This part of my life began when my very sick partner was diagnosed with Celiac. Even the slightest exposure to gluten can make him very ill for several days, so I have pursued gluten-free options with thorough aggression. In the U.S. a recent surge of gluten awareness means we have more choices than ever, but it still means hunting and analyzing and tracking down parent companies. After several years now of doing so, I want to share my tricks and tips with others who are still struggling.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Gluten-Free Product Review: Better Than Bouillon
GLUTEN FREE FEATURED PRODUCT
A regular postings of gluten-free products that I use myself and are available in my local grocery store. You can check your local store for these items, order them online, or ask your store to stock them. I do not have any relationship with the companies in question, nor do I receive any form of compensation for these reviews. Gluten-Free status is based on information from the manufacturer, the current Cecelia's Marketplace shopping guide and personal experience, and may change if the company changes formulation or manufacturing processes.
Better Than Bouillon
Bouillon and broth are two really hard-to-find items in gluten-free. It's probably because wheat is such a good flavor enhancer for this kind of item. Better than Bouillon food bases are in most grocery stores, and make an excellent foundation for soups, sauces, or even flavorings for meat. Their au jus is perfect for a gluten-free french dip, and I've had great success rubbing a teaspoon of it on a pot roast before cooking. It adds a fantastic rich flavor to the finished meat.
The manufacturer's website states that they will list any gluten ingredients clearly on the label (i.e. if their "natural flavor" contains a problem ingredient, they will specify it as "natural flavor (contains wheat)"). Cecelia's Marketplace lists the Better than Bouillon bases that are gluten-free, including their premium and organic beef and chicken flavors and their vegetarian "no beef" and "no chicken" flavors.