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Gluten-free products at Trader Joe's

CoryKatherine Apr 28, 2009 11:13 AM

I recently started a gluten-free elimination diet and happened to notice some gluten-free products at TJs this weekend- I can't try most of them yet until I get through the first 3 weeks of this diet but they looked really good. I had already tried the gluten-free ginger snaps and I love them- if you're into authentic spicy ginger snaps these are the bomb. Today I picked up the gluten-free cranberry nut granola, and that stuff is deadly. I almost ate half the bag in one sitting.

I also saw TJs brand gluten-free english muffins, french rolls, and a rice bread. Has anyone tried them? Are they good? Do you know about any other gluten-free stuff Trader Joe's has?

  1. cassiatoast May 17, 2009 01:05 PM

    I think both the french rolls and english muffins are ok if you toast them. They may take a little getting used to but they are better than other GF breads I've tried. I don't like the rice bread, it's very heavy and needs to be toasted to be palatable, but it doesn't even toast that well. I'll skip the story about my toaster oven catching fire the first time I tried it.

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      mom22tots Apr 30, 2009 01:32 PM

      We don't have the english muffins at our TJ's, but we are not fans of the rice bread or the french rolls. Like the brownie mix--I add chocolate chips. The granola is def the same as Bakery on Main, and it's the best we've found GF. Like the frozen pancakes--waffles not as much. Also find the frozen white and brown rice to be very convenient and good. Jambalaya rice pouch is also GF and good for a convenient, at-work lunch option. Have added shrimp or chicken to it for a meal.

      1. Emme Apr 30, 2009 12:52 AM

        Tortilla Chips with an Identity Crisis are fabulous

        Sweet Potato Chips

        Envirokids Panda Peanut Butter Puffs

        Sundried Tomato Pesto Torta

        BBQ Shredded Chicken

        Chicken Enchiladas in Salsa Verde

        Chicken Taquitos

        Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

        Butternut Squash Soup

        Pumpkin Butter

        Eggplant Parmesan (the grilled not fried version)

        Marinated Mushrooms with Garlic (could eat the whole jar in a go)

        Kettle Corn

        Double Rainbow Sorbet

        Fruit Leathers

        Pecan Pralines

        Vanilla Marshmallows

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        1. re: Emme
          CoryKatherine Apr 30, 2009 03:52 AM

          oo i've always been a big fan of the marinated mushrooms too. last week i was juggling 3 jars while reorganizing my pantry, and i dropped one. It smashed onto the kitchen floor and broke apart as it rolled across. Dozens of little mushrooms, minced garlic and marinade not to mention bits of glass spread out ALL OVER my kitchen. It was a disaster! And I was so sad to lose a jar! lol

          1. re: CoryKatherine
            Emme Apr 30, 2009 01:49 PM

            how tragic! i'd be looking around at the mess half contemplating whether there might be a mushroom or two that i could salvage... is there really glass in *all* of them?

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          OneSonTwoCats Apr 29, 2009 08:47 PM

          If you visit the service desk, every Trader Joe's has a complete list (by category) of all gluten-free products offered in the store. Grab one and go shopping!

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          1. re: OneSonTwoCats
            goodhealthgourmet Apr 30, 2009 10:11 AM

            you can also download the PDF file from their website.

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            swtcrm Apr 28, 2009 03:55 PM

            i like the frozen waffles, frozen pancakes, flourless chocolate walnut cookies and brownie mix. the rice bread is good if you toast it and put a little cream cheese on it (strangely).

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              adrienne156 Apr 28, 2009 02:14 PM

              I used the gluten-free brownie mix a few months back and I had some problems with the bake time. Although the packaging does give a set time and specifically instructs you not to overbake, "brownies will appear underdone", etc., my result with the suggested time was just way too underdone and I had to return them to the oven for an additional 3-4 minutes after which the edges became hard after cooling. I also suspect this could have been a result of the dark non-stick pan I was using which does tend to brown things quickly. Regardless, they were very well received, maybe just be aware of what you bake them in.

