Even when you have to avoid gluten, there is no reason not to eat foods that are delicious and that are just as appetizing as any other food types. Moreover, there are many such foods that are based on gluten free recipes that you can prepare at home. So, let’s see how you should approach preparing these foods when you can’t really eat any gluten. The industry is quickly realizing that there are many people in need of gluten free ingredients, and more and more classic gluten rich ingredients are processed to reduce or eliminate completely the protein.
Gluten free flour
We all like pancakes and a large assortment of bakery products. If you want to prepare your own bread in house or make some delicious pancakes, all you need as your main ingredient is gluten free flour. The flour is available in many stores and online and is treated chemically to eliminate the gluten to acceptable limits. The taste is not affected too much by this chemical treatment – in fact the foods that are prepared with such flour are almost indistinguishable from gluten rich ones and, also, the food is just as rich in nutrients.
Sauces, soup bases and other flavorings
Much of the flavorings, soup and cooking bases contain gluten but, of course, there are versions that can be purchased that are free of any of those additives. The way to get to them is to make sure you read the ingredient list and avoid anything that has rye, or other such seeds. Also, to avoid cross contamination you want to make sure the brand has very careful ways of manufacturing. The best foods of this type will have a gluten free label.
The gluten free recipes that you can cook with these flavorings, cooking bases and sauces is limitless and in terms of taste and texture you shouldn’t expect to find any differences. Also, you want to make sure that the other ingredients are free of gluten.
Restaurant and catering precautions
When you tend to eat out a lot, you have to really be careful with the foods that you choose to ingest, even if normally they should be gluten free. Many restaurants and kitchens will not handle gluten and gluten free foods separately. Inquire as to how the gluten free recipes are prepared and if the chefs or personnel take any precautions regarding the handling of gluten ingredients.
Overall, the best thing to do to prepare your gluten free recipes is to make sure that the ingredients and the environment, the pots and pans and everything in the kitchen is clean and is not used for other foods that contain gluten. Indeed, small quantities of gluten can be harmless, but if they stack up they can initiate a lot of symptoms for celiac sufferers and for other people that cannot consume gluten rich foods without problem. There are many products that you can prepare yourself and that will be very tasty and safe but a more precautions approach will definitely pay.