gluten free http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11909/all en-US Homemade Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-gluten-free-oreo-cookies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/homemade-gluten-free-oreo-cookies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/oreos.jpg" alt="gluten-free oreos" title="gluten-free oreos" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="187" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Oreos are as American as hot dogs at baseball games and apple pie on the Fourth of July. But if you have gluten allergies in your home, forget about it. That is, unless you have twenty minutes to whip up a recipe that will win over your gluten intolerant kids in no time. Trust me, this recipe is so fantastic, even my gluten-eating friends couldn't tell the difference.</p> <p>That being said, this recipe is in no way healthy. It is just a great treat for those who can't have wheat. I adapted a recipe from <a href="http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2009/02/oreo-cookies-made-from-scratch-just.html">Cupcake Project</a>&nbsp;to make it suitable for my gluten-free dietary needs. This recipe yields 3 dozen cookies.</p> <h2>The Cookie Part</h2> <ul> <li>1 1/4 cup <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">gluten-free All-Purpose Flour</a> <em>(3 parts corn starch, 3 parts white rice flour, 2 parts soy flour, 1 part masa flour</em>)</li> <li>1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa</li> <li>1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum</li> <li>1 teaspoon baking soda</li> <li>1/4 teaspoon baking powder</li> <li>1/4 teaspoon salt</li> <li>1 cup sugar</li> <li>1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature</li> <li>1 large egg</li> </ul> <p>1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, xanthan gum, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar.</p> <p>2. Beat in the butter and the egg. Continue mixing until dough comes together in a mass.</p> <p>3. Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately 2 inches apart. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. You could use cookie cutters to make perfect &ldquo;O's,&rdquo; but the rough edges were yummy, too. Pick your battles.</p> <p>4. Bake for 9 minutes at 375 F. Set on a rack to cool.</p> <h2>The Filling Part</h2> <ul> <li>1/4 cup room-temperature butter</li> <li>1/4 cup vegetable shortening</li> <li>2 cups sifted powdered sugar (Trust me, sift the sugar if you want the filling to be smooth...I learned the hard way.)</li> <li>2 teaspoons vanilla extract</li> </ul> <p>1. Place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla.</p> <p>2. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2-3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy.</p> <p>3. To make a cookie, pipe teaspoon-sized blobs of cream into the center of a cookie using a pastry bag, or a plastic bag with the corner cut off.</p> <p>4. Place another cookie, approximately equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Repeat until all the cookies have been creamed.</p> <p>5. Side note: Make sure to make an even number of wafers. May sound like common sense to you, but I lack that most days and almost ended up with an extra cookie. It wouldn't have been a tragedy, as I'm sure I would have found use for it in the bottom of my milk jug, but still, just keep an eye on those cookies.</p> <p>These were such a success, I don't think I can tell you. They taste like the real thing, only better. The filling was sinfully fantastic. There is nothing, absolutely nothing in this world, better than a freshly baked Oreo...unless it also happens to be gluten-free.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a post from our sister blog, <a href="http://parentingsquad.com/">Parenting Squad</a>. Visit Parenting Squad for more great posts:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/pregnancy-brain-and-fatty-acids">Pregnancy Brain: Fatty Acids May Be The Answer</a></li> <li><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/chronic-lateness-tips">Get Where You're Going: Strategies For Being On Time</a></li> <li><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/huffing-inhalants-almost-as-popular-as-drinking">Huffing Inhalants Almost as Popular as Drinking</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sonja-stewart">Sonja Stewart</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-gluten-free-oreo-cookies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-gluten-free-desserts">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Gluten-Free Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-easy-pizza-crust">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Easy Pizza Crust</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cookies frugal gluten-free gluten free recipes Wed, 07 Apr 2010 13:00:09 +0000 Sonja Stewart 6098 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Easy Pizza Crust http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-easy-pizza-crust <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-gluten-free-living-easy-pizza-crust" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/calzone.jpg" alt="Calzone" title="Calzone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This dish rarely has any leftovers at my house. It's the only thing, except when I make <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">gluten free noodles</a>, everyone eats voraciously. From my husband down to my 15 month old, pizza, or calzones are always a hit. Once you get familiar with the recipe, imagine, bread sticks, flat breads, garlic knots... You'll almost feel like you're eating gluten again, (without all those unmentionable nasty side effects). Have fun experimenting. At less than a few bucks a pizza, you'll be able to save up for a wood fired brick oven. Alright, maybe just a toaster oven. Still, it beats the $9 alternative in the grocery stores.