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The $4 Aldi Grocery I’m Stocking in My Freezer All Spring

published Mar 17, 2024
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Mornings usually start with a quick and easy breakfast and a very large cup of coffee. Then I’m dropping kids off at school and starting my own work day. I’d prefer to wake up to savory breakfast casseroles or creamy scrambled eggs served with crispy hash browns and linger longer at the table, because breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Luckily, there’s no season like spring to clean up the morning routine. And I’ve found just the thing to help me do that — at Aldi.

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The discount grocer is my first stop for breakfast staples, like these fab freezer pork sausage patties and plush, frosted cinnamon rolls. Potatoes are at the heart of my favorite breakfast and brunch dishes, which is part of the reason why I’ve started adding Aldi’s Season’s Choice Hash Browns Shredded Potatoes to my grocery list — and I recommend you do the same.  

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What’s So Great About Season’s Choice Hash Browns Shredded Potatoes?

You can buy hash brown-style shredded potatoes at most retailers, but at just $3.89 per bag why would you shop anywhere but Aldi? These bags are big. Clocking in at 30 ounces, each one contains enough of the starchy shreds to serve a crowd or to dish out over several breakfasts. (I just tuck the open bag into a gallon-sized freezer bag once it’s been opened to maintain freshness and keep the potatoes contained.)

When buying bags of Aldi’s Season’s Choice Hash Browns Shredded Potatoes, make sure to gently shake the bag. You should be able to feel the potatoes moving around freely inside. While a few clumps of shredded potatoes are to be expected, leave any that are frozen in a solid block on the shelf — this is a sign that the food may have thawed and refrozen, which can impact the taste and texture of the potatoes.

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What’s the Best Way to Serve Season’s Choice Hash Browns Shredded Potatoes?

I love making Waffle House-style hash browns at home, but thanks to a smart tip from Ina Garten, I’ve swapped my griddle for the waffle iron. If I’ve got a hungry crowd waiting, though, I bake hash browns in a hot skillet until crispy and browned.

Springtime is also filled with brunch-y celebrations (is your Easter spread set and your Mother’s Day menu planned?) and patio picnic tables adorned with in-season asparagus, sweet strawberry desserts, and, my favorite, potatoes. Aldi’s Season’s Choice Hash Brown Shredded Potatoes are the star of the brunch table. My go-to hash brown casserole is creamy, cheesy, and ridiculously easy to make. 

I also recommend stirring them into potato-leek soup in lieu of fresh potatoes. Frozen shredded hash browns can add texture and heft to herby, cheesy frittatas. And don’t forget to add them to the top of a hotdish instead of tater tots or over shepherd’s pie in place of mashed potatoes.

Find it in stores: Season’s Choice Hash Browns Shredded Potatoes, $3.89 for 30 ounces

What freezer finds are you buying from Aldi this spring? Share your favorites in the comments below.