Grandpa’s Kitchen is a company that sells gluten-free mixes and a flour blend. Here’s what they say about why the company was created.
“Some of our family members were diagnosed with Celiac Disease and after trying many gluten-free products, we realized there was a lot to be desired. Whether it was the texture, taste, or consistency, the products we tried were nowhere near the regular gluten-filled foods we were used to.
That is why we experimented with our own flours and recipes until we found the perfect blend. Our gluten-free flour blend can be used cup for cup in regular recipes. It already has the xanthan gum in it, so it’s ready to go. Our gluten-free mixes include pizza, bread, and pancakes and they’re all equally delicious and easy to use.”
I sampled the flour blend, bread mix, and pizza crust mix. The mixes are gluten and dairy free, but the directions call for ingredients such as buttermilk. I used substitutes.
Overall, we enjoyed the food made with these products. Here are my thoughts on each one.
I first used this for coating pork chops. It was not the best for that. It think it contained too much starch for that type of coating.
I also used it in my cherry chocolate cake. I hadn’t made the cake in a long time, but it turned out very well and everyone enjoyed it.
The directions called for 12 oz. vanilla yogurt or soy yogurt or buttermilk I used plain coconut yogurt.
Although there were instructions for using a bread machine, they didn’t give exact times for programming a machine, so I thought it was safer to use the oven method.
The directions say to “Knead at least five minutes.” I thought that was a bit odd since gluten-free dough isn’t kneaded. I mixed it for five minutes in my stand mixer.
The bread rose up beautifully, but as so often happens with gluten-free bread in large loaf pans (9 x 5 inch), it deflated when I took it out of the oven. The directions said to bake it 30 – 40 minutes. I baked mine for 35 minutes. Next time I would bake it longer and possibly cut back on the amount of yogurt.
Despite it’s deflation, it was nice bread. It was soft and spongy. The second day it was not as soft, but still reasonably soft.
Pizza Crust Mix
One thing I did not like about both mixes was that I had to add several dry ingredients including baking powder, baking soda, and salt (even though the mixes do contain yeast). A mix is something I like to use when I’m short on time, and having to add several other dry ingredients as well as the wet ingredients makes it seem like much less of a time saver.
The pizza crust called for buttermilk. I used almond milk. The directions did not say to warm the milk, but I did for the sake of activating the yeast.
The mix says that is makes two 12 inch pizza crusts. I had two twelve inch pans and there was no way I could make the dough stretch enough to cover both pans. I ended up making a 12 inch pizza and a 9 inch pizza.
The dough didn’t rise much, but when it baked it did get puffy and expand some. When I pressed the dough into the pan it was flat, but you can see from the picture that it spread out and up at the edges.
I probably could have made the dough stretch to about 11 inches in each pan and let it expand, but I didn’t know it would do that.
It made a very good thin crust pizza. We all enjoyed it.
- The final products were very good.
- It might take a few tries to figure out the best way to use the mixes.
- Dairy free substitutes work well.
- Several dry ingredients need to be added to the mixes making them less of a time saver.
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Disclaimer: I was provided with products to sample but was not paid to write this review. The opinions in this post are my own.