Where to Purchase Gluten-Free, Allergen-Free Ingredients for Recipes
I buy most of my flours from online sources. I can often get my flours through amazon.com. One company I particularly like is www.iherb.com. I've been shopping with them for years now. Low prices, super fast shipping and terrific customer service. And if you're a new iherb customer, enter the coupon code CEL291 when checking out and you'll receive $10 off your 1st order of $40 or more. A big plus is you can buy almost all the flours used in my cookbook through iherb. And www.vitacost.com is another site with a great gluten-free selection.
Brown Rice Flour:
Based on the recent findings of high levels of arsenic in brown rice, I'm now just making my flour mix with white rice flour and substituting any brown rice flour in the mix with white rice flour.
White Rice Flour:
Authentic Foods White Rice Flour - Gluten Free Supermarket
Sweet Rice Flour:
Authentic Foods Sweet Rice Flour - Lori's Natural Market - low prices and only $8.99 shipping charge
Authentic Foods Sweet Rice Flour - Amazon (free shipping)
White Bean Flour:
* 11/13/13 - Update - I've recently discovered that if you are using Authentic Foods Brand White Rice Flour and Sweet Rice Flour you do not need to add any bean flour. The Authentic Foods brands flours are so finely milled and light it is no longer necessary.
Each cup of flour uses less than 2 tablespoons of bean flour. I now simply grind my own from white beans or great northern beans.
iherb - http://www.iherb.com/Bob-s-Red-Mill-White-Bean-Flour-24-oz-680-g/35675 or I grind my own from Great Northern Beans
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*Bob's White Bean Flour is manufactured in a facility that also uses tree nuts, corn and soy.
Arrowroot is one of the staple flours needed to make the incredible yeast-free, gluten-free bread recipes in my book.
Authentic Foods Arrowroot Flour - Amazon (free shipping)
Authentic Foods Arrowroot Flour - Lori's Natural Market - low prices and only $8.99 shipping charge
Authentic Foods Tapioca Flour - Amazon (free shipping)
Golden Flax Meal:
Just started using chia seed instead of flax and loving the results.
Flaxseed is ground into flax meal and is used as an egg substitute as well as in several of my recipes. I now get flaxseed and grind it in a coffee grinder. I grind the amount needed for a week's supply and store it in the refrigerator. I chose this company, Great Plains Flax, because they only process flax so there's less chance of cross-contamination with other allergens. I find their customer service to be superb. Shipping is free.
Golden Flax Seed - from Great Plains Flax
Sweet Potato Flour:
Barry Farm - http://www.barryfarm.com/flours.htm
(Always looking for additional resources for sweet potato flour as this is my only real source so if you come across any please contact me.)
The brand I use now available through Amazon.com here.
http://www.netrition.com/konjac_glucomannan_powder.html (only $4.95 shipping) or
Ivory Teff Flour:
5 pounds for $20 free shipping - be sure to order the ivory - http://www.teffco.com/products.html
Organic Amaranth Flour:
Organic Quinoa flour:
iherb - http://www.iherb.com/Ancient-Harvest-Organic-Quinoa-Flour-18-oz-510-g/31540?at=0 Bob's makes it, too. http://www.iherb.com/Bob-s-Red-Mill-Organic-Whole-Grain-Quinoa-Flour-Gluten-Free-22-oz-1-lb-6-oz-623-g/13745 *Manufactured in a facility that also uses tree nuts, corn and soy.
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We use Coconut Palm Sugar in place of both brown and white sugar. It has a low glycemic index and is an excellent cup for cup replacement for sugar. (Those who must avoid corn, be sure that your sugar is corn free. Coconut palm sugar is corn free.)
Extra Light Olive Oil:
Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil – Make sure your purchasing "Extra Light" oil and not just light. You can usually pick this up at your local grocery store or at BJ's Discount Warehouse stores or other discount warehouse store.
Allergen Free Pure Vanilla Extract - Tahitian vanilla extract (made from their own beans) doesn't contain any sugar or additives of any kind.
Organic Vanilla Extract - From Digestive Wellness - The alcohol in their vanilla is derived from sugar cane, and so, it is completely gluten-free and corn-free.
I presently get my Pure Vanilla Extract from BJ’s Wholesale club
Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips - currently some debate on some blogs regarding whether or not these chips are corn free, too. I, too, have been having a reaction to them. Big bummer for this chocoholic. I had often picked these up at Whole Foods or my local grocery store.
If any of you currently use a chocolate chip that is free of all common allergens please contact me so that I can add them to the list.
Spectrum Palm Oil Shortening There are only a handful of recipes in the book that require shortening. Pies, pastries and frosting.
Cream of Tartar: Cream of tartar is a white, odorless powder that you can usually find in the spice section of your local grocery store. Cream of tartar is one of the few McCormick spices I still use since finding out that they fought to keep us from finding out what GMOs were in our food.
The combination of the cream of tartar and baking soda in recipes will act in the same way that baking powder does and helps leaven your baked goods and cause them to rise. You can read more about cream of tartar in my blog post, "Are Cream of Tartar and Tartar Sauce the Same Thing?"
I use Arm & Hammer baking soda.
Pasta - I had always used brown rice pasta until I discovered the high arsenic levels in the brown rice vs. the white rice so now we use white rice gluten-free pastas. I like Tinkyada brand and wish they made more white rice pastas and I also just started using Pastoriso brand.
Spices and Herbs - We grow our own herbs and dry them. So, so easy to do. Even those without a green thumb could do this. I just started using spices from The Spicy Gourmet. We've been using them for the last few months with no reaction to them. Still react to black pepper, though. Have no idea why but it seems several sensitive celiacs are also reacting to black pepper. The Spicy Gourmet is a terrifc company, though, that uses only chemical-free USDA certified organic spices that are Fairtrade and contain no additives or preservatives of any kind.
I also sometime use the freeze dried herbs from Litehouse.
My preferred stock was Kitchen Basics – chicken or beef. (11/13/13 - Update: Now currently only make our own. Kitchen Basics is now a McCormick company.)
Paper containers to store homemade ice cream can be found at The Eco Products Store. These cups are quite sturdy and I'm often able to wash and resuse them.
Candy free of the 8 common allergens (be careful some may contain corn) is available from The Natural Candy Store.