Where does your food come from?
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|Mon, 04-13-2009 - 3:04pm|
I'm sure a lot of very new people coming here would love to know even of your one find, so even if you can only say you found one item at a certain store, someone will be glad to know that they can go to their local store and know that, if they aren't carrying it, they'd be able to order it for you (so tell what as well as where!)
Now I just entered Year 6 of being strictly GF. My mother is amazed at the variety of good food I make. She made mostly Midwestern US standards- chicken with several variations, meatloaf... (I stopped eating meat the day I started college and yes, I'd had really good meat dishes loved by everyone... but I didn't think much of them and even giving up bacon, for me, wasn't hard...
I don't get upset at others eating meat but I personally can't imagine doing so.)
And the usual fairly plain canned and frozen veggie sides, and canned fruit except in summer, when some was fresh... the salads mostly iceberg, tomato, and carrots...
Our local major grocery chain is Hy-Vee. It has this great "Health Mart" section in each store. They were setting up the one at the nearest store when we moved across town and the manager took our number and also told us to call any time we had an idea.
I get my bread mix and the occasional baking mix in the GF shelves- half of the aisle (maybe a quarter of a long one elsewhere). In that section, cereals and other items that happen to be GF, whether organic rice noodles or whatever, have a little blue label by them.
You can make any store better by requesting products and showing you're a loyal customer who would rather spend locally, but will order food elsewhere if you need to. Considering how much you can order delivered these days, that idea has power. Wheat is one of the top 8 allergens, and that's not even counting the celiacs! A lot of GF food is made with other allergies in mind as well. Like eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, and most of the rest of the list (sure, not much help for the fish and shellfish allergic, but it is a start!)
I purchase more in produce, though. And dairy. Aunty buys milk, plain and natural yogurt (no preservatives, which she has some trouble with though not from CD), and cheese- most from the dairy section but we do get some from the deli (pre-wrapped before going to the store so any bread product there can't hurt it). But that's the stuff like the good Parmesan (okay, the second-best Parm in the store- can't afford the $14 one) that we grate a little bit of on the food at the end because it's