Friday, June 4, 2010
Enjoy Life Allergen Survival Guide
To your health... Gluten Free
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
If you are interested in trying this recipe here is a link to the King Arthur Blog where you can find all the details. This recipe is egg free but not dairy free.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Ok, so call me nuts..... but groceries are taken care of for a few months now. With the kiddo's home that is the last thing I want to have to do with them. :)
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I went on a gluten free diet in 2004. I remember the day that the decision was made all too well. I had been at my ND's office and we were discussing my health and diet after cancer treatments. I continued to struggle with gut related problems. I took probiotics and had done a liver cleanse yet there was that underlying issue.....always present. I returned home already stressed out by the cost of medical care wondering how would I work my new diet into the family diet and then there was the budget - OH BOY! I sat at my computer screen and cried as I searched for options. How would I feed my family? Two seperate meals? Then you get sticker shock just walking into the healthfood store and perusing the GF section. $5 - 8 or more is the standard cost of a single mix item. The discouraging thing was that they didn't even taste that great either. Half the time the mixes didn't turn out well and I didn't eat them and threw them away when they were stale. So how was this helping my budget?
This is my basic flour mixture. I use it for all my cookies. There are 12 cups in this batch and each bag I buy at the Asian supermarket for .99 cents / bag. The 1 lb bags have 4 cups of flour in them so the cost to put this together is $3.00.
My toll house cookie recipe uses 2 1/4 cups. That's 19% of the total container or .57 cents for flour for cookies. Add your normal chocolate chips (Aldi's are $1.19 / bag), butter (Aldi's $1.99 4 sticks - 2 sticks in recipe $1) and a few misc items like salt, baking soda and xanthan gum (more on where to get a deal later) and for about $3.00 you have a large batch of gluten free chocolate chip cookies. Cheaper than Oreo's and better for you!
This is my basic cookie flour:
9 Cups White Rice Flour
2 Cups Potato Starch
1 Cup Tapioca Starch / Flour
If you have a Trader Joe's near you, pasta is covered. $1.99 / bag for penne, spiral and spaghetti pasta. We make the *pilgrimage* 2x year 2 1/2 hours to our closes Trader Joe's to stock up. My basement looks like a warehouse.
But if you don't have a Trader Joe's the best way to find cheap pasta is to watch Amazon.com and buy it by the case. I use Subscribe and Save whenever possible. This will give you an additional discount. Don't be scared to sign up your first time. You can always cancel before the next shipment if you don't like it or if you get to the point of shipment and don't need more. I have purchased bags on sale for $1.50 - $3.00 depending on the sale. Once you start buying gluten free on Amazon they will start to e-mail you with specials.
For times that you need something in between sales I have found that Vitacost.com and iHerb.com offer some decent prices.
Xanthan Gum - if you aren't a huge baker this container will work well for you NOW 6 oz for $6.87 at iherb.com and if you bake a lot like I do you will want the industrial size you'll want to check eBay. I just scanned it today and the best prices is $9.99 with $4.97 shipping for 2 lbs. That's about 50% less than through iHerb.
The next flour blend I make is like a pastry flour. It can be used for muffins, cakes and any other
Gluten Free Cake Flour Mix
3 Cups Brown Rice Flour
1 Cup Potato Starch (not potato flour)
1/2 Cup Tapioca Flour
1 1/2 tsp guar gum or xanthan gum
Once again the potato starch and tapioca starch can be purchased at your local Asian grocer for about .99 cents / 4 cup bag. The brown rice is a bit more difficult to get. I have started to grind my own from brown rice in my BlendTec but prior to that I purchased it from Country Life which is local to me - but does ship UPS. I would recommend finding a local Weston Price group. They are a wealth of resources since they advocate baking and cooking from scratch.
Now for your challenge. I will follow up this blog post with more information on changing to gluten free but I need your help. I want you to submit your normal meal plan for a day and I will try to convert it with options that are gluten free and if possible include a cost to make themm. Just e-mail me here.
