This is the reason that I make almost all of the foods I consume.
Making your own breads, cookies, crackers, soups etc. is not always easy, but here are some tips on what your pantry should contain in order to make it a little easier.
First of all, you will need uncontaminated containers with tight fitting lids.
I use empty Folgers coffee containers for most of my gluten free ingredients. (Folgers is gluten free)
Another suggestion is to go to a discount store or dollar store and purchase your containers there (Check that the lids fit tightly)
You will want labels as well. I purchased a package of address labels at a stationary store and printed “Gluten Free” on them with my printer.
I then use a fine tip felt pen to write the container’s contents onto the label.
The contents of the containers should be the following (these are just the basics)
- Brown rice flour
- White rice flour
- Corn meal
- Guar gum or xanthan gum
- Tapioca flour
- Corn starch
- Potato flour
- Potato starch
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Certified gluten free oats
- Dry milk powder
- Rice or corn pasta
You might also want to include other gluten free ingredients such as:
- Corn flour
- Ground flax
- Quinoa flour
- Hemp seeds (hulled)
- Arrowroot flour
- Bean flour
- Almond meal
- Gluten free bread crumbs
- Gluten free cookie crumbs
- Sugar (white/brown etc.)
Aside from the ingredients that you will be storing in containers, you will also probably like to have, on hand, spices (Pure spices are gluten free – things like seasoning salt and steak spice should be mixed at home) and gluten free (low sodium) broth (chicken/beef/vegetable – I make my own and freeze them but you can purchase them as well)
Keep in mind, if you are just starting out with the gluten free life style, that you don’t want to just go out a purchase a pile of gluten free ingredients. Look at the recipes you want to try and write a list to take to the store. Don’t buy too much ahead of time or it could wind up sitting unused on the shelf. Also, rotate your stock. When you purchase new products, put them to the back and move the older stuff to the front.
Another thing to remember is that there are many foods that are naturally gluten free such as rice, potatoes, vegetables, and meats.
That being said, remember not to use containers that previously contained foods containing gluten and store your gluten free foods in an area that is separate and away from “gluten” laden foods.
Regardless of how many times you have purchased a product, ALWAYS check the label for hidden sources of gluten. Products can change without notice.