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  1. One more question. I know I have get get rid of the porous items like wooden spoons, cutting boards, etc... but I'm wondering about our cast iron pans and can we just clean the heck out of our grill? There's no way we're getting rid of that. We may be able to purchase more grates in the future, but that's my boyfriend's baby. He's pretty much doing the gluten-free thing with me, btw.

    Thank you,


    While I don't have any, I've read on the forum that people have put cast iron pans in their self-cleaning ovens to get the gluten out of them. Of course, they'd have to be seasoned again.

    Also, Easy-Off makes a BBQ grill cleaner so I would think it or even regular oven cleaner would effectively clean the grates. Obviously that's not to be used on other parts of the grill, only the cooking grates

  2. I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (the originals). Check the ingredients as not all Reese's products are gluten free. Loved them before diagnosis and can still eat them with no problem now.

    I need to add Snicker's to my grocery list today. I've always liked them, too.

    Since going gluten free I find that my 9 o'clock munchies have all but disappeared. Probably because I'm eating so nutritiously now. biggrin.gif

  3. I went gluten free following my endo/biopsy on April 9 and was surprised that I saw some positive results in only three days. Not that I'm completely there yet but it was so encouraging as I was hoping to feel somewhat better in a couple of weeks or so. I know everyone is different.

    The day after I cleaned out my gluteny pantry the following week, I didn't feel that great.

    My biopsy was positive but my GI doc is out of town due to a family emergency so I'll find out more info and where to go from here when I have my follow-up appt. on May 20.

  4. Sounds like a plan, sorta... I have further discovered today that the brand (Vitantonio) is out of business so it is not replaceable with a duplicate. The ones that you flip (like they have in hotel breakfast buffet rooms) are the most highly rated now, but I'm not sure I want one that will take up that much space.

    Should I just forget trying to use this one, give it to a relative who can use it, and find a small-ish, good one to replace it with? Is it even worth the effort?

    I have a Vitantonio, too, and I know they are no longer in business. It was quite expensive back then from Chef's Catalog (sometime in the 90's). The last thing I need is another honking big appliance taking up room (exception is the new KitchenAid mixer I just ordered). I'm going to take my chances of just thoroughly cleaning it. Surprisingly the Vitantonio that I absolute had to have, has probably not been used more than a handful of times, if that.

  5. The first few times I made it I made it in a regular loaf tin and it was just fine. This is a bread that does not need to be refrigerated (of course in our house it seldom lasts long enough to need it laugh.gif ).

    Thanks for the tips, mushroom! After my first bread baking disaster, I am determined to figure this out. I have the quick acting yeast on my grocery list and this will be the first recipe I try with my new mixer. Now I am more anxious than ever to get it. I know bread baking takes practice and I used to use my Mom's recipe all the time (like 40 years ago). I looked it up and it also called for using 2 tbsp. sugar with the yeast/water mixture whereas the recipe I tried didn't call for any sugar. I will give it another chance though.

    I also think I'll try making some bread pudding with lemon sauce out of that heavy brick-like loaf. Gotta find my old recipe. I don't think I need a whole loaf of bread made into crumbs. I even tested the temp of the water for the yeast and also used a digital instant read thermometer on the baked loaf (210

  6. Thanks so much!!! smile.gif It sounds absolutely delish! Surprisingly I have all ingredients except the egg substitute but then you don't always use it or the egg yolk, right? Does it make any difference in flavor if you leave it out? And I need to buy fresh yeast but I'll have it before I receive the mixer.

    I don't have French bread pans YET but that may be a purchase in the future especially if I find a great bread that really turns out.

  7. I bought the bright red one, cause I have a lot of red accents in my kitchen, but I have it locked away on a handy leveraged shelf and just pull it out and up when I want it biggrin.gif Didn't order any gizmos to go with it yet - thought I might think about that when I'm stateside this summer tongue.gif Would like to make my own sausages because they put soy in all the gluten free ones here sad.gif

    But lemme tell you, the first loaf of bread I made with it (a recipe I have made before often, by hand!! - yeah, I know, but anyways I used to beat it a bit then Dh would beat it a bit and then I would beat it some more) turned out fanTASTic. It was a french bread recipe and it whipped so much air into the dough that it even had the little holes in the dough the way REAL french bread does. And I cooked it in my baguette pans and served it to gluten eaters who didn't even raise an eyebrow! Of course I didn't tell them.

