Monday, July 19, 2010

Gluten-Free Essentials: Gluten Free Meatloaf Starter Mix Review

I have been reviewing some goodies provided to me by Gluten-Free Essentials.  This review of Gluten-Free Essentials' Meatloaf Starter Mix is only one of several product reviews.  To read more reviews on products from this company, click on the "gluten free" tag in the tag cloud in the right side bar.

I was eager to try Gluten-Free Essentials' Meatloaf Starter Mix, mainly because I felt bad for my family.  It is a lot of work to make two separate dinners and it is just more convenient if we can all eat the same food.  Because the meatloaf mixes available at the grocery store contain wheat or wheat family items (including gluten), I avoid them. I've tried some recipes from scratch, but they just don't taste as good as the mixes do to my husband and kids.

How to use the Meatloaf Starter Mix...

This is a starter mix and I italicized that to make a point.  The first time I made meatloaf using the mix, I didn't add any of the extra things that I would normally add - such as chopped onion, celery and catsup.  As a result, it didn't taste as good as I hoped and my kids didn't want to eat it.  It tasted very bland.

The second time I used the Meatloaf Starter Mix I fared much better.  I tossed in an egg, some celery, onion powder (I was out of onions) and some catsup.  I found that it tasted much better this time around.  I did make my husband his own separate loaf, substituting worchestershire sauce in for the catsup.  He did think it still a bit bland for his tastes though I used the correct amount per the instructions.  I thought it tasted good, but could easily see how a little more mix would enhance the flavor.  I do think the next time that I will add a bit more and hopefully reach a happy medium for all.  The kids ate the meatloaf this time, so we're making progress!  I think in time I will get the ratio of mix to meat and other ingredients to a place where everyone is happy and will enjoy it.

A big plus:  This is the only gluten free meatloaf mix that I have run across.  I love meatloaf and make my own gluten free gravy, so I was very glad to find the mix.

Buy it! 

Head on over to Gluten-Free Essentials' site and buy some!  The mix retails for $5.25 and you will get several meatloaves out of the mix.  I made it twice already and still have a good amount of mix left in the pouch.

Disclosure:  This product was provided to me for free for review purposes; however, the opinions stated herein are 100% my own. 
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