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Posted 23 March 2015 - 07:16 PM

Thank you for the notice about the Freedom Food oats.  I noticed they had gone missing from our local Coles.  I found some boxes still at IGA.  And I have called and left a voice mail at Freedom Foods.  I am more than bummed.  Our family was doing well after being able to introduce these oats last year.  I want more explanation from them.


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My super silly red siren is my guiding light. She has been a tremendous lesson for me in how gluten affects different people in very different ways. She is a super duper silly girl that was simply born that way. I have no idea why I am so blessed to have her guidance.

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 04:29 AM

I think you'll find that what it comes down to -- not that they'd probably admit it -- is being able to pump out more of their nut-free, oat-based muesli bars to cater for the growing demand for nut-free packaged snacks brought about by schools with nut-free policies. It is a whole lot cheaper and easier to procure large amounts of regular oats and not do any of the gluten testing, their profit margins would increase dramatically.

I would imagine they've done a cost-benefit analysis and figured they stand to make a lot more money from expanding their nut-free market share in the cheapest may possible than they would lose by alienating their customers who just want uncontaminated oats. They're in business to make money, not to perform a public service, but it is a shame they can't/won't meet the needs of both markets considering they were the only readily available source of pure oats.

Watch this space, I bet we'll see their range of muesli bars and other oat-based snacks increase without any drop in price. Good for them and for those who don't mind paying more for safe nut-free snacks, but not so good for us oat-lovers!

I'm trying to find a suitable alternative as my health is better when I include pure oats in my diet, but everything is about double the price and that's BEFORE shipping!! I was using them to make my own muesli and protein bars too which saved a lot of money.

A couple of good things I will say about Freedom Foods:
1) They did an excellent job making their new porridge box look as different as possible to the Free Oats box. The visual cue made me double-check the box for more details and enquire further, unlike other brands that just change ingredients without giving any indication of having done so.
2) They were extremely quick in getting back to me when I sent an email enquiry. I hit send and literally had a reply a minute later (someone must have a draft saved). This is a good move on their part considering someone could have been about to eat their product.

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UNRELATED NOTE: I discovered San Remo gluten free ravioli in the freezer section of Supabarn today. I haven't noticed them in Coles or Woolworths so I don't know if this is a new product? There were three flavours: spinach and ricotta, beef and chicken. I had the spinach and ricotta for dinner tonight. It had a good texture and taste, held together while cooking and it wasn't gummy like the Pasta al Naturale brand from Coles which I made my gluten-eating husband finish, LOL. It is very high in salt, but I'd buy it again to have as a standby meal. Each pack has two serves, takes 7-8 minutes to cook once your water is boiling and I think cost $8.

For those with other dietary requirements, the spinach and ricotta pack contains milk, soy and sulphites. It may contain traces of egg, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, crustacea and fish.
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Posted 26 March 2015 - 01:49 AM

Yum. Has any tried the san remo gluten-free egg noodles/pasta?
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Posted 27 March 2015 - 03:36 AM

Yum. Has any tried the san remo gluten-free egg noodles/pasta?


Yup! I had it with Hungarian Goulash. I thought it was good. :-)
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Posted 03 April 2015 - 12:22 PM

Sitting in pizza express in london. Best gluten free  pizza  I have ever had. They serve it on special boards that are only used  for gluten-free pizza.  Also the pizzas on the menu they list as been able to be made gluten-free means all of it. None this gluten-free base only or meat pizza been gluten-free without the meat business  you get at some places 


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 01:55 AM

Went to gluten free expo today. found out that Latina are about to release some gluten-free fresh pasta. I think it comes out this week in Woolworths. Looks like there will be ravioli and lasagne sheets. Wasn't able to taste test but will be definitely buying some.

 

Also got a enchilada kit and soft taco kit from San diego tortilla company. Unfortunately they aren't available in supermarkets.

Bayview who do frozen chicken and fish are supposed to be adding some salt and pepper squid into the range at the end of the month. 

 

Noticed a increase in paleo/raw type products this year. Also various forms of coconut things although this seems to be a general food trend.


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Posted 04 July 2015 - 09:18 PM

Has anyone tried the woolworths brand of gluten-free bread? I think it is new as haven't seen it before. 


