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New Growth of Gluten Free Products at Grocery StoresJanuary 20th, 2011 at Thu, 20th, 2011 at 10:45 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
You can see the certification sign on the window at the front door and kiosks displayed throughout of all PCC Natural Markets.
I love that I can find all of my Organic local favorites like Oregon Growers jams and jellies! They make any Gluten Free scone, muffin or toast even more delicious!
King Arthur's new Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and mixes. Another favorite that you can find is Chuckanut Bay Gluten Free Cheesecake in the freezer section and sometimes the deli or to-go areas of the markets. The cheesecakes come in a variety of flavors, I have only found the New York Style, in either single serve or larger for a family or party. If I could make a request to the stores ... please add the other flavors because they are awesome!
Additional stores in my area that have made a big difference are Central Market, Town & Country Markets, Whole Foods Markets and even Safeway is expanding its shelf and freezer spaces to accommodate all the new Gluten Free products flooding the market .. it's about time! Even the ethnic food companies are adding Gluten Free products as well as saying it on the labels, such as Thai Kitchen and Indian Kitchen. You can find these and Boar's Head meats in places such as Fred Meyer or Kroger Co. I think the biggest surprise has been Costco, which now offers an amazing selection of Gluten Free Columbus Meats in large 2 lb packages great for sandwiches or the salame and other Italian delicacies for anytime celebrations. Costco also offers large bags of Flaxseed meal which is great to add to most baked goods, use as an egg replacer and in smoothies. They also carry another favorite of mine, Lundberg Brown Rice in the large bags which is really great. I put it in a large container at home and make it at least once a week with vegetables for meatless Mondays.
What are some of your biggest surprises at your favorite grocery stores?
Please share your comments about some great finds in your area.
Finally ... our voices are being heard and we have more great foods to choose from at our grocery stores! I think all of the grocery stores should follow the example of PCC Natural Markets and take the time to become certified by GIG so that their employees will be trained too!
Bravo to PCC Natural Markets and GIG!
Update - Jan. 27, 2011 - Finally found this article in Supermarket News - on Jan. 17, 2011 about PCC Natural Markets. Giving Up Gluten by Julie Gallagher