Daycare/cd Questions And Breadmachine ?.
Posted 01 October 2004 - 05:38 AM
My daugher (and her older brother) attend daycare full time. Daycare provides meals for them (breakfast, lunch and two snacks a day). Cleary, Vicky will be brown bagging it, as most of the food at daycare contains gluten. I'm putting together an information packet for her school and I'm wondering, not only what to include, but how much we have to worry about cross-contamination. Should the daycare workers wash their hands (or change their gloves) if they go from serving goldfish crackers to Vicky crackers? Things like that.
Also, Vicky has always been a very picky eater - trying new things is not easy. Its never easy with a 19 month old and new food, but compared to her brother (that boy can eat, lol), she just doesn't want anything different. I've been looking for similar things for her (e.g., she loves chex cereal and I've gotten the gluten-free corn and rice chex), but I'm stuck for crackers (saltines and goldfish are her favorite) - anyone have some favorites. Have given her some rice type crackers, and its been a no go.
And, what does everyone suggest for a bread machine. We have a really old one (makes a round loaf) - I know I'll be making alot of bread in the coming years and I wonder if anyone has some suggestions on what ones work well with the gluten-free mixes and the gluten-free recipes out there.
Posted 01 October 2004 - 06:14 AM
Remeber that playdough and a good number of finger paints are NOT gluten-free. Some glues have wheat. Here's a safe list.
CRAYOLA (800-CRAYOLA) (ve=06/25/02)
ALL Crayola products are gluten-free EXCEPT Crayola Dough.
This includes: Markers; Washable markers; 3D markers; Chalk; Oil pastels; Mess Free Color Wonder; Jumping Colors; Model Magic; Crayons (regular, washable and metallic); Colored Pencils; Glue Paint; Silly Putty
NOTE: (vp=05/02) Washable Finger Paints contain Dextrins.
ELMER (ve=06/25/02) (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
ALL Elmer brand products are gluten-free EXCEPT Finger Paints which contain wheat.
This includes: Tempera paints; Paint pens; All glue; Mucilage; All purpose Glue Stick; Glitter; Glitter Shakers
PALMER PAINT (800-521-1383) (ve=06/25/02)
All Palmer Paints are gluten free.
ROSS PRODUCTS (888-435-6377) (ve=06/25/02)
ALL Ross products are gluten-free EXCEPT for the Finger Paints. This includes: Ross White Glue; Glue Sticks; School Glue
Far and away the top choice for making gluten-free bread seems to be the Zojirushi but I think I've also heard Breadman mentioned (I am not a gluten-free bread fan so I'm not real up on this). Others might be able to tell you more. And if you don't have one, you'll need a heavy-duty mixer like a Kitchenaid because gluten-free bread dough is so dense. Lighter mixers burn up eventually.
Posted 04 October 2004 - 09:33 AM
As for daycare, yes, they have to be SUPER careful about cross-contamination. Grabbing a handful of goldfish or crackers, and then serving your child, is a big no-no without washing hands thoroughly or changing gloves.
I've seen several recipes out there for making "goldfish or cheese-nip like crackers" and Marthastewart.com has a cookie cutter for goldfish! 2 sizes, so be ware.
Posted 04 October 2004 - 10:01 AM
Could you point me in the direction where I could find a recipe for gluten-free fishy crackers? I am betting my four year old would love to sink his teeth into some of them!
Thanks for the tip about the fish-shaped cutters at Martha stewart.
Posted 04 October 2004 - 01:38 PM
Re: Crackers- my daughter likes the Glutano crackers and the Mi-Del Arrowroot Cookies – like animal crackers. There also some new graham cracker-like crackers at Gluten-Solutions that she loves (they are sold out now).
Hope this helps.
Posted 05 October 2004 - 01:08 AM
positive bloodwork, positive biopsy
Celiac, collagenous colitis, hypothyroidism
endometriosis (at age 20)
spinal stenosis (early 20's)
Biopsy August 2006 confirmed complete villous atrophy despite being gluten-free for years and bloodwork within range showing compliance with diet. Doctor has confirmed diagnosis of Refractory Celiac Sprue.
Endoscopy also showed numerous stomach ulcers, have started taking Losec.
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