Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tips on Preventing Gluten Contamination When Grilling




It is a huge misconception that gluten can be “killed” if it’s cooked at high temperatures. This isn’t true. Gluten, according celiaccentral.org, is a particle and not a bacteria so it cannot be destroyed with heat. The only way to really remove gluten is by really cleaning the racks on your grill.
You can’t really do this:
Phone Rings. You pick it up. It’s your best friend Susie who has invited you to their Fourth of July party.
You: Hi, Susie.
Susie (a.k.a. Friend): I am so excited you are coming to the party. We are  going to have grilled chicken, hot dogs.
You: Do you grill any breaded stuff on your grill?
Susie: Steve usually toasts the buns on the grill.
You: You need to clean your grill racks completely. It needs to be bleached and really scrubbed.  
Susie: What?
You: After you scrub your grill completely clean you must NOT cook anything with breading or dressings that contain gluten-free otherwise I’m not coming.
Susie: Sorry, but you are uninvited.
Again, you can’t do that so what can you do to make your food a lot safer from contamination:
Frist Thing:
If you have a grill that has two racks always make the top rack the gluten-free rack. This prevents anything containing gluten from dripping on your meat, veggies or whatever food you are cooking.
My family’s grills doesn’t have more than one rack, so we make sure everything that goes on the grill is gluten-free. We only use gluten-free BBQ, dressings and no toasting buns on the grill.
                                                     Second Thing:
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Use aluminum foil.
This is your friend. I always carry a roll of aluminum foil with me in my car at all times. I do this because if I end up spending time a friends house and she makes dinner I have the aluminum to keep my food safe in their oven, grill and more.
Third Thing:
Call you friend or family in advance and really explain in detail how to make gluten-free food.
Have your family/friend cook everything plain.
You need to stress J that not all dressings, dips, and sauces are gluten-free. I will usually have my friend(s) or family cook it plain that way then I can take a look at the dressing or BBQ sauce before they slap it on the food. This will help prevent that awkward moment of them saying “I made this specially for you. This dressing BBQ is mainly made from tomatoes” but then you look at the bottle to find that it has wheat flour in it. So its important to stress them to make it plain and on foil and to have your meat or veggie far from any toasting of bread products.
Fourth Thing : Bring a small traveling grill with you to your event.
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Fifth Thing:   Use a separate tongs, forks, brushes, scissors and other utensils.
Bring your own utensils to the party. It’s a pain, but so is a stomachache and damage to you immune system.
Sixth Thing: Use Separate Cutting Boards. 
You are going to what to use a separate cutting board for meat and veggies anyways so what is another cutting board.
Seventh Thing: Don’t ever use the same brush that paints on the BBQ sauce/dressings.
Eighth Thing:
Keep hands cleaned when handling gluten food with gluten free food.
Ninth Thing:
A lot of people don’t think about aprons, but aprons do get dirty to hands whipping on it or plates and food rubbing against it.
Tenth Thing: 
Make sure your plates, bowls, containers and serving trays are clean and don’t touch gluten-free food.
Serving trays is always a nightmare at parties. They put the grilled plain chicken on a platter with the cheese, but then put crackers or some sort of bread on the tray. Then when you tell the host I can’t eat it they ask, “Why. I made sure the chicken is plain and the cheese is cheese.” You have to then say, “ because its touching the GLUTEN French bread.”
You have to treat people who are not on a gluten-free diet like you would explain to a five year old. “You have to do this and that and make sure it like this and that.”
You can check out my DIY grilling tips and tricks vides on my YouTube channel
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Here is a cheat sheet to give to a friend/family: 
  • - Cutting boards, Kitchen Scissors, Knives, Tongs, Forks, Brushes, and all other utensils must be washed in all natural type bleach and then washed with soap.

  • - Grill & Cook all meats, veggies with no dressings unless spoken to the person with the GF diet.
  • - When grilling use top rack so gluten foods don’t get dripped on.
  • - Stress that Gluten can even be in Ketchup, so make the meats and veggies plain.
  • - Making things plain without any dressings and sauces are perfectly fine. I, the gluten-free person, can add sauces later myself. I don’t mind plain things.
  • - Don’t pepper my things as well. Some Pepper spices can have gluten in it.
  • -Serving Trays :
should NOT contain anything with breading, dressings, sauces, dipping sauces, crackers, cookies, biscuits on the same tray with the meat, veggies and cheeses. Try to keep things separate.
If you are doing a fun design and that serving tray must contain breading or things with gluten then please set a side a separate plate that only contains Gluten-Free items such as plain veggies, plain meats and cheeses
  • - Please cook my food on foil on the grill.
  • - Wash hands or wear gloves when handing gluten-free food.
  • - Gluten-Free BBQ sauces I love are: (Always read the