Helpful links to gluten free resources

Here’s a list of helpful links to websites and other resources I have found immensely helpful, especially when starting out going gluten/grain free. I have not been paid or endorsed by any of these websites, these are tools I use in my daily gluten free life and I wanted to share them with you! I will be adding to the list regularly. If you have any sites/links you have found helpful and would like to share them, leave a comment and I will add them to the list!

This is a wonderful and easy to read gluten free flour volume-weight conversion chart from Real Food Made Easy, also included is a brief description of each flour, I love this page and have used it so many times I’ve taped it to the side of my fridge, no joke!. Click here for a link to the link to the PDF.

Brittany Angell has a wonderful website with a membership option (I currently subscribe, the member recipes are AMAZING!!!). I could go ON AND ON about how wonderful this site is, but you should really click here and check it out yourself! Oh, and make a recipe from her site tonight, you won’t be disappointed!

Lynn from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventure developed a great homemade gluten free Bisquick style baking mix that can be used in so many different ways, I use it weekly at our house! She offers the recipe to the mix for free, you can get it here (along with a few recipes using the mix), and also a kindle or PDF book you can buy here (right now it’s only $2.99!) with tons of recipes using the mix (the browning are AWESOME!)! I’ve developed my own biscuit recipe using the mix and I’m sharing it with you! Use the ratio of 1 cup of baking mix to 1/3 cup of water or milk (I usually do 3-4 cups of mix at a time) and mix well, and either drop onto a baking sheet for drop biscuits or, just line a small baking pan with parchment paper and bake in one large, thin “loaf” and cut apart afterwards (my favorite way, even though the biscuits are square)! Bake the biscuits at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes for drop biscuits and about 25 minutes for the whole pan. SO EASY!

Go check out Recreating Happiness. Wonderful gluten free website that has an AMAZING stuff-your-face-full-of-cinnamon-goodness cinnamon roll recipe, ’nuff said!

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Guar gum vs. xanthan gum

So, whats up with these gums, huh? I have no idea, nor do I really care, I just like that they make my baked goods better! BUT I have questions, like which-one-for-what-recipe? and are-they-interchangeable? and what’s-the-difference??? Well, I’m going to do my not-actually-researched-at-all “best” to answer these questions.

I could really care less about the science of these gums and where they come from and why they work (shame, shame). What I do care about is that they work when I bake with them. If you want to get to know the scientific side of these gummy wonders, I suggest a google search. The results will be overwhelming, trust me, which is why I’m sticking to the when-do-they-work side of the story here. I really like dashes today dash-dash-dash!

ANYWAY, a little story. When I first started baking gluten free I used xanthan (yes it’s spelled x-a-n-t-h-a-N) gum cause it’s the only thing I had heard of and all of the recipes I’d seen called for it. Then I started hearing about guar gum (and other gums but xanthan and guar are the only two I use), and seeing recipes calling for it. So I picked some up. I did a tiny bit if research and concluded (along with other bloggers I was reading at the time) that they were each for different applications and behaved differently. Then I started seeing the dreaded it’s-BAD-for-you posts about xanthan gum………so I stopped using it. And stopped baking recipes using it. But I missed my tasties. So I did some more research and came to believe (along with other, different, bloggers I was reading at the time) that xanthan and guar gum could be used interchangeably (YAY) so I made all of my old recipes again. Guess what? FLOP after FLOP after FLOP. So sad. Okay, so I guess they can’t be used interchangeably then. Bummer. Then I started reading more about how there’s nothing wrong with xanthan gum………..wait, what?!? And then, on top of all that jazz, there’s the matter of price, guar gum is SO much cheaper than xanthan gum…….what to do?!?!? SO confusing.

My conclusion: I still don’t care know about xanthan gum and if I’m killing my family with it or something but it’s never bothered anyone I’ve fed it to before so I’mma keep using it. Might-be-GMO-something-or-other aside, I love the stuff. Guar gum has it’s place as well. I have plenty of recipes using it that I love and that would not be the same with xanthan gum (trust me, I’ve tried. Even though I prefer xanthan gum, some recipes just NEED guar gum).

SO, basically, use whatever gum the damn recipe calls for! Why do you………wait, I mean why do I keep trying to mess with the recipes?!?!? I’ve learned my yucky-flop-baked goods lesson trying to interchange them and I do not recommend it. In any recipe I come across that specifically indicates that it’s okay to use either one, I ALWAYS go for the xanthan gum. It seems to hold up a bit stronger and I just like the end results better in most cases.  My advice? Have both in your cupboard and use them according to recipe. Easy-peasy! If you HAVE to use only guar gum for reasons of cost, allergies, GMO, or whatever, use MORE. I’d estimate 1 1/2 times what the original xanthan gum amount is. It seemed like my baked goods would be a little better when I used more. But really, what do I know?

I’m sure I’ve answered absolutely NONE of your questions nor properly addressed any of the issues surrounding gums in the GF community but oh well I guess. Happy Baking! (I hope you aren’t tearing your hair out and/or hating on me by now!)

