Today I have got to tell you about where I get most of the the “odd” flours for my family: Bob’s Red Mill. I loved their flours before we had to go gluten free, and was thrilled to know I could get safe gluten free products from them as well. Bob’s offers a wealth of natural, gluten free ingredients, recipes and products that I use as pantry staples.
In a 100% dedicated gluten-free manufacturing room in Milwaukie, Oregon, Bob’s Red Mill produces over 50 whole grain, gluten-free ingredients and mixes to serve our gluten free needs. Baking staples that form the foundation of GF baking such as Rice Flours, Tapioca Flour, Potato Starch, Corn Starch, Arrowroot Starch are all to be had. For creative baking and great whole grain nutrition, you will also find ingredients such as quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat or kasha (roasted buckwheat kernels), teff (tef), millet, and sorghum flour. A variety of bean flours made from fava beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans as well as nut flours made from almonds and hazelnuts are also found in the product line. Coconut flour is also available through Bob’s Red Mill. I haven’t tried that yet, but, boy does THAT sound good! Also, the necessary extras essential to gluten-free baking from scratch such as guar gum and xanthan gum are also available. Remember that rice flours are NOT all the same! Bob’s produce my favorite rice flour. It is ground very finely, so I never get that gritty texture in my baked goods.
If you are pressed for time and need the convenience of a mix, you can enjoy a variety of signature mixes produced by Bob’s Red Mill. We use the “Wheat Free Biscuit & Baking Mix” for our “Impossible Pies” and have fallen back on the “Gluten Free Wonderful Bread Mix” and “Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour” when I just couldn’t face making bread or a flour mix from scratch that day. I have been pleased to see these mixes and flours available at stores around the country when we have been traveling. Their gluten free hot cereal also helps get me through the winter.
I wrote an e-mail to the company letting them know I wanted to profile them on my blog and let you all know about their tasty great products. Was there anything they wanted you all to know? Well, they have expanded the gluten free mix line and the nice people at Bob’s Red Mill sent me a couple to try. You are going to have to bear with me the next couple of days while my family tests them out. We have the “Gluten Free Hearty Whole Grain Bread Mix,” “Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix,” “Gluten Free Cornbread Mix,” and “Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread Mix” to try and profile. I am one happy camper!
So join me over the next few days as we try out the new stuff from Bob’s. Chocolate, cinnamon and whole grains…it really can’t get any better.
Some great places to check out on their website:
The gluten free information page.
Bob’s Red Mill gluten free products.
Their gluten free recipes.
A groovy video tour of the milling plant!
Statement at celiac.com:
Bob’s Red Mill is dedicated to providing the country’s most diverse array of all-natural, gluten-free flours, cereals and baking mixes. We stone grind our products in a dedicated facility and perform batch testing before processing and after packaging. We adhere to the Codex Alimentarius standard – the international gluten-free food standard for manufacturers. While the current Codex gluten-free standard specifies a gluten limit of 500 parts per million (ppm), Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten-free products consistently fall below 20 ppm. Consumers can choose from a total of seven signature Gluten Free products as well as more than 40 other gluten-free items.
Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods was founded in 1978 with the mission to transition peoples’ eating habits back to the base of the food pyramid. The all-natural company produces simple, unrefined, whole-grain foods that are low in cost and high in nutrition and fiber. Dedicated to the manufacturing of natural foods in the natural way, Bob’s Red Mill utilizes old-world technology. With stone grinding – as was done for centuries before high-speed steel roller mills were introduced – Bob’s Red Mill is able to provide its customers throughout the U.S. and Canada with naturally delicious products.