    You are just going to love it.

    Well, mushroom, my decision was easy...the white one was $248 compared to around $300 for colors. No brainer. tongue.gif Mine has to sit on the counter and I have to make room for it. Cool idea for the leverage thingie. I was originally holding off thinking that I didn't need one and now I know it'll make it so much easier. I may need to ask you more about the actual process once I get it. The only reason I'm going to order the grinder attachment after I get the mixer is because it's a freebie promo offer. There are lots of mixed reviews on Am_zon on all KitchenAid attachments.

    The French bread sounds wonderful. I think I could eat a whole loaf right now!!! Oh wait...I just had dinner. lol Stange that I never ate that much bread before but now I could really sink my teeth into a loaf.

    Can you share your recipe? wub.gifwub.gifwub.gif

  8. That sounds like a heckuva good price for a Kitchen Aid. I love my Artisan, and would say grab it. I paid a ridiculous price for mine down here, but we are a captive market sad.gif

    Thanks, mushroom! I bit the bullet and ordered the Artisan today. Prices are all over the ballpark (up to $300) with this being the least expensive I could find online. I ordered the white one..I'm though with ordering things in every color of the rainbow.

    This decision was made considerably easier after I baked my first loaf of gluten free bread yesterday that turned out like a brick. Hahaha My little KitchenAid hand-held mixer just didn't do the job. I also want to pick up some fresh yeast, not that mine is that old but I need to give it a fair shot. Even though I don't think the bread is edible (you could KILL someone with that loaf!!!), I did taste it and it does have a pleasant flavor. I'll try drying it out and making bread crumbs from it.

    For the bonus offer I think I'll go for the food grinder. Thinking it over, how many slicer/shredders do I need...I have a 4-sided grater/slicer, an ancient Mouli hand-held slicer/grater, food processor and salad shooter (it was a gift...do people really use those things???)

  9. I have a really nice Belgian waffle iron that I have used for years making wheat-flour waffles. Now that I'm gluten-free, I don't want to have to replace that one if I can help it but I want to be able to make the thick waffles like that (I found a recipe and made them in that for family and used a cheap regular one I picked up at Walmart (got what I paid for) to test out gluten-free waffles for me. They all said they tasted just like before, so it's a winner of a recipe but it's obviously made for a Belgian waffler, not a thin one.)

    I'm one of the "lucky" ones who doesn't have digestive symptoms to speak of from gluten. Because of that, I"m not going to suffer in obvious ways if I missed something in a deep cleaning of the waffler, so I am going to have to be extra careful and thorough in that process so I don't gluten myself without even knowing it! Any tips on things to check for and/or how to do this best?

    I'm in the same boat only my Belgian waffle iron has never been used much. I plan to use a new toothbrush and scrub the dickens out of it. It cost too much to donate to Goodwill.

  10. i have the Kitchen Aid artisan stand mixer.... absolutely awesome for my gluten-free needs. They are regularly about $300, but get one at Kohls when they have a big sale and use your 15/20/30% off coupon. A great deal and a great kitchen tool!!

    I've been following this thread with great interest as I'm sure I need something other than my KitchenAid hand-held mixer, which has basically only been used for cookies, cakes and mashed potatoes as I've never been that much of a baker. After the Ener-G Brown Rice Loaf ph34r.gif I can see baking bread is definitely in my future!!! lol

    The hand-held is probably not adequate for mixing up a loaf of gluten free bread, which I've been threatening to try for the past couple of weeks. I don't need anything that handles double batches.

    Right now I'm looking at the KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer at a price of $248 with free shipping. KitchenAid has a bous gift offer (good through May 29) for a free roto slicer/shredder or a food grinder.

    I would like opinions as to whether this is a good buy as I haven't followed prices closely. Also, which would be more practical...the slicer/shredder or grinder? (Yeah, I know it's probably a personal preference but I'd welcome your opinions).

