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What is it? Wednesday: Freekeh + Giveaway

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

A few years ago, I stumbled across freekeh at a trade show and was immediately intrigued. Freekeh is fairly unknown here in the United States, but it’s been around for centuries. A staple of Middle Eastern diets, freekeh is a unique culinary experience that we are pleased to add to our Grains of Discovery® line. This is a very new product that will start appearing in stores soon, but can be purchased on our website now.

What is it? Freekeh is wheat that has been harvested prematurely and roasted, giving it a slightly smoky flavor. Our freekeh is then cracked for a quicker cooking time. It is similar to bulgur in texture and cooking time, but the roasting of green wheat gives freekeh a unique flavor. Traditionally, the green wheat was burned and rubbed clean. The name freekeh comes from the word farīk, which means rubbed. Today, modern machinery cleans the grains after they are roasted, leaving behind a beautiful, copper grain.

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Is it whole grain? Yes, freekeh is made from whole grain wheat.

Is it gluten free? No, because freekeh is made from wheat, it is not gluten free.

Is it organic? Yes, our cracked freekeh is organic.

How do you use it? Freekeh, like bulgur, is very versatile, though you won’t find many recipes using it just yet. It’s pretty new to the culinary scene and food trend setters are scrambling all over themselves to incorporate it into recipes. It can replace bulgur, one for one. Freekeh makes a fabulous side dish like the pilaf on the package and is an ideal grain for salads and soups. Cook it with just a bit of cream and sugar for a nutritious breakfast cereal or add it to your favorite dishes as a meat extender (or replacement). If you have a favorite dish using a whole grain, chances are pretty good that freekeh can join the party uncontested. We’ve enlisted some of our favorite bloggers to come up with new recipes for you to enjoy using freekeh. Until then, enjoy some of these dishes.

Our favorite ways to enjoy freekeh: 

Win it!

Do you want to try this new ancient grain for yourself? We want to give away a package of freekeh to FIVE people. To enter, simply comment below and tell us how you would use Freekeh. We’ll pick a winner from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 08/24/14.

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NEW Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free

Do you ever just wish someone would make gluten free baking easier? That there was a simple product swap that could replace wheat flour without having to keep 5 different flours and starches on hand? That you could just take the guesswork out of how much xanthan gum to use? Good news! We are excited to say that our newest addition to our gluten free product line can do just that.

Introducing…

Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour

Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour | Bob's Red Mill

endless possibilities, one easy solution

I think all of our gluten free products are winners, but this one is my new favorite. It’s so easy to use- just swap wheat flour with this blend cup for cup and follow the original recipe as instructed. You will bake some pretty stellar baked goods and tasters will be hard pressed to tell the difference. We even did some blind taste tests around with none the wiser. That’s a pretty good test, in my opinion.

This flour combines finely ground brown rice flour, sweet white rice flour, whole grain sorghum flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour with a touch of xanthan gum—just enough xanthan gum to create chewy cookies and springy muffins. The protein in the sorghum flour helps give baked goods an almost wheat-like texture and aids in browning, for those times you need a perfectly golden brown chocolate chip cookie.

We hope you will enjoy this new product as much as we do. To celebrate our newest addition, we’re giving away a package of this blend to five lucky winners. Follow the prompts below to enter. We’ll select five winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 7/6/14. We’re working to get this product on shelves as soon as possible, so if you don’t see it at your local store, ask them to bring it in. In the meantime, you can grab a bag at bobsredmill.com for $4.95.

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Win $5000: Fourth Annual Spar for the Spurtle

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle

Spar for the Spurtle | Bob's Red MillDo you have an original recipe that makes use of

Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats?

Enter your dish in our Spar for the Spurtle Recipe Contest for a chance to win $5000! Once you have perfected your recipe, submit a photo of your finished dish and include the written recipe through the contest tool on our Facebook page. We will select our top three recipes from all who enter by 11:59 pm on August 15th, 2014. We are not asking for videos this year, just a written recipe and photo of the finished dish.

The Prizes:

  • First place (grand prize): $5000 cash
  • Second place: $2500 cash
  • Third place: $1000 cash

A winning dish should take no longer than 30 minutes to prepare and use only two stove-top burners. Originality and flavor will be taken into account for the winning dish.

