I am 2 Wks. gluten free, but I am wondering which products are the best to buy. I am a big Pasta eater, so which is closest to regular pasta, corn or rice?
Your input would help me greatly.
Some brands of rice pasta are good (I like Tinkyada), but I wasn't fond of the corn pasta I tried. Quinoa pasta is good too (it's a quinoa/corn blend).
Unfortunately, different people have their own preferences, and some people may prefer brand A, others prefer brand B. Not much choice but to experiment a bit. :-)
Tiffanyaka "Have I Mentioned Chocolate Lately?" Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004 Hiker, Yoga Teacher, Engineer, Painter, Be-er of Me Bellevue, WA
I'm partial to brown rice pasta... I find it tastes the closest to regular pasta. None of them reheat so well, but at the first meal, no one in my house can tell the difference betw. brown rice pasta and the old wheat pasta.
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I like corn pasta and elbow macaroni. I think the secret is the sauce or what you put it in. I make my own spaghetti sauce using burger meat (in my case buffalo), contadina tomato products, onion, green pepper, spices and cook it slowly for a long time. I used corn elbows in goulash recently and it was very good...there too, using good quality products for the rest of the dish. I think the corn holds up much better than the rice especially when it comes to reheating leftovers. You have to be so careful when cooking rice pasta, you can get it too done and then it is gummy. I don't buy it at all anymore. I actually buy the generic corn pasta at the health food store and it is really reasonably priced.
I have to agree with Tiffany, I have found "Tinkyada" brand (rice pasta) to be my all time favorite thus far. I have found corn pasta's quite difficult to work with and in my opinion, fall apart easily after boiling.
"Small Town" Minnesota, USA
Diag:9/04, positive blood tests
Trying to be strictly gluten-free
Tinkyada here too. It doesn't fall apart (some of the other brands do) and it tastes very "normal". A lot of people swear by Biaglut, but it's more expensive than the Tinkyada so I haven't even tried it yet for fear I might like it better! :-)
tinkyada here too--i loved noodles and really miss then--i have tried lots and lots of different varieties and tinkyada is the closest i have found--when i want noodles i get tinkyada linguine and use Better Than Bouillon chicken soup base and its as close as i will ever get to old fashion egg noodles----corn pasta tends to bother--i think i am very limited where corn is concerned--i can eat it as a veggie, but corn flours and pasta's seem to bother me--- deb
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I guess I'm a wet blanket when it comes to gluten-free pasta but I honestly don't like any of them. The best thing I've come up with is a recipe for homemade, but it is time-consuming to make it so I rarely do.
Tinkyada gets my vote for prepared gluten-free pasta because it's easy to find and easy to cook, but I have a hard time calling it my "favorite" because I find it just barely more palatable than most of the others.
In my opinion the rice pasta is better, because it has a very mild flavor compared to the corn pasta. When I make tuna salad with corn pasta, I have to add tons of stuff to overcome the corn flavor, so I am eating tons of mayo - which I would rather taste the tuna and the pasta all together. I buy all brands of rice pasta, so can't really tell you which one is best, I have tries the Tinkayada - however it is spelled - and it is very ggod. Just make sure you do not overcook the rice pasta, cause it will get mushy, I keep a very close eye on mine when I am cooking it.
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Gluten Free since 8-6-2005
Lactose free for many years
Casein Free since 02/14/06
Tinkyada gets my vote, hands down. I just like saying the name....it's fun! In my house, when my husband says what are you having I say, "Tinkyada", never macaroni or spaghetti. He knows now exactly what I mean..LOL
I learned about it from this board, thank you. I was never happy with the corn products, so gave up on pasta altogether until I found out about Tinkyada.
I've tried both their white and brown rice pastas and prefer the brown.
I DO use lots of water and add lots of salt to the cooking water, and follow the recommended time to the letter. Leftovers, if drained right away keep nicely in the refrigerator for a while.