Taste-Testing New Products!

Last week, I discovered Udi’s gluten-free tortillas at Sobeys! You can get a pack of eight small ones or six large ones for $5.99. These have to be the best gluten-free tortillas I’ve ever had. Although I love the Ivory Teff wraps from La Tortilla Factory (available at Pete’s Frootique for about the same price), these wraps have a wheatier taste, and even have that flour-dusted texture. You wouldn’t be able to tell them apart from a regular tortilla!

Robin Hood Gluten Free Flour

In other news, Robin Hood has come out with a gluten-free flour blend that will be available all across Canada. I don’t know pricing details, or manufacturing details, but it sounds like it might be a more affordable solution and a better-tasting replacement for regular flour. They also have some recipes online specifically for that flour blend, mixed in with the rest of the new Nutri Flour line (not all of which is gluten-free). I’m certainly going to try it out and I’ll let you know how it goes!

UPDATE: The Canadian Celiac Association posted on Facebook that the Robin Hood flour will be made in a gluten-free facility and designed for Celiacs!

Advertisements

, , , , , , , , , , ,

  1. #1 by 050937k2 on June 14, 2013 - 2:23 pm

    Hi – were these in the freezer section? I’m excited they might be in NL soon!

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on June 14, 2013 - 2:27 pm

      They were in the fresh bakery section with the other Udi’s products. If you can’t find them at your local supermarket, talk to the grocery manager there. You’d be surprised at what they can order for you!

  2. #3 by Dave on June 14, 2013 - 6:44 pm

    Wow, great news on multiple fronts! My only question, of course, is whether that Robin Hood GF flour is going to be prepared in a dedicated facility. I’ll take this opportunity to remind folks that some things that may appear GF are not–for instance, Speerville rice flour. Rice flour’s gluten free, right? Well, I called Speerville, and was told that their rice flour is prepared in the same milling process as their regular gluten flours, so they can’t in any way guarantee that any flour they make is GF. I hope Robin Hood does not have a similar issue!

    Oh, as for tortillas…I’m going to have a hard time being convinced that there are better tortillas than the “Food For Life” brown rice GF taco shells (http://www.foodforlife.com/product/tortillas/brown-rice-tortillas). But I’m definitely going to grab a pack and try!

    • #4 by glutenfree4hfx on June 14, 2013 - 7:06 pm

      I agree about the flour – I’m going to contact Robin Hood and see what information they can provide. I expect that since it’s labelled gluten-free, they’ve taken the proper precautions, but like you said, one never knows.

      I have a package of the Enjoy Life tortillas in the freezer, and personally I find that both brands I mentioned taste a bit better. Curious to see what you think after you’ve tried them! 🙂

  3. #5 by Dave on June 21, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    Hmmm. Where in Halifax did you see the Udis tortillas and Robin Hood GF flour? I checked a couple of Sobeys (the one in Tantallon and the one on Lacewood Drive), and neither seemed to have either one.

    Also, I contacted Robin Hood about their GF flour, and received this somewhat cryptic response:

    “Thank you for contacting Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. regarding Robin Hood® Gluten Free Flour. We always enjoy hearing from consumers and are pleased to know you enjoy our products.

    Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. has established the following stringent criteria for making “gluten free” claims, based on Health Canada’s proposed rules:

    1. Ingredient Screening – Ingredients cannot contain gluten sources such as wheat, rye, barley, triticale or their derivatives or hybrids.
    2. Testing – Products are tested to verify that they meet Health Canada’s proposed rules for a “gluten free” product.
    3. Manufacturing Procedures – we employ a comprehensive gluten management program. All equipment used in the manufacture of products containing any gluten source must be thoroughly cleaned prior to producing a product that is “gluten-free.” These procedures are validated and inspected after each clean-up.

    If you should have further questions or need additional information, please visit us at http://www.robinhood.ca or contact us at 1-800-268-3232, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    Sincerely,

    Morgan
    Consumer Relations Representative
    Ref # 10095680″

    So….does that add up to “safe for celiacs”? Not sure. Yeah, they “inspect” and “clean” their manufacturing process, but that means that they’re using the same equipment for other flours…and you know how easy it is to cross-contaminate flour. And what if the guy who’s “inspecting” and “cleaning” decides he wants to leave the factory early for the day, and doesn’t do a thorough job? Who’d notice? Also, they say they test to “verify that they meet Health Canada’s proposed rules for a GF product”….does that mean they test one batch and then trust it’s all good? I doubt they test each batch coming off the line.

    It sounds to me like there is a minimal effort to follow GF protocols, but that they are not in any way claiming that this is “safe for celiacs.” Consume at your own risk!

    • #6 by glutenfree4hfx on June 21, 2013 - 6:33 pm

      I saw the Udi’s tortillas at the Sobeys in Millwood (corner of Hammonds Plains and Bedford Highway) as well as Lower Sackville. I saw the Robin Hood flour at Superstore in Sackville as well.

      The response from Robin Hood does sound cryptic. The Canadian Celiac Association has endorsed it and confirmed that it is gluten free, so it’s hard to tell what to believe. I think cleaning, testing, and maintenance requirements are quite strict and mandated by Health Canada, especially now that gluten is considered a major allergen. I’ll keep my eyes out for any more news!

  4. #7 by KCahill on July 14, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    I found Udi’s tortillas….and they are INCREDIBLE!! Thank you so much for giving us the heads up! 🙂

  5. #9 by Melissa on August 20, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    I do not see on the CCA website where they have deemed the Robin Hood gf flour as certified celiac friendly, so I would not be choosing that!

    • #10 by glutenfree4hfx on August 20, 2013 - 4:29 pm

      I don’t believe it has been certified by the Canadian Celiac Association. One of the chapters simply confirmed that it’s being made in a dedicated facility. 🙂

  6. #11 by Shawna on September 3, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    Gluten free flour I bought at the Superstore on Young Street in the baking isle for $8.99.

  7. #12 by Barbara on September 17, 2013 - 10:07 am

    Made biscuits with robin Hood gfree flour, inedible, horrible taste.
    If you are using this product, you will need other ingredients to mask the taste.

  8. #13 by Carol on September 21, 2013 - 6:30 pm

    Does anyone know what is actually in this flour? (Rice, Corn, Tapioca, Sorghum etc?)

    • #14 by glutenfree4hfx on September 22, 2013 - 12:47 pm

      The bag lists rice flour, sugar beet fibre, potato starch, and tapioca starch. We’ve found that since it’s primarily rice flour, we’ve needed to add xanthan gum to most recipes.

  9. #15 by ytsimmisty on November 11, 2014 - 4:01 am

    I’m super allergic to Soy, and had the exact symptoms I do if I’ve eaten soy, from having two homemade scones using this product. I know there is Soy in it! It is not listed on the product, was either made in the same factory as soy, or it is mixed in this flour.

    • #16 by glutenfree4hfx on November 11, 2014 - 9:39 am

      Yikes, that’s not good! Luckily there are some much better brands of flour out there that are also soy-free 🙂

  1. The Scoop on Robin Hood Gluten-Free Flour | Gluten For Punishment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: