Allergen-Free Baking Tips

The holidays are the best time to bake lots of goodies. If you have food allergies, there are a lot of substitutions that can turn your holiday favorites into allergy friendly treats.

  •  Learn good substitutes for your allergen of concern

1 cup milk= 1 cup water/juice/rice milk/almond milk

Cheese= Try Vegi-Kaas and Soy-mage for suitable substitutes

Yogurt/Sour Cream= Soy based yogurt, Tofutti sour supreme, or soft tofu

1 egg= 1 tsp baking powder, 1 Tbsp liquid, 1 Tbsp vinegar

=1 tsp yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water

=1/4 cup applesauce or banana

=1.5 Tbsp water, 1.5 Tbsp oil, 1 tsp baking powder

1 cup wheat flour

=7/8 cup rice flour

=5/8 cup potato starch flour

=1 cup soy flour + 1/4 cup potato starch

=1 cup corn flour

*Wheat free and gluten free flours tend to be a bit drier and not rise as high.  Adding a

small amount of xanthum gum can help with rising and holding the product together.

  •  Cook/Bake the allergic foods first.

This will ensure that safe foods are prepared with clean kitchen equipment

therefore the risk for cross contamination is minimized.

  •  Clean Up Well

Be sure to wash all dishes/pans/utensils in hot soapy water.  Running everything

through the dishwasher also helps to remove allergens from equipment.

  • Eliminate all risks for cross contamination

This means all food products, utensils, pots, pans, etc.

Purchasing different equipment, such as: pots, pans, toaster ovens, and plates might

also be a consideration.   Color code them so the allergic individual knows they are

safe.

Purchase different food products if necessary.  For example, avoid putting a peanut butter knife into a jam jar if there’s a nut allergy in the house.  Label the safe jam to avoid accidents.

  •  When cooking, wash hands often

Eliminate the risk of touching other things such as kitchen handles with contaminated

hands.

  •  Don’t take risks

It if doesn’t have a label or you can’t confirm that a product is safe, don’t consume it.

  • Be alert when handling dangerous foods

Wash up well!

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