When you walk down the grocery store aisles, you will see many gluten-free mixes on the market. Some mixes are made by brands you trust, such as Betty Crocker, Pillsbury or Quaker Oaks. You’ll also see many niche brands that are marketing gluten-free food as “health food.” When I first saw these products on the shelf, I was excited. I thought, “Yeah! Finally, manufacturers are acknowledging that there is a legitimate need and market for gluten-free products!” However, I had a quick reality check after reading the labels and preparing these products for my family. I felt deceived and angry that these manufacturers were taking advantage of people who are “gluten challenged,” and here’s why:
Mixes are too expensive, and it’s WRONG!
Writing A Taste To Remember was motivated by a deep desire to prevent families from being taken advantage of by these manufacturers who are charging exorbitant prices for an inferior product. Why should you be punished by paying more money because you have a medical issue? If you have tasted these products, many have a gritty texture and an artificial taste that leaves your pallet underwhelmed. Some mixes are great, but it takes awhile to find the brands that taste the best. 1-2-3 Gluten Free is one of the best brands on the market, and their products are my daughter’s “go-to” when she’s pressed for time.
Cooking from scratch will save you a ton of money and, over time, will cost a fraction of what you’d pay for a mix. Simply, buy the gluten-free dry ingredients that are predominately used to make your favorite foods (e.g. rice, tapioca, almond, sorghum and coconut flours; corn meal; potato starch and guar gum) and store them in air-tight containers. For additional savings, buy these flours in bulk online at www.bobsredmill.com.
Keep in mind…A mix is only a combination of dry ingredients.
You still have to buy and measure your liquid ingredients and eggs. You can easily measure out your dry ingredients. If you don’t know how, I will teach you through my instructional videos.
Many brands follow the same formula and don’t take into account that the “gluten challenged” population often has multiple allergies!
When you make a recipe from scratch, you know exactly what you are eating and the quantity of each ingredient. Many people who are “gluten challenged” have multiple allergies, such as a sensitivity to xanthan gum, nuts, eggs or dairy. Recipes are adaptable. You can modify it to accommodate your food allergies, and no one will be the wisest. A Taste To Remember has additional substitutions to avoid dairy and nuts. If you need additional substitutions to create any of the recipes in my book, please email me so I can provide you with substitutions. I want to help!
If you’re in a situation where you can’t avoid using a mix, make sure you buy brands that have appropriate manufacturing standards and practices. Always read the labels thoroughly and examine packaging carefully for liability disclaimers that warn the consumer that the manufacturer can’t guarantee the product’s safety.