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                jsaimd Apr 28, 2009 11:45 AM

                I will preface by saying I have been a dxed celiac for 5 years and love to bake my own stuff from scratch. I also love to cook and feel most naturally GF things ar more appealing than those trying to imitate a product wherr gluten is key (e.g. yeast breads). I do miss good bread from time to time - I make versions that are OK, but have yet to find a shelf brand I like. Anyway, I don't want you to be discouraged because of my "reviews" - I have noted the products I know others like more than me.

                We do the waffles - they are Van's under TJs branding. The key is to toast well or they are mealy. I also use them as a base for French toast or bread pudding.

                I despise the dairy free pancakes - they have a very off flavor but many others like them.

                The rice bread I also don't like, but it is most palatable if you toast it. My son who was dxed at 2 with Celiac loves the stuff though.

                Neither of us liked the rice tortillas, but we are super happy with our local taquerias fresh corn tortillas.

                My son likes the mac and cheese, but I don't (but I don't like box stuff),

                Pasta is fine, it takes awhile to get used to cooking rice pasta - it goes from al dente to mush quickly.

                Ours doesn't have the English muffins or french rolls. I suspect that they might taste strange to you. IMO most GF breads taste best when you have been celiac for long enough to forget what real bread tastes like : ). Quick breads however work rather well GF.

                The baking mixes are fine. Pancake mix is best if you use buttermilk instead of the directed milk and the brownies if you use melted butter. I tend to bake from scratch, but others have liked it.

                We do like the granola as a treat, and the gingersnaps made some crumb crusts until my son decided he didn't like them (fickle boy).

                I have heard good things about the chocolate souffle and cookies in the frozen section, but I haven't had them since I enjoy baking.

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                1. re: jsaimd
                  CoryKatherine Apr 28, 2009 01:41 PM

                  Thanks this is really helpful! And ginger is a strong spice- like your son, i go back and forth on it ;)

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                    susanl143 Apr 29, 2009 11:37 AM

                    We do the waffles - they are Van's under TJs branding.

                    I'm certain they aren't Vans. I've noticed that Van's fall apart when you add syrup. TJ's GF waffles don't. Van's waffles plain have a taste resembling cardboard. TJ's waffles have better flavor and texture.

                    1. re: susanl143
                      goodhealthgourmet Apr 29, 2009 11:46 AM

                      perhaps things have changed recently, but a friend who worked for Van's packaging department told me last year that they were, in fact, the supplier to TJ's for that item...

                  2. masha bousha Apr 28, 2009 11:45 AM

                    I am not gluten free myself but I love TJ's gluten free Banana Waffles.

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                      chez cherie Apr 28, 2009 11:41 AM

                      here's a link to their website, with a list of all the gf products they carry:
                      http://traderjoes.com/Attachments/NoG...

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                      1. re: chez cherie
                        CoryKatherine Apr 28, 2009 11:50 AM

                        thanks! I've been on their site but didn't realize they had a gluten-free list. Has anyone tried any of these? Thoughts on gluten-free products?

                      2. CoryKatherine Apr 28, 2009 11:15 AM

                        delicious granola... typically, not 100% good for you (there are corn chips, basically freetos in there). But it also has sunflower seeds and flax seeds and other great stuff.

                         
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                        1. re: CoryKatherine
                          goodhealthgourmet Apr 28, 2009 12:02 PM

                          that GF granola is just a repackaged Bakery on Main product. do you really like it? i've tried it, and i had major issues with it. first of all, it's waaay too sweet for me. and second, they've got no right calling it granola when there's nary an oat in sight. it's corn cereal!

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                            CoryKatherine Apr 28, 2009 01:36 PM

                            lol I fully agree- it was like having candy. I did like it, it was the right texture and flavor for me for a good treat. I ate it straight out of the bag. by deadly I meant probably not healthy at all lol

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