Monday, March 7, 2011

A Gluten Free Pantry

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One of the things that makes gluten free living much easier is a well stocked and planned out pantry. Here is a list of what I keep stocked..you can pick and choose according to your needs. One additional benefit is thata well stocked kitchen allows for creative cooking, impromptu gatherings and less need for expensive take-out or eating out.

The List:
1. Cornstarch (for thickening) and gluten free cornmeal (note: all cornmeal is not gluten free depending on how it is produced).
2. Potato starch for baking mixes
3. Rice flour, gluten free oat flour (anything oat must be designated gluten free because of cross contamination issues).
4. All purpose baking powder (I like Bob's Red Mill and Pamela's baking mix).
5. Baking powder (I use Rumford) and baking soda (any).
6. Butter
7. Cocoa powder (I use Hershey's).
8. Cream cheese (I like Philadelphia).
9. Eggs
10. Milk
11. Canola and extra virgin olive oil
12. Salt
13. Spices, flavorings and extracts (McCormick clearly labels any gluten ingredients).
14. White, brown and powdered sugar.
15. Xantham gum (for thickening).
16. Plain low fat yogurt and low fat sour cream.
17. A wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Only buy what you are going to need but vary the colors and try something new once in awhile.
18. Deli meat: all Boarshead meat is gluten free but make sure you ask the deli to clean the slicer before slicing yours to prevent cross contamination. There are several nice pre-packaged gluten free deli meats as well (Hormel Naturals is my favorite).
19. Have seafood on hand in your freezer: fish, scallops and shrimp are basics for me.
20. Keep a variety of lean proteins on hand as well (chicken breast, ground turkey, lean steaks, ground round, lean pork cuts etc).
21. Several cheeses for cooking (mozzarella, sharp cheddar, pepperjack and something fun like feta or brie).
22. Baking necessities like: chocolate chips, nuts, gluten free baking mixes, Pam cooking spray etc.
23. San-J wheat free tamari (a MUST) and your other favorite gluten free condiments. Just make sure you read the labels carefully. Kraft does a really nice job of labeling in this area.
24. Gluten free canned soups (Amy's makes great ones) and Dinty Moore Beef Stew (gluten free) I always have on hand.
25. Canned goods like beans, vegetables, coconut milk, canned fruits, tomato paste, evaporated milk etc.
26. Dried grains, beans and pastas. A variety of rices, lentils, beans, instant potatoes, pastas and quinoa are musts.
27. Snacks. Thankfully there is more variety all of the time. Lay's classic potato chips and Doritos Ranch flavor are also gluten free.
28. Gluten free oatmeal, gluten free granola and rice or corn Chex cereal (gluten free).
29. Gluten free microwave meals (Amy's organics makes fabulous ones).
30. Some gluten free goodies (Pamela's double dark chocolate cookies make your forget you ever stopped eating gluten),

This list is just a start but hopefully gives you some ideas. Happy cooking! xo

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