GLUTEN FREE COOKING GUIDLINES

03/15/2018 18:41

I've recieved some interest in wheat free treats, and have been doing some reserch and experimentation.There are millions of people around the world who routinely avoid wheat due to food allergies and other special diet situations, including autism,and celiac desease-an autoimmune condition where the gluten protein in wheat prevents the absorption of essential nutrients. My own sister has developed an allergy to wheat.All the recipes that I will post are tried and tested.They will work for you too.
I've learned that people can live well without wheat all you need is a few good tips for cooking with wheat substitutes, and practice.
1.Beginners should choose a cookbook specially developed for the wheat sensitive diet.This will asure early success and build confidence and experience.You can convert your own recipes to wheat free later, when you're a pro.
2.Wheat flour must be replaced with an alternative flour, in some cases a combination of alternative flour is needed as they each have there own texture and effect.The most common alternatives are;rice,bean,soy,sorghum,potatoe,and tapioca.
3.When measuring flour, spoon it into the measuring cup.Don't pour it.Level the top with the flat side of a knife.Don't "heap" or round off unless the recipe specifies, and never pack it down.
4.A special ingredient such as xanthan gum (a natural stabilizer or thickener) will be needed in some recipes to compensate for the lack of gluten and improve the texture.Without it baked goods crumble and fall apart.
5.You may need to add a touch more spices,herbs or flavorings than normal to compensate for the loss of wheat flavor.
6.Use smaller baking pans instead of one larger one. Oil your pans well before using. For cookies, use parchment or wax paper to prevent sticking. Bundt cake pans seem to distribute heat more evenly.
7.Make sure you mix the alternative flour mixture well,Electric mixers can help incorperate ingredients.

Topic: Guidlines for Wheat free cooking

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Chef 420 | 04/27/2011

I hope this will be helpful in your every day cooking. I look forward to any comments you have.Let me know what recipes you would like to see.

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