Samantha Stein is joining the Can I Eat? Team as the go-to girl for anything gluten-free

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By Gluten-free Sam
My name is Samantha Stein and I’ll be joining the Can I Eat It? Team as the go-to girl for anything gluten-free. You’ll see me referred to on the site and app as “Gluten-free Sam”. I was diagnosed with coeliac disease just over two years ago now, and I know just how overwhelming it can be adjusting to a gluten-free diet when EVERYTHING seems to contain gluten!

I started my blog, “The Happy Coeliac“, a few months after diagnosis, as a way of documenting my successes and struggles, and I have since published a book, ”Gluten-free Baking at Christmas”, after my first gluten-free Christmas was decidedly lacklustre in the treats department. I’m currently working on an eBook called “How to go Gluten-Free”, to help guide beginners through what can be a daunting process.

Things have changed greatly over the last two years, with more and more brands recognising the demand for better quality gluten-free food. Products can still be hit and miss, which is why I was so excited to join the team here at Can I Eat It?, and give gluten-free consumers more information and choice. With the average loaf of gluten-free bread costing around £3, it’s important to know whether the product is worth it before parting with our hard-earned cash.

One of my top tips for getting good bread each time is to be aware that while the regular supermarket bakery gets fresh products several times a day, the gluten-free aisle tends to be refilled around once a week. Even the best gluten-free bread won’t stand up to sitting on the shelf for long periods of time. Therefore, always look at the expiration date, and pick the loaf that expires the furthest into the future. It’s also worth giving each loaf a squeeze to make sure you don’t get the dreaded “holey” loaf!

If you do get a dud loaf, keep the receipt and get in contact with the producer. Many have excellent customer service teams. Other options are to toast it, make a bread pudding, or blend it into breadcrumbs and keep them in the freezer.

Necessity is the mother of invention and the gluten-free people I know are the most creative in the kitchen. Good luck on your gluten-free path!

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The Can I Eat It? Team are continually updating and adding more Gluten-free products to the App’s database. If you have the Can I Eat It? App, you can put the Gluten-free products tasted on your iPhone by scanning or entering any of the barcodes below. You don’t have it yet! Download the app now.

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Roberts Bakery Yes! You Can Sliced White Bread
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Warburtons Newburn Bakehouse Gluten Free Sliced White Bread
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Barcode: 5060195900276
Genius Gluten Free Sliced Fresh White Bread
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Biona Organic Rice & Sunflower Wholegrain Gluten Free Bread
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Barcode: 5052449528350
ASDA Free From Brown Sliced Bread
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Tesco Free From Fresh Seeded Bread
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Sainsbury’s Freefrom Sliced White Bread
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Competing Brands: Dietary Specials, Genius & No Wheat

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