This year more and more people are starting a gluten free diet. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, can cause many health problems for those who are sensitive to it. Unfortunately, nearly all “ready to eat” and convenience foods often have some form of gluten in it, which can make it really difficult for some to adjust to the amount of cooking needed to make meals.
Often the ready made gluten free foods are sometimes triple the cost of the versions made with wheat. Having to make everything from scratch can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you have never been a good cook! Thankfully, a few basic kitchen gadgets can help save you prep time and money by making things yourself.
Here are some tools to help make gluten free cooking easier:
Rice Cooker: What I once thought was a useless kitchen gadget has now become a huge time saver for me. Making rice can take up to an hour on a stove top, and often needs a lot of attention to make sure it doesn’t burn. With a rice cooker, you can make rice for any meal without really thinking or worrying about it as it cooks.
Crock-pot: A crock-pot, sometimes also called a slow cooker, is another great time-saving kitchen gadget. Many gluten free slow cooker recipes can be made, which can help save a lot of time. While a slow cooker does take longer, you can easily put ingredients into it and allow it to simmer for hours while you tend to more important things.
Blender: Until starting a gluten free diet, my blender sat on the bottom shelf of my pantry collecting dust. Now I use it nearly every day, making delicious smoothies for breakfast and other tasty treats.
Food Processor/Grinder: The non-wheat flours available at stores can be very expensive. With a grinder or high quality food processor you can often make your own at a fraction of the cost.
Your Freezer: Whenever cooking something and you have leftovers, you can easily freeze them to save for another day when you don’t feel like cooking. You can simply reheat and serve on a busy day, rather than start dragging out all your pots and pans.
Cooking on a gluten free diet certainly will take some getting used to. But, like many others who have already started this diet, you might just be surprised at not only how much better you feel, but also how fun it can be!