Gluten Free Find at Ingles!

I don’t usually shop at Ingles . . . mostly because I tend to find better deals on Gluten Free Items at other stores, but last night after Bible Study we had a quick errand to run, and stopped into Ingles to pick up the couple things on our list.
While I was there I happened to stumble upon these:

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If y’all know anything about Ingles, you know that Laura Lynn is their store brand, which usually makes things a bit cheaper. For example, these were $2.99 for 10! Which isn’t bad. They smell like fresh waffle comes when their cooking, which is kind of fun. I think their tasty, and may do a review later this week. But, I just wanted y’all to know these were available, because it was news to me. 🙂

Have a Tremendous Thursday y’all!!
Love,
Olivia

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Krusteaz Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins . . . a review!

Today I’ll be reviewing the Krusteaz Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Mix. I picked this muffin mix up at our local Big Lots for $3.80, but you can find it on Amazon too, if you want to pay almost $8 for it. 🙂

Flavor:
Fantastic. They’re sweet without being overly sweet, and they have awesome blueberry flavor. There’s no weird “Gluten Free” flavor, in fact . . . they taste just like I remember their glutinous ones tasting. Ten out of ten stars for flavor!!

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Texture:
Quite fluffy. So many Gluten Free baked goods end up quite dense or dry. These muffins turned out light and airy with just the right amount of moisture. Ten out of ten stars for texture.

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Quantity:
Contrary to the pictures, the mix yields twelve muffins, which is nice. We had them for breakfast three times the week I made them, and they stayed tasty over that three day period. Ten out of ten stars for that!!

Overall:
These mix makes delicious muffins, with decent prices, and an airy texture. I would totally recommend them! 😉

Have a great day y’all!!
Love,
Olivia

The Great Chicken Strip Challenge!

Today, two brands are going to battle!! Who will be crowned the winner? Stay tuned to find out . . .

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Today we’re matching up two of the Gluten Free Chicken Strip brands to determine which will come out a winner!  ; )
In the left corner we have . . .  Perdue Simply Smart Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders, and . . .
In the right corner we have . . . Tyson Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Strips!
The two opponents will be judged in three categories: PortionFlavor and Texture. They’ll be scored separately on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best, 1 being the worst), then they’ll be scored comparatively for judging purposes. We’ll begin with the Tyson Chicken Strips . . .
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Portion:
Disappointing. We paid around $6 for the bag, and we received six chicken strips, and a chicken “nubbin”, because there is no way this thing could be dubbed a “strip”. Only two of the strips were average sized; the rest were itty bitty midget strips.  Out of 5 points, these receive a 2 for portion, because the bag COULD have been empty, and that would’ve been the worst. Right?
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Flavor:
Not bad. They were kind of peppery, which was tasty. Other than that, there wasn’t much flavor. I kind of wish they’d been a bit spicier. 3/5 points for flavor.

Texture:
Unimpressive. Even after following the directions, they still didn’t crisp up. In fact, the breading had a slightly mushy quality to it with no real crispyness. 2/5 for flavor.

Onto the Perdue Chicken Tenders!!

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Portion:
15 chicken strips for about the same price. I think this is great, because I’m all for companies that give you more for your money! 🙂 Also, almost all of them were average  or reasonable-sized chicken strips, so that’s a win. 5/5 Points for portion.
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Flavor:
These are really tasty; there’s nothing bland about them. They’re very simply flavorful! Points for the flavor . . . 4/5, as I think they could have used a bit more spice to help the chicken flavor stand out.

Texture:
Perfect. They’re crispy and crunchy without being dry. No mushiness. Just crispy chicken strips. 5/5 for Texture.

Now . . .  onto the overall results! I created this nifty little table to show the scores in each category and to judge them comparatively! So, go ahead and check it out:

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As you can see, the Perdue Gluten Free Chicken Tenders had far better scores . . . making them today’s standout winner!! 😀

Have y’all tried either of these products? Which ones are your favorite?  Please tell me in the comments below!!

