Don't lose the taste

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Armed with advice from the pros, including experts who can whip up some great gluten-free dishes and a well-informed celiac sufferer equipped with some been-there-tried-that tips, CR's shoppers sought out some products you may want to try. Though CR didn't test the products listed below, here's what the shoppers learned:

Baking mixes. If you want to make a cake you can count on tasting great, you're in luck. You can buy ready-made, gluten-free mixes for cakes, brownies and just about any other baked goodies you crave.

Beer. Beer-quaffing celiac sufferers might have had a hard time finding brews made with sorghum, a gluten-free alternative to barley. But now Anheuser-Busch makes gluten-free Redbridge. It costs about as much as other premium beers, about $7.99 for a six-pack.

Flour. Rice, quinoa, hazelnuts and garbanzo beans can be ground into flour. In addition to being gluten-free, these may surpass white flour in flavor. For example, thickening soups and gravies with garbanzo-bean flour adds a nice flavor vs. using white flour.

Kid-friendly. Companies are making gluten-free kid favorites such as chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, fruit snacks and cookies.

Pasta. Your local supermarket probably stocks a good variety of pastas made from all kinds of things: corn, rice, potatoes and other gluten-free grains and starches. A health-food store should have an even larger selection of gluten-free pastas.

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