Sunday, October 16, 2011

revamped gluten free pantry list



I am reworking my pantry list. I added a few things to it. You learn something new every day and I have found out that sweet rice flour is a sticky flour and can act as a binding agent in your cooking so I've added that to my list. I've also added a few things that are great to have on hand with fall cooking. I don't have things like almond meal on the list or flax seed even though I do own those things. I find that I use them so rarely that if you're new to gluten free eating I'd wait to add those until you're sure you'll need them. I do still use xanthan gum in some of my recipes even though there's been some controversy regarding it. It's grown from mold and so some people try to find other binding ingredients to use such as guar gum. For now I am sticking with xanthan gum. I only use it in my recipes when necessary. At the bottom of this post I also show some of my favorite pantry items. I list San Marzano tomatoes as a favorite staple. They are quite a bit more than the canned tomatoes you buy at Costco but if you use them in tomato sauces for pizza or pasta the taste makes a world of difference and in my opinion well worth the 3.99 price! When it comes to chili or things that take lots of spice I use the organic S&W tomatoes and save the "fancy" ones for when their taste will stand out. I also show here the packaging for the thai rice flour that I prefer to use. You can get it at most asian supermarkets or you can also order it through amazon. I also show my favorite noodles and bread. I think you will find a label maker to be an invaluable tool and well worth the investment along with glass storage jars! Christmas is coming and if there are 2 things that will change your life when converting to gluten free it's a kitchen aid stand mixer and a label maker. The labels will help you to keep the various flours organized since they all seem to look alike! And the kitchen aid really makes all of the extra baking you'll be doing much easier and faster!
If you know me you'll laugh because I went through this list and alphabetized it. I hope that makes your shopping easier. ;)


In the pantry:


brown rice
brown rice flour
brown sugar
chocolate chips
coffee
corn starch
gluten free bread crumbs
gluten free noodles (spaghetti and penne)
jasmine rice
m&ms
non-fat dry milk
popcorn
potato starch
powered sugar
sugar- organic
tapioca flour
thai rice flour
sweet rice flour
xanthan gum

Cans:


black beans
coconut milk
diced tomatoes (I buy orangic S&W and San Marzano
kidney beans
organic pumpkin
pinto beans

Spices:


all spice
basil leaves
chili powder
cinnamon
crushed red pepper flakes
garlic salt
ground cloves
ground ginger
lemon pepper
onion flakes
oregano
pepper
salt (regular, sea, kosher)

liquids:


balsamic vinegar
beef broth- organic
canola oil
chicken broth- organic
gluten free peanut butter
gluten free soy sauce
honey
olive oil
red wine for pasta sauces and pot roasts
red wine vinegar


Weekly purchases for fresh foods as needed:



fresh salsa (I like Trader Joe's or Rojo)
garlic
green onion
lemons
onion
organic carrots
organic eggs
organic milk
potatoes
romaine lettuce
sour cream- gluten free
tomatoes
unsalted butter





These are some of my must have items for the pantry.

1. San Marzano tomatoes. They will make a big difference in your tomato pastas!

2. Bionature pasta- tastes so good your guests won't know they're eating gluten free.

3. Udi whole grain bread- it's more expensive than baking your own but it's super tasty!

4. Thai rice flour- it's so finely milled it doesn't leave the gritty taste that regular rice flour leaves.

5. Weck's canning jars. You can find them at Crate and Barrel.

6. A label maker. I prefer the clear tape! When labeling your jars it's a great idea to put the expiration date on the bottom of the jar. Pin It

16 comments:

  1. Love all the tips...it's so organized (down to the alphabetically organized list) and so YOU! Your shelves are always so neat and tidy. And I just LOVE your new blog header too!

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  2. Lissa,

    Looks like you've been doing a little fall decorating! I LOVE it! Simple & elegant! Do you do your own blog work? And if so how did you get that header centered? That was my biggest struggle!

    Amen on the kitchen aid mixer ~ best Christmas present ever from the hubs! I use mine MORE than I ever thought I would & it's like a little piece of Art in the kitchen!!!

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  3. Lissa, I totally agree with you on the San Marzano tomotoes they are the best. Your blog header looks so pretty!

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  4. Lissa, the Weck's jars are the best I love them, I actually found a large one at the flea market for 3 bucks, today I made the pumpkin mini's you posted a while back, I added some applesauce and they turned out fantastic!
    Your new header looks so pretty!

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  5. Hi Lissa.... I have never posted on anything before, but I just wanted to tell you.... I used to read Humble Pie and loved it!! I looked forward to it everytime and was the blog I always read first, but then you went to your gluten free blog and I didn't follow. We are not gluten free and I didn't think I would get anything out of it. I just found you again last night and boy was I suprised..... you are still just as awesome as before!!! So so so glad I'm back you are so inspireing!! Can I just say I Missed You!!! (Ok I hope that doesn't sound weird or anything). Just want to say thank you! I love how much you love God and your family..... you make me want to be a better person!

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  6. I like your new header as well. I like your organization style and I wish I could keep things organized.

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  7. I love your little organizational side. (And it's been driving me nuts why I can't figure out how to help you with those side tabs!!)

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  8. Thanks for the list. I've been gluten free for almost four years but still like to see how other people survive. Have a fantastic day!

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  9. Whenever I see your pantry I long for it! I don't have a "space" like the one you have...it's dynamite.

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  10. I love the jars, especially that they come with a rubber lip to help seal eveything. My Daughter is allergic to wheat and gluten and so we carry a lot of her special flours in our pantry. Unfortunately, last winter I started to see tiny moths flying around our house - usually after bed-time. Found out they were pantry moths and infested every expensive gluten free flour we had. They actually probably came in with the flours we bought. It took months to get rid of them and we had throw everything out and start over. But it was a lesson learned and each bag of flour is stored in it's own sealed (plastic or glass) container.

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  11. Where in the world did you get your precious shelving?! I just adore it. <3

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  12. I have been using ground up rice cakes as bread crumbs for meat balls and meatloaf recipes. I recently tried GF rice krispies in the blender for meatloaf and it makes a great "bread crumb".

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  13. I see someone asked where you got your shelving and I've been wondering the same thing for a while. You see it is exactly what I've been trying to describe to my husband and father-in-law for a number of years! The older I get the less clutter I like and trust me our home is filled right now. Well not so much any longer as I've been purging.. and it feels so cleansing! We are only keeping the pieces that we love and adore... things that have meaning and use. Have a wonderful day!

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  14. I see someone asked where you got your shelving and I've been wondering the same thing for a while. You see it is exactly what I've been trying to describe to my husband and father-in-law for a number of years! The older I get the less clutter I like and trust me our home is filled right now. Well not so much any longer as I've been purging.. and it feels so cleansing! We are only keeping the pieces that we love and adore... things that have meaning and use. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. I love that! Enjoy your simplified life! The shelving unit is from restoration hardware. :)

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