There are some foods we have been eating whilst here which are superior and/or cheaper than the UK. I am going to take a few items back which will travel ok. There are some more I would take but they proabably won’t travel very well, such as cheese, avocados, oranges, lemons.
We love the supermarkets here, as I have said before. We have been using mainly Carrefour as it’s closest but also Lidl and Mercadona. Some things are cheaper and some things are the same or a bit more expensive. However, the variety and choice of goods is far better here, in my opinion.
The olive oil here is almost green – which tells you that it is good! I will be taking lots of this home.
You can buy this in jars or tins, in oil or brine. We have been using the tuna in a jar with olive oil. The pieces of fish are lovely and chunky, not like the mashed up efforts sold in tins at home. This is actually bonito which is also very nice and is a bit cheaper than the tuna. I will probably take home both.
I am disappointed that whole almonds here are more expensive than in the UK. I thought that as they are grown here they would be cheaper but apparently not. It seems that Spain still import almonds from California! However, the roasted and salted ones from Lidl Spain are delicious and not available from Lidl UK.
Ready cooked chick peas are sold in jars here rather than tins. The actual chick peas themselves are much plumper and tastier than the tinned variety available in the UK. You can sometimes but these in Lidl UK but usuallly only when there is a Spanish week.
There is a HUGE choice in olives as you would imagine. Some of them are quite bitter but we have found some nice ones which come in very small tins, (which is good as they tend to go off if you open a large jar or tin) so I will be bringing back a few cans of these.
This is a bit like passata but nicer. It comes in cartons and is good for sauces. Lidl do a good version.
I do buy these in Lidl at home but I will be bringing some of these back. They are good for me as they are GF.
The black raisins are lovely and juicy and great for adding to the granola after cooking.
i use a lot of wine vinegars in salad dressings but I also like to have other vinegars in my store cupboard for when I need them. I have bought red and white vinegars here, which are cheap at approx 50p for a litre,so I will be taking some of those home. Sherry vinegar is ridiculously cheap too. I don’t use this a great deal but it’ll be there if I need it and it keeps for ages.