Wednesday 22 December 2021

A Box Of Delights

I actually bought a £1.50 bargain box of fruit and veg from Lidl on Monday. I was there bright and early and there were quite a few to choose from. I have to say I am extremely pleased with what I got

Obviously you can't check everything - but the salad bag, radishes and red pepper were together worth £2, so I went for it! As soon as I got home, I checked everything, and weighed it - and did a price check. My bag contained

  • 80g bag of pea shoot/mixed leaves salad
  • 240g bag radishes
  • 900g tomatoes
  • 1.3kg potatoes
  • 175g Chantenay carrots
  • 360g strawberries
  • 700g satsumas
  • 4 bananas
  • 3 pears
  • 2 bunches spring onions
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 little gem lettuce
  • 2 peaches
The peaches were very ripe - so promptly went into a smoothie with the ripest of the bananas. We ate the Little Gem the same day too. Everything else was fine. Had I bought all this separately, it would have come to more than £10. I am glad they are doing this, and not letting good food go to waste.

I am really delighted with this lot. I will continue to do my main fruit and veg shop at CC Wells [to get local Norfolk produce, and less common* veg like celeriac] but this was definitely a good buy.

*"less common" in the sense of harder to find, I an not wishing to condone vegetable snobbery here!


  1. I love Lidl "Waste not" boxes. Not only are they good value but I really enjoy the challenge of finding things to make so that I do indeed "Waste not".

  2. They are Great! They've always got them at the one opposite school. I always wonder why they don't get snapped up....

    1. I saw them in the Lidl in Dorset- but often it was later in the day, and the contents looked way past their best. This is definitely an "early bird" bargain [not that there were any worms in my lettuce!]

  3. You got a very nice assortment of fruits and veggies for that amount of money, Angela!

  4. I had one of these boxes for the first time last week and managed to get another one on Monday. They are incredible value and always seem to have a good mix of fruit and veg. We've had peaches both ties that need using straight away but everything else has had plenty of shelf life.

    1. As you say , good value, and nor everything is "use instantly"

  5. That really was a bargain.
    Why buy rubbish cheap ready meals when for the fraction of the price you can pick up so much good food? Although answering my own question I suspect it's the lack of time and motivation for many people.
    The old fashioned domestic science lessons and watching my mum create a good meal from next to nothing have stood me in good stead.
    Plus nowadays there are so many cooking programmes on TV dedicated to budget meals that there's no shortage of inspiration.

    1. It's so important to pass these skills on.

  6. I do love to hear about a win/win situation. Here we have one store which puts out a smallish bag of reduced vegetables or fruit and costs $1 . The last one I bought had four tomatoes, one quite large and the others just
    medium size. I have bought apples like this when I see
    them. You got such a wonderful variety in your purchase!

  7. That was a magnificent haul for the price. I had to chuckle when you felt it necessary not to be mistaken as having "vegetable snobbery". I love celeriac, only discovered it a few years ago in Austria when we lived there and it was common. I have found it here in Canada. I like it mashed with potatoes.

    1. I often mash it with a can of butter beans

  8. They are brilliant value - had about three now from our newly refurbished local Lidl. I look at the contents and do my own version of Ready, Steady, Cook! Jane


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