</p> <p>(I'll throw in my favorite sauce recipe because I like your face.)</p> <p>Thanks, as always, to the <a href="http://www.glutenfreecookingschool.com/archives/rolling-in-dough-homemade-pizza-crust/">gluten free cooking school</a>, for giving me the base to this recipe.</p> <h3>Pizza Crust</h3> <ul> <li>1 Tbsp yeast</li> <li>1 1/3 cup milk</li> <li>1 tsp. sugar</li> <li>2 1/3 cup <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">gluten-free all purpose flour mix</a></li> <li>2 tsp xanthan gum</li> <li>1 tsp salt</li> <li>2 tsp. olive oil</li> <li>2 tsp. cider vinegar</li> <li>1/3 cup (more or less) gluten free corn meal. (I use Bob's Red Mill.)</li> </ul> <p>Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.</p> <p>Heat the milk using your microwave or a small saucepan, to just above room temperature. Make sure it isn't so hot to burn the yeast. Remember you want it hot, but you should be able to touch it slightly with your finger. Mix in the yeast, sugar and milk in a medium bowl and set it aside.</p> <p>In your mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt and xanthan gum well. Your yeast mixture should be foaming by now. Add the apple cider vinegar and olive oil to the yeast mixture and then throw it into the flour blend. Mix it well.</p> <p >I like to use parchment paper because it's easy to roll out and transfer onto the baking sheet. However, it isn't needed. Drop your dough out onto a well floured surface (like parchment paper) and add corn meal. Sprinkle the corn meal liberally as you roll out. Sprinkle it out on the top as well. Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Transfer the dough onto your baking sheet and cook it until the dough has a slight touch of golden brown. Throw the sauce on the crust, add cheese and toppings, then throw it back in the oven until the cheese is melted.</p> <h3>Calzone</h3> <p>Follow the directions the same as you would for a pizza crust, except lower the temperature of the oven to 375 degrees. Roll out the dough, in a rectangular shape on your cookie sheet. Add the toppings on half, without the sauce. Fold over the dough and seal the edges by folding them up and over twice. Place the calzone in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes or until the color is an even golden all around. Cut and serve with sauce on the side as a dipping condiment. (My favorite ingredients for this is just mozzarella cheese and prosciutto. Delicious!)</p> <h3>The Sauce</h3> <ul> <li>1 Tbsp olive oil</li> <li>1 can tomato sauce</li> <li>1 tbsp tomato paste</li> <li>&frac14; tsp oregano</li> <li>&frac14; tsp dried basil</li> <li>&frac14; tsp paprika</li> <li>salt and pepper to taste</li> </ul> <p>In a small sauce pan, heat the olive oil and then add your tomato sauce, paste, and all your spices. Slowly simmer until heated through. If you're brave, add some red pepper flakes. Serve as a base for pizzas or a dipping sauce for calzones and bread sticks. Enjoy!</p> <p<em>Check out my other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/frugal-gluten-free">frugal gluten-free living recipes</a></p<em> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sonja-stewart">Sonja Stewart</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-easy-pizza-crust">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-gluten-free-oreo-cookies">Homemade Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-gluten-free-desserts">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Gluten-Free Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Lifestyle bread sticks frugal gluten free gluten free pizza recipes Tue, 30 Mar 2010 13:00:05 +0000 Sonja Stewart 6101 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great! http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/burrito gluten free.jpg" alt="foldable, yummy flour tortilla" title="It really tastes that good." class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This recipe is a fantastic substitute for regular flour tortillas. If you're sick of using the rough texture, (and small size) of corn tortillas, try this out. The texture of these are bendable, foldable, and so delicious, they'll be gone before you know it. Make an extra batch if you have guests, and get ready to enjoy burritos again, the gluten-free way.