A while back I did a post about all of the yummy naturally gluten free things you can find at Lidl, and it has by far been one of my most popular posts. I can only assume this is because lots of people, like me, are tired of spending 3 times the usual price on gluten free basics and are more than ready for some cheaper options.
As part of one of their weekend ‘specials’ recently, Lidl started stocking Kelkin gluten free products, including some familiar faces (jaffa cakes! teacakes!) and some that were new to me, like pasta, lasagne sheets and biscuits. Apparently these products have been stocked in the Ireland for a while, but have yet to fully make it over to our shores.
It was such a pleasure to see a proper gluten free range in Lidl. I bought a small haul of jaffa cakes, lasagne sheets and pasta. The pricing was about £1.20 per item for these three, which may not be as good as the cheapo ‘normal’ versions, but is considerably cheaper than the usual price of the gluten free version. There were also several varieties of flavoured rice cakes and corn cakes, a tomato sauce, gluten free oat porridge, muesli and cookies. By no means a complete gluten free range (where was the bread?) but a pretty good selection. One product especially worth looking out for are the chocolate teacakes, which are almost £4 in Tesco usually, and were under £2 in Lidl.
As ever with Lidl, it is luck of the draw as to what you will find, and you may have to wade through thermal underwear, reindeer steaks and horse-riding equipment to find it. *(note: the best thing I ever found in Lidl: an actual weaving loom)
I’ve repurchased all of the products pictured above. The Kelkin pasta has taken over Heinz’ gluten free pasta in my affections, the lasagne sheets worked perfectly well in my roasted veggie lasagne, and I was glad to note they are not those annoying ones that need pre-soaking. The jaffa cakes are an old favourite of mine, and were scoffed with immediate effect.
It’s great to have a high street supermarket stocking decent gluten free products at an almost normal price, even if it is (sadly) possibly only temporary. Well worth seeking out while stocks last – in short: Get thee to a Lidl!
P.S. At the time of writing, Lidl are saying that this is a one off, and will not be a regular addition to their range…but wouldn’t it be great if it was? You can write to Lidl here to tell them that there are coeliacs and gluten free dieters who will buy this stuff.
P.P.S. By the by, a few recent gluten free favourites at Lidl.
– Mediterranean sharing (ha!) platter. OH MY. So, so good, All of my favourite things – cheese, posh hams, olives, sun-dried tomatoes without the usual high price tag.
– Fairtrade Milk chocolate. This is the closest thing to Lindt milk chocolate I’ve found (Lindt doesn’t guarantee any of their products are gluten free any more, sadly).
– French goats cheese, Greek feta and posh Italian mozzarella. I live. I am a cheese fiend and these are all regular buys for me – cheaper and nicer than the equivalent at ASDA.
– Fresh Olives stuffed with almonds. *dribbles*
– Gluten and Wheat free linseed packs. While not the most exciting product, I’ve found these really useful for upping fibre intake with minimal effort (heyyyy IBS followers). I sprinkle a spoonful or two over a bowl of fruit and yoghurt, or porridge. The Lidl packs are half the price of similar products from health food shops.