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Tips on Living Gluten Free



1. Many foods are naturally gluten free. You do not have to shop the fringe to find all gluten free foods. Things like rice noodles, buckwheat, fruits and veggies are gluten free naturally. Use those products and save some money on the cost of buying gluten free. 

2. Use common sense. Many companies make a big production and a big payday by touting their foods as gluten free. There is even a gluten free rice. The rice grain is naturally gluten free so make sure you are aware of what foods are gluten free before paying more for a product that may be naturally gluten free. 

3. Many stores carry a list of foods that are gluten free. Bigger shopping sites such as Trader Joe's, Wegmans and many other supermarkets will be glad to give you a list of gluten free goods and enable you To make great choices without searching the entire store.

 4. Make sure you look for "gluten free" on the label. Gluten free and wheat free are two entirely different things and not all products which are free of wheat are also free of gluten. 

5. Buy a few good books. Richard Coppedge, Jr, who is a professor of baking and pastry arts at The Culinary Institute of America is also the author of a book on gluten free baking that may become your new Bible. " Gluten Free Baking With The Culinary Institute of America: 150 Flavorful Recipes From the World’s Premier Culinary College.

 6. Some types of oil may have been made on equipment which was shared with gluten containing products. Check the labels of everything, even those foods which you believe should be gluten free. It doesn't hurt to be a little extra careful. 7. Many companies today make foods which are already done and are gluten free. Check them for use in those moments when you need something fast and easy. Gluten free premade meals are available in most regular supermarkets today. 

8. On line websites are one of the best places to find gluten free tips and new gluten free recipes. In fact, at last count there were about 5000 gluten free recipe sites which can be used to help you to supplement your meals and to get great substitutions for foods or products that contain gluten. 

9. If you live in a small area, supermarkets and even companies such as Amazon are offering on line gluten free products that you can order. Typically the shipping prices are quite low and you’ll have the  products within just a few days. If you live in an area where the supermarket is not large and gluten free products aren’t part of what they carry, shopping online can be a life-saver.

 10. Rice flour is amazing for fried foods. While it is gritty and often causes problems in bread, the rice flour for use when frying items or making tempura is a wonderful addition because that bit of extra texture is very welcome. Don't rule out rice flour all together when you're cooking because of the grit.

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