Gluten Free Products might be hiding near you!

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Do you ever feel like the picture above? Do you feel like finding a bag of Gluten Free Flour under $10 is impossible? You do? Well, I have one more question for you: Do you live in a city with diverse shopping options such as Ethnic Markets? If so, there are probably Gluten Free Deals hiding in places you’ve NEVER thought to look!

If you have an Ethnic Market in your town, (Asian or Middle Eastern are your best bets) . . . then there is a VERY high likelihood that you’re driving by savings on a regular basis.

You see, most of these markets stock rice flour, tapioca starch, and glutinous rice flour (Don’t be scared by the name, there’s no gluten. It’s actually sweet rice flour, which is also called glutinous rice flour because it has the elastic properties of gluten without the . . . gluten.) Additionally, some Middle Eastern Markets may have Sorghum Flour, though I have yet to stop in at my local market and check.

Here’s what we found last time we were at our local Asian Market:

IMG_3173I’ll post close ups in just a second, but from left to right there’s Tapioca Starch, Rice Flour, Glutinous Rice Flour (Sweet Rice Flour), and another brand of Rice Flour, because why not try two? 😉

Now, let’s talk about pricing. What are the savings in shopping at a store that’s not Kroger, Walmart, or even Amazon? Well, let me show you!

First off we have Tapioca Starch:

IMG_3174I got a pound of it at my local Asian Market for around $2.50. You can also find it on Amazon for $8.99 PLUS $1.98 shipping! If you buy it at a market near you, you’d save about $8.50.

But, there’s one more calculation I’m going to throw out for y’all. If you bought the same amount (16 oz) of Tapioca Starch on Amazon from Bob’s Red Mill it would be $6.40, and I paid $2.50 for what I bought. That’s a total savings of $3.90, minus the shipping — only free with a $35 purchase.)

Next up we’ve got . . . Rice Flour #1!

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One pound was $2 locally. It’s available on Amazon in a six pack for $9.16 PLUS $7.50 shipping, which totals out to around $2.75 per bag. By purchasing it locally, I saved $0.75!

If you bought the same amount (16 oz.) of White Rice Flour from Bob’s Red Mill on Amazon instead, it would end up around $5.50. I would have saved $3.50 (not including shipping)

The Glutinous Rice Flour is up next. Here’s the close up:

IMG_3176It was around $2.50 for a pound, and it is $5.51 (not including shipping) on Amazon. I saved $3.01.

Had I bought the same amount (16 oz) of Bob’s Red Mill Sweet Rice Flour, it would have been about $6.00. I would have saved $3.50 (not including shipping)

Last up, we’ve got Rice Flour #2!

IMG_3177This one was more expensive than the first, at $2.50 for a pound. On Amazon it’s currently $5.49 (with free shipping on orders over $35). I saved $2.99, not including shipping.

In comparison, if you buy White Rice Flour from Bob’s Red Mill it’d be about $5.50 (not including shipping). You’d save at least $3.00 by shopping locally. Pretty great deals, if you ask me.

So, how much did I save overall?

Well, assuming I had other items and got the last two items with free shipping on Amazon, I saved $15.25 by purchasing these products at my local Asian Market!

Had I bought the same products from Bob’s Red Mill (assuming they had one pound packages, and I had other things to buy and got free shipping through Amazon) I’d have saved $10.43 by going to my local Asian Market instead.

Regardless of what I would have purchased on Amazon, I saved between $10 and $15 by purchasing products locally. I’m going to count that as a win in my book!

What are some ways y’all save money while eating Gluten Free? Do you have any stores you frequent to get better deals? If so, please share!! You can comment below, or jot me a note on the contact tab below the title of this blog!

Hope you’ve had a Marvelous Monday, 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