Be sure to read the official rules and if you need a little added inspiration, check out our Pinterest board for fun ideas.

Visit our Facebook page for more information and to throw your porridge into the ring.

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Father’s Day Pancake Giveaway

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles

Who makes pancakes at your house? If the answer is “dad,” you’re not alone. I haven’t really pinpointed why pancake-flipping and barbecue-managing seem to fall into dad’s camp, but they do. When I asked around, almost every woman said that their father made them pancakes growing up or their husband makes pancakes for their children. The majority of the men I asked told me it was his job to make pancakes at home. It’s my husband’s forte. In fact, when people are coming to visit, they often request pancakes for breakfast. For a guy that’s not particularly interested in cooking, he is more than happy to whip up batch upon batch of pancakes—Bob’s Red Mill pancakes, of course.

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The point of all this is that dad’s sure seem to make a lot of pancakes. Wouldn’t it be great to -ahem- flip this around and make HIM pancakes for Father’s Day? If making him pancakes isn’t on the agenda, what about giving him a gift set of different pancake mixes to experiment with? Either way, you’re getting pancakes and he’ll feel special. To help you turn Father’s Day into a really special day for dad, we’re giving away THREE gift sets of pancakes AND we’ll do our very best to make sure they arrive before the big day.

Winners will have their choice from the pancake options below to make a gift set for dad. I’ll even throw in a note for you and ship it to him, if need be. Of course, this means winners will have to respond quickly, so be sure to check your email to see if you’re a winner on 6/9. I will pick THREE winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 6/8/14. If this is all hooey to you and you just want to win some darn pancake mixes, you can certainly enter, too.

To enter, follow the prompts below. 
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  • 10-Grain Pancake and Waffle Mix – Full of wholesome goodness and irresistible flavor, this pancake mix is a perfect blend of whole grain flours ground from wheat, rye, triticale and seven other nutritious stone ground whole grains. The result is hearty pancakes packed with fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Buttermilk Pancake Mix – Made with organic stone ground whole grain wheat flour, real buttermilk, aluminum-free leavening and pure raw sugar, this pancake mix makes for a traditional, delightful, fluffy pancake full of nutrition and flavor.
  • Gluten Free Pancake Mix – This mix combines quickly to produce the perfect, light and airy pancake everyone will enjoy – whether they are gluten free or not.
  • 7 Grain Pancake Mix – A wonderful array of organic whole grain flours made from wheat, rye, spelt, corn, oat, Kamut®, quinoa, brown rice and flaxseed makes for a delicious and healthy whole grain breakfast.
  • Buckwheat Pancake Mix – A good source of fiber, protein and calcium, this whole grain mix cooks up perfect versions of traditional buckwheat pancakes.
  • Organic High Fiber Pancake Mix – Made from the finest organic whole grain wheat flour, Scottish oatmeal, wheat bran, oat bran, wheat germ and flaxseed, each serving of this pancake mix contains 7 grams of wholesome fiber.
  • Organic Cornmeal Pancake Mix – The down-home flavor of this mix comes from the stone ground whole grain cornmeal that contains the bran, germ and endosperm, as well as whole wheat pastry flour and oat flour.

 

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WIN IT: Gluten Free Granola

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

Bob’s Red Mill is excited to bring you NEW Gluten Free Granolas! We took our two most popular granola flavors—Apple Blueberry and Honey Oat—and switched out a few ingredients to create the tastiest gluten free granola you’ve ever had. We carefully monitor each ingredient throughout the entire process, from farm to packaging, to be sure you are getting the highest quality gluten free product.

NEW Gluten Free Granolas | Bob's Red Mill

We use only pure, high-grade gluten free oats. Each farm delivery is tested with an R5 ELISA gluten test to ensure the absence of gluten. Advanced color-sorting removes undetected impurities. Roasting enhances that wholesome robust flavor you expect. Finally, the oats are moved to our 100% gluten free facility and tested for gluten again to ensure their purity.Granola w Blueberries

To these pure oats, we add a little bit of sugar and flavorings for a lightly sweet, crunchy granola you’ll want to eat right out of the bag. Made using the same process (but not the same lines) as our regular granolas, these new Gluten Free Granolas are sure to become favorites in your house.