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Oops. My Bad!

Soooooooo……….I’ll never promise to post something ever again. Because I lied. I promised a bunch of Halloween posts and nary a post was posted all October. Or November. And now December is half over. So I really do want to share with you on a regular basis but life just gets in the way. I’m not even busy. Like, not even a teeny tiny bit busy, but still, life does get in the way. So, I promise to never promise again. Anyway, here’s a picture of my Christmas  tree and “Warm Holiday Wishes” for all of my readers. Thanks for reading everyone…..if and when I ever post!

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Sharing frugal websites

Sorry. I really should post more often if I ever want anyone to come to my blog! The truth is I’ve just been doing things like I normally do, cooking, cleaning (as well as being lazy watching my favorite shows)….but I forget that I can share these normal what-I-do-everyday things with you. Just because I’ve cooked something 20 times doesn’t mean I can’t share it with you! So I’m going to try really hard to post more stuff. Really.

Okay, new topic. Like saving money? Duh, who doesn’t? Well, I’m going to share a couple of my favorite frugal websites with you today. I like cookbooks. I’ve had hundreds upon hundreds of them throughout my life, no joke. But as my tastes, skill level, and food needs have changed I’ve had to get rid of ones I can no longer need and get new ones I can use. My absolute favorite way do to this is with paperbackswap.com. If you have never heard of them I suggest you go check them out immediately (well, you could finish reading this post first, but I’ll wait)! I have used several book swapping sites but paperbackswap.com is by far my favorite and has always been the safest and easiest way to exchange books. The great thing about paperbackswap.com is that they have any and every type of book imaginable. I’ve got great cookbooks and DIY books, books for my husband (he’s a big novel reader), educational/text books, and tons of great kids books for my daughter at several different age levels. The deal with this site is that you list all of the books you no longer want from your collection and then browse for books you do want from their collection of thousands upon thousands of books listed; when someone requests a book from you, you print out the handy pre-filled mailing label, add postage (they even have an option for buying postage from their site but they charge a small fee so I usually use my own stamps or buy a shipping label from PayPal), and send the book along, when the person receives their book in the mail they mark it “received” on the site and you get a book credit you can then use to request your own book. Nifty!

Oh, and guess what? Paperbackswap.com has a sister site for DVDs (and Blu-ray too!), it’s swapadvd.com! That means you can get not just books, but DVDs for just the cost of postage! I have used this site a lot and have gotten (doesn’t it seem like “gotten” is improper English? It’s not, I looked it up) hard to find and rare TV series and anime from swapadvd.com. I have saved so much money with swapadvd.com and I think it’s an even better deal than the books. Where can you find a DVD or Blu-ray for $3.00? Even Goodwill charges more than that! Goodwill is such a rip off these days…..$8.99 for a pair of ugly 80’s jeans, REALLY? Sorry, I know they do a lot of good for the communities they are in and that many of the people they employ are differently-abled (which I truly think is wonderful) and not able to get jobs at other places; but those wonderful things aside, Goodwill has become so expensive and department store-like, they even sell a great deal of brand new items. They over price most of their goods; I can usually find a brand new equivalent at Wal-Mart or the dollar store. One can argue that buying used is the way to go in terms of reducing waste and such and I totally agree, but I’m poor…..and sometimes, sadly, needing to save money trumps saving the earth. It makes me feel bad saying that but it’s true. There are a lot more earth friendly things I could be doing, but contrary to popular belief, many of them are quite costly and therefore prohibitive to people on a tight budget. ANYWAY, I was talking about saving money on DVDs so let’s get back to that. The premise is basically the same as the book site, but some DVDs are more than just one credit. Each disk is valued at one credit so if you want that special edition with the extras disk that’ll be 2 credits. Want a DVD set? How ever many disks there are in the set is how many credits it will cost. Now, you have to be careful here because sometimes a set with a lot of disks will end up costing more than just going and buying the set new. I figure each credit is worth $3-$4 (although my average price to send a DVD has been closer to $2, maybe $3 but I have my own scale and use PayPal shipping whenever I can) I’ve always gotten a great deal and like I said, I have found very rare and expensive DVD sets and anime on the site (I’ve even received brand new still-in-the-shrink wrap DVDs before!) that have made it possible for me to keep my family entertained for very little money. I encourage you to go and check out these sites as soon as you can! I believe both sites even offer a free first-time credit for creating a listing of the books/DVDs you want to swap when you first join. Happy swapping!

P.S. PayPal shipping is great, they charge absolutely no additional fees, you don’t need someone to order something from you in order to print a label, you get FREE (or very inexpensive, like .18) tracking, and they even let you print media mail postage! I use this link: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now

 

Oh and by the way, I am not being compensated for this post in any way, paperbackswap.com, swapadvd.com, and paypal.com have no idea I’m writing this post about them. All opinions are my own, I just love these sites and wanted to share them with you.

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