Monday, June 14, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Allergen-Free Baking Tools

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…"

I can’t help but think on that song from The Sound of Music when I think about favorite things!

Today I want to share some of my favorite baking tools for allergen-free baking. While the same tools you use for everyday baking work for allergen-free baking, these are a few that I find especially useful:

1. KitchenAid stand mixer – This is a must-have in my book, and gets used more than any other appliance in my kitchen. I love this for allergen free baking because the stainless steel bowl and mixing paddles can go right into the dishwasher, and the mixer itself scrubs down very easily. Plus, if you really want to be super diligent about cross-contamination, you can purchase extra bowls and paddles and designate them solely for allergen-free or gluten-free baking.

2. Le Creuset stoneware 9 ¼ ” square baking dish – This is my favorite pan for brownies and cookie bars. I love stoneware for allergen-free baking there are no cracks where foods can hide, and I can stick it right in the dishwasher. I use this weekly and it still looks new!

3. Cuisinart electric spice and nut grinder – I bought this specifically for grinding flax seeds to make flax seed goop (egg replacer), and it’s awesome! It easily grinds the seeds to a fine powder. You just fill it up, plug it in, and push down on the top. I only use this for allergen-free ingredients.

4. Mini whisks – I never really had a need for these before I started baking allergen-free, but now I use them all the time. They are perfect for whisking Ener-G egg replacer or flax seed meal with water to make your favorite allergen-free egg substitute.

What’s your favorite allergen-free baking tool?

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