To celebrate our new additions, we’re giving away a package of each new Gluten Free Granola, Apple Blueberry and Honey Oat, to five lucky winners. To enter, follow the prompts below. We’ll select five winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 05/22/14.

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Celiac Awareness Month with Pacific Foods

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month and we’ve partnered with our friends at Pacific Foods to help raise awareness and have a little fun in the process. Together, we have created a few fun (and easy!) breakfast ideas that are both gluten free and dairy free to make breakfast a little easier and delicious. Join the fun all week as we share our recipes, give away some wonderful prizes and host a Twitter chat.

Bob's Red Mill & Pacific Foods bring you #CeliacBreakfast : a match made in GF/DF heaven.

Pacific Foods is an Oregon-based company with an extensive non-dairy beverage line, as well as quite a variety of soups, broths, sauces and meals for every occasion. We are excited to be partnering with them on this campaign to show you how easy a GF/DF breakfast can be and give you a chance to win a breakfast prize pack containing:

For more of the nitty-gritty details click here.

Bob's Red Mill & Pacific Foods bring you #CeliacBreakfast : a match made in GF/DF heaven.

There will be EIGHT chances to win over the next few days. Our week kicks off with a Twitter chat tomorrow (5/7) at 11 am PT. We’ll be using #celiacbreakfast and hope you’ll come and share your ideas for a healthy and delicious GF/DF breakfast.  Get inspired with our Pinterest board and end the week armed with breakfast ideas to keep you busy all May!

Want more info? Head over to Pacific Foods and find out all about the products we’re featuring and the fun we have planned!

 

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Chive and Cheddar Protein Pancakes {Stack’d Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Have you noticed the increasing number of protein pancake recipes these days? At first, I thought maybe it was just a body-builder thing, then perhaps it was a paleo-diet thing, but now I am realizing that these recipes cross those boundaries. A protein-rich pancake is a fabulous way to start the day. I love a good bowl of oatmeal, but unless I add some protein to it, I’m hungry within a couple hours. If I opt for a protein-rich breakfast, I’m far less likely to need a snack. This combination of protein and carbohydrates keeps you full and gives your body (and brain) some serious fuel to work through. Protein pancakes are an ideal breakfast solution.

I was very excited to stumble upon Stack’d: The Gluten-Free Protein Pancake Cookbook from Jessica Kahn and photographed by Rianna Alberty. These protein pancakes use rolled oats as a base and add eggs, yogurt and whey to bulk up the protein. Stack’d provides tips for swapping out oats for almond meal to make the recipes paleo-friendly and substitutions for making them dairy-free. I don’t imagine these pancakes will work as well with vegan egg substitutions, but they might. Recipes rely on a blender for mixing, so break out that Magic Bullet!

Stack'd : The Gluten-Free Protein Pancake Cookbook

Stack’d is elegantly simple. Its 30 recipes are beautifully photographed and contain easy-to-follow directions with ingredients you can find at your local supermarket. Because they do not rely on flour, there is nothing to be missed in these recipes. Use certified gluten free oats if you need the recipes to be gluten free. I absolutely adore the wonderful flavor combinations in the book- from sweet concoctions (adorably titled “Sweet Cheeks”) like Tart Cranberry and Citrus and Crisp Apple, to savory Fragrant Rosemary and Cozy Carrot. Stack’d even has a whole section dedicated to chocolate concoctions and dressed up recipes- Orange Julep, anyone?

Jessica and Rianna would like to give one lucky winner a copy of this book, along with a package of our Gluten Free Regular Rolled Oats. To enter, simply follow the prompts in the app at the bottom of this post (this works best on a desktop computer). We’ll pick a single winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 4/25/14. Can’t wait? Head over to the Stack’d website to order or download a copy.

Chive and Cheddar Protein Pancakes | Bob's Red Mill

Chive and Cheddar Protein Pancakes

Modeled after some outrageously delicious mini muffins, these chive & cheddar pancakes make for a great, savory flavor combination. Serve with dinner or make two-bite silver dollar pancakes as an appetizer.

  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (5 oz/143 g) nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup (1.6 oz/46 g) rolled oats
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon natural whey protein powder (optional)

MAKES 6 – 8 PANCAKES; 2 SERVINGS

To keep pancakes warm while you make the full batch, preheat oven to 200°F.