</p> <h2>Gluten-Free Flour Tortillas</h2> <ul> <li>2 cups <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">gluten-free all-purpose flour mix</a></li> </ul> <p><em>(3 parts corn starch, 3 parts white rice flour, 2 parts soy flour, 1 part masa flour</em>)</p> <ul> <li>1 &frac12; teaspoon xanthan gum</li> <li>2 teaspoon sugar</li> <li>1 teaspoon salt</li> <li>1 cup warm water</li> <li>1 teaspoon olive oil</li> </ul> <p>Mix all of your ingredients together. I like to mix the dry ones together first to make sure they're all blended. Use your hands to get everything good and ready. It's a fun texture to play with. Then take your blob and divide it into 8 parts. Place them in a large bowl and cover with saran wrap until you're ready to roll them out. Roll out a ball at a time on a floured butcher block. Use a spatula to scrape off the dough if it sticks and add a little more flour to the rolling pin, if necessary. Gluten-free flour can be a sticky beast, so be patient, and just keep working with it until you're comfortable.</p> <p>When the tortillas are rolled out, place them on a heated griddle (I use my big pancake one so I can cook 3 at a time). I keep the temperature at around 325 degrees and keep them on there until bubbles form. Then flip and wait for the tortilla to be ready.</p> <p>I feed these to my husband and kids all the time. It makes burritos a gourmet feast that everyone loves. There is nothing so delicious as freshly made tortillas. Serve them with melted butter and salt. Use them for sandwich wraps. Have fun and enjoy. I promise this one is easy and will be a hit.</p> <p>Thanks again to <a href="http://www.glutenfreecookingschool.com/archives/gluten-free-casein-free-flour-tortillas/">gluten-free cooking school</a>, where I adapted this recipe from.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sonja-stewart">Sonja Stewart</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-gluten-free-desserts">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Gluten-Free Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-gluten-free-oreo-cookies">Homemade Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-budget-friendly-gluten-free-grocery-staples">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Budget Friendly, Gluten-Free Grocery Staples</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Cooking frugal gluten-free gluten free homemade flour recipes Thu, 11 Mar 2010 14:00:02 +0000 Sonja Stewart 5731 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bread_0.jpg" alt="Gluten-Free Bread Loaf" title="It tastes even better than it looks." class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My family has to have bread. My husband can survive on a diet entirely of toast. But the gluten-free bread sold at stores is expensive and as heavy as a brick. My solution is to make a gluten-free bread at home that is spongy, light, delicious and very affordable.</p> <p>First I substitute wheat flour with the gluten-free all-purpose flour mix.</p> <h2>Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix</h2> <p><em>(This mix can be substituted for traditional recipes, cup for cup. Just remember to add xanthan gum to your mixture. The xanthan gum works as a gluten substitute, webbing the dough together, working as a binding agent. Traditionally, it's 2 teaspoons for bread recipes, 1 for cakes and 1 &frac12; for cookies.)</em></p> <ul> <li>3 parts brown rice flour (or white, which has a more subtle taste).</li> <li>3 parts cornstarch</li> <li>2 parts soy flour (or sorghum if someone has a soy allergy)</li> <li>1 part masa flour</li> </ul> <h2>Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</h2> <p><em>Thanks to the </em><a href="http://www.glutenfreecookingschool.com/archives/finally-really-good-sandwich-bread/"><em>gluten free cooking school</em></a><em> for this recipe!</em></p> <p>If you don't have a bread machine, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.</p> <ul> <li>1 Tbsp. active dry yeast</li> <li>1 Tbsp. sugar</li> <li>1 &frac12; c. water (hot tap water, but not too hot, or the yeast will die)</li> <li>2 &frac12; cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix</li> <li>2 tsp. xanthan gum</li> <li>1tsp. salt</li> <li>2 eggs (or 6 Tbsp. water and 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed)</li> <li>1 &frac12; Tbsp. oil</li> <li>1 tsp. cider vinegar</li> </ul> <p>1. Mix the yeast and the sugar in a small bowl. I use a fork to blend as I pour in the water. Let this sit while you mix the other ingredients. The yeast should foam and bubble if it's doing what it's supposed to do.</p> <p>2. Combine the flour, xanthan gum and salt in a large bowl, making sure it's well blended. A note on the mixing, I've noticed the texture of the bread is greatly improved if you let the mixer go for a few extra minutes. The xanthan gum activates and webs out better.</p> <p>3. In a third bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and vinegar until the eggs are a bit frothy.</p> <p>4. The yeast should be bubbly by now, so you can add all of your wet ingredients to the flour mixture. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed. You don't need to knead this dough. You'll notice with gluten-free mixes, it's more of a cake-like consistency.</p> <p>5. If you have a bread machine, you can dump it in there at this point and cook on the 80 minute setting. You don't need the paddle. If you don't have a bread machine, place the bowl in a warm place with a towel over it. (I choose the inside oven with a bowl of hot water underneath it, or I place it on top of the oven while it's preheating.) Let the dough rise for about 45 minutes or until it doubles in size. Then place it in a loaf pan and cook until a toothpick comes out clean. (I have an oven from the 1920's, so my cooking time is a little off. It will probably take anywhere from 20 minutes to 45.)