Preparing your Kitchen for a Gluten Free Diet

If you recently decided to switch to a gluten free diet and share a home with gluten-eaters, ensuring your kitchen is safe for preparing gluten free food may seem quite daunting. Luckily, we’ve created our top 5 tips to reduce cross-contamination and help you prepare your home for a gluten free diet!

TOP TIP 1: Use colourful labels

Brighten up your cupboards with colourful labels or post it notes to mark gluten free foods – the whole family will know not to dip their crummy knife into your gluten free jam! Or, consider purchasing condiments in squeeze bottles, eliminating the need for utensils.

TOP TIP 2: Separate areas for storage and preperation

If possible, allocate a cupboard or section of the kitchen where you store and prepare gluten-free products. It’s best to keep these foods separated from gluten containing foods at all times so there’s no chance of mixing them up or using them by mistake.

TOP TIP 3: Store gluten free foods on the top shelf

Separate fridges would be ideal for reducing cross contamination but it’s not exactly practical. We suggest placing gluten free foods on the top shelf to reduce the risk of gluten dropping onto gluten free foods.

TOP TIP 4: Use separate equipment

A thorough washing of most kitchen equipment is usually enough to remove any gluten, so you’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t need to go out and buy a whole new set of pots and pans. However, there are a few pieces of equipment that you may need to re-purchase. It’s advisable to use a different toaster only to be used for gluten free breads, decorate it with a large colourful label so nobody should ever use it! Alternatively, invest in toaster bags suitable for toasting gluten free bread in the same toaster as gluten containing bread.

Other equipment where it’s best to avoid sharing include wooden spoons, colanders, plastic utensils,  chopping boards, and other baking equipment (rolling pins, sieves and baking tins), all which can harbour tiny amounts of gluten, no matter how hard you scrub!

TOP TIP 5: Clean, clean and… clean!

The main way to reduce cross contamination is to keep cleaning! Always wipe down surfaces that have had contact with gluten. When washing up, clean gluten free dishes before others. Food residues can often cling to sponges or cloths, so if using the same sponge make sure to rinse it often, or if you’re a bit more cautious choose to use a separate sponge.

We hope you feel a little more confident in embarking on your gluten free journey. If you have any more top tips we would love to hear them! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Guide to Gluten Free Snacks On-the-Go

One of the challenges of following a gluten free diet is being able to get your hands on tasty snacks when you’re out and about. But fear no more. We’ve created this handy guide full of our favourite recipes to fulfil your gluten free snacking needs, even on a busy schedule!

Gluten Free Raw Cacao Energy Balls

Energy balls are perfect for mid-afternoon slumps. These delicious Gluten Free Raw Cacao Energy Balls are packed with our Gluten and Dairy Free Oats that give you lasting energy. This recipe will make 16 energy balls to keep you going right through the week! Simply store in an airtight container and nibble when you’re in need of a pick-me-up!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Breadsticks

With the help of our Delicious Alchemy White Bread Mix, these crunchy breadsticks are a no hassle snack to bake up ready for a busy day! Pair with your favourite dip or eat as they come – either way they’re delicious! Find out how to make them here!

Gluten Free and Vegan Flapjack

Home-made tray bakes such as flapjack can be a great portable snack for a full-packed day. These Gluten Free and Vegan Super Fruity Flapjacks are ideal for snacking when you need a boost! Make them your own by switching up the dried fruit and seeds to create alternative tasty bites!

Gluten Free Bircher Muesli

Gluten Free Bircher Muesli made with our Gluten and Dairy Free Oats is perfect for those who prefer an extra 5 minutes in bed. Prepare the night before by adding oats, raisins, cranberries, apple juice, milk and water to a jar, mix well and leave in the fridge overnight. The brilliantly simple blend of fruit and oats provides a speedy and perfectly nutritious breakfast to fuel your day. If you have a little less time in the morning, prepare in a sealable jar and take your muesli to go!

Gluten Free Oaty Cookies

Cookies are the ultimate sweet treat to keep you going through a jam packed day, and these Gluten Free Pistachio and Almond Oaty Cookies are no exception. Wonderfully scrumptious and packed with flavour and texture, these cookies can be baked in advance and will be ready to go when you are!

Gluten Free Chocolate And Peanut Butter Rocky Road Clusters

Whether you’re rushed of your feet or simply snoozing on the sofa, these indulgent Gluten Free Chocolate and Peanut Butter Rocky Road bites made with our Nutty Granola are perfect for snacking! Super quick to make and gone even quicker!

We’d love to hear your recipes for gluten free snacking on-the-go, share them with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Our Top 8 Gluten Free Summertime Treats – 2018 update

With temperatures beginning to rise and Brits everywhere finding a new sort of weather to complain about, we at Delicious Alchemy got to thinking about our favourite summery gluten free treats. From granola ice lollies to bread rolls perfect for picnics, there’s a little something for everyone. Which will you be trying this summer?


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More Reasons to Celebrate!

Party poppers at the ready! We’re giving you more reasons to celebrate and win some fantastic prizes with our Gluten & Dairy Free Let’s Celebrate Cake Kit. They say good things come in threes, and this time is no exception… (Scroll down for more about our fantastic competition!)

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Our 6 Favourite Gluten Free Halloween Recipes

As the scariest season of the year is nearly upon us, we have rounded up our most hair-raising recipes for you this Halloween.

Whether you’re throwing a hellish Halloween party or cooking up some terrifying treats in the cauldron for yourself, we’ve got 6 recipes for you that are so simple – it’s scary…

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The Ultimate Gluten Free Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

There’s a reason it’s a classic. This teatime staple is the perfect balance of light, fluffy vanilla sponge with layers of sweet, fruity jam and silky buttercream – and it just so happens to be gluten, wheat and dairy free! With the help of our award-winning Gluten & Dairy Free Vanilla Sponge Mix, creating the quintessential Gluten Free Victoria Sponge is (ahem) a piece of cake.

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Top Gluten Free Recipes for Children: 2017 Update

Baking with your child is a fantastic way to teach them about a gluten free diet, and have some fun at the same time! From cupcakes to pizzas, we’ve got kid-approved gluten free recipes covered, and including some that are brand new for 2017!

 

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We’re Celebrating a Brand New Launch!

Here at Delicious Alchemy HQ, there’s not much we love more than a party. And what’s a party without cake?

We wanted to make it easier to create a homemade party-perfect showstopper that everyone can enjoy, regardless of allergies, intolerances or coeliac disease. So we put our thinking caps on and set to work.

Introducing: our Gluten & Dairy Free Let’s Celebrate Chocolate Cake Kit!

It contains a decadently delicious chocolate sponge mix, chocolate frosting, eye-catching rainbow sprinkles and white writing icing to add that personal touch. And it’s all 100% free from both gluten and dairy!

This kit lets you get creative without the hassle. Simply add dairy free spread (or butter), eggs (or egg replacer) and a splash of water, then let your imagination run wild! It’s perfect for any occasion – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, mother’s or father’s day, you name it – and the decorations can be as simple or ambitious as you want to make them!

The Gluten & Dairy Free Let’s Celebrate Chocolate Cake Kit will be available exclusively at Tesco from Monday 18th September 2017 at £5/740g. Can’t make it to a Tesco? Never fear – we’ll also be launching this fantastic kit right here on our online shop very soon, so watch this space!


Have you tried baking our kit? We’d love to see your creations! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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