Using a blender, first add all of the wet then dry ingredients. This will expedite the blending process, brief though it may be. Blend until the oats are broken down and the batter is smooth, about 10 – 15 seconds.

Heat a non-stick griddle or pan to medium. Test the temperature with a quick spritz of water – just run water on your fingertips and flick it in the direction of the cooking surface. If it sizzles, it’s ready. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and you’re all set for the batter.

Pour a scant ¼ cup of batter per pancake onto the griddle or pan. Cook on the first side for 1 – 2 minutes or until the edges start to cook and bubbles appear on the surface. Lift the side of the pancake up just a bit to see where it is in the browning process. Ideally, let them cook until they are a golden, maple color.

Because these pancakes won’t have the rigidity of their flapjack forefathers, the swooshing technique can work wonders. Grab a spatula and, quite literally, swoosh it under the target pancake in one swift motion. Then flip it over.
Cook on the second side for an additional 1 – 2 minutes, or until golden-brown.

Transfer to an oven-safe dish and keep warm in the oven. Continue with remaining batter.


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The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook from America's Test Kitchen {Giveaway}

America’s Test Kitchen Event {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

We’ve got some exciting news to share from our friends at America’s Test Kitchen- they’ve launched a new book AND IT’S GLUTEN FREE! For The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook, they’ve applied their extensive expertise in baking and cooking to create reliable, delicious gluten free recipes that will work every time. We’ll keep our book review rather short, because we have a giveaway AND an event to tell you about.

I’m a huge Cook’s Illustrated and ATK fan. I like how deep they get into the science of things and how thorough they are in explaining what needs to be done. In my opinion, if you can understand why something works, you can apply that to other recipes. I have absolutely no doubt that all of the recipes in their newest book will be phenomenal, but this is not a book for the faint of heart. While most recipes are decidedly straight-forward, each recipe comes with a fabulous explanation of the how’s and why’s for its success- which makes each recipe look fairly daunting. If you get past that, you’ll have no problem creating THE BEST Old-Fashioned Birthday Cake, perfect New York-Style Pizza, Extra-Crunchy Fried Chicken and some pretty killer Chocolate Chip Cookies. Most recipes are accompanied by a lovely photo and those that are more complicated have great visual tutorials.

Bottom line: this is a great book for anyone who needs to cook and bake gluten free and wants to know the science behind what they’re doing.

The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook from America's Test Kitchen {Giveaway}

We were so pleased when ATK contacted us and let us know that, while they have their own preferred flour blend for the recipes, each recipe comes with some minor adaptations to have perfect success with our Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour. How cool is that?

Let’s take the coolness up a factor- join Jack Bishop, Editorial Director and TV Star at America’s Test Kitchen as he presents The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook at Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods. Designed to help readers understand gluten-free baking and cooking, you’ll learn what to stock in a gluten-free pantry and breakthrough strategies that every gluten-free cook should use. When? April 7, 2014, at 4:00 PM Bob’s Red Mill will provide samples of a few of Jack’s favorite recipes from the book. This event is FREE and no registration is necessary! For more information: http://www.bobsredmill.com/Whole-Grain-Store.html

{Giveaway} The kind folks at ATK have offered us two copies of this fabulous book to giveaway to two lucky readers. We’re going to pair the book with a bag of our Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and Xanthan Gum so you can get started with this book right away. You know you want to win this book. To enter, follow the prompts below. We’ll select two winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 04/11/14.


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New Product: Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

If you’re familiar with Bob’s Red Mill, you probably already know how much we love Scotland. Maybe it’s a kinship we feel with a country that is almost always rainy and cool (much like our beloved Oregon) or maybe we love it for birthing our favorite food, oatmeal. Maybe it’s because they awarded us the title of World Porridge Champions in 2009, or maybe it’s because they’re just so darn nice over there. No matter what is at the heart of it, Bob has always loved Scotland and, after a visit many years ago, his love fueled the creation of our Scottish Oatmeal. It was in Scotland that Bob first tasted and fell in love with traditional Scottish oats.

NEW GF Scottish Oatmeal | Bob's Red Mill

Ground on stone mills, this oatmeal is a true meal. It is smooth and creamy with a texture closer to farina than what we typically associate with oatmeal. It’s not chewy like rolled or steel cut oats, but it still has a bit of bite and texture. This isn’t gruel, but it is a unique breakfast experience.

