Bob’s Red Mill Review

Bob’s Red Mill Review

Being a Celiac it’s easy to turn to foods that by nature do not contain gluten, like fruits, vegetables, rice, meats, poultry, fish, etc. All this is well and good, however there comes a time when you start craving a bisquit or some cinnamon rolls. This is where Bob’s Red Mill products come into play.

Description: 

Bob’s Red Mill is a company that has a long history of perseverence and striving for perfection in their products. They specialize in creating high quality flours. The name Bob’s Mill comes from their milling practices which they do “the old fashioned way” which is with milling stones and no specialized machinery.

This is what they say about it: To make superb whole grain flour, no modern technology can match the Old World engineering of a stone mill. Our beautiful stone grinding mills are much like the ones used during early Roman times. Unlike high-speed steel rollers, our quartz millstones ensure the most nutritious parts of the whole grain remain, so we can pack wholesome goodness right into your bag.

Because the millstones grind at a slow speed and cool temperature, the inherent nutrients and flavor of grains are preserved. This and other nature friendly processes allow flavors and properties of the resulting flour to be just as nature intended.

They also specilize on making great quality gluten-free flours. As part of their own search for perfection in their gluten free flours they adhere to a standard of no more than 19 parts per million of gluten. (gluten-free certification requires at least 20 particles per million). They have specialized facilities only for gluten-free flours, in order to maintain purity and prevent cross contamination. They do all this to ensure that people with gluten sensitivity can consume their glute-free products without fear.

Overall rank:

9 out of 10

Price:

From $3.00 USD up to $32.00 USD depending on the product and size.

Pros

  • The company has been around for more than 30 years (considering its burning down and rebuilding), which gives it credibility.
  • They have specialized facilities and machinery for gluten-free products
  • Their flours contain at most 19 gluten particles per million, which allows them to have a gluten-free certificate
  • They strives for perfection in their processes which allows them to create the best quality flours.
  • They combine old and new techniques to create their products
  • Due to their combination of “old school” and new processes their flours keep their natural properties which cannot always happen with completely indutrialized processes.
  • As a company they tend to have a great working environment and attitude, which make all their workers strive to make the best quality products.

Cons

  • Flavors are not always the best, they could be gritty or taste like “sand”, although it depends entirely on the recipe
  • Their flours require the use of Xathamum gum, or very good cooking/baking skills in order to get the gummy nature that wheat flour has.

Gluten-free product information according to their website:

For over 30 years, the Bob’s Red Mill family has been committed to providing the very best in gluten free flours, cereals, baking mixes and grains for our friends on gluten free diets. With decades of experience, you could say we know a thing or two about what it takes to make a wide variety of the best products available. To assure the integrity of all of our gluten free products, we adhere to a standard of no more than 19 parts per million of gluten. We’ve even built a separate gluten free facility with specialized machinery to make sure that our products maintain their purity—just as nature intended. By going to these lengths, we’re able to ensure that folks with wheat allergies, celiac disease and gluten intolerance can trust our products. For more information on Gluten Free, see our Gluten Free Resources.

My experience

 

I’ve always been the kind of person that looks for ways to improve my current situation, sometimes looking for home made solutions, others looking for products that could help me.

I used to prepare my own flours from amaranth and with those flours I baked my own breads, cinnamon rolls, cakes, etc. After a lot of trial and error I did manage to get pretty good results, however I didn’t always have the time to do all that work. This is when I tried Bob’s Red Mill flour.

In my experience I was able to get great results baking with this flour. The flavoring issue I was able to improve by using cinnamon and butter.

Most of the times I use pancake mix and all purpose gluten free flours, getting great results with both as long as I use extra ingredients to improve the flavor.

Do I recommend them?

Absolutely. It all depends on your baking/cooking skills, because the flavor issue can be a deal braker for many, but if you are creative, you can make it work with no problems. The best thing is that these gluten free products are truly reliable.

Here is a link to where you may find them. 

 

Many Bob’s Red Mill products are not cheap, however I do find them worth every penny.

Wrapping up

If you can afford buying their products and have confidence in your cooking/baking skills to get good flavors, I strongly recommend that you try this flours. You can consume these without concern, unless you are extremely gluten sensitive that even 19 particles per million could harm you. If this is your case then I’d suggest you stick to a full diet without any types of breads and pasta.


If you find this information useful or if you have any questions, don’t hasitate to leave me a comment. I’d love to talk to you!

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