Gluten Free Product Reviews
**** Very Good
* Don’t Bother
Pamela’s Baking Mix has to be the first product we review for three reasons:
- It is an excellent user-friendly product.
- It was available in select markets in October of 1998, when Gus was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease, and I was sad and overwhelmed.
- It’s currently available in almost every well-stocked market in the U.S.
This is the “Bisquick” of GF cooking, only better! All-natural ingredients, including almond flour, make it nicer and fresher than its conventional Betty Crocker counterpart.
Amateur and infrequent cooks can be confident that baked goods made with Pamela’s using the various recipes on the back of the package will satisfy everyone, GF or otherwise. In fact waffles and pancakes made with gluten-free flour leave everyone free of that heavy post prandial feeling late Sunday morning.
In a pinch I’ve used a tablespoon or two to make a roux for soup, sauce, or gravy – not perfect, but it always works!
The only downside is the expense. If you’re an enthusiastic, creative, dedicated GF cook, make a mix using Gus’s Recipe or another blend of GF flours, and fill your favorite big ol’ flour container with it. It takes a little extra time, but is easy and satisfying. Also, it’s worth noting here that if you’re cooking for someone with extreme sensitivity to gluten, you’ll need to use “dedicated GF” pots and pans; gluten baked into the grease from previous conventional batches can hide in nooks and crannies.