</p> <p>Now you can have bread, sandwiches and (gasp) toast! I know. This gluten-free thing isn't so bad after all. This recipe is delicious, healthy and only pennies on the dollar compared to the store bought loaves. Enjoy responsibly.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sonja-stewart">Sonja Stewart</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-gluten-free-desserts">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Gluten-Free Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-gluten-free-oreo-cookies">Homemade Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-budget-friendly-gluten-free-grocery-staples">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Budget Friendly, Gluten-Free Grocery Staples</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty bread frugal gluten-free gluten free homemade bread recipes Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:00:02 +0000 Sonja Stewart 5191 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Gluten-Free Desserts http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-gluten-free-desserts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-gluten-free-living-gluten-free-desserts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/flourless chocolate cake.jpg" alt="Flourless Chocolate Cake" title="100% gluten-free." class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being gluten-free sometimes feels like you have a rich person disease. Trouble is, I don't know many rich people these days, but I know quite a few gluten intolerant folks. So what are us paupers to do? Rejoice! You don't need to sacrifice your wallet to satisfy your sweet tooth. I've compiled a gluten-free desert list for those watching their spending.</p> <h2>Chex Muddy Buddies</h2> <p><em>(These were my first venture out into the world of gluten-free desserts. My goodness. They are incredible. Highly addicting, so baker beware!)</em></p> <p>9 cups Chex cereal<br /> 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips<br /> &frac12; cup peanut butter<br /> &frac14; cup butter<br /> 1 teaspoon vanilla<br /> 1 &frac12; cups powdered sugar</p> <p>1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.</p> <p>2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.</p> <p>3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.</p> <h2>Peanut Butter Cookies</h2> <p><em>(These are simple and delicious. Also, I've found they're better with the traditional Skippy peanut Butter rather than the organic, stir type. I guess all those hydrogenated oils add flavor.)</em></p> <p>1 cup peanut butter<br /> 1 cup sugar<br /> 1 egg</p> <p>1. Mix all the ingredients in your mixer.</p> <p>2. Get the dough and form into 1 tablespoon sized balls.</p> <p>3. Place balls on cookies sheet.</p> <p>4. Press fork into each ball to make familiar cookie shape.</p> <p>5. Bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes, keeping your eye on the time. Let them cool to solidify further.</p> <h2>Flourless Chocolate Cake</h2> <p>I borrowed this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Flourless-Chocolate-Cake-I/Detail.aspx">flourless chocolate cake recipe</a> from allrecipes.com.</p> <p><em>(And you thought going gluten-free was going to kill you. Not unless it's death by chocolate! Introducing the mother of all gluten-free desserts. Bon appetit!)</em></p> <p>1/2 cup water<br /> 1/4 teaspoon salt<br /> 3/4 cup white sugar<br /> 18 (1 ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate<br /> 1 cup unsalted butter<br /> 6 eggs</p> <p>1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease one 10 inch round cake pan and set aside.</p> <p>2. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the water, salt and sugar. Stir until completely dissolved and set aside.</p> <p>3. Either in the top half of a double boiler or in a microwave oven melt the bittersweet chocolate. Pour the chocolate into the bowl of an electric mixer.</p> <p>4. Cut the butter into pieces and beat the butter into the chocolate, 1 piece at a time. Beat in the hot sugar-water. Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time.</p> <p>5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Have a pan larger than the cake pan ready, put the cake pan in the larger pan and fill the pan with boiling water halfway up the sides of the cake pan.</p> <p>6. Bake cake in the water bath at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 45 minutes. The center will still look wet. Chill cake overnight in the pan. To unmold, dip the bottom of the cake pan in hot water for 10 seconds and invert onto a serving plate.</p> <h2>Gluten-free Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe</h2> <p><em>(These cookies are a bit more crummy than I like, but they pass the taste test with flying colors.)</em></p> <p>This recipe is adapted from the <a href="http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/specialty/nth-detail-occc.aspx">Nestle Tollhouse website.