Thursday, December 24, 2009
My first step in a search for the best gluten free bread mix was my local supermarket. Krogers has a good sized health food section and gluten free products are starting to become more common. I tried several of the bread mixes to compare them but, at about $5.50 to over $6 per mix, they proved very costly to purchase. Many grocery stores, like Albertson's or Walmart, don't even carry gluten free bread mixes. After research, however, I did find a way to save money and still bake gluten free.
Pamela's Products Wheat Free and Gluten Free Bread Mix. The texture of gluten free breads is rather heavy but Pamela's had great taste, was easy to make and it was easy to slice for sandwiches. At the grocery store, Pamela's cost about $5.49, but that was on sale. I think the regular price was over $6 per mix.
Once I'd found favorite, I went over to Amazon.com to see what they had to offer and found I could save money by buying great gluten free bread mixes in packages of 6. Pamela's Wheat Free, Gluten Free Bread Mix was under $27 for 6, which turns out to cost about $4.42 per loaf. Since it's over $25, it also qualifies for free shipping.
If you use a lot of bread, you can also save another 15% by subscribing to autoship, which you can set to arrive each month, every other month, or even every 6 months. I found that we use about a loaf of bread a week, so I used the every 2 month option.
My second choice for best gluten free bread mix is made by Bob's Red Mill. On Amazon, this product is sold in packages of 4 and it works out to about 40 cents cheaper per loaf than Pamela's. For a change of pace, the Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Gluten Free bread mix is really good but very heavy and it doesn't slice well for sandwiches. It is good though, served with soup or other meals.
Bread mixes made in a bread machine don't have preservatives and start molding within about 4 days. One secret I found to making my gluten free loaves last longer is that, when I take it out of the bread maker, I slice up about 1/3 of the loaf and freeze it. We can use up the other 2/3 loaf within the 4 days and then I can use what's in the freezer for the rest of the week.
Other great gluten free products by Pamela's that I've tried are:
Pamela's Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix , sold in 64 oz packages on Amazon
Pamela's Products Cornbread & Muffin Mix , 12 Ounce Bags
Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix, 20-Ounce Units
Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour, 22-Ounce Packages You can use this gluten free flour as a substitute in just about any recipe calling for flour so you have the gluten free version of gravy, cookies or other foods. It is gluten free baking made easy.
Just because you have to follow a gluten free diet, there is no reason to suffer. These gluten free bread mixes and other gluten free products make life much easier and hassle free. And buying in bulk from Amazon is a one sure way to save money if you're shopping gluten free on a budget.