Hope you’ve had a Wonderful Wednesday!!!
Love,
Olivia

Crunchmaster Grammy Crisps: a Short Review

So, I picked these up at Ingles last night to try, and there’s no easy way to say this, but they were REALLY YUMMY . . . and, their name is ADORABLE! Like, “Grammy Crisps”? How cute is that!? 

I was a bit shocked by their flavor initially. I was expecting a Graham Cracker taste, but instead received something akin to Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I really like them! They’re great by themselves, but also quite delicious with a bit of cream cheese on them as a snack. I would totally recommend them, and y’all should too, after you try them, of course. 

Plus, at 130 calories for 25 of them, they’re not terrible for you either. 😉

Check them out here.

They have my vote for sure. Let me know if y’all have tried them and what you think of them in the comments!

Look for more Gluten Free Product Reviews soon as well as a special announcement. Stay tuned! 

Love,
Olivia

Pancakes, pancakes, pancakes!

Today we’ll be looking at three different Gluten Free baking/pancake mixes; comparing price, ease of use, yield, taste, and I’ll also give each mix a star rating based on price and overall flavor.

Let’s begin!

1) Glutino Gluten Free Instant Pancake Mix. 6.67 Ounces for $3.97 on Amazon or available at some groceries.

 
Ease of use: Impeccably simple. Add water, shake, pour onto a hot griddle. These took me fifteen minutes from start to finish.
Yield: According to the package, 10 – 12 three-inch pancakes. If you want human size pancakes opposed to bird size, there is NO WAY you’ll get twelve pancakes. I got 6 five-inch pancakes.
Taste: The flavor was terrible. They don’t cook like regular pancakes, and you end up with rubbery discs of pancake wannabes. There is nothing similar to regular pancakes. In fact, they’re exactly what I was worried all Gluten Free pancakes would be when I went Gluten Free.
Price:  Overall not terribly expensive for the convenience factor, but if you’re like me and prefer to spend your money on things that taste good. This is not your best bet.
Star Rating: 1/10

2) Gluten Free Bisquick. 16 ounces. Roughly $5 at Walmart/Kroger.

Ease of use: Simple.  Stir together mix, milk, oil and egg until well blended. Pour onto griddle. These took me about 25 to 30 minutes from start to finish.
Yield: According to the package, ten pancakes. I can usually get 12 though.
Taste: These pancakes are delicious. I add about a tablespoon of baking powder to make them fluffier, but other than that; these are fantastic! These are the kind of  pancakes that you wonder if they accidentally mixed up the glutenous mix with the Gluten Free Mix. Seriously yummy.
Price: I find it pricey for the amount. It’s baking mix — not gold.
Star Rating: 8/10

3) Aldi LiveGfree Gluten Free Baking Mix. 16 ounces. $2.99 at Aldi.

Before I start my review on this product, I’d like to say one thing. I think this product is identical to the Gluten Free Bisquick. So, if the reviews sound similar; it’s because the two products are VERY similar.
Ease of use:  Simple, Mix wet ingredients (oil, milk, egg) and add in a cup of baking mix. Blend well. Pour on to a hot griddle.
Yield: 10-12 pancakes.
Taste: Just like regular pancakes. Light, fluffy, and delicious. I prefer my pancakes super fluffy, and therefore add more baking powder.
Price: $2.99! TWO NINETY NINE!! That’s UNHEARD of for a Gluten Free baking mix. WOO HOO! Just one more peek into the treasure trove known as Aldi’s. More on that in a future post, I promise.
Star Rating: 10/10
(Update: This mix received the 2015 Fan Favorite Award at Aldi!)

Thats all for today! Hope this helps y’all find delicious Gluten Free pancakes at the end of what can seem like a convoluted Gluten Free tunnel.

Love,
Olivia