Saturday, August 10, 2013

Product Review: 1-2-3 Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour

Yay for my first product review! I have quite a few products waiting in the wings, but I've always wanted the Multi-Purpose Flour from 1-2-3 Gluten Free to be my first because I LOVE it sooooo much.

I actually love all of the products from 1-2-3 Gluten Free, but I chose the Multi-Purpose Flour because of its versatility. It is an honest cup for cup substitute for regular recipes. I also like it because if I want brownies, I don't need a brownie mix, I just need a brownie recipe. If I want a chocolate cake, I don't need a chocolate cake mix, I just need a chocolate cake recipe. If I want biscuits, I don't need a biscuit mix, I just need a biscuit recipe. You get the idea. But...if you're looking for any of those mixes--they make them too, and they're true to their name. The mixes are actually as easy as 1-2-3. I still laugh out loud when I think about the first time I used one of these mixes (it was the Sweet Goodness Pan Bars). I literally said "Wow! That was easy," aloud, and then I proceeded to reread the directions because I couldn't possibly be done already. I was wrong--I was done. (I'm also fairly certain I ate the whole pan in one sitting which is not an easy feat because these mixes make about twice as much as regular gluten-free mixes.)

The best part about this flour is that it is the only fortified gluten-free multi-purpose flour on the market today. You know how everyone is always saying that you should only go on a gluten-free diet if absolutely necessary because you're missing out on all sorts of nutrients that gluten-containing foods naturally have? This helps with that for those of us who chose or require a gluten-free diet.

Just like all of the other products, this flour mix is made in a dedicated gluten-free facility, and it is certified gluten-free through the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). It is also free of the top 8 allergens.

I've also had excellent luck using substitutions for dairy & soy while still using regular recipes that weren't originally intended to be gluten-free.

I haven't tried it yet, but the new boxes now say "Recipe for Angel Food Cake on the back!" After seeing this on the website, I noticed that the boxes I have already have the recipe on the back--I've just never noticed. I am and always have been in love with angel food cake. Every year for my birthday, my grandma would make me an angel food cake for my birthday, and then douse it in strawberries. I've only had angel food cake once since being diagnosed, and I actually made it myself (this experience made me that much more grateful for all of the effort my grandma went to in order to make me one each year--if you've made one, you know what I'm talking about--whipping those eggs isn't easy. I didn't have anything more than a hand mixer at the time, and she never had anything more than a hand mixer.)

I'm not sure I could possibly name all of the recipes I've done using this flour mix, but I've tried multiple brownie and cake/cupcake recipes, and they've all turned out great. I've actually been on a quest to find a recipe that didn't work well, but I haven't succeeded. There was one brownie recipe that was just kind of "eh," but I guess the gluten-containing counterpart is just kind of "eh" also.

I could go on and on gushing about how great this company and this product is, but I'll just say one more thing: this is the flour mix I planned on using for cupcakes for my wedding until I finally found a bakery to make me an actual wedding cake. I wouldn't have even considered making my own cupcakes if this wasn't available because while I like other mixes, I know this one is ALWAYS reliable. While I didn't use it for the cupcakes, I did use it for the brownies at our rehearsal dinner, and my favorite question was asked multiple times: "These are gluten-free???"

If you'd like to head on over to their website, click here.
If you'd like to read more about the fortified gluten-free flour mix, click here.

If you've tried 1-2-3 Gluten-Free products or this mix, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

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