About Me

Welcome to my blog - my ramblings about trying to find healthy, affordable gluten free food in St. John's, NL.
Despite being gluten free, I love to try new products and am always interested to hear about new places to eat.
I try to help the environment and purchase organic products where possible.

Enjoy :)

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Home Goodness Chicken Broth at Costco! Organic and Gluten Free!

Yesterday I was browsing the aisles of Costco and stumbled across this amazing find - GLUTEN FREE and ORGANIC chicken broth! It was 7.99 for 6 boxes! That is a fantastic price! I was so excited! The brand name is Home Goodness and it must be brand new because I can't find it on the internet anywhere. 

Thought I would share this new product and hope you find it in your local Costco as well! 

Monday, 28 May 2012

Homemade Jam - Gluten Free of Course!

Yesterday's project included making a test batch of blueberry jam! I realize that practically all jam is gluten free, but it is fun and easy to make your own - and you can control the sugar, preservatives etc.

I had bought a box of certo (pectin) and found a recipe in the box. **I didn't actually use the certo however because I plan to have the jam eaten in a couple weeks***. The recipe called for 5 cups of sugar and 4 cups of berries! That is way too much sugar and a little scary if you think about it! I used just 1.5 cups and next time will probably use a cup or less.

Step 1: 4 cups of blueberries mashed - I had frozen berries so I used a food processor
Step 2: Bring berries and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to a boil
Step 3: Add Sugar and bring to hard boil for 1 minute
Step 4: Remove from heat and stir and skim for 5 minutes as necessary.
Step 5: Place in jars or bottles

The jam was runny when it was warm - but gelled nicely when it was cooled in the fridge! It was plenty sweet and excellent on toast!

Today we are going to warm it and use it as a topping on ice cream :)

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Online Gluten Free Shopping in Canada

Online shopping can be great in terms of increased access to products as well as some cheaper prices when you purchase directly from the manufacturer! I am fortunate to have easy access to grocery stores that sell a wide variety of gluten free goods, however, I still do some purchasing online. Below are a list of sites that sell Gluten Free products and ships within Canada.

1. Kinnikinnick - this is one of my favorite sites. The food arrives fresh from their Edmonton store within 2 days and depending on where you live - the shipping is reasonable. It's $10 flat rate to urban centers, and a little over $20 to more rural areas. The shipping fee is easily justified because the food is fresh and cheaper than the grocery store.

2. Well.ca - This is quite an interesting website! They sell everything from dish soap to gluten free food and everything in between! The shipping is Free on this site, however the prices are a little higher. They do have a gluten free food section with some products that you can't find in other locations. It is great if you live in a remote part of the country because of the zero shipping costs!

3. Gluten Free Source - I came across this website a few weeks ago. I have yet to order anything from them because their shipping costs seem quite high. It might be ok if you could share an order with a friend or if you didn't have access to gluten free foods in your area.

4. El Peto - they sell their own brands of products which include the Surf Sweets candy (I love these). The shipping costs are a little high - but not astronomical - especially if you are going to purchase a large order.

5. GoBio - this site sells bullion cubes, organic gummies, fair trade coffee, puddings, jelly and more! It's all organic, gluten free and non-gmo :D

6. Healthy Planet Canada - This store offers free shipping over $39.99 and have some gluten free products as well as a host of other healthy items. Lots of Bob's Red Mill products if you like them!

7. The Speciality Food Shop - this site is actually run by the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital - it sells every kind of special diet food you can imagine. Shipping is $14.95 outside of Ontario and you can buy a cooler for $10 if you are looking to ship frozen foods. They have a large selection of gluten free as well as gluten free organic.

8. Wal Mart Canada - I just found out that walmart.ca has gluten free items that you can ship for free to your home address! Just placed my first order :)

9. Vitacost.com - this is actually an American site, but they now ship to Canada and include duty, shipping, taxes etc. in your final checkout price. No surprise bills at the door if you choose the regular shipping method. There are restrictions on certain supplements (mostly the quantity), but the prices are MUCH cheaper than Canada. If you paired with a buddy, it would probably be worth it!

What's your favorite site to shop at?

Thursday, 10 May 2012

There's Gluten in That? Foods that have hidden gluten

One of things I find really annoying about being gluten free is having to read the labels. That being said, companies are getting much better at clearly stating allergen information on their food product labels.

While you are reading labels, you come across some foods that you think to yourself - "that has gluten? Really?" Below are some of those examples:

1. Chicken/ Beef Broth and Oxo/Bullion Cubes - almost all have gluten in them - often it's hidden in the "flavor" component - kudos to Campbells who now list that their products have gluten. 

2. Twizzlers - yes - odd isn't - why does licorice need wheat?

3. Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes - the regular kinds have barley/malt coatings - again - a little misleading given their names! 

4. Chocolates - especially the expensive ones like Lindt have malt/barley 

5. BBQ Crispy Mini Rice Chips - almost ate a few of these a couple weeks ago before I read the label! 

6. Canned Soup - this one is obvious to me now - practically all condensed shelf soups are thickened with wheat - to new gluten free people this is not so obvious 

7. Any salt and "vinegar" chips that have malt vinegar

8. Canadian Worechester Sauce - has barley/malt - the US kind does not. AND watch out for hidden worechester sauce in BBQ sauces! 

9. Salad Dressings - Why on earth does one need wheat in a salad dressing? Some examples I've come across - Kraft Russian Dressing, Kraft Refrigerated Caesar dressing and Kraft light Caesar shelf dressing. 

Hope these help - and remember - read the labels! 

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

S'Better Farms Gluten Free Products Availability

If you are looking to try new GF foods - check out your local Sobeys - they may have a new product line called S'Better Farms. Currently, the Sobeys on Elizabeth Ave (Howley Estates) has the chicken fingers, corn dogs and chicken wings in the GF section (bottom shelf first cooler - they are easy to miss).

I bought some corn dogs to try - the price was 9.99 for a box so it's a little steep - HOWEVER, if they are tasty it will be worth it!

S'Better Farms has minimal processing and reading the ingredient list there seems to just be "normal" ingredients which is always nice to see!

Post a comment if you have tried any of the products and liked them!