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Posted 11 July 2015 - 02:45 AM

Hi, im from bendigo, vic.
I was wondering if the blood tests for celiac disease are the same in Australia as America?
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Posted 29 July 2015 - 03:14 AM

Cathy,

Do you have any info on O'Brien Brewing? Saw from website they have a gluten-free beer. I also saw they will be doing something in Sydney on Sept. 29. Maybe someone could try the beer and give an opinion on it's taste.

Tom


I recently attended a food services trade exhibition in Melbourne and tasted O'Briens pale ale. I am not a beer lover but would definitely have it again. Very nice aftertaste. O'Briens was part of the gluten free world at this trade show so is definitely gluten free.
Cheers Amanda
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Posted 31 July 2015 - 06:15 PM

Am starting to get a bit cranky that alot of new gluten-free products are raw and paleo. Same with recipes online. I don't mind that type of food sometimes but I don't want to eat that way all the time. 


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 01:44 AM

Hi everyone. I'm a newly diagnosed coeliac, (think I've had it for ages though) in Perth Western Australia.

Do most people lose the fatigue after a few weeks of eating gluten free? I'm excited for the possibility of that and want to try get there without any mistakes.

HUGE EDIT: took out the basic questions, my appointment with a dietitian got moved forward 


Edited by Paul Francis, 11 August 2015 - 08:58 PM.

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 08:51 PM

Hi everyone. I'm a newly diagnosed coeliac, (think I've had it for ages though) in Perth Western Australia.

Do most people lose the fatigue after a few weeks of eating gluten free? I'm excited for the possibility of that and want to try get there without any mistakes.

HUGE EDIT: took out the basic questions, my appointment with a dietitian got moved forward

Hi and welcome! I'm from Sydney, not coeliac but with a pretty severe intolerance. I think recovery looks different on everyone: some who have fatigue feel better immediately, for others it takes more time, some unfortunately feel worse temporarily. You might be better off asking that particular question in the recovery or coping sub-forums since it's not specific to Aus/Nz and more people may see it that way.

My fatigue problem was improved going gluten free but it was more gradual; I could not tell you how long it took. Now if I accidentally eat something with gluten in it or which has been cross-contaminated it's like I've been hit by a truck!

All the best with your dietician appointment and your recovery. :)
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Posted 20 August 2015 - 02:52 AM

Good Luck. Can't really give on recovery since I was diagnosed when I was 6. I'm not highly sensitive though and when I was a teenager used to cheat a lot. I did feel a bit better when I stopped cheating. 

 

Some advice-

- Try not to think of all the things you can't have- It's hard but there are lots of things that you can still eat. 

- Remember that you don't have to like something just because it is gluten free. 

- If you don't like a particular type of food it's fairly likely you won't like the gluten-free version. Nothing to do with gluten-free version tasting weird because it's gluten-free, just your tastebuds. For example I don't like the gluten versions of sausages or coconut biscuits. So I don't "count" them as foods I can't have or taste yucky because it's gluten-free .

 

On the positive side you can now get some really delicious gluten-free food.  Up until about 10-12 years ago the only biscuits you could get were some strange tasting Jam Drops from health food stores or Some from woolies. They had all chocolate one side and chocolate drizzle on the other. Now you can get gluten-free versions of mint slice, Oreos, Anzac Biscuits, Gingernuts etc. The best bit is that all tasty and edible!


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Posted 20 August 2015 - 07:25 AM

My favourite tip has to do with gluten free bread. It can sometimes taste a little dry or stale, and doesn't seem to keep as well as regular bread. If you dab/flick the smallest amount of water (literally a drop of two, don't overdo it!) onto each slice, wrap them up in paper towel, and microwave for 10 seconds or so you get lovely fresh bread again. Game changer!

Also I don't know if anyone else who is active in this thread is from Sydney, but the Gluten Free expo is on this Friday and Saturday (21 & 22 August). The vendors have massive discounts towards the end of the last day. Worth a visit. http://www.glutenfreeexpo.com.au
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Posted 26 August 2015 - 02:51 AM

In woolies tonight I found gluten-free up and go! Not sure if it will taste good but still exciting. Looks like sanitarium have realised that people who need to eat gluten-free actually like the same things as those who don't. I got the chocolate one- I'm impressed the resisted the urge to add some orange flavour to it.
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