Sunday, January 27, 2008

Hidden Wheat...

Its out there! Lurking, hiding, waiting to reach out and grab you!

There are a few places that can have wheat, even when you least expect it. Chocolates. Yes, chocolate. The last thing you would expect. We get chocolates at work for Christmas. And even with staff nibbling, they don't go very fast. We broke open a box the other day, and I had one. Its the only thing I can think of that would have had gluten... because I'm having a reaction.

Soups. Cream soups in particular. Lovely roux. Butter and flour. This also means no creole/cajun cooking. No gumbo. I suspect jambalaya and dirty rice both contain flour.

No bechamel sauces. Most gravies and sauces do have flour. At home, you can substitute cornstarch.

I found wheat in a bag of dried currants, of all things. *Sigh*. And be careful of the French Fries, they might have wheat, even baked potatoes, in restaurants, are sometimes plunged into the deep fryer to warm them up.

Worcestershire sauce contains wheat, as does soy sauce. Go for tamari, but make sure its wheat-free (tamari is SUPPOSED to be so, but gets adulterated with soy sauce).

Where is the strangest place you have found wheat?

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