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Friday, May 20, 2011

Gluten Free Mixes: Orgran Pizza & Pastry Multimix

Gluten Free Mixes: Orgran Pizza & Pastry Multimix
PRODUCT NAME:                      Pizza and Pastry Multimix

BRAND:                                     Orgran

COST:                                        $5.99

SIZE:                                          13.2 oz.

COST PER OZ:                            $0.45/oz


CERTIFICATION AGENCY:           Allergen Free International

ORGANIC:                                   NO


VEGAN:                                      YES               


LOCATION OF FACILITY:            Australia       

SHELF LIFE:                               1 Year +   

*These statements are based on the information printed on the product packaging.  We cannot verify the accuracy of this information.  For verification of the statements above, please contact the manufacturer.       

Nutrition Facts
Taste:  Pizza! Is this not the untouched promise land for a gluten free vegan?

Friends often use these delectable triangle shaped slices of delight as conduits for good times. Many late nights of the past have found me sadly sulking in pizzeria corners while companions indulged. I’ve gazed on wistfully and even found myself pondering the act of simply chugging the marinara sauce to satiate my craving. This thought was always second guessed by the distinct possibility that even the sauce could be sweetened with barley malt, a decidedly gluten rich ingredient- Boo! Just like alcohol or coffee, pizza is a social lubricant: it just makes fun times funner.  This is a food a simply needed to get in on.

Here in steps Orgran’s Pizza and Pastry Multimix. A bit of research revealed that this company offers a very extensive line of gluten free products and flour mixes. When given the opportunity to focus on the pizza dough mix for review I was ecstatic: get this girl up on that pizza train!

The product, to be clear, is a blend of flours and rising agents. One is instructed to add yeast, sugar, oil, and water, top with whatever ingredients they want on their pizza, and bake. I, personally, topped mine with homemade arugula pesto, balsamic marinated red onions, and olives. I imagine that a cheese and meat topped pie may produce different results. Please keep that in mind.

The taste of the dough itself was quite satisfactory. Before my gluten free days I became accustomed to the nutty, earthy taste of whole wheat products and this is definitely not that.  Orgran’s crust had a bit of a Wonder Bread appeal: not to imply that the product itself is overly processed, but simply to say that the taste recalled more on the bleached-white taste of pizza crusts I ate as a kid- you know, before the health freak adult in me decided to mostly eat whole grains. Most people would see this more generic white flour flavor as a plus-I know I did.

Labeling:    I found this product to have a confusing and excessive amount of text and directions. The box contained instructions in nine different languages and stated that most of the additional ingredients were “optional”. The oil measurement called for 0.7 ounces. When you find an average kitchen with a 0.7 ounce measuring device please let me know. I know that kitchen scales do exist, but as a lay person chef (like most of us) this device simply doesn’t exist in my home.

Packaging: The packaging seemed appropriate for the freshness of the product. It was a plastic bag encasing the flour in a recyclable cardboard box.

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Texture:           3
Taste:               4   
Value:              3   
OVERALL:        3.3

Reviewed by Lacy D.

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