Thursday, January 7, 2010

What's in your Gluten Free Pantry?

 I got a call the other day, from a friend who said that his co-worker was just diagnosised with Celiac Disease.  He wanted to get a list from me of what I have in my pantry.  I realized that there is a lot of stuff in my pantry!  What I have listed includes my favorite brands and the ones that I have personally tasted are italicized.
 As soon as you go out on your gluten free buying spree to stock your cabinets, you will find that it can be quite pricey.  So I believe that is why many of us begin to take our adventures into the kitchen.  But one step at a time.   When you go to the store you will be overwhelmed and pleasantly surprised at the amount of choices and products out there.  So here are just some of the things I stock in my pantry.


  •      Against the Grain Gourmet  baguettes
  •      Gillian's french bread rolls
  •      Foods By George english muffins
  •      Ener-G tapioca rolls
  •      Udi's bagels
  •      Rudi's sandwich bread


  •    Bob's Red Mill  Flours  potato starch, white rice flour,       brown rice flour, sorghum, millet, teff,  tapioca starch, coconut flour
  •      Ener-G potato starch, tapioca flour, egg relacer.
  •     Authentic SuperFine Brown Flour  I use this in my bread recipes.

    * Note - I also buy rice flours from Asian Grocery stores, they can be cheaper.


  •      Pamela's Baking and Pancake mix ( great to make pancakes and waffles; does contain milk and almond flour)
  •      Gluten Free Pantry  old fashion cake and cookie mix, decadent chocolate cake,  truffle brownie mix
  •      Betty Crocker Cake and Cookie Mixes chocolate chip cookies, yellow cake, chocolate cake
  •      Cherry Brook Kitchen  mini chocolate chip cookies, vanilla cookies, sugar cookie mix, chocolate cake mix, fudge brownie mix, * Not crazy about their frosting


  •      Tinkyada Rice Pasta  spaghetti, elbow, penne, shapes, lasagna, jumbo shells. (* When you cook this, I always add olive oil to the pot and  stir often so that it doesn't clump.  I also, rinse the pasta well before serving.)
  •       Schar Pasta  tagliatelle, penne, fusilli, spaghetti ( this is a blend of corn flour, rice flour, buckwheat flour, and sometimes cornstarch).

Crackers and Cereals:

  •     Erewhron Crispy Brown Rice Cereal I use this in cooking to make bread coatings
  •     Koyo Brown Rice Crackers tamari, sweet chili, garlic ( I use these in meatloaf, but are good with serving cheese and other things on them)
  •      Mum Mum Crackers ( I know these are in the baby aisle but these are slightly sweet crackers that I eat with a dollop of peanut butter.  I missed peanut butter crackers.)
  •      Glutino Crackers
  •       Rice Chex and Corn Chex   great to make muddy buddies, and chex mixes.  *The rice chex does contain corn if you are allergic to corn.


  •      Pirates Booty aged white cheddar, tings (these are like Cheetos
  •      Glutino pretzels, chocolate wafers cookies
  •      Schar shortbread cookies
  •     Pamela's mini chocolate chip cookies

Instant Food:

  •   Glutino has lots of frozen foods I haven't tried any of them but I like a lot of their other products
  •   Ians  french toast sticks, fish sticks, turkey corn dogs, chicken nuggets -  my kids eat these, but as an adult I don't like any of them
  •  Jones Sausage links
  • Van's  pancakes, homestyle waffles, blueberry waffles, apple cinnamon waffles, flax waffles

I remember the first time I went shopping for gluten free food.  The first thing I did was assess what my child was already eating and how I planned to make those same dishes.   He loved spaghetti, so I went and bought gluten free pasta.  He ate tacos, so I just made sure the season packet didn't have gluten.  The Garden of Eden brand has a kit that is gluten free.  So, I can't  make you a shopping list, but I would suggest that you assess what you already eat and then go and look for those items that you need to make your dishes gluten free.  If you don't cook a lot, then there are lots of options in the freezer cases in the gluten free section.  There are several brands of pizza, mac and cheese, and breakfast items.  You can try Annie's rice pasta and cheese in the dry food section for the good old macaroni and cheese style from the box.  I have to say there is a nice selection that didn't use to exist a decade ago.

Here are  few quick links to buying some of the items that I listed above.  These are in bulk, but I find that we go them pretty quickly, and it is nice to have some in storage, so that you never find yourself without.

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