Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Oregon Cracker Company

I was on a fishing trip in Oregon and stopped in at the local Whole Foods.  While I was walking through the store I saw a few bags of gluten free crackers.  They were made locally in Corvalis, Oregon at a dedicated Gluten Free Facility.  I used to have a soft spot for Cheez-its so when I saw the cheddar flavored GF crackers I had to pick up a bag.

That night I was getting my gear together and opened a beer (Harvester of course) and the next thing I know the bag was empty.  I was licking my lips and craving more but that was all I had, I only bought one bag.  I told myself I would order some when I got home.

I searched online and found The Oregon Cracker Company and learned a bit about Jeff and Eric who are GF brothers-in-law.  They founded the company, and everything is made in a 100% GF Facility.

In addition to the cheddar flavor they also have a harvest bounty, garden vegetable and graham snacks.

The cheddar is made with Tillamook Sharp Cheddar (all of the Tillamook cheese and yogurt is GF) and their multigrain flour mixture.  Sorry for those dairy free people - this is not for you.  It is really good, the cheese gets stronger the more you eat.  I would love a bit more cheese but they are good and a hit with the kids.  The cracker has a nice crunch and texture and it is not brittle like some other GF crackers that fall apart.

I ordered the Graham snacks too - the kids loved them.  We'll be making mini smores soon.  They even let you know that the Graham snacks make great pie crusts.

We also ordered a bag of the Garden Vegetable and Harvest Bounty.  The Garden Veg is good and I think it would be great for a cream cheese and chive dip or with some Havarti cheese.  The Harvest Bounty is a good multigrain cracker.

I'm not sure how long the twelve bags will last.  The kids really like them.

You can buy them online if they are not carried in a store near you.  They run six bucks a bag or six bags for $30.

Eat up,

The Un-Gluten Guy

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Some Gluten Free Finds

We have found some new GF products that I wanted to share with you.  It is nice that more and more options are available.  Many items are starting to taste better and better as experience grows.

1. Jovial Gluten Free Pasta

I found Jovial at my local Jimbo's Supermarket and since that time I have found it at Whole Foods.  They also make a Einkorn wheat pasta so be sure to get the GF pasta.  It is certified GF but I have an email out to them to find out if it is produced in a GF facility.  I have had it a number of times with no issues.  This has been the best GF pasta I have found.  Simple spaghetti with marinara, lasagna, pasta salad - it has found a permanent spot in our pantry.

2.  Gletenfreeda Oatmeal

I have been eating Glutenfreeda oatmeal for a while but these are new flavors for me.  Both are very good.  I really like the Cranberry.  I find these are great for taking places when I'm on the go.  Pack them for work, when you are on vacation and it is a perfect airport breakfast - all you need to find is hot water.

3.  Organicville Salsa

Salsa is pretty easy to make.  Sometimes you want to just open a jar.  We found this on vacation and since have found it at our local Whole Foods.  Organicville made a good, simple salsa.  They have a lot of great products - we use their Siracha and BBQ Sauce regularly.

4.  Applegate Meats

Applegate has many products and their meats are GF.  We like their Sunday bacon on, well, Sunday.  I like the leftover bacon for BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato panini's).  The sausages were a new find for us and they are really good.  The sweet italian is just right - the perfect amount of fennel.  The fire roasted red pepper is good with a nice kick.

5.  Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies

My daughter was selling Girl Scout Cookies this year but the GF chocolate chip shortbread cookies was not available in San Diego.  We happened to get one bag.  They are certified GF and made in a gluten free facility.

  Unfortunately, they were not very good.  The were dry, crumbly and did not have a good flavor or texture.  I like my Chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I also think for store bought K-Toos by Kinnikinnik are pretty good.

6.  Cookwell & Company

Cookwell & Company makes a really good escabeche salsa - it has a nice smokey flavor.  They have a number of GF items.  These go great with nachos.  I use the tomatillo to make chilaquiles if I don't have time to make my own salsa verde.  If you don't know what chilaquiles is you are missing out - look it up and have it for breakfast.

7.  Lotus Foods

Lotus foods makes rice and rice noodles and all of their products are GF.  I especially like these ramen with miso soup packets.  Its a quick on the go meal.  You can add an egg, vegetables, shrimp or other meat and it makes it a meal.

There you have it.  A handful and a half of GF items.  Look for them in your local store or order them online.

Until next time,

The Un-Gluten Guy