Essential Items for a Gluten-Free Kitchen
Whether you’re sensitive to gluten, afflicted with celiac disease, allergic to wheat, or have opted for a gluten-free diet for health reasons, banishing gluten from your meals can be challenging. Here, we’ll share the basics for a plentiful gluten-free kitchen, so you’ll save time and money by always having what you need on hand.
Baking supplies: The biggest problem area
Flour, the king of gluten products, is a kitchen staple. Fortunately, you can still enjoy your favorite foods when you stock up on these gluten-free alternative flours—and you can even find easy recipes for everything from cookies to bread to cake that use these substitutes.
- White or brown rice flour is usually the most inexpensive, and most common, alternative flour used in gluten-free cooking.
- Millet flour, sorghum flour, and garfava flour run slightly more in cost, but are also more effective in certain recipes.
- Sweet rice flour, potato flour, or almond meal is called for in some gluten-free recipes—usually in small amounts.
- Gluten-free flour blends are typically best for simulating regular recipes with gluten.
Other baking supplies to stock:
- Cornstarch, potato starch, or tapioca starch to produce a better flavor and texture for baked goods
- Xanthan gum or guar gum to bind, stabilize, and smooth out your recipes
- Dry active yeast for gluten-free bread—baking your own often produces better bread than store-bought brands
Oils, spices, additives, and other foods
Many foods are naturally gluten-free, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and most dairy products and cooking oils. However, some of the spices, flavorings, and additives we use regularly are not.
Here’s a quick list of items to keep in your kitchen:
- Unflavored gelatin can be used as a thickener, egg substitute, or an alternative to xanthan or guar gum.
- Spices should be bought either fresh or all-natural and dried, as many spices and spice blends use wheat to prevent clumping.
- Gluten-free mixed grains like amaranth, dark quinoa, and millet can be used in easy recipes, and also make a tasty substitute for oatmeal. Try cooking mixed grains in butter, and then add cinnamon and fresh fruits.
- Rice and potatoes are two important staples for a gluten-free diet. There are many different rice recipes and potato recipes that don’t use gluten, and still fulfill your starch cravings with great taste.
Creating a gluten-free kitchen can be challenging, but with these basics in place, it will be easier to enjoy a gluten-free lifestyle.
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