</a></p> <p>2 1/4 cups <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">all-purpose gluten-free flour</a>, <em>(3 parts corn starch, 3 parts white rice flour, 2 parts soy flour, 1 part masa flour</em>)<br /> 2 teaspoons xanthan gum<br /> 1 teaspoon baking soda<br /> 1 teaspoon salt<br /> 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened<br /> 3/4 cup granulated sugar<br /> 3/4 cup packed brown sugar<br /> 1 teaspoon vanilla extract<br /> 2 large eggs<br /> 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) chocolate chips.</p> <p>1. Preheat oven to 375&deg; F.</p> <p>2. Combine flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt in small bowl.</p> <p>3. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.</p> <p>4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.</p> <p>5. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels.</p> <p>6. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.</p> <p>7. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool before taking off the pan.</p> <p>After testing out these recipes, you'll be well on your way to getting familiar with your gluten-free ingredients. Enjoy a healthier, tastier, and budget friendly life.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sonja-stewart">Sonja Stewart</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-gluten-free-desserts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-gluten-free-oreo-cookies">Homemade Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-budget-friendly-gluten-free-grocery-staples">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Budget Friendly, Gluten-Free Grocery Staples</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty cheap desserts frugal gluten-free gluten free recipes Tue, 09 Feb 2010 14:00:03 +0000 Sonja Stewart 5113 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/big long dough glory small.jpg" alt="Gluten-free dough rolled out to perfection." title="Beautiful success!" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I live in a place without a Trader Joe's. I know. Torture. Especially when they are the most cost effective carrier of all things gluten-free. So, if you live somewhere isolated, as I do, or just feel like saving money and having fun making your own delicious gluten-free noodles, this will help you on your way.</p> <p>These gluten-free noodles are easy to prepare and they can store inside your refrigerator for up to a week and a half. The greatest part is, once they're done, it only takes a few minutes to cook since they're fresh. And trust me, your gluten grubbing friends won't be able to tell the difference. They aren't sticky and lack that annoying texture that most rice noodles have.</p> <p>I took a <a href="http://glutenfreesoxfan.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/homemade-mushroom-ravioli/">gluten-free noodle recipe</a> from Gluten Free Sox Fan and adapted it to make my own version.</p> <p>Just to remind you, the <strong>gluten-free all purpose flour mix</strong> is:</p> <ul> <li>3 Parts Cornstarch</li> <li>3 Parts Brown Rice Flour</li> <li>2 Parts Soy Flour</li> <li>1 Part Masa Flour</li> </ul> <p>Mix up a bunch of this stuff and have it handy for recipes like this and others I'll be throwing at you. I try to buy in bulk and mix it all in a big 25 gallon airtight container. Just be sure to mix the flours pretty thoroughly.</p> <h3>Gluten-Free Noodles</h3> <ul> <li>1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour mix</li> <li>2 Teaspoons xanthan gum</li> <li>1/2 teaspoon Salt</li> <li>1 Tablespoon Olive Oil</li> <li>2 Eggs (lightly beaten)</li> </ul> <p>Throw it all in your mixer for a few minutes. I don't use the dough hook because I find it doesn't get it all mixed as well as I like. I use the paddle looking thing with holes. Then I take the dough and knead it around in my hands a bit. If this is your first time working with gluten-free dough, you'll notice the texture is considerably more sticky than you'd like. That's okay. With practice you'll get used to working with it. Use a little of the gluten-free all purpose mix to dust the dough. You'll want to take your dough ball and divide it into four smaller balls for the pasta machine.</p> <p>**<strong>If You Don't Have a Pasta Machine</strong></p> <p><em>Don't be discouraged. Just roll out the dough until it gets as thin as you possibly can make it. Then take a pizza cutter and cut nice long noodles. They won't be perfect, but hey, you'll still be able to have your noodle and eat it, too. Remember to use a spatula to scrape away the dough, and be generous with your flour sprinklings.</em></p> <p>Then take your pasta machine. Set it up so it's nice and firmly attached to your clean surfaced area. Press the small dough ball through the machine on the lowest (thickest) setting. It will come out in clumpy blobs and you'll want to throw it all away and give up. But trust me. This will work and you're not a failure...not yet.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u791/lacerated_dough_small.jpg" /></p> <p>Put the lacerated-looking dough on a plate and do your best to make a flat area, and don't worry about the gaping holes. Use a good spatula to scrap it off the plate if it sticks. Remember a good spatula is your greatest asset in gluten-free cooking.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u791/first_round_flattened_small.jpg" /></p> <p>Put it through the pasta machine again. This time it will seem less like a horror film. There will still be holes, but fold it over and run it through again. You'll notice with each run through the machine, your dough will look more consistent. Just refold before each run-through.