Until then. Here's to living gluten free.
Friday, April 30, 2010
1 - Blender - I used a Blendtec (purchased a demo unit on eBay for under $300)
1 - Cheese cloth - (Bed Bath & Beyond )
1 - 1/2 gallon mason jar with lid
1 - Funnel for a wide mouth jar.
8 - cups filtered water
6 - cups shredded coconut
- Place the water and coconut in the blender and blend until very smooth.
- Place the mixture in the cheese cloth and twist the top of the cloth and squeeze the liquid out of it.
- Put the pulp back in the blender jar with another 1 - 1/2 cups of very warm water, blend and squeeze out the liquid. After this round discard the pulp.
- Repeat the steps above with more fresh coconut and water.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
1 cup Garbanzo Bean Flour
1-1/2 cups White or Brown Rice Flour
1/2 cup cornstarch or potato starch
3 tsp Xanthan Gum
1 tsp Salt
2 Tb Sugar
1 Tb Yeast, Active Dry
2 Eggs, room temperature
2 Tb Vegetable Oil
1-3/4 cups Water, room temperature
1 tsp. Vinegar, room temperature
Directions (for oven instructions click on the link above to BRM site)
In a large bowl mix the first 7 ingredients together (garbanzo bean flour through yeast).
In another bowl blend together the water, eggs, oil and vinegar. Add wet ingredients to the dry mixture; blend well. Spoon bread dough into the breadmaker bucket.
Set control for basic white bread and start.
Finished loaf should be about 5 inches high.
Yield: 1-1/2 lb. loaf
Number of Servings: 12
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 4.3 g
Cholesterol: 35.4 mg
Sodium: 226.4 mg
Total Carbs: 29.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
Protein: 4.8 g
Friday, March 26, 2010
These are AMAZING....was the comment my daughter made when she saw me putting the final frosting and sprinkles on the top. The recipe is from the Allergen Free Baker's Handbook. I just sampled 1/2 of one. It was as my daughter said..... AMAZING. She will be taking one to her friend's birthday party tomorrow.
Friday, March 19, 2010
I have made the Classic Coffee Cake, Cherry Scones and now the Snickerdoodles. My children will be thrilled when they get home from school. They love cinnamon sugar and these fit the bill. If you are trying to stock your library with cookbooks that work and have yummy recipes this is a must!
To your health..... Gluten Free!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This is the very best bread yet! You would never ever, ever know this is not a wheat bread. I was playing around with some ingredients and came up with this bread. It's fun to be able to work without recipes and come up with things that have the ingredients you want.
Try this one! You won't be sorry.
In a large mixer bowl add the following ingredients together. Just dump them all in at once - that's why this is so easy!
1 Cup White Rice Flour
3/4 Cup Oat Flour
1/4 Cup Tapioca Flour / Starch
1/4 Cup Ground Flax Meal
3 Tsp Xanthan Gum
1/2 Cup Milk (warm)
1 1/4 Cup Warm Water
2 Tbs Sugar
3 1/2 tsp Yeast
1/2 tsp Celtic Salt
2 Tbs Oil
Place the batter in a greased bread pan and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. It should be rounded above the top of the rim of the pan. The bread will not rise too much higher when baking.
Preheat the oven to 365 degrees. You will bake this bread for 60 minutes total. Tent the bread with foil for 50 mins. In the last 10 minute remove the tin foil and let the top brown.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
I love making new breads and this one is no exception. It tasted so good. The oats really made the bread have a not so gluten free taste. I recommend this. It makes a very dense and flavorful bread. I did not use Maple Syrup. I used Agave Nectar.
Here is the recipe from the Living Without Magazine - Oatmeal Maple Gluten Free Bread.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I found a video of Cybele Pascal making Cherry Oat Scones and they looked easy enough to make. Wow where they good. They were easy so don't be scared of trying them. I shared them with others and they have raved about them too. You can watch the video here on Amazon.com .
