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Going Crackers... Help?

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I am on my first gluten free week and I am still trying out prepared products. But for some reason I can't seem to find crackers in my local health food stores or supermarkets. I am looking for the kind you can have with cheeses for holiday hors d'oerves or with nice bits of salmon or veggies with cream cheese-- that sort of thing. I do not really want the free-form mass of bird seed type-- I need the kind that is a little more refined looking. Can anybody let me know what is out there and how to go about getting some? And does anybody know why they are so hard to find? Is there something really tricky about making them without gluten? Or am I just in a cracker-depressed area?

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Glutino Gluten Free Crackers are great! They look like Ritz Crackers, but they're gluten-free. They taste pretty good, too!

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Glutino Gluten Free Crackers are great! They look like Ritz Crackers, but they're gluten-free. They taste pretty good, too!

I second these! They are delicious--buttery tasting, not hard or crumbly either. :)

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I am on my first gluten free week and I am still trying out prepared products. But for some reason I can't seem to find crackers in my local health food stores or supermarkets. I am looking for the kind you can have with cheeses for holiday hors d'oerves or with nice bits of salmon or veggies with cream cheese-- that sort of thing. I do not really want the free-form mass of bird seed type-- I need the kind that is a little more refined looking. Can anybody let me know what is out there and how to go about getting some? And does anybody know why they are so hard to find? Is there something really tricky about making them without gluten? Or am I just in a cracker-depressed area?

Lisa16

Hi Lisa16,

I generally only eat my own homemade gluten-free bread, but on the odd occasion that I fancy

Cheese and Crackers or Pate and Crackers, I have to admit I can't bake my own so I generally

buy Dietry Specials (sometimes known also as Dr. Schar).

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They have a cracker slice something like 'Cracottes' and a plain cracker reminiscent of a

'Cream Cracker', both are quite nice, UltraPharm do a similar cracker slice brand name 'Kelkin'.

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Hope this helps,

Best Regards,

David

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I've switched to using corn chips in place of crackers. They're much cheaper and easy to find. Although the Glutino ones everyone else mentioned are good, too. They look like normal crackers without being crumbly.

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I also vote for the glutino ritz like cracker. I get mine at wild oats but they are not with the cracker section, they are in a small gluten free area. We also eat Blue Diamond Nut-Thins at our house. We eat the chedder and ranch flavor so they wouldn't be appropriate for dips/spreads. They have some other (nut) flavors that may work for you depending on what you want to do. They are cheaper and I can get them at both Kroger and Wild Oats

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I also vote for the glutino ritz like cracker. I get mine at wild oats but they are not with the cracker section, they are in a small gluten free area. We also eat Blue Diamond Nut-Thins at our house. We eat the chedder and ranch flavor so they wouldn't be appropriate for dips/spreads. They have some other (nut) flavors that may work for you depending on what you want to do. They are cheaper and I can get them at both Kroger and Wild Oats

I LOVE the Nut-Thins!! I could eat the whole box in one sitting. I can get these at my Meijer and I just saw them at Whole Foods. The plain hazelnut are great with hummus.

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We like nut thins, Glutino crackers, Dr. Schar crackers, and Ener-G wheat free crackers and Seattle crackers. They are all very good.

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Rice crackers (rice thins, nut thins, all the same type of thing) are very good too, different than what you are used to (gluten crackers) but very good. In fact when I first went gluten free I thought these were good because it was something different--not trying to replace a regular cracker with something that tasted inferior. They hold up well when topped and are very crisp.

The glutino ones are ok, I don't think they are as great as others say, they are not buttery like ritz,, they are fairly bland tasting but do have a nice crisp bite and don't crumble. They are pricey too, over $5 per box (with two bags of about 15 crackers each in them).

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The Glutino ritz-like crackers are very good, very similar to regular saltines.

Also, please try Blue Diamond Almond Nut-Thins - Smokehouse nut & rice cracker snacks. These crackers are very good with cheese and dips. They are gluten free but happen to be sold in regular grocery stores as well as organic stores. Meijer carries them. There is a statement on the box "Produced in a facility that also makes products containing wheat, milk, pecans and hazelnuts. You would have to evaluate if you trust the manufacturer to clean the lines very thoroughly when they change from wheat products to wheat free. I live in Southeastern Michigan and find these crackers in several of our health food stores.

Sharon

I am on my first gluten free week and I am still trying out prepared products. But for some reason I can't seem to find crackers in my local health food stores or supermarkets. I am looking for the kind you can have with cheeses for holiday hors d'oerves or with nice bits of salmon or veggies with cream cheese-- that sort of thing. I do not really want the free-form mass of bird seed type-- I need the kind that is a little more refined looking. Can anybody let me know what is out there and how to go about getting some? And does anybody know why they are so hard to find? Is there something really tricky about making them without gluten? Or am I just in a cracker-depressed area?

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Glutino Gluten Free Crackers are great! They look like Ritz Crackers, but they're gluten-free. They taste pretty good, too!

These really are the closest to ritz crackers that i have found. they don't taste as buttery, but they've got the texture and crunch.

I LOVE the Nut-Thins!!

Marys Gone Crackers are good.

these are both very "birdseed"-ish....in my opinion.

here's a recipe for some "cheez-it"-like crackers, if you're in the mood to bake. I really like them and they're good for dipping. Gonna make a batch this weekend in fact.

follow the link for pictures:

http://nograinnopain.blogspot.com/2006_12_01_archive.html

Gluten Free Cheese Crackers

2 Tbsp. butter

1 egg

Pinch each of salt and chili powder

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated

1 tsp. xanthan gum

3/4 cup white rice flour (brown rice flour makes them grainy)

1/4 cup potato starch (or tapioca starch)

additional salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix butter, egg and seasonings in a mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in grated cheese one-third at a time. Be sure and blend very well. Add flours and

xanthan gum and beat very well again. Dough will be fairly stiff, like play dough. Roll dough out very thin and cut into small squares (cracker sized).

Transfer to cookie sheets. Press down to make crackers even thinner. Prick squares with a fork. Sprinkle with additional salt. Bake at 375 degrees for 6 minutes, then reduce heat to 250 degrees, and bake for approximately 15 minutes more. Keep careful watch to make sure they

do not turn brown. You want a deep golden orange-brown. Allow to cool before serving.

These crackers travel and keep very well. They stay crispy for up to three days.

Makes about 4 dozen 1-inch crackers.

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My favorite serving crackers are the Brown Rice Snaps by Edward & Sons. They come is a few different flavors like Tamari Sesame (my favorite), plain, onion & garlic, vegetable, and tamari seaweed. These are nice and uniform in shape and I don't generally have broken ones in the package.

I like the Mary's Gone Crackers too, but those are definitely bird seedy.

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