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Kelkin Gluten Free Porridge

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Brand: Kelkin / Type: Porridge

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      16.06.2008 18:33
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      A good tasty alternative to porridge if you can't eat oats, but very pricy

      Kelkin Gluten Free Porridge

      For anyone with a food allergy, intolerance or sensitivity, finding a good variety of readily available, affordable, nutritious, reliable and tasty food is of vital importance. As I'm allergic to both wheat and corn most gluten-free products are of no use to me, because of the presence of corn or corn by-products. So when I found out that Kelkin's Gluten Free Porridge contained no corn products I was very interested to learn more. As I also have a mobility problem, meaning that I now do all my shopping online finding Kelkin's Gluten Free Porridge at Tesco was another plus. Since all the ingredients were on my safe list I decided to give it a go.

      Key Information From the Packet

      Ingredients: Rice Flakes, Millet Flakes, Guar Gum
      Allergen Data: This product is made in a factory that handles nuts and sesame.
      Gluten Free; Wheat Free; Suitable for vegetarians; Dairy Free; Soya Free

      Making My First Bowl
      The Kelkin's packet gave instructions for cooking on the hob and in the microwave. I decided to try the hob instructions first. Annoyingly they were given in the traditional British way with weights for dry ingredients and volume for liquids. After spending 13 years in the USA, I had gotten in to the habit of measuring everything in measuring cups, and had long since given up even owning a kitchen scale. Undaunted I pressed ahead and shook what looked like a reasonable portion into the pot and filled it up twice as far with water. Then I brought it to the boil and left it to get on with things while I made a cup of tea. Now the instructions said to boil for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously. I didn't stir continuously the first time around and it all worked out fine.

      A Word of Warning
      The instructions do say to stir continuously while cooking, and I ignored this the first time around and all was well. However, I haven't always been so lucky. It does tend to stick especially towards the end of cooking, so my advice would be to stir occasionally.

      Consistency
      If you are someone who like porridge to be totally smooth and uniform you might not like Kelkin's. I've made it several times, upping the water content and increasing the boiling time, and it still has clearly discernable individual flakes. Now this doesn't bother me, but if you are someone who likes your porridge smooth, it might bother you.

      Taste
      I really like the taste of Kelkin's, it has the slightly nutty flavour of millet without being over powering and lots of things can be added to it to flavour it up the way you like it. It's hard for me to really remember the flavour of oats so I can't really give a good comparison. But if you are looking for a good hot tasty breakfast this is a good choice.

      Price
      At £2.79 for 500g, Kelkin's Gluten Free Porridge works out at 56p per 100g. It's vastly more expensive than even the most expensive organic porridge in Tesco. Since its just millet flakes and rice flakes in a box I did a quick search to see if I could come up with a cheaper "homemade" version. So far it's worked out just as costly to buy the two ingredients separately at all the wholefood places I've tried. Still it's a lot of money for a bowl of porridge.

      Overall Conclusion
      I would recommend Kelkin's Gluten Free Porridge to anyone on a gluten free diet who misses porridge, or who is cooking for a child who misses porridge. But give the price, I will probably stick to cooking up a plain bowl of rice when I want hot cereal in the morning.

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