I had a comment on my blog from Edmonton, so I’m going to share my grocery tips for 2011:
1. Bulk Barn – I get flours, gf noodles, almond milk and occasionally rice crackers or gf cereal there. Sales happen on occasion & I use the $3.00 off coupon as much as I can.
2. www.iherb.com – I buy a lot of gf foods there. They do carry Bob’s Red Mill as well as other US brands. The xanthan gum is usually at least $4.00 (cost of shipping) cheaper than my stores.
3. Safeway – carries Kinnikinnick products – we like the Tapioca Rice bread, and a line or two of soy ice cream. It’s about 1 litre for $3.99, comes in chocolate, vanilla and caramel ripple. They also just started labelling the shelves better, so that helps.
4. Sobey’s – ours has a GF section, it’s small, but it’s a section! You can usually find Nature’s Path among other brands. Mostly it’s dried pasta, cookies and cereal, but sometimes they have ice cream cones too. (Goes really well with the soy ice cream from Safeway)
5. Send someone with cash to the States. We love the General Mills Gluten Free Chex cereal. Can’t get that here, boo hoo. The Cinnamon Chex is just like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. They also have Rice, Corn, Chocolate and Honey Nut. If you are doing that, get them to also pick up: Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce (NOT GF in Canada or the UK), and Betty Crocker GF Cake mixes – very good & usually reasonable price.
6. Shop the perimeter of the store – fresh is best. Watch for frozen chicken breasts, some of them are marked “Gluten Free”. Buy whole foods and get cooking.
7. Remind yourself that this is totally easy, it’s just grocery shopping. You will get better at it & faster too. Don’t forget to read labels, everytime though. That’s why fresh is best. No label = super fast!