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Gluten Free Flour Mixes … Our Survey Results

3 Comments 16 January 2012

Our recent survey asked which gluten free flour mixes provided the best results for the members of our gluten free community. We considered 20 different products and got these results:

PRODUCTS THAT RECEIVED ALL POSITIVE RATINGS (satisfactory or very satisfactory)

  • Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Mix
  • Namaste Foods Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend

PRODUCTS THAT RECEIVED MORE POSITIVE THAN NEGATIVE COMMENTS ( by a ratio of at least 2 to 1)

  • Better Batter Gluten Free Flour Mis
  • Gluten Free Pantry All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix
  • Hodgson Mills All-Purpose Gluten Free Baking Mix
  • Jules Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Mix
  • King Arthur Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour
  • Pamela’s Products Bread Mix
  • Tom Sawyer Gluten Free Flour Mix

PRODUCTS RECEIVING APPROXIMATELY EQUAL NUMBERS OF POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE RATINGS

  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour

PRODUCTS THAT RECEIVED MORE NEGATIVE EVALUATIONS THAT POSITIVE ONES (by ratio of at least 2 to 1

  • no products ended up in this category

PRODUCTS THAT CAN NOT BE EVALUTAED BECAUSE SO FEW PEOPLE INDICATED HAVING EXPERIENCE WITH THEM

  • Authentic Foods Gluten Free Classical Blend
  • Beth’s Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour
  • Bloomfield Farms
  • Cooqi Multipurpose Flour
  • Domata Living Flour
  • Eagle Mills Gluten Free All-Purpose Multigrain Flour Blend
  • Meister’s Gluten Free Mixture
  • Mina’s Purely Divine All-Purpose Baking Mix
  • Williams Sonoma Cup4Cup

This survey has obvious limitations. By far the most common response was that the person responding had no experience with the flour mix in question. That’s to be expected when there are twenty choice, most of which are probably not available in any specific area. Also, I am imagine that few if any people have used all of these products. The cost of the products was not a factor in the survey, but cost certainly makes a difference.

I received this interesting and thought provoking comment: “I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere  and have been on the gluten free diet for about 4 months….Now that I have some names I will be researching them on the web.”  When I went on the gluten free diet in 1999, I too lived in a small town in the middle of nowhere and I knew enough about how to use the internet  to send a simple e-mail and that’s about it.  After I learned a few things I tried to find information on the internet and found out that — heaven forbid — that there was almost nothing out there. Times sure have changed. I plan to publish more surveys of this sort. We need information to give us ‘clues’. The information is there, there is simply too much of it. TMI (too much information) is one of most vexing problems. The function of this website is to help with that problem.

 

 

 

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  1. Bette Geraud says:

    Thank you so much for compiling all this information. Had not know which flour mix to use.Should certainly hope this will help with decision making .I came to realize a long time ago peoples taste are quite different. Thank you again

    Bette

  2. Fatcat says:

    I just ordered from Bloomfield Farms and got free shipping! I don’t know if it is temporary or if it’s because I live in the same state, but it’s worth a try. They are very reasonably priced and yummy and no, I don’t work for them. :-)

    http://www.thebloomfieldfarms.com/

  3. Sharon says:

    Most stores in the Massachusetts area do not have all these All Purpose GF Flour choices (so mail order may be necessary). Here we mostly have just King Arthur and Bob’s Red Mill, and I just got Pamela mix (yet to try it). My experience thus far has been that AP GF Red Mill replicates cookie and pie crust recipes such that you could not tell they were not made from wheat flour – my kids, friends and family are amazed – lots of bean flour base to this flour. King Arthur’s (no bean flour in it) seems best for bread (doing it the old fashion way and the bread mix of King A’s is pretty good – though I do need to test some more – once I get my new Breadman bread machine that has a GF cycle. My sense is that Red Mill might also work pretty well for brownies but perhaps not cakes…Experimentation in progress!


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