Gluten-Free Recipe Tips

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January 8, 2013 at 4:52 pm #16631
Crockin Girls Crockin Girls

What modifications can I use to make recipes Gluten-Free?

We don’t eat with this restriction so we called on a close friend whose daughter must eat gluten-free to share her tips.

“If a recipe calls for a cream of soup, we make the homemade version and substitute the regular flour with rice flour. Any baking recipe requires us to use a Gluten-Free flour blend and xanthan gum (1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum per 1 cup flour baking blend). My favorite baking flour blend is: 1 ½  cups Sorghum flour, 1 ½  cups potato starch or cornstarch, 1 cup tapioca flour.
If you’re allergic to milk, try almond milk instead and a great alternative to bread crumbs for the Gluten-Free home is to use Gluten-Free Chex Rice or Corn cereal finely ground. Just add your seasonings to the mixture.” – Christi Burks

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January 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm #16721
Michele Michele

Crockin’ gluten-free is easy if you follow a few gluten-free(GF) guidelines:

1) Read the labels before purchasing ANY product (Look for “wheat,” “barley,” and “rye” in the ingredients list). Watch out for tricky products such as anything with flour, broths, canned soups and gravies, seasoning packets and processed meats.
2) There are now GF substitutions for almost any product if you are willing to pay the price: GF oats, pancake mix, cake mix, bread, pizza dough, pasta, breadcrumbs, soy sauce and more.

Pre-made ingredients are what makes slow cookin’ so easy, but GF products are much more expensive. Consider the following thrifty tips when making GF in the slow cooker:

1) Buy GF mixes and pasta in bulk from the manufacturer’s website.
2) Buy a GF flour mix and create your own cookie mix, cake mix, pancake mix, and GF soups.
3) Make slow cooker recipes that use fewer products and are naturally GF such as Mexican, Asian, and other ethnic dishes.
4) Avoid recipes that require pre-made pastries such as crescent rolls. There isn’t an easy substitute.

-Michele Vilseck, author of “Gluten-free is Easy: Recipes and Tips for Living Gluten-free” (

January 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm #16785
Crockin Girls Crockin Girls

Thanks, Michele!

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