In these challenging times, we are being asked to limit trips to the grocery store and that means stocking our pantries. To be prepared for cooking at home, here’s a list of gluten-free pantry staples.
While the most common gluten-free flours to have on hand are white and brown rice flours, there are also gluten-free flour blends that are great for baking like Bob’s Red Mill Paleo baking flour, Arrowhead Mills All Purpose gluten-free flour and King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten free flour. Other wheat flour alternatives include soy, corn, potato, bean, amaranth, buckwheat, chickpea, nut flours, oat flour, tapioca and teff. The Kitchn has a great guide to different gluten free flour options.
There are many grains that are naturally gluten free, including sorghum, quinoa, oats, buckwheat, amaranth, teff, corn, and brown rice. Healthline has a great breakdown of different gluten free grains and their various properties.
Beans and legumes
Beans like black beans, pinto beans and chickpeas are naturally gluten free. Additionally, lentils are another good item to have in your gluten-free pantry. Check out this post on VeryWellFit about gluten free bean options.
Pasta and Noodles
There are several different types of gluten-free pasta and noodles, including brown rice pasta, Traditional Japanese shirataki noodles made from konjac, chickpea pasta, quinoa pasta, soba noodles, or you can make your own from vegetables like carrots and zucchini. Popular gluten free pasta brands include Banza and Barilla.
Spices, Flavorings and Condiments
Unfortunately, gluten can sometimes be hiding in packaged spices, so it’s important to read labels and to rely on brands that are certified gluten free. Avoid bulk spices since they are at risk for contamination. In terms of extracts, brands like McCormick assure that theirs are all gluten free. Luckily, there are many brands of gluten-free condiments to choose from, or you could try your hand at making your own.
Generally, nuts in their pure form, and seeds such as sunflower and sesame, are all naturally gluten free. However, the process of flavoring some varieties could add gluten, so stick to the natural/unflavored versions.
Cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and chocolate chips are great to have on hand for gluten-free baking. Stabilizers like xantham gum and guar gum are also staples frequently used in gluten-free baking. Gluten Free on a Shoestring has a detailed guide to gluten free baking ingredients.
Fats and Oils
It’s always a good idea to have a stocked gluten-free pantry, but especially during these times when we are home more and shopping less. Don’t forget to add Goodman Gluten Free products to your list when making a plan! My website has a full list of my products and retailers.