A Positive Change for Jovial Brown Rice Pasta

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It took us a few years of trials to develop jovial’s gluten free pasta. We wanted to make this pasta with just one organic whole grain ingredient, and with no corn,  starches or those dreadful diglycerides. This pasta also had to pass the test of the most discerning taster, our daughter.  At that time, she was seven and her hair was falling out in clumps because of gluten intolerance. Thankfully, we went through leaps and bounds to make sure she approved of this pasta!

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As always, we found that the key to quality could be found in the past, and we explored the use of old methods of pasta production. When DuPont invented Teflon, traditional bronze dies were filled with non-stick inserts and all of the pasta factories jumped on board with this new technology. The pasta became easier to extrude and production time was accelerated. During the same era, drying temperatures also went up and the hours it took to dry the pasta were considerably reduced. As with every jovial product, we find that man-made ‘improvements’ have consequences, and with pasta, these technological advancements affected both texture and flavor in a major way. We only use bronze dies and slow drying temperatures for our pasta and we know this sets us apart from the rest.

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Too many people suffer from gluten intolerance today, and in our minds, it just isn’t enough to be safely gluten free. We wholeheartedly believe in the importance of organic certification. Don’t take that seal lightly because it not only ensures your food is free of harmful pesticides and fungicides, it also ensures undesirable processing ingredients and techniques are not used when your food is manufactured. We still continue to improve our product in many ways. We concentrate on farming because all food starts with a seed. Right now, it is time to forge new alliances with the right farmers for next year’s crop. Our ultimate goal is to know exactly where our food comes from, and this means getting out to the fields and meeting the farmers who will grown our rice. It’s the same mom and dad team driving all around Italy, keeping a close eye on everything, and also racing home to pick up that now teenage daughter and her sister at school!

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Back in 2009 when jovial pasta was born, we also deeply considered the packaging material. Packing in a box made from recycled cardboard was the best option and we found an amazing material made from wood pulp that is 100% biodegradable and certified home compostable for the window. However, our factory did not have the equipment needed to pack the pasta directly in the box on the production lines used for this product. That meant extra packaging and work. In fact, until today, all of our gluten free pasta was packed directly in the compostable bag and then transported to a production line equipped for boxing. The pasta was then placed on the line by hand and the machine finished the packing. This was very time consuming and also wasteful, as we were forced to have double packaging material.

We are happy to report that we have now added the necessary equipment to pack directly in the box on all short cuts. Please do not be alarmed by this change because it is certainly a positive one! You may have already noticed our penne showing up in the box without the bag, and soon, you will see the same for fusilli and caserecce. We hope to make this change in the future for our spaghetti, capellini and tagliatelle, but for now, those products will remain bag in box. Same pasta, same people, 100% gluten free, just packed differently. Thank you for your support and please contact us with any question or comments!

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A Positive Change for Jovial Brown Rice Pasta

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It took us a few years of trials to develop jovial’s gluten free pasta. We wanted to make this pasta with just one organic whole grain ingredient, and with no corn,  starches or those dreadful diglycerides. This pasta also had to pass the test of the most discerning taster, our daughter.  At that time, she […]

Continue reading...

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We are excited to announce the first finalist in Jovial’s Culinary Getaway Giveaway! Claire received the majority of votes for her fun ode to jovial’s gluten free tagliatelle. Congratulations Claire, you are one step closer to that dream vacation in Tuscany! An Ode to Jovial’s Gluten-Free Egg Tagliatelle by Claire DelMonte It was just as […]

Continue reading...

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GLUTEN FREE VEGETABLE LASAGNA

Stir frys are easier than you may think.  Although prep work is involved, the rest happens pretty quickly.  While woks are traditionally used, you can use a large heavy skillet instead.  Just be sure it’s a large flat bottomed pan that allows the ingredients to make contact with the heated surface. We love to use […]

Continue reading...

Gluten Free Vegetable Lasagna

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Vegetable lasagna is a nice change because it is a complete meal on it’s own and a great way to incorporate a lot of vegetables into your dinner.  Now that spring is here and vegetables are fresh, we think this is a great gluten free meal everyone can enjoy. This lasagna also reheats nicely. Vegetable […]

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GLUTEN FREE VEGETABLE LASAGNA

It’s time to get your green on!  Everyone’s a little Irish on St. Patty’s day-right?  This Irish soda bread is definitely a St. Patrick ’s Day staple. Soda bread gets its name from baking soda being used as the leavening agent, instead of yeast. The dough rises due to the reaction between an acidic liquid, […]

Continue reading...

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SONY DSC

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Continue reading...

Gluten Free Travels

Dolomiti

Recently, my kids had a break from school and we really needed to get away. We were invited to join a group of her classmates on a ski vacation in the Trentino region of Italy in a small town called Andalo. Nice! We dragged our feet for a long time before booking our hotel, mostly […]

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Tagliatelle Crème Fraîche & Smoked Salmon Carbonara

CFCarbonara

Leave late work, rush to pick the kids up at practice, arrive home, they take a shower and get started with homework, you need to get dinner on the table fast. Everyone is hungry. It’s the dead of winter and the refrigerator is lacking fresh vegetables, and you’re family eats gluten free. Here is a […]

Continue reading...

Spaghetti, Tuscan Kale Pesto & Zucchini Streamers

GLUTEN FREE TAGLIATELLE PRIMAVERA

Kale has really become popular these days and there is good reason why you should love this leafy green relative of the cabbage family. Kale and collard greens grew wild in the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. The selection of seeds from larger leafed plants transformed wild kale to what we have today. The Greeks […]

Continue reading...

The Making of One Great Lasagna Bolognese

JOVIAL gluten free lasagne

  For the past few years, we have been welcoming some very special folks at the villa in Lucca. As some of you already know, and more of you will find out soon, Lorenzo, our pasta artisan, and Carla, our founder, secretly prepare a huge sheet of Lasagna Bolognese down at the guest house while […]

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