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Old 26.11.2012, 20:41
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After having a family and noticing the [much] higher weekly food spending I decided to try my luck and drive from Zurich to Konstanz for Grocery. I bought a lot of meat and fish (aiming for 2 weeks consumption). It turns out that the fish 4 Dorados were rotten and the Lamb meat extremely bitterly tasting like if it was marinated with antibiotics. It was a total disaster. I also bought an entire Rabbit for 15 EUR that here in COOP costs 55 CHF. The Rabbit was perfect and a very good deal.

I went to what I believe was the best food chain in Germany: Edeka. I never expected to get rotten food there though.

Being a bit paranoid, do you think they would notice I am foreigner and sell me BS because of that while giving the fresh food to locals ... hmm I can't believe they can make it selling that kind of food to everyone.
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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

don't expect to get premium quality for premium prices. I've had more than once stuff from coop that was expired in my expirience the edeka shops are badly maintained and smelly. I rarely go there
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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

You should have gone to Aldis they are only a few minutes from Edeka and have much better meat
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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

I regularly shop at the Edeka in Jestetten and have never had a problem. I prefer the produce at my local Migros, but for everything else I've been more than pleased with Edeka.
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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

EDEKA shops are perfectly fine, i think you just had bad luck....

edeka owns heiber and thats a lovely shop, try look for one of thiose next time.


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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

EDEKA and REWE are the best, but this can vary a lot. From my experience, meat is not always stored safely at EDEKA, but they seem better than Aldi/Penny/Lidl were it's really random what you get.
But brand name is not always good indication.
When I was living in Germany, the Penny store close to my place offered better quality than the Edeka one.
In the end, check what you buy and how they care at the store.
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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

I don't tend to buy perishables from Germany, but for imperishable food it's hard to beat.

And vino. Gotta love the wine prices.
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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

I buy from Kaufland in Waldshut. Wide variety of anything I want to buy, they are affordable and I never had bad surprises.
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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

Buy meat in REWE, everything else in EDEKA. And check the LIDL ol ALDI for canned or dry food.
No surprise then.
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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

I buy from Kaufland in Waldshut, too. Never had a problem..
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I buy from Kaufland in Waldshut, too. Never had a problem..
I am happy with Kaufland and I am used to it because I used to shop in one in my country .
At Kaufland I can find lots of things that I can't find here:
- lots of types of bread and meat- here is boring and you can't find so many things
-cheese, yes cheese!
-yoghurts are much better
-dried fruits
-vegetables and fruits- again, you have where to choose from
-black cherries marmelade- (my favourite since I was little) here it is not good but I found one in Germany that is very very good
-Sauerkrautsaft
- a special plums juice that I love

I am only talking about Kaufland now and my experience with it but in general in Germany I found more things than here (regarding food especially).
You may pay more for some things at Kaufland than at Aldi or Lidl but I am ok with it, as long as the quality is good, then I am willing to pay more.
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I went to what I believe was the best food chain in Germany: Edeka. I never expected to get rotten food there though.
You can't judge all Edeka stores together. If I understand correctly, Edeka is a cooperative of independent supermarkets that share a common supply chain and some own-brand products (eg, Edeka-branded products).

Hiebers Frische, as others have mentioned here, are an Edeka store but stock really high-quality, high-end products (at equally high-end prices). I've always had good experiences there, and the vegetables & fruit at Hiebers are fantastic.
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After having a family and noticing the [much] higher weekly food spending I decided to try my luck and drive from Zurich to Konstanz for Grocery. I bought a lot of meat and fish (aiming for 2 weeks consumption). It turns out that the fish 4 Dorados were rotten and the Lamb meat extremely bitterly tasting like if it was marinated with antibiotics. It was a total disaster. I also bought an entire Rabbit for 15 EUR that here in COOP costs 55 CHF. The Rabbit was perfect and a very good deal.

I went to what I believe was the best food chain in Germany: Edeka. I never expected to get rotten food there though.

Being a bit paranoid, do you think they would notice I am foreigner and sell me BS because of that while giving the fresh food to locals ... hmm I can't believe they can make it selling that kind of food to everyone.
for lamb and fish, go to France, for rabbit to Germany or Italy

A) lamb is only imported into German speaking areas in Europe in comparatively small quantities
B) fish here in Switzerland, to a heavy extent, comes from the gigantic fish-marked (les Halles Modernes) of Paris
C) beef comes from Poland
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some quantities of all three parts come from local production --- but if you look things up at supermarkets you will see things as mentioned
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After having a family and noticing the [much] higher weekly food spending I decided to try my luck and drive from Zurich to Konstanz for Grocery. I bought a lot of meat and fish (aiming for 2 weeks consumption). It turns out that the fish 4 Dorados were rotten and the Lamb meat extremely bitterly tasting like if it was marinated with antibiotics. It was a total disaster. I also bought an entire Rabbit for 15 EUR that here in COOP costs 55 CHF. The Rabbit was perfect and a very good deal.

I went to what I believe was the best food chain in Germany: Edeka. I never expected to get rotten food there though.

Being a bit paranoid, do you think they would notice I am foreigner and sell me BS because of that while giving the fresh food to locals ... hmm I can't believe they can make it selling that kind of food to everyone.
I was waiting for the punch line "and I got a fine at the border for being over the daily import allowance" - that would have really left a bad taste in your mouth!!
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I was waiting for the punch line "and I got a fine at the border for being over the daily import allowance" - that would have really left a bad taste in your mouth!!
I think getting a fine for importing rotten food from Germany would be a more realistic scenario.
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Old 28.11.2012, 16:45
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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

How did you keep the meat cooled in the car? That might have made it go off perhaps? But it's only an hour's drive so can't be that bad.
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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

I don't live far from Waldshut-Tiengen but have never seen the attraction of commuting for food shopping - the crowds, hassle factor, traffic - not worth it. However, it is worth buying expensive items in Germany, in my experience (eg, mountain bikes the market for which in CH is controlled by 3 suppliers).
I do go to the Obi for tools and other big-ticket home & garden. 2 years ago I bought about 100 Lebensbäume (hedge schrubs) @ about €1.80 each; would have been 3x that or more @ the garden centre or even @ Bau & Hobby
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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

The Kaufland complex has one of those Euro shops for nicks nacks, starts from 50cents and their item prices vary for the odd or a few Euro.

Saturdays now up to Christmas expect very heavy traffic, might take an hour to get from outskirts to the shopping place.

If you go to France for Lamb, the supermarket Corey's have a good canteen / self service restaurant, recommend it for lunch, good portions, reasonable price, self service water / ice machines.

Like to hear if anyone has recommendations for lunch in Constance?

Though dont intend to revisit before next year
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Re: Grocery shopping in DE: total disaster

We used to get our groceries from kaufland in waldshut once a week. Now its every other week with 2 shopping carts. If possible, we do it on a weekday afternoon then have our dinner there as well. What i learned is, i buy the fruits there at my own risk. Now, if i want nice fruits i get them from the coop in our village.
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How did you keep the meat cooled in the car? That might have made it go off perhaps? But it's only an hour's drive so can't be that bad.
From Konstanz to Zurich it is 1h drive and I went no stop. Besides it is quite cold lately, it is not mid Summer that food can get bad quickly. I have bought meat at COOP and driven around for 2-3 hours no problem.
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