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I have been seeing this flour and did a little research. It is an ancient grain that the Indians used. It is high in protein and very good for you. So I found it on Amazon.com and decided to try it.
Here are some pictures of my bread. I will be trying the flour in other recipes from the Amazing Grains website. To me it is worth the effort to have some more nutrients in my bread.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I just recently switched to the commercial grade baking pans and they have made a HUGE difference in how my items bake. The pans clean up better and the baked goods are more evenly baked. I bought a KitchenAid mixer when I first started really baking gluten free and have never regretted it. It is a MUST HAVE for busy mom's trying to cook gluten free. You can throw all the ingredients in the bowl and set it to mix while doing something else. I use my mixer probably 10 times a week. I am now drooling over the professional model as I increase my baking skills. I also got a grain mill that fits into it and fear that soon I will need a more powerful motor but at the time I didn't have the money to buy a larger machine.
I buy a lot of my mixes on Amazon.com - I use the subscribe and save function to get free shipping and a deeper discount. You can choose for them to auto ship at 1, 3, 6 month intervals.
Small & Medium OXO Cookie Scoop
SILPAT 11-5/8-by-16-1/2-Inch Nonstick Silicone Baking Mat
Chicago Metallic Commercial 18-Inch-by-13-Inch Jelly Roll Pan
Chicago Metallic Professional Mini Loaf Pan, Set of 4
Chicago Metallic Commercial Muffin Pan - 12 and 24 cup
Pyrex Glass 2-Cup Measuring Cup
Pyrex Glass 8-Cup Measuring Cup, Clear with Red Lid
Pyrex Prepware 1-Quart Measuring Cup
Norpro English Muffin Rings (4)
KitchenAid Artisan 5 Qt Stand Mixer
OvenStuff Non-Stick 12 Inch Pizza Pan Two Piece Set
Wilton Silicone Bite Sized Brownie Pan
Grains & Flours
Bob's Red Mill - Teff, Sorghum, Oats, Garbanzo Bean (I buy from local Healthfood store)
Country Life Natural Foods - Brown Rice, Tapioca Starch, Potato Starch, Almond Meal/flour
Asian Grocery Stores - White Rice, Sweet Rice, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch
Bob's Red Mill - Organic Coconut Flour (subscribe & save)
Rumford Baking Powder
Xanthan Gum - Now Brand, Ebay
Bob's Red Mill - Pizza Crust Mix (subscribe & save)
Trader Joes - Brownie, Pancake / Waffle Mix
Bob's Red Mill - Pancake Mix (subscribe & save)
Bob's Red Mill - Brownie Mix (subscribe & save)
Pamela's Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix, 64-Ounce Bags (Pack of 3) (subscribe & save)
Pamela's Products Amazing Wheat Free & Gluten-free Bread Mix 4 Pound Bags (Pack of 3) (subscribe & save) - **Best Bread Mix!!!
Annies Gluten Free Macaroni & Cheese
Mrs Leeper's Dinners (like Hamburger & Tuna Helpers)
Pamela's Cake Mixes
Namaste Mixes (I have tried almost all and they are great!)
Other Stuff (crackers, cookies, pasta)
Glutino Crackers (subscribe & save)
Glutino Pretzels - Lucky Vitamin, VitaCost
Tinkyada Pasta or check out http://www.vitacost.com/ and http://www.iherb.com/
Trader Joes Pasta (Spaghetti, Spirals, Penne)
Sam Mills Corn Pasta
Mrs Leeper's Pasta
Cookies for Everyone by Enjoy Life
Elana's Pantry Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook
125 Best Gluten Free Recipes
The Best Gluten Free Family Cookbook
Cooking with Coconut Flour: A Delicious Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Alternative to Wheat
Don't Fah-get 6.0 Qt Bread Container
I think that covers it. I'll add more if I think of it. But these are the things that will help make your gluten free baking experience easier.
To your health - gluten free in 2010.