3 Tips for a Safe Gluten Free Thanksgiving
For many with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, eating outside the safety of our own home is scary. The repercussions of being "glutened" outweigh even the best of intentions from family and friends. Here are three tips to to prepare a safe meal for your gluten free guests. Cut down on the possibility of cross contamination or alter traditional recipes to make delightful gluten free dishes to make this Thanksgiving enjoyable for the whole family.
1 - Hidden gluten. One of the easiest place the gluten protein hides is in the cuts of a cutting board. It'snearly impossible to remove gluten from a contaminated wood or plastic board. Consider purchasing a new cutting board and only use that one to cut the turkey or gluten free breads.
2 - Thickening for gravy or soups. Traditional recipes often call for a small amount of flour to thicken soups and gravy to a desired consistency. We suggest this recipe from Gluten Free Baking, as it's easy to follow and the ingredients are relatively easy to find. If you or your guests are avoiding cornstarch, replace it with tapioca starch, potato starch or arrowroot starch.
3 - Cream of Mushroom. One of our favorite childhood memories of the holidays is our grandmother's green bean casserole. It's comfort at its best. Besides cream of mushroom, some traditional Thanksgiving recipes can call for cream of celery or cream of chicken. Campbell's condensed soup cans do contain wheat flour and is not gluten free. However, we've successfully used the Pacific Foods brand to recreate this comfort food sans gluten.
What can family and friends do to help you feel safe at the holiday dinner table? Or, do you prepare gluten free for your guests and have other tricks you'd like to share?
Or, make it simple by ordering a gluten free Thanksgiving Day Package, or individual pies, dinner rolls and stuffing cubes from our Shop page (it'll be our little secret).