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I made the betty crocker gluten free brownies the other day. At first I was hesitant to try them as I'm very sensitive and generally go with the rule that if it's not certified gluten free it's not safe. The first day I only had a very small piece (basically a crumb), the next day I had a bit more and didn't get sick, so yesterday I had a decent sized piece (okay, two. because they're actually better than non gluten-free brownie mixes :lol:). I was feeling a bit sick last night, and woke up this morning with anxiety. Which is often, but not always, a sign that I've been glutened. I'm generally a pretty anxious person and my anxiety kind of skyrockets when I get gluten, but I have a dentist appointment this week which has been giving me loads of anxiety over the past two weeks because it's now the usually anxiety that I get + anxiety about getting glutened. I also ate at In N Out last night so I suppose it could have been CC. Though I've seen them prepare my food there and they're very careful about it, and I've never gotten sick from it. My reaction times vary.. most times I might feel slightly sick before I go to bed and then I'll definitely know if I got glutened by the time I wake up in the morning, BUT it can sometimes take 2-3 days for me to really feel it. I guess there's also a chance that it could be CC sharing a kitchen with my parents who eat gluten. It's probably pretty likely actually.. using the same old scratched up pots and pans, plastic spoons and spatulas, etc.. So basically I have no idea if I've been glutened or if I'm just going crazy. Most of the time it just feels like I'm going crazy. :P

Sorry this was so long winded. I always say I'm going to make these short and end up writing a novel. Basically, has anyone had any kind of reaction to betty crocker gluten free mixes? 

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Glutened?  Who knows?  But I have made Betty Crocker Brownies many times and have not been glutened.  You could have contaminated the mix during preparation using scratched plastic dishes, etc.  I recommend lining baking dishes with parchment paper.  Makes for easy clean-up and gluten-free baked goods tend to stick and this will not happen with parchment paper.

Get your own plastic kitchen stuff and keep it in a separate bin or cupboard.    Choose a color (like red) that your parents will be able to identify as yours.  I do this at my parent's house when I go to visit.

In-n-Out?  What a great company!  But they are just as good as their employees and they have a few lazy ones.  We pick locations that have a second back grill.  We talk to the manager.  I have watched two lazy girls once who did not want to cook my burger on the second grill and it was not even rush hour.  They handed off my lettuce-wrapped burger to the cashier who helped me.  I refused it.  The manager talked to the grill girls and made me a fresh burger.  My advice is to watch the foods rep and talk to the manager always!  Otherwise, In-n-Out is terrific for celiacs.  They really do care!  


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I regularly use the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Bisquick and have never had a problem with it.  I use the recipe in the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Baking book rather than the recipe on the box and add grated extra old cheddar cheese to it.  They are delicious!  I also use the Yellow Cake mix without problems.

However, I find that cocoa bothers me and I no longer purchase cake or brownie mixes that include it.  I think it might be the higher oxalate content as it seems I have a problem with oxalates.  

If I try my own baking from scratch with added xanthan or guar gums then I have digestive upsets.  However, these cocoa-free Betty Crocker mixes don't seem to set me off so I assume it is a much smaller amount or perhaps they have a commercial grade of these gums.

Anyway, keep in mind that it is very likely not gluten that is in these mixes but other ingredients that bother those of us with more sensitive digestive tracts.

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I use the Betty Crocker mixes all the time with no problems. I make lots of stuff using the recipes in The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten Free by Anne Byrne. Everything I have tried from that book has been really good. She also gives info on making the recipes dairy free.

 

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