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How do I start the gluten-free diet?

Jump start your gluten-free journey with my Gluten-Free ABC's also known as my G-Free Cheat Sheet. It covers the basics. Things your Aunt Ethel needs to know when she invites you for a nosh.

Then grab a cup of coffee and settle in for my How to Start Living Gluten-Free post. This gets into the nitty gritty. Learn where gluten lurks, get gluten-free menu ideas and shopping strategies; find out how to avoid cross contamination in the kitchen. Learn to fear wooden spoons and sticky children.


Note: Gluten-Free Goddess® recipes adhere to the gluten-free grains listed as safe by the Mayo Clinic and Celiac Disease Foundation. See Mayo Clinic: What's allowed on a gluten-free diet and Celiac Disease Foundation: Allowed Grains


How do I best search your recipes?

In April 2016 our host- Blogger- switched blogs to a more secure https browsing experience. In the process of moving from 'http' to 'https' many recipe links got lost in the shuffle. 


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Is spelt gluten-free?

No, Sweetpea. Spelt is NOT gluten-free. No matter what the Earth shoe wearing guy in the bulk nuts department tells you. Spelt is an ancient grain in the wheat family. It contains gluten. If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, avoid it like the plague. 


What the heck is xanthan gum and why do I need it?

Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide powder (typically cultured on material from corn or whey, glucose or even wheat; note Bob's Red Mill Xanthan Gum has tested negative for gluten). When combined with a liquid it adds viscosity and thickness to gluten deprived batters, salad dressings, non-dairy alternatives and ice cream. It also adds integrity to gluten-free baked goods, making them less crumbly.



Don't like xanthan gum? 


After years of using it, I must confess I feel WAY better without it. See my post about it and xanthan gum recipe for wonderful blueberry muffins here.

For subbing xanthan gum in my recipes, I suggest trying flaxseed meal. Start with a tablespoon (added to my recipes instead of the xanthan gum). 


Another vegan alternative choice to increase viscosity is to add a tablespoon of arrowroot starch slurry to baking recipes. Arrowroot becomes a bit viscous in liquid, and may help thicken the batter (it also works in a cooked sauce). Make a tablespoon of slurry with a TB of arrowroot starch and a little water.

Some alternative bakers use chia seed gel as a binder. 

For egg-loving bakers, the best xanthan gum substitution might be adding an extra whipped egg white- or even two.



What is the latest on oats?


See the latest news regarding oats and the Purity Protocol needed for oat safety at Gluten-Free Watchdog.

Is potato starch the same thing as potato flour?

Thank you for asking. You'll now avoid a lot of heartache. No- potato starch is used in baking gluten-free; it imparts a tender crumb and a lighter rise. It will make you happy. Potato flour is gluey and heavy; it is used sparingly in thickening sauces or soups; I don't use it in baking. Neither should you.


How do I bake gluten-free? What do you use to thicken a sauce, make gravy and bread crumbs?

So many questions, Bubela! But have no fear. Karina's Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking Tips answers these questions and more. It is my best advice to get you started in the kitchen. Now go eat a piece of chocolate.


My child needs to follow a gluten-free casein-free diet- and do you have any dairy-free lactose-free recipes and cooking tips?

I'm here to help. We were GF/CF, too-- for seven years post diagnosis. Some celiac-savvy doctors believe that roughly 50% of people with celiac disease are allergic to dairy proteins; and many newly diagnosed celiacs are lactose intolerant. All my recipes since June 2007 are gluten-free and dairy-free. For earlier recipes- you may need to sub a few dairy ingredients.




How do I bake gluten-free bread in a bread machine? Will a gluten-free bread mix work in my bread machine?

Bread- the Holy Grail. See the post Using a Gluten-Free Bread Machine with extensive baking tips and bread machine discussion in the post's comments section. It's a great place to start. Because gluten-free bread baking is more of an art than a science. You're going to need to develop your intuition.

You might like these two gluten-free bread recipes:



What about arsenic in rice and rice flour?

A new concern is emerging for those of us shunning gluten grains for GF alternatives. Read up on rice and consider limiting how much rice flour you consume. Find more info and tips at the Gluten-Free Dietitian: http://www.glutenfreedietitian.com/arsenic-and-rice-update-for-gluten-free-consumers/


See this survey on gluten-free pasta and crackers made with rice: http://www.celiaccommunity.org/2015/arsenic-survey-responses/


How would I substitute the sugar in your recipes?

Check out my post Sugar Blues for advice on baking sugar-free. I also cover sugar-free baking in Karina's Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking Tips

When I started baking gluten-free in 2001, sugar was a big flavor and texture booster. These days, with new flours and educated tastebuds, you may prefer less sugar. Many readers have reported that simply cutting down on the sugar called for in one of my baking recipes works well. Start with 1/4 to 1/3 cup less. If it impacts volume too much, add in some almond meal to make up for it.


How do I substitute almond flour (or any other ingredient)?

For nut free- use a medium weight gluten-free flour:: millet flour, buckwheat flour, sorghum flour, teff flour, certified gluten-free oat flour. 
Try throwing in some flax meal. Individual taste varies- so make sure you enjoy the taste and texture of the flours you use (I don't care for quinoa flour, for instance, so I don't use it). 


FODMAPs--- !

Consider your symptoms- if you experience bloating and IBS symptoms- even after shunning gluten and dairy- ask your doctor about FODMAPs- fructose, fructans and polysaccahrides that many food sensitive individuals have trouble digesting. Find more info (and my low FODMAP recipes) here.  




Do you accept free products or coupons in exchange for a blog post or review?

Sorry, no. Truth is, product reviews, coupons, giveaways and contests don't interest me. My focus is creating, developing and sharing gluten-free recipes.


Do I need permission to post one of your recipes?

Practice good netiquette and good karma will circle back to you. Posting someone else's original  recipes without attribution and a link back to the original recipe is considered bad form sad stealing. Word gets around. Twitter is here to stay darling. So is Pinterest. And Facebook. And Google. Play nice. Give proper credit. 

Use "Adapted from..." and share the original recipe link if you tweak an ingredient or two. 

Developing recipes takes creativity, energy, a lot of experimentation- and patience. Not to mention, time, and the cost of ingredients. 

Note to commercial venues and sites selling products, subscriptions or services: I do not grant permission to use, post, copy or distribute my recipes.

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Do you sell baked goods?

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Gluten-Free Goddess Since 2005

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