I’ve been eating gluten free for several years now – on and off, since I can still handle small amounts of gluten occasionally. So of course I am familiar with the gluten free products available, and I know which are nice and which are not. I hope this information will be of use to people just beginning a gluten free life! Just so you know, most of the below recommendations are regularly eaten by my husband, who is not gluten intolerant, without complaint.
Disclaimer: Brands can change their products and ingredients without notice. To the best of my knowledge all this information is accurate at the date of publication, but always be sure to check ingredients before buying.
For pre-made breads, you can’t go past Zehnder. I’ve never seen it in Coles or Woolworths, but many IGA supermarkets and Foodworks stock it in their freezer sections. They have many different varieties of bread, all of which are very nice. Their bread rolls aren’t so great, but they’re probably the best of the commercially available brands.
If you want to make your own bread, Laucke Easy Baker’s bread mix, available from Coles, is quick and easy (mix with water, allow to rise, bake, eat), and turns out very tasty with a good texture. They also give instructions for making bread rolls with the same mix, but I haven’t tried it yet.
I have not yet found good gluten free crumpets in a store, but I do have an excellent recipe for them here.
For baking your own goodies such as muffins, cookies, breads, and so on, I find White Wings gluten free flour – both plain and self-raising – to be the best. They turn into tasty goodies that aren’t too crumbly. Orgran flour is also reasonable, but can sometimes result in slightly stodgy or doughy baked goods.
San Remo is definitely the way to go! Many other brands go soggy when cooked and can be bland, but San Remo closely replicates the real, gluten-filled pasta experience!
Freedom Foods do a thin pizza base which is very nice. I use it often, and always enjoy my pizzas!
Pizza Hut also do gluten free pizza bases these days, but be aware that almost all of their toppings contain gluten or are contaminated through production processes. If you’re ok with small amounts of gluten, though, the base is surprisingly nice. A bit hard around the edges, but the bit where the sauce and toppings have sogged it up a bit is good.
I have found that most Coles brand meats are gluten free, including sausages, sausage mince, salamis, and sliced hams.
There are a couple of gluten free beers available. O’Brien Beer is Australian, and reasonable, but if you’re willing to spend a little extra to get a really nice gluten free beer, Dan Murphy’s carries one imported from Germany called Lammsbrau. It really does taste like real beer. Expensive, but well worth it if you can afford it!
The best biscuits to have cheese or spreads on are Eskal Deli crackers. They do tend to crumble a bit, as gluten free products do, but the taste is very nice.
For sweet biscuits, Macro Wholefoods Market (a brand only available from Woolworths, I think it belongs to them) has a good selection of delicious gluten free goodies! They have one that is like a Kingston biscuit, which I adore.
Basco do a few cake mixes. I’ve tried two: their chocolate cake is excellent and I highly recommend it, but steer clear of their carrot cake! It’s dry and crumbly and not very nice.
You don’t expect to find gluten in jams, but believe me, it’s there! Once again, Coles brand comes through and is gluten free and delicious! (No, Coles aren’t paying me; maybe they should be.)
Vegemite is out, of course, which I find terribly depressing; a substitute simply called Vege Spread is available but frankly it’s awful. Best to avoid it.
Most things like soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce contain gluten, however gluten-free alternatives are readily available in the health food aisles of most supermarkets. Most are just labelled as “gluten free [whatever]”, but there is also tamari, a gluten free soy sauce.