Substitutes and suggestions for gluten free living #2

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\N \N For cookies, mix wheat starch and soy flour in any proportion in the amount called for in the original recipe.

Use your own allowed granola mix to replace nuts and give crunchiness to cookies. In recipes calling for milk or water, heat these liquids slightly before adding to dry ingredients. Shortening may also be melted in this warm liquid which will cut down on mixing times.

For bread recipes, double the amounts called for and make several small loaves. They freeze well. Since the loaves dry out in about two day, cut your loaves into pieces before freezing and defrost these as needed.

Use crushed cornflakes or crisp rice cereals for crumbing foods or in desserts such as apple crisps and pie crusts. Use potato chips for casseroles. A banana blends ingredients together well.

Batters made from flours other than wheat may appear much thinner or much thicker than batters made from wheat flours. Cakes made with substitute flours other than wheat tend to be dry. The moisture can be preserved by icing the cake or by storing them tightly covered.

Meat cookies can be quickly made by just mixing a jar of baby meat with rice or other pablum, and adding ½ tsp baking powder. Bake in moderate oven for about 10 minutes.

The thickening sauces, gravies or puddings, substitute one of the following for 1 tbsp wheat flour: ½ tbsp cornstarch, ½ tbsp potato starch flour, ½ tbsp rice starch, ½ tbsp arrowroot starch, 2 tsp quick cooking tapioca, 2 tsp tapioca flour.

Wheat free spaghettie and noodles are available in specialty stores.

Chinese bean threads are an acceptable substitute for spaghetti, as is spaghetti squash. And equal amount of frozen french fries may be substituted in a casserole to replace macaroni, spaghetti or noodles.

To bread fish, chops and chicken, dip meat into rice flour, diluted evaporated milk, then into allowed crumbs. Refrigerate one hour before cooking. You can make your own 'breading' mixture. Mix 1 cup of recommended flour, 1 cup allowed bread crumbs, 1 tsp seasoned salt, ¼ tsp pepper, ¼ tsp spice. Keep in plastic bags in the refrigerator or freezer. Hold meat together in patties or meat loaf with cooked oatmeal, grated nuts or potato.

Origin: The Allergy Cookbook. Shared by: Sharon Stevens, July/95.

Submitted By SHARON STEVENS On 7-03-95

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