Woodman’s, Buffalo Grove – It’s Finally Open! (Allergy Friendly Grocery Shopping)

This morning I went to Woodman’s in Buffalo Grove.  Their Grand Opening is Saturday, but they are open for business as of yesterday afternoon.  There were still some holes on the shelves which I am sure will be filled by Saturday.

I have been hearing good things about the selection of allergy friendly products at Woodman’s for years now, but there has not been a store conveniently located to me.  Last weekend while visiting friend in Wisconsin I stopped by a Woodman’s near their house to check out the selection.  They had some products, it was crowded, I was tired.  In the end I came away overwhelmed and anxious about the selection.

When I arrived this morning I entered the door to the store that enters into the bread and bakery section.  They had Sweet Ali’s and a few other brands in this section.  I did not find any Udi’s or Canyon and started to panic.  This place was known for having all the best gluten-free brands. They had to be here.

What I discovered was this Woodman’s has a dedicated Gluten-Free Section!!! Plus two dedicated refrigerated sections for dairy-free milk and yogurt and another for dairy-free cheese.

Here are some of the selections…

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Look at all that Canyon Bakehouse and Schar selections.  They even had the long-awaited Hawaiian Bread!

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The Gluten-Free frozen bread selection is pretty good too.

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Almost any Katz product you wanted!

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Our favorite Kinnikinnick cookies in new packaging.

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The elusive Diaya cheese sauce only pouches.

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Free2b Sunflower cups.

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And our favorite Yummy Earth Lolly Pops, which are an essential in our house for the winter months.

They truely had the best gluten-free and dairy-free selection I have seen.  The one brand I could not find I believe was operator error and I’m hoping on my next trip to locate.

Welcome to the neighborhood Woodman’s.  -Susan B.

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Mayo – Why does it have paprika?

Why oh why do most mayonnaises contain paprika?  This seemingly innocent ingredient, that would be an after thought to most people, is one of the hardest nightshades to avoid.  This makes having any prepared salads from the deli a no, it also means most creamy salad dressings are a no.  Finally I found this Primal Kitchen Mayo…

 

No Paprika! So exciting.

 

The next step is trying to make mayonnaise from scratch.  Now off o make some chicken salad.