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u791/doubled_over_dough_small.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u791/rolling_out_dough_small.jpg" /></p> <p>Turn up the knob (for a thinner noodle), until you reach the desired consistency. (By the way, young kids are perfect helpers when it comes to cranking the knob.) Then run the dough through the noodle slicer. I chose the fettuccine style for this batch.</p> <p><img alt="" style="width: 502px; height: 376px;" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u791/noodles_cut_small.jpg" /></p> <p>Throw the noodles in boiling water for about three minutes, depending on how thin you made them. Don't overcook them. I drain them in a colander and spray cold water over to prevent them from cooking any more.</p> <p>Remember how much you loved noodles? Seriously, these are divine. I usually double or triple the recipe and throw the extras (before cooking) in the refrigerator in a container with a lid. Then we've got noodles all week for when the kids are begging for &ldquo;Nearly Mac N Cheese.&rdquo; I'll leave you with the recipe. Enjoy!</p> <h3>Gluten-Free Nearly Mac N Cheese</h3> <ul> <li>One batch of Gluten-Free Noodles</li> <li>One cup of milk</li> <li>One cup of shredded cheddar cheese</li> <li>One tablespoon gluten-free all purpose flour.</li> </ul> <p>Mix the milk, cheese and flour in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until barely bubbling and until it reaches the desired consistency. Add noodles. Enjoy. Get ready for kids to ask for seconds.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u791/mac_n_cheese_small.jpg" /></p> <p>Yummy &quot;Nearly Mac N Cheese&quot;!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sonja-stewart">Sonja Stewart</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-gluten-free-desserts">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Gluten-Free Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-gluten-free-oreo-cookies">Homemade Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-budget-friendly-gluten-free-grocery-staples">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Budget Friendly, Gluten-Free Grocery Staples</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Shopping frugal gluten-free gluten free Homemade noodles pasta recipes Mon, 08 Feb 2010 15:00:02 +0000 Sonja Stewart 5081 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Budget Friendly, Gluten-Free Grocery Staples http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-budget-friendly-gluten-free-grocery-staples <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-gluten-free-living-budget-friendly-gluten-free-grocery-staples" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gluten free cookies.jpg" alt="Delicious Gluten-Free Cookies" title="Yummmmm..." class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If the thought of making your home gluten-free is overwhelming, this list will help you gather the <strong>frugal gluten-free groceries</strong> that will become staples.</p> <h3>Xanthan Gum</h3> <p>This necessary little ingredient is the only thing that will keep your fresh baked, gluten-free goodies from falling apart at the seams. Each recipe only calls for 1-2 teaspoons, so don't gag when you see the price tag (my Bob's Red Mill brand was around twelve dollars) &mdash; it goes a long, long way.</p> <ul> <li>For breads and pizza doughs, add 1 teaspoon for every cup of flour.</li> <li>For cookies and cakes, and every other delectable gluten-free treat you can concoct, 1/2 teaspoon for every cup of flour.</li> </ul> <h3>Eggs</h3> <p>Not only are these perfect orbs of deliciousness yummy and diet-friendly, they are used in almost every gluten-free baking recipe. (<em>If you can't have eggs, I am so sorry. However you can substitute flax seed oil and water</em>.) I have a half dozen boiled in my fridge at all times for snacks and emergency food when I have to eat right away. Also, they make the perfect gluten-free breakfast food. I never buy a dozen &mdash; I always go for the 5 dozen, and I always run out before I think I should.</p> <h3>Gluten-Free Cereal (like Chex)</h3> <p>I only buy these when they go on sale, and I collect every coupon I can to add to the savings. I refuse to pay 4 dollars a box when my family can easily go through a box and a half a day. These are great not only for cereal, but for making gluten-free marshmallow treats, and for toddler hand-sized gluten-free snacking. Tell your friends to be on the hunt for any Chex coupons. You can pay them in the fruit cakes you get at Christmas.</p> <h3>Gluten-Free Snacks</h3> <p>These are my go-to for survival. When my husband comes home from work and he needs something right away, he grabs the Frito Lays. On road trips, I feed the kiddos Pirate's Booty. While these snack food items aren't essential, they are nice gluten-free items to have around. Just be certain to read and re-read labels. Mono sodium glutamate (MSG) is in quite a lot of packaged foods, and will absolutely affect your gluten allergy. And just because an item is Gluten-free one day, doesn't mean they always will be. Manufacturers are constantly tweaking their formula, and sometimes throw gluten back in. When in doubt, look for products that state, &ldquo;Gluten-Free,&rdquo; or avoid it altogether.