shaped carton too. Added bonus 😀
It wasn’t until this week that I traded in my ordinary non-organic cheese for some proper Organic Cheese. I found the most cost effective place (and one of the few) for Organic Cheese was Tesco’s Organic Cheese, which you can get in Medium or Mature Cheddar for the same price of £3.25 for 450g (£7.22/kg). I bought the Medium as I was worried the Mature would be too rich for most of my food and would be an overpowering flavour. I had some of this cheese yesterday as a sandwich with chopped pickled onions and I must say the Medium was very rich in flavour. So I am happy I got the Medium in the end. It was had a smooth texture when in the mouth and was a delight to taste. Needless to say I will be buying again when I run out.
I’ve never really been a yogurt person, but since seeing it come up on a generic ‘organic’ search on MySupermarket, I decided to give yogurt another try. As per my usual self, I wanted to buy a trial product I wasn’t sure about when it was on offer. I came across a 2 for £2 at ASDA on the Yeo Valley Organic 450g Yogurt. I was at the time shopping with my Nan, so we decided to get one each with the deal. I had the Black Cherry one and my Nan had a Honey Greek Style one.
When it got round to trying my Cherry one, I was pleasantly surprised to find I really enjoyed it. It was thick and creamy. The cherry was not sour like I expected it to be and I was able to save half for another time. I ate this within the 3 days after opening specification and it was still just as good as when I opened it. The only thing I did do was tip out a little water from on the surface of the yogurt that had accumulated whilst in the fridge. Other than that it was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be buying again. I also love the packaging of the yogurt and how as you ate more of it you could read what it said on the inside. That was cool. You will understand what I mean if you buy one (do it..). Yeo Valley have a wide variety of flavours, you just need to check what each Supermarket stocks (please note, even if it says online that it does stock a certain flavour, you wont know until you get in store). Different deals may be on when you are looking for this so make sure you check MySupermarket for prices and deals, so there are no surprises and so you can plan your journey.
Next up is Organic Butter. I found the most cost effective choice was actually a named brand of Yeo Valley’s Organic Spreadable Butter (500g), which is like your typical size tub of butter. To be honest it is around the same price for Branded butters such as Countrylife and the like, so in this respect there is no excuse for at least trying this butter out. I bought mine from Tesco for £3 (also £3 in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s). You can now buy this from Morrisons for £2.85 (57p/100g). Prior to buying this butter I was always a Countrylife butter girl, but I can safely say that after trying this butter, I will be sticking with Yeo Valley butter. It is rich and has a very similar taste to Countrylife butter, with the added bonus of being organic. So I was and now am..SOLD.
I happened to come across Organic Sea Salt during a generic ‘organic’ search, just like the yogurt I was talking about. The one I spotted (few and far between) was the Geo Organics Organic Atlantic Sea Salt (250g). I bought mine from Tesco for £1 (40p/100g). You can get it from Waitrose as well. I have tasted it on its own and it is very rich in flavour with only a small quantity of it. This is great for our health and consumption of salt because it means we will eat less salt as less is needed for optimal flavour and this has a positive knock on effect on our health. I have so far used the Organic Sea Salt for general seasoning and I really enjoyed it when I added a very small amount of it to my pasta dish with Salmon. You can see this on my Instagram. It is a great alternative and although you can find table salt for less, you will get through that much quicker as more is needed for flavour AND it is not organic.
Rice Cakes/Chocolate Treat
Now, I am one of those people who simply, for one reason or another, cannot live without chocolate. I have been trying to resist the temptation but find it too difficult to sustain. I have thought of a different and more health conscious way of enjoying chocolate: with the combination of chocolate and another food. Recently that has been treating myself to chocolate coated rice cakes from Aldi, but as soon as I found out there was an Organic alternative, I swapped. I now treat myself to the Kallo Organic Rice Cake Thins with Belgium Milk Chocolate. They cost £1.49 (£1.66/100g) from Tesco and are sooooo worth it. Must admit though, they are very moreish. Like moreish x2. I like that they are rectangle rather than round and that they are thinner, so more ratio of chocolate to rice cakes than the Aldi ones I had before. Do try.
Well, there you have it. The Organic Produce I have tried so far. Look out for more food product review type posts, as they will be on their way. I have just bought a tonne of more organic food and I will be giving my honest reviews on them, as well as some other sustainably conscious branded foods.
For some simple tips on how to save money on your grocery shopping, check out this recent post on my 5 Best Shopping Tips.
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