New To This - A Few Questions
Posted 15 August 2004 - 06:09 AM
I am worried about accidental exposures though through flavourings and coloring etc. For example, do I have to worry about any sodas? I am also wondering about food prep. The rest of my family are staying on a regular diet for now (we are in the process of having my 2 young children tested). Do I need to worry about touching pasta that may be cooked for them, or cereals that I serve them? What about my breadmaker? It has been previously used with wheat flour, do I have to trash it, or will a thorough cleaning do? It seems to me like a stupid question, but I just don't want to miss anything. I am sick and tired of being so utterly exhausted and really want this diet to work for me.
I also enjoy baking but was quite overwhelmed at the store yesterday trying to work out what gluten-free ingredients I needed to have in. There are so many different flours ... I would mainly be making cookies with my kids and probably some bread for me. What ingredients should I make sure I have in my cupboards?
Thank you so much
Posted 15 August 2004 - 06:21 AM
I have been on a gluten-free diet for 22 years but only recently realized the dangers of cross contamination. I have my own toaster now, my own pans for cooking. I have gotten rid of all the wooden spoons and plastic spoons and teflon pans which could have contamination.
As far a baking there was a mixture of rice flours on this site a couple of days ago I believe from Connie. You use equal parts asian flour (fine) glutenous flour, and a regular rice flour and substitute that mix for flour in your cookies etc. I did it yesterday for toll house chocolate chip cookies and I took them to a BD party for my niece and no one knew they were gluten-free until I told them. You can purchase the asian rice flour and the glutenous flour at an Asian Market and the cost is much more reasonable then at the health food stores.
You must be very careful using the same mayo, peanut butter etc, as your other family members may have used those products and contaminated them. I really didn't think this was possible until I was having problems and when they tested my blood it showed an elevation of gluten levels. Since I have been more careful they have dropped below 20.
I hope this helps a little, I am sure more people will give you suggestions to help you. Hang in there.
Posted 15 August 2004 - 11:47 AM
Kathy made some good cross-contamination suggestions. Get new pots, pans, toaster oven, wooden spoons, collander, etc. You do need to be conscious of what you touch. If you're making a gluten-free and regular pasta at the same time, make sure that a utensil you use to stir the regular pasta doesn't touch the gluten-free one. Don't put anything in the microwave or on a countertop--use a plate. Don't double-dip anything (cream cheese, butter, pb, jelly....don't remember if this was mentioned). Finally, don't eat anything that you question. I don't cook gluten-free...well, don't cook beyond using mixes, so I can't really help, three. Good luck.
Posted 16 August 2004 - 09:27 AM
As for the bread machine- I found that most gluten-free bread works better if you don't use the bread machine. Typically gluten-free bread works much better with just one rising rather than two, so I just use our bread machine to make wheat flour bread for the family and I make my own bread in a pan by hand.
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