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    Another Gluten Free Foods Question

    MilanzMom
    Sat Apr 22, 2006 7:59 pm
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    We live in NW Indiana. Does anyone know of any store that sells gluten free items at a discount? I'm finding quite a selection of gluten free items in the stores where we live, but they are so gosh darned expensive! I'm having sticker shock when I buy! Bottom line, I will buy what I need to for my son's diet, but if anyone has any suggestions on where to shop, it would be greatly appreciated! Also, I'd love to hear any of your stories about transitioning from a "gluten kitchen" to a "gluten free kitchen" and how you did it! Thanks icon_biggrin.gif
    bearhouse5
    Sun Apr 23, 2006 9:17 am
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    My son went GF (gluten-free) over four years ago and myself around 6 months ago. Before I started I went through everything in the pantry and fridge and with a texta marked anything that wasn't GF. The non-GF and GF items were seperated and placed on different shelves. (GF ones on the higher shelves to help prevent any accidental spillage on to the lower shelves.) The entire kitchen was scrubbed from top to bottom - the dishwasher (and its seals) , cupboards, oven, fridge etc. Any items that could be easily changed from a gluten product to a GF product (eg. soy sauce, pasta, sauces), were replaced with the GF version. I bought a seperate toaster, chopping board, sandwich maker, pizza cutter etc, and eventually a new bread machine and fry pan, to be used only with GF foods (they are all labelled GF only). Non-GF foods such as bread are to be used only on one end of the kitchen bench (counter in the US).
    I save money by making my own bread mix (homemade bread is much nicer than store bought) and making all my own baked goods (except for the occasional treat, but DS always says mine taste better). Most of my flours are purchased from an Asian store rather than a health food store, as the Asian stores are much cheaper.
    When we first started I would cook a seperate meal for my son, but these days everyone eats a GF main meal. I don't have the time and energy to cook different meals. Veggies, meat (if you eat it, we are vegan), and eggs are naturally GF; pasta is easily replaced with GF pasta; bread crumbs with rice crumbs (or use all the GF bread that flops or has gone stale for making bread crumbs).
    That's all I can think for the moment, but if you have any questions just ask. icon_biggrin.gif
    MilanzMom
    Sun Apr 23, 2006 12:16 pm
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    BEARHOUSE5: Your post was so informative to me and I thank you very much for taking the time to respond. The tips you give are excellent, especially the fact that the Asian food stores are a bit cheaper than the regular market. I will definitely seek one out in my area. Thank you again so much for taking the time to write and share your experience. I really appreciate it!
    LARavenscroft
    Sun Apr 23, 2006 3:19 pm
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    You might also want to check with your local healthfood store about buying products by the case. Most of the healthfood stores in the area where I live will give you a 10% discount for buying a full case. I buy my GF pasta this way all the time. It usually works out to buying 5 and getting 1 free. I've not done this with any of the flours yet because I don't think they would be shelf stable for that long, but anywhere I can save some money it helps. As Bearhouse5 mentioned, every meal that I cook at home is GF (I'm not celiac, but have a wheat and barley allergy so I've just gone GF because I feel much better). It's just much easier to cook one meal and since my daughter was allergic to wheat when she was very little (she's 18 now), a little bit of prevention never hurt. Good luck with your son.

    P.S. I also live in Northern Indiana just east of South Bend.
    Elisa72
    Sun Apr 23, 2006 4:17 pm
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    bearhouse5 wrote:
    these days everyone eats a GF main meal. I don't have the time and energy to cook different meals.


    That's a very good point! When my celiac stepdaughter is staying with us EVERYONE eats gluten free. Not only is it easier for me, but she doesn't feel left out or singled out. Tonight we're all having home made gluten free pizza, and yes, the whole family loves it! Yum!
    MilanzMom
    Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:23 pm
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    I haven't checked the healthfood stores yet; my local grocery carries a good supply, but I like your idea of buying a case at a time. Do you have to freeze flour if you have a lot?
    LARavenscroft
    Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:46 pm
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    I've never bought flour in large quantities, but most of what I do buy is from Bob's Red Mill and I do refrigerate it and make sure that I bring it to room temperature before I use it.
    MilanzMom
    Sun Apr 23, 2006 6:02 pm
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    Never heard of Bob's Red Mill; is that a store or a brand?
    LARavenscroft
    Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:08 pm
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    It's a national brand - here is the website: www.bobsredmill.com They make a large variety of gluten free flours (and regular as well) and have a lot of recipes. The majority of their products can be purchased in a regular grocery store. The one that I use the most is "All Purpose GF Baking Flour" I've been able to replace it one for one in most of my recipes.
    MilanzMom
    Sun Apr 23, 2006 8:53 pm
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    Thanks for the link! I'll definitely check it out! I'm getting so much help from other Zaar members on the whole GF thing. I'm so grateful for this site!
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