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highrentsmile

Member Since 31 Jan 2008
Offline Last Active May 26 2009 09:09 AM
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Gfcf Baking What Am I Doing Wrong!? :(

01 March 2008 - 09:02 PM

Ok, everytime I make a gluten free, dairy free, soy free, baked good it comes out with a terrible chemical taste! I suspect it is the oil I am using or the type, I can't figure it out. When I used non dairy margarine in a Gluten Free Pantry Cake mix it worked great, but now I found out I am sensitive to the chemicals in the dairy free margarines. Anyhow, I made a Namaste Cookie Mix today using melted Spectrum Shortening instead of oil in the batter. I tasted the dough after it was mixed and it tasted terrible! It had a horrible chemical taste! I cooked them anyway, and no luck, they came out smelling and tasting chemically. My husband says I am crazy because he can't taste anything... am I? lol I am hoping maybe I am using the wrong type of oil or with the wrong heat variables or something. I can't afford to botch up anymore mixes :( This weekend I have to make GFCFSF chocolate cupcakes and a birthday cake. I have a mix, called Tastefully Gluten Free, and it calls for oil again and I wanted to try a Namaste Cake mix. What oil is best for baking cakes and cookies? And, what brand? What should I use to grease the pan and is parchment paper easier? Please, Help!

Labeled Gluten Free, But Not!

06 February 2008 - 01:03 AM

Maybe, it is because I am a newbie, but this is confusing! When I buy a product which states "Gluten Free" I assume it contains no gluten ingredients, and has no possibility of being cross contaiminated with gluten. How wrong was I! They got me! Mi-Del Gluten Free Cookies, this is the statement...
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"Produced in a facility that also produces milk, peanuts, tree nuts, and wheat. MI-DEL Gluten Free products are routinely tested using the ELISA method to ensure 'gluten free status' as determined by the World Health Organization."
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Nature's Path Life Stream Gluten Free Frozen Waffles:
"Produced in a non-gluten free facility.
Produced in a facility that uses dairy, sesame & soy."
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Blue Diamond Nut Thins:
States Gluten Free on Box and Website
Also found on box-
Allergen Disclaimer
Produced in a facility that also also makes products containing: dairy, soy, other tree nuts, and wheat.And they even have an endorsment from the Celiac Foundation!
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Barabara's Bakery Rice Cereal
States Gluten Free on box.
Also states: "Made with Gluten Free ingredients" on website
A phone call confirmed the cereal is not produced in a gluten free facility.
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And I keep finding MORE! There are so many ways that they sneak by it. How do I know for sure, I mean there aren't very many products that actually say, made in a dedicated gluten free facility. I usually eat single ingredient foods anyway, but there is always a need for some processed products too. So, what are the laws on stating Gluten Free? Are there any? What is the best thing to do? Is it safe to eat these foods that are "tested" to be Gluten Free? It seems like all of those so called "minute" amounts would add up in your system. And, even if I don't react can't I still be damaging my intestines? Yikes!

Gfcf Cake! Help!

05 February 2008 - 11:59 AM

I want to make Gluten-free Casein-free red velvet cupcakes with white frosting for Valentines Day. I plan to pick up a white cake Gluten-free Casein-free mix and make my own frosting. However, I need red food dye and a Gluten-free Casein-free butter substitute for the mix and frosting. I was all excited because I though that Spectrum Organics oils were great (I eat mostly organic too) they even had cooking and baking tips on which products to use. But, now I find out they produce on the same lines as Wheat Germ! Ah! :( So, now I need to find a good, natural, preferably organic Gluten-free Casein-free butter substitute. I don't like the popular dairy free margarine sticks because all of the chemicals make me sick. So any ideas? Also, I have some frozen organic rasberries, can I just thaw some of those out and use the liquid for coloring the cupcakes? lol I have no clue! Help!?

PS. I tried substituting 1\4 cup vegatable oil for 1\2 cup of butter in a brownie mix and they turned out greasy and gross and they tasted like chemicals! I was such a good baker, before this gluten free stuff! :(

Meijer Organics? Gluten Free?

05 February 2008 - 11:47 AM

Recently I have began eating Organic along with my Gluten-free Casein-free diet. I have found that MSG, food dyes, and preservatives make me sick. My husband and I often buy the Meijer Organic brand of almost everything. It is cheaper and more convenient. However, how do I make sure each product is Gluten Free? I know Meijer has a master list, but I have not found the Organics products on it, and I am skeptical about how accurate it could really be since I have found many things on the list to be incorrect. So, I know that "organic" does not equal "gluten free" but can you just go by the ingredients if something is labeled USDA organic? (I mean if it says, organic tomatoes, water, sea salt, can I assume it is gluten-free?) I am confused! Help!

Celiac Magazine! Vote! Hurry!

01 February 2008 - 09:42 PM

VOTE HERE!!!

http://blogs1.martha...mepage_Homepage


Ok, so whether you enjoy Martha Stewart or not this is a GREAT idea. If you are sick of the small selection of Gluten Free and Allergen Free recipe books and magazines, this is the time to DO something about it!!! Martha Stewart is holding a company wide competition for her employees to choose one "BIG IDEA" to fund. One of her seven finalists has suggested a magazine which focuses of allergen free recipes and diet tips and articles, the first issue of which focusing on CELIAC DISEASE! Yeah! AWARENESS!!! Fans must vote now to choose what big idea wins, so VOTE NOW! How great would that be? A QUALITY magazine with lots of photos and articles and recipes, with a place on her website! I am not a huge fan of Martha, but this is a GREAT Big Idea! The best professionals in the industry working on recipes and tips WE can use! Lets make it win!

From Martha Stewart's Site:

THE BIG IDEA IS A COMPANY-WIDE COMPETITION THAT GIVES STAFF MEMBERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THEIR OWN IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE OF MARTHA STEWART LIVING OMNIMEDIA. I WAS ABLE TO NARROW THE 40 ENTRIES DOWN TO 7 FINALISTS...BUT I JUST COULDN'T CHOOSE A WINNER...SO I'D LIKE YOU TO HELP ME DECIDE. HERE'S A SUMMARY OF THE PROPOSALS FROM OUR 2008 BIG IDEA FINALISTS!

Alexis, Deputy Home Editor
Special publication catering to those with food allergies and sensitivities that would include recipes
Big Idea: To publish a special magazine that offers delicious allergy-friendly recipes, making life for people with food allergies and sensitivities easier and more delicious. Millions of people, including myself, can't eat nuts, dairy, wheat or gluten, and Id like to empower people to make great recipes even if they can't use all the standard ingredients.
View Alexis's presentation

VOTE HERE!!!!!

http://blogs1.martha...mepage_Homepage

(If you are having trouble cutting and pasting the link, go to MARTHASTEWART.COM and and the window is on the right to go to her BLOG which is where you vote. The Ballot is at the BOTTOM of her Blog article.)