    I haven't yet dismissed the Zo bread machine yet but am wondering if it would be too limiting.

    Such a dilemma! biggrin.gif

  11. I haven't gotten my hands on any books yet, but I want to and have been thinking of posting a question myself about recomended reads soon.

    A book I would highly recommend is Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic by Dr. Peter Green, Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University (newly updated early this year). It covers a lot of info from a very knowledgeable doctor.

  12. I have a steel colander and steel sieve. At this stage we are only cooking gluten free pasta but up until 2.5 months ago these would have been used to strain gluten-containing pasta. They have been scrubbed to within an inch of their lives (I hate the goo that pasta leaves behind). My question is, is there a possibility that there is still gluten left on these after all these months? The sieve has never been used to sieve flour (I'm not much of a baker!!)

    I did replace both of mine but they were ancient (think 1960's) and figured I'd never get them clean. I was also on a roll buying a few more new kitchen things to start my gluten free life.

    Are you having any problems using your older colander and sieve? If not, I would think 2-1/2 months of using them give you your answer.

  13. Hershey does NOT say that Reese's Peanut butter cups are gluten-free. Better to stick to Snickers.

    I just looked at my package of Reese's peanut butter cups and there is nothing in them that would suggest they are not safe, even though "gluten free" does not appear on the label. Like anything else, that does not mean that all Reese's products are safe nor does it mean that even if something is fine for me that they are safe for everyone due to allergies, intolerances, etc.

    I eat Reese's peanut butter cups all the time without a problem...they're probably my all-time favorite candy.

    Here are a couple of helpful links in looking for candy:



  14. Hey all,

    my 7 year old son was just diagnosed this week....and needless to say i am a mess....this come hot on the heels of a diagnosis for myself of rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis so needless to say our home has been turned upside down over the past few months...ggrrr....none the less just looking to find some info on gluten free snacks (aside from fruits and veggies) that are yummy. We are a fairly healthy family foodwise but my son does like to have snacks as any 7 year old does....havent tried a whole lot yet so lookign for any suggestions. thanks and i look forward to hearing from you.

    There are lots of snacks available...maybe too many biggrin.gif Here are a few of my favorites and I tolerate them well (not everyone can). Of course, read the labels for everything. A lot of these were things I enjoyed prior to going gluten free and many are available in regular grocery stores, not something you need to go to specialty stores for. I bet your son eats a good many of these already.

    Glutino pretzels or pretzel sticks

    Betty Crocker gluten free brownie mix

    Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-Ups (yummy!!!)

    Lay's potato chips, Fritos, tortilla chips, Cheetos

    Reese's peanut butter cups

    Blue Diamond Nut-Thins

    Jell-O and puddings

    Chex gluten free cereals (I like to snack on the Chocolate Chex)

    Dried fruit (like cranberries, etc.) or trail mix


    Edy's fruit bars (I love the strawberry ones)


    Ice cream (obviously NOT cookies and cream, etc.)

    I also like rice cakes with peanut butter and had them for breakfast this morning.

    Wishing you the best! It is overwhelming at first but does get easier.

  15. Don't be afraid to try other breads. rolleyes.gif Try some Chebe or gluten free pantry mixes.

    Hopefully we will find out my daughter doesn't need to avoid all these things. wink.gif I just feel so lost not baking with eggs. That really adds to the texture of so many gluten free things.

    I'm really the hold out of the family. I will not eat the bread, but once every three months or so. Garlic toast, a sandwich, or drowned toast with jam.

    Oh, I didn't mean to imply that I won't try other breads...just don't know if I ever want to try another Ener-G loaf. The Kinnikinnick English muffins are great! I really need to try and make my own bread and see how that works out.

    Can you substitute flax seed and water (can't remember the ratio) for eggs?

    I hope your daughter doesn't need to avoid all those things, too!

  16. When you are stuck avoiding other allergens too, NRG has been a lifesaver.

    You must grill or toast it. You just adjust to the taste and texture. cool.gif

    Avoiding other allergens, too, would be a real problem. I tried toasting the Brown Rice Loaf and that didn't work. I'm not sure I could ever get used to the taste or texture. Now I'm too much of a coward to try any of their other kinds of bread. mad.gif