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 flour
gluten free bread crumbs
gluten free noodles (spaghetti and penne)
non-fat dry milk
thai rice flour
sweet rice flour
diced tomatoes (I buy orangic S&W and San Marzano
crushed red pepper flakes
salt (regular, sea, kosher)
beef broth- organic
chicken broth- organic
gluten free peanut butter
gluten free soy sauce
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)
sour cream- gluten free
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.