Groceries

The 10 Best Trader Joe’s Snacks for Summer — The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping

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It's a well-known fact that Trader Joe's has the best snacks, and with summer about to end, it's time to get your snack game on for one last outdoor lunch.

Here are the 10 best things you can pick up at Trader Joe's to eat outside while it's still warm. These snacks are totally portable, easy to munch on, and great for sharing. Did your favorite make the cut?

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Aldi’s Wine Advent Calendar Is Everything You Need This Holiday Season — Grocery News

A traditional advent calendar keeps a daily countdown exciting with chocolates or confections, and sometimes even beauty products and trinkets. But for wine-lovers, there is a new option in town this holiday season that promises to shake things up: Grocery chain Aldi has a booze advent calendar that houses six bottles' worth of wine.

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What Is Wondra Flour? — Tips from The Kitchn

Among the rows of all-purpose, pastry, cake, whole-wheat, and alternative flours (like almond and coconut) stands bright-blue canisters that look like they may have been there for decades. That's good ol' Wondra flour. I've walked past it for years, intrigued by the vintage-looking label but never enough to stop and really find out what it actually is and what makes it stand apart from the rest. Turns out it can do a whole slew of wonderful things, making it a worthy addition to your pantry.

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Our 6 Favorite Salad Kits from Trader Joe’s — Family Dinner

Sometimes the most realistic way to get a big bowl of salad on the dinner table is to opt for convenience (read: a pre-made bag of salad). And once again, Trader Joe's is the answer to our veggie-filled prayers.

In the produce section you'll find TJ's selection of complete salads. There are quite a few options — all featuring blends of various greens with assorted toppings and a packet of dressing to match. No matter what's on your meal plan, Trader Joe's has a salad kit that'll go with it.

Here are six of our favorites.

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How Long Will Raw Chicken Stay Good in the Fridge? — Tips from The Kitchn

It happens to us all: We hit the grocery store over the weekend with the best intentions to cook our way through the week, but the week gets the best of us. We're left with half-empty containers of milk and packages of raw chicken that we can't get to. Just how long do we have until they're spoiled? In terms of that raw chicken, here's how long you actually have.

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The Top 5 Things to Buy at Lidl (and 5 You Should Skip) — Shopping

When I heard that my hometown was going to be one of the locations for the new chain of German supermarkets, Lidl, I was definitely looking forward to checking it out. I live in Spartanburg, SC, and we are not without a great selection of grocery stores (think: Walmart, Target, Costco, Publix, Ingles, the Fresh Market, and Aldi). Would this new kid on the block be enough to win my business on a consistent basis?

See, I watch prices to the penny on most everything. I'm a nutritionist, writer, and food blogger who eats a whole-foods plant-based diet, so I can easily spend a fortune at the store on organic fruits and veggies, two of my biggest must-have items that I buy a lot of each week.

I went to Lidl with an open mind to see how all kinds of items would match up to other stores, regardless of whether the items were healthy or not. I was pleasantly surprised on many levels, which is how I came up with these two lists of what to buy at Lidl and what not to buy at Lidl.

Note: Keep in mind, prices will differ depending on the area you're from, but I've compared my lists to the lowest prices available in my area, which are almost always at Walmart.

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