For those of you who live in or visit the Texas area, be sure to shop at H.E.B. In addition to low prices that rival that of Walmart, H.E.B. has begun making their own line of gluten-free pastas and soups that are less expensive and often better tasting than some of the brand name gluten-free lines (see my earlier post on H.E.B.).
With all the support they provide to those with food allergies, I’m happy to toot their horn! I visited the store yesterday to purchase some baguette bread to make bruschetta. I was disappointed to find no pre-packaged items with ingredient listings that said peanut, nut, and sesame free.
An H.E.B. employee saw me looking on the deep dark recesses of the shelves and asked if he could help. He walked me over to the baker and put me in communication with the head baker. Unforunately, much of the bakeries items can be cross-contaminated due to the baking surfaces and mixing bowls. However, the head baker was quick to offer to bake me three baguette loaves (for the same price as regular bakery baguette loaves) that would be free of nut, peanut, and sesame contamination.
She said she would bake the bread first thing in the morning while all surfaces were clean and uncontaminated and would complete those loaves before beginning the regular baking. I was so touched that she would accommodate our needs while adding to her own workload. Now, the family will be able to have bruschetta together with normal bread. What a treat!
I am truly an H.E.B. shopper for life!