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We have yet to find anything in the States that compares to our Scottish Oatmeal, which is why we are very excited to add Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal to our robust gluten free oat line. We take the same high-quality, gluten free tested and verified oats that you know and trust and run them through our specialized stone mills in our gluten free facility to create a new, whole grain cereal perfect for warming you up on these brisk *almost* spring days.

To celebrate our new addition and our undying love for Scotland, we’re giving away a package of Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal to five lucky winners. To enter, follow the prompts below. We’ll select five winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 04/08/14.


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Meatless Mondays: Curried Sweet Potato & Millet Soup {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by Judith Finlayson is a fabulous resource of whole grain recipes that anyone can enjoy. What I love about this book is that it’s a book about grains that are inherently gluten free (amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, sorghum, teff, wild rice) without focusing on what is missing from the dishes. Think of it as a celebration of the myriad other grains beyond wheat, rye and barley. Some of the best grains on the planet are free from gluten. 

The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by Judith Finlayson

Finlayson has a history with vegetarian and slow cooker cookbooks and she brings this experience to the gluten free realm. The recipes are approachable, even if they sound hard like Moroccan-style Millet Stuffing and Coconut-Spiked Pork with Quinoa and Peanuts. All of the recipes come with tips for ways to simplify or elaborate the recipe and many come with variations for making the dish vegetarian. The majority of the dishes are accompanied by beautiful photography and they all have nutritional breakdowns which is a huge bonus and not something most cookbooks offer.

From breakfast to dessert, this book has it all. Finlayson kicks off The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook with a thorough guide to whole grains. She covers their history, how to store them, how to buy them and the nutrition they bring to your table. Needless to say, we love this book.

The generous folks at Robert Rose Publishing have offered us a single copy to give away to one lucky reader. We’ll pair this book with a package of amaranth, millet, quinoa, teff and sorghum to get you started. This is a fun whole grains gift set that anyone- gluten free or otherwise- will certainly enjoy. To enter, follow the prompts in the app at the bottom of this post. We’ll pick a winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 3/31/14. Winners must be over 18 and are limited to US and Canadian residents only.  To pick up a copy of the book now, visit your favorite book retailer or Amazon.com

Curried Sweet Potato and Millet Soup | Bob's Red Mill

Curried Sweet Potato and Millet Soup

VEGAN FRIENDLY

This soup is a lovely combination of flavors and texture. It has a mild curry taste, enhanced with the addition of orange and a hint of sweetness from the maple syrup. The toasted walnuts add taste and an appealing bit of crunch, while the optional yogurt provides a creamy finish. Although this is a great cold weather soup, it’s light enough to be enjoyed any time of the year — perhaps even for dinner with the addition of salad.

Tips

To get this quantity of puréed sweet potato, bake, peel and mash 2 medium sweet potatoes, each about 6 oz (175 g). You can also use a can (14 oz/398 mL) sweet potato purée.

Toasting brings out millet’s pleasantly nutty flavor. To toast, heat in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it crackles and releases its aroma, for 5 minutes.

  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil (15 mL)
  • 2 Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp minced Ginger Root (10 mL)
  • 2 tsp Curry Powder (10 mL)
  • 1 tsp freshly grated Orange Zest (5 mL)
  • 2 cups Sweet Potato Purée (500 mL)
  • 6 cups Vegetable Stock (1.5 L)
  • 3⁄4 cup Millet, toasted (175 mL)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed Orange Juice (250 mL)
  • 1⁄4 cup pure Maple Syrup (60 mL)
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
  •  Toasted chopped Walnuts or sliced Almonds
  • Plain Yogurt, optional

1.    In a large saucepan or stockpot, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until carrots have softened, about 7 minutes.

2.    Add garlic, ginger, curry powder and orange zest and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add sweet potato and stock and stir well. Bring to a boil. Stir in millet. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until millet is tender and flavors have blended, about 30 minutes.

3.    Add orange juice and maple syrup and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish with toasted walnuts and a drizzle of yogurt, if using.

Makes 6 servings

Excerpted from The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by Judith Finlayson © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.


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