December 14, 2011

My Favorite Products...

Over the last three and a half years that I have been gluten free, I have tried and tested tons of baking mixes, cake mixes, brownie mixes, flours, and the list goes on. I have tested which product is better in cakes and which one is better for frying and which mix is the best thing to keep on hand for your "everything" mix. Below is a list of my favorites, where you can find them and a link to the product on so that you can see what the packaging looks like. It's always easier to find if you already know what you are looking for!! I hope this list helps and saves you some time and money!

-Brownies: Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Brownie Mix (Walmart, commissary, major grocery stores)
Betty Crocker's Brownie Mix
-Chocolate cake: Pamela's Chocolate Cake Mix (Some major grocery stores that have gluten free sections and commissary) Pamela's Chocolate Cake Also, Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix Betty Crocker's Chocolate Cake Mix(Commissary) Check the Yeild on these two mixes because the Betty Crocker mix doesn't make as much as Pamela's mix does. With these two mixes, I have found that substituting milk for water makes a much tastier cake!!!!

-Vanilla cake: I haven't found one that is my favorite, but that is probably because I am a chocolate person, but Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Cake Mix is good. (Walmart, commissary, major grocery stores) Betty Crocker's Vanilla/Yellow Cake Mix

Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix: Baking Mix
This one has a list of things that I love to use it for. It is absolutely amazing!!!
-Breads (for example: banana nut, pumpkin)
-Homemade Cakes and Cupcakes
-Shallow Frying (Fried Shrimp, fried chicken, onion rings, pickles, etc.)
**NOTE** When you are baking with this product, be aware that it already has some baking powder and baking soda in it. You probably still need to add more, but not the whole serving your recipe calls for. FYI: This is no theory, it has been tested. :)

Loaf of Bread: Gluten Free Pantry's Bread Mix Bread Loaf Mix. I have some of this made and sitting on my counter right now!!! Over the weekend I treated myself to a BLT and French Toast!!! It is wonderful!!!

Cornbread: Bob's Red Mill Cornbread Mix

Pizza Crust: Bob's Red Mill Pizza Crust Mix

Products I do not recommend:
-Bisquick Pancake Mix. They say it can be used for pancakes, waffles, frying, etc. I have used it for pancakes and frying and the pancakes had no flavor and when fried, it burned way too fast in 350 degrees.
-Any pre-made loaf of bread in the grocery store. These breads are just "eh...". I prefer to spend the same amount of money and buy the mix and do it yourself. The quality is thousand times better and doesn't taste gluten free. These pre done loaves of bread taste gluten free and you will be disappointed.

There are other products that I have on my list but I will have to update later! I have an eight month old baby girl that is ready for some dinner!!! Have a great evening and go enjoy a "treat" from my recommended items!!!