</p> <h3>Gluten-Free Flour</h3> <p>I only bought the pre-mixed, all-purpose gluten-free flour once. It was pricey. Then I wised up and made my own mix. I found a fantastic all purpose flour mix that you can substitute, cup for cup, with regular recipes (<em>as long as you remember to add xanthan gum</em>) at <a href="http://www.glutenfreecookingschool.com/">Gluten Free Cooking School</a>. Here's her well-researched mix:</p> <p><strong>Delicious Gluten-Free Flour Mix</strong></p> <ol> <li>Three parts brown rice flour</li> <li>Three parts cornstarch</li> <li>Two parts soy flour</li> <li>One part masa flour (In the Mexican food section)</li> </ol> <p><em>If you can't have soy, you can substitute sorghum flour. Also, if you want to add fiber and protein, add a bean flour, like garbanzo or fava. It adds iron as well.</em></p> <h3>Beans</h3> <p>If you are as cheap as I am, buy your pinto beans in bulk and make your own refried beans. It's relatively easy because you can make it in the crock pot. Here's the recipe for <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Refried-Beans-Without-the-Refry/Detail.aspx">refried beans without the refry</a>. After I learned how easy and inexpensive this was, I had a hard time shelling out the cash for the canned beans. But either way, refried beans are a staple in our lives. We use them to make nachos on those nights I just can't pull it together enough to make something from scratch. Also, with the gluten-free flour tortillas I make, we have delicious burritos for lunch.</p> <h3>Rice</h3> <p>This easy to make staple will save you time and money if you cook it in your rice cooker and serve it alongside your dishes. It can be spiced up to match the most exotic dishes, or you can always serve it the way my three-year-old loves it: a la butter and salt. Gluten-free cooking doesn't mean your small kids have to hate you. Save the angst for adolescence.</p> <h3>Quinoa</h3> <p>This is nothing like rice, except that you can cook it in your rice cooker. The texture is much different. There is a nutty flavor to it that makes for a heartier dish. If you cook it with a tablespoon of tomato paste, some extra virgin olive oil and crushed garlic, it will stand up to a nice lamb or ground beef dinner. I use the exact same measurements as I do rice in my rice cooker. The grain should look translucent when it's finished. My daughter calls it &ldquo;snow rice.&rdquo; As long as it stays on the plate, that's fine.</p> <h3>Yeast</h3> <p>You don't have to be a fantastic baker to be a successful gluten-free bread chef. Trust me on this one. However, it's good to get familiar with how yeast works. I go for the jars rather than the packets because it's easier to measure for recipes. Also, I find yeast lasts longer when I store it in the coldest part of my fridge. I'll write more about this lovely, live food product when I write about baking your own frugal gluten-free bread.</p> <h3>Potatoes</h3> <p>These are cheap, cheap, cheap! I got a ten pound bag for $1.78. Also, if your family likes french fries and you buy them frozen, it may contain gluten. Seasoned fries often contain flour to add to the crisp-factor. Making your own is the easiest and the healthiest option. I cut a bunch up, toss them with a splash of worcestershire, salt and pepper, and a tablespoon of olive oil. Then, I throw them in the oven at 350 degrees until they are &ldquo;good and done.&rdquo; (You have to say that last part in a redneck accent to get the full effect.)</p> <h3>Oats</h3> <p>I left this one for last because it's the most controversial. Some people with gluten allergies are fine with oats and some aren't. Some can only have the oats that are &ldquo;virginal&rdquo; and have never come into any contact with any other grain...ever! To the latter, those virgin oats can be mighty expensive. It's your call. To those that can have oats, happy day. They are cheap and great for mornings when you just don't feel like eating another omelet. Also, you can throw the oats in the blender and make your own oat flour. Making your own flour? Look how fancy you've become!</p> <p>I hope you're getting the picture that being allergic to gluten is not a life sentence of spending your utility budget on your grocery bill. This is a very cohesive way to gather your frugal gluten-free groceries. I realize most people have very busy lives and don't want to spend all their time and energy figuring out this gluten-free thing. So relax. Take a couple of tips where you can and learn from my disasters. (There are so many to learn from.) This list should be good for your bottom, <em>and</em> your bottom line!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sonja-stewart">Sonja Stewart</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-budget-friendly-gluten-free-grocery-staples">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-gluten-free-desserts">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Gluten-Free Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gluten-free-lunch-ideas">20 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty frugal gluten-free gluten free groceries Wed, 03 Feb 2010 15:00:11 +0000 Sonja Stewart 5027 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Kitchen Tools that Stretch Your Budget and Your Time http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-kitchen-tools-that-stretch-your-budget-and-your-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-gluten-free-living-kitchen-tools-that-stretch-your-budget-and-your-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gluten free kitchen.jpg" alt="Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer" title="My favorite frugal gluten-free toy...I mean, tool." class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I am a very frugal person. So, when my husband discovered his digestive tract could not handle gluten, I had to figure out how to stay within the budget, while keeping my sanity. I attempted to make my own rice flour, but that just exploded in a soggy, grainy disaster. I discovered very quickly, that I lacked the proper <strong>tools</strong> to make the transition smoothly. Here are my favorite gluten-free kitchen tools that save me time and money, while saving my husband's intestinal tract.</p> <h3>Bread Machine</h3> <p>This one is a no-brainer if you are like my family and have to have bread. Not only does it save you the time and preparation of waiting for the dough to rise before you throw it in the oven, but it makes a more solid sandwich bread, in my opinion. I got my bread machine at a thrift store for 8 bucks. It was missing the paddle inside, but here's the thing, with gluten-free bread, you don't need the paddle. You mix the ingredients ahead of time so all you have to do is throw it in the machine and walk away. Sheer gluten-free perfection! This one will get used often, especially if you have kids that eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.</p> <h3>Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer (or equivalent)</h3> <p>This is a big ticket item, I realize. And you absolutely don't have to have it to be gluten-free and frugal. Here's what I've found with the standing mixer: it saves you time, because you can prepare other things while your dough is blending. But more importantly, I'm discovering, the longer you blend certain mixes, the better the texture. Since gluten works like a web to hold all the dough together, when you take the gluten out, you're left with a crumbly texture that falls apart. That's why you have to substitute xanthan gum. It works as a binding agent so your lovely pancakes, biscuits, and cookies don't crumble. When I let the mixer blend a little longer, I find the xanthan gum makes these great webs in the dough, which makes for a fluffier, more &ldquo;gluten-esque&rdquo; product. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mixers">The 5 Best Mixers</a>)</p> <h3>Pasta Maker</h3> <p>I got a metal hand crank one at Ross for 20 bucks because my husband was desperately craving noodles. It was definitely more than I wanted to spend on the thing, but as much as my family eats the pasta up, looking back now, I'd pay double. I make noodles at least once a week with this machine. The kids love helping and the noodles store for up to a week and a half in the fridge, so you can make a larger batch and save yourself time later in the week. Of course if you're ultra frugal, you can skip the pasta maker and roll out the dough with a rolling pin and cut strips of noodles with a pizza cutter. But the dough lacks consistency, and I can never seem to roll them out as thin as the pasta maker can.</p> <h3>Rice Cooker</h3> <p>I got mine at a garage sale for five bucks. It frees up the stove, makes rice and quinoa just right, and it's one less thing to think about at dinnertime.</p> <h3>Crock Pot</h3> <p>I try to only make one high maintenance item at a time. So, if I'm making fresh noodles, I crock pot the chicken. This is invaluable if you can't spend your entire day at home preparing for dinner and experimenting with different gluten-free recipes. (Don't judge me.)</p> <h3>Freezer</h3> <p>Hands down, this is the greatest money saving appliance ever. If you can cook in bulk, and freeze prepared meals for later, you'll be less likely to shell out extra cash at the grocery store for a &ldquo;convenient&rdquo; gluten-free dinner. Also, double, triple, quadruple bread recipes, pasta, casseroles, quiche, sauces, you name it, and freeze it for later.</p> <p>Just because you have to live gluten-free doesn't mean you have to break the bank, or lose the convenience of packaged foods. With very little planning, the proper tools and an experimental attitude, you can keep your wallet fat and your belly flat.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sonja-stewart">Sonja Stewart</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-kitchen-tools-that-stretch-your-budget-and-your-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-gluten-free-oreo-cookies">Homemade Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-budget-friendly-gluten-free-grocery-staples">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Budget Friendly, Gluten-Free Grocery Staples</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink frugal gluten-free gluten free money saving tricks time-saving tools Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:00:02 +0000 Sonja Stewart 4798 at http://www.wisebread.com