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22 May 2009

Bob's Red Mill corn products

bob's red mill corn stuff

We have a story. A story of why we've been gone so long. A ragged story, one that ends well.

I'm too tired, at the moment, to tell that story. And I'm not even sure how much I want to tell, yet.

So instead, I want to share this with you:

Bob's Red Mill now has gluten-free corn products.

Now there's a joy, like late-afternoon May sunlight falling through the living room windows when you have been cooped up inside for a week.

You know Bob's Red Mill, don't you? The good company from Oregon that believes in whole grains and wants to sell them to you. If you are gluten-free, you know Bob's Red Mill. They make the little bags of flour that line the pantry shelves of folks who try to bake gluten-free breads and cakes. That little symbol on the bag — the grain of wheat with a big red line through it — serves as an instant comfort in the grocery store. I can eat this.

However, for years, I haven't experienced that comfort with Bob's Red Mill corn flour or corn grits. At the farmers' market recently, I had to politely decline an offer of grilled polenta with local goat cheese and sauteed spinach. Why? They had made the polenta with Bob's Red Mill cornmeal.

You see, Bob's has two separate facilities in their factory: gluten-free and not. This is the great solace for us. Because the amaranth is made in the gluten-free half, we don't have to worry about cross-contamination when making chocolate chip cookies. However, until now, the corn products have been processed in the not half of the factory.

I'm sure many of us grew sick from the cross contamination because we failed to notice the absence of that wheat grain with the red line.

Now, however — triumph! Bob's recently moved to a larger facility. That gave them the space to produce the corn products in the gluten-free half of the factory.

Corn flour. Cornmeal. Corn grits. Gluten-free.

Homemade pasta. Cornbread. Pizza crusts with a little bite at the bottom. Shrimp and grits.

Bob's has shown a huge dedication to us gluten-free folks. I could not have baked and cooked without them these past four years.

(This week, this website turns 4 years old. Wow. We're just about ready for kindergarten, this site and me. That feels about right for how much I still have to learn.)

Now, there will be even more experiment and play in this kitchen.

Thanks, Bob. Always.

31 Comments:

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Jeanne said...

Happy blogiversary!

And yay about the corn products--I am so thrilled that they are finally making gf available.

And I'm glad that the ragged time has passed and has a happy ending! ((happy dance!))

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger Pearl said...

what a great testimony to bob's red mill corn products, shauna!

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger The Chatty Housewife said...

Thank you for sharing this! I am SO excited! I was just looking at these items yesterday and noticing that they still had not added the gluten free promise to the packaging. I am so glad they finally made the switch and I can't wait till my grocery store gets the new product!

 
At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Dolores said...

Welcome back!! I was concerned about your silence... I'm glad you are fine... and the story in between, it doesn't matter! treasure it in you heart, savor what you learned from it, and enjoy the fact that it's over...

Thanks for this 4 years sharing with us and teaching us soooo many wonderful things!!!

 
At 11:26 AM, Anonymous nikki said...

So... I am a bad mommy to my newly diagnosed Celiac daughter, because despite the kitchenwide gluten purging and careful meal planning, I've been using the non-GF Bobs cornmeal. Doh. Didn't even occur to me. *hangs head in shame and flings cornmeal into backyard compost pile*

 
At 11:29 AM, Blogger samantha elise said...

Yay! That is so comforting to hear...

But now I feel kinda bad, as I served those past corn products to my significant other in the past :(

I don't remember him getting sick...but now I feel at ease knowing that it says "Gluten Free".

 
At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shauna! Good to hear from you once again! I was starting to have withdrawals...such an addiction I will never deny. Thanks for all your insight, commentary and delightful prose into the gluten-free lifestyle as well as life and...most of all love. You inspire me!

Marla

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger amy said...

glad you're back, your voice has been missed :)

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger H.Peter said...

Interesting. To say the least.

Their ground Flax is fantastic.

 
At 2:09 PM, Anonymous kyndale said...

Sorry you are so tired! I know how you feel. I have three babes here. Well, my oldest is 10 already! My youngest just turned three so, I may get out of diapers here soon..:)

I love Bob's Red Mill products. Have you tried the Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal? Love it so much. It's gluten-free and contains brown rice, corn, white sorghum and buckwheat!

Smiles,
Kyndale
http://earthycrunchy.typepad.com

 
At 2:35 PM, Blogger Kimsue said...

I have been worried about you being gone. I am glad to read that everything ended well. I hope your sweet family is healthy.

 
At 6:22 PM, Blogger Pepper Blossom said...

you have been missed...when you are ready to share it will be good to find out where you have been. so glad to see you back.

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger meredith said...

I just recently found your blog after my gluten intolerance/wheat allergy diagnosis. I am so inspired by your love for all things delicious & gorgeous. Thanks for inspiring me to try at this whole g-free thing!

We made our first homemade pizza with Bob's Red Mill tonight & it was a hit for the whole family. I can't wait to try more/all of their products.

 
At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Michelle said...

Since I'ma the mother of three, and the Grandmother of six, I think you've just had another traumatic baby incident. Been there done that. It's not fun, but I'm thinking of you and wishing all of you the best. Bob's is the best!

 
At 8:03 PM, Anonymous Dana aka Gluten Free In Cleveland said...

Such great news, Shauna.

I absolutely can't wait to find some at my local store, and subject my family to a week of polenta pies and cheesy grits.

Thanks!

 
At 9:01 PM, Anonymous City Mouse said...

Good news! Thank you for passing it on!

*crosses fingers and hopes desperately that this means their corn products will no longer have dairy cross-contamination either*

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger gillian said...

bob's red mill are so thoughtful! thanks for pointing out the change.

 
At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not have celiac but I have decided to go gluten free to reduce allergies and am finding it much easier than anticipated as a result of your very empowering website.

Whatever reason you haven't been posting, I hope you and your family are well. You are a treasue.

Ellen

 
At 5:49 AM, Blogger dirk.zehrt said...

Thanks it seems to be a good product. I really hate Gluten!
Greets from Cologne...

 
At 7:43 AM, Blogger Bernadette said...

Thanks for the update! I love Bob's Red Mill but have noticed I couldn't use some of the products so I'll look forward to making some great things with them. As far as you being gone from the computer for a while...life happens. I'm sure we all understand that sometimes you need to step back. Health and family are most important!!

Bernadette

 
At 9:12 AM, Anonymous La Niña said...

Welcome back to your online home! That is great news about Bob's... although the Italian polenta from DeLaurenti has been a favorite around here.

I just received my shipment of 2 cases of Bob's Gluten-Free Oats. They had been out of stock for a long time, and I was worried that we wouldn't have granola this summer. Bob's came through, of course.

Thanks Shauna- and definitely thanks Bob's!

 
At 9:48 AM, Blogger Pille said...

Congrats on the upcoming blog birthday, Shauna!! You've certainly had 4 exciting and happening years behind you. Aren't you just excited and happy you began blogging? :)

 
At 11:27 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

I purchased your book yesterday and I am enjoying it so much. Your skills as a writer really shine in your book and on your blog. I have never had any reaction to oatmeal or corn products not labeled gluten free. However, I have made a few mistakes over the years with other food products. Thank you for your book.

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger GREEN KEY said...

Glad to see that you're back! I hope all is well.

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger Amy said...

I hope all is well, I miss when you don't write though I understand that life comes before blog and we will read about your adventures in good time. And go Bob!

 
At 4:25 PM, Anonymous kathy said...

do you know if they make masa I can't find it on their website? And if not is there another brand you trust for masa harina??

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Ali and Evan said...

We make a dairy and egg free griddled polenta (vegan french toast, if you will) will Bob's at our cafe, so this is great news. We can now add gluten free to the menu as well. And in case you're wondering, this week the polenta was served with a strawberry-rhubarb comopote.

 
At 5:36 AM, Blogger BarefootMdn said...

Although I can't have corn, I celebrate this great news with my fellow and sister Celiacs. This and your wonderful blog, Happy blogiversary!

 
At 8:35 PM, Blogger Jen said...

There is actually a bread bakery in the Chicagoland area that makes gluten-free bread that has a fabulous consistency similar to regular bread. I quizzed the owner and he said that they used the Bob's Red Mill products. My mom and aunt rave about it!

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger Marianne said...

I am thankful to Bob for many things, but especially the gluten free oats and cornmeal. I really missed those, and I hope that they make an oat flour next. The only one I could use is hideously expensive. Today I am making corn muffins. I always miss the basic things the most.

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger Karen said...

This is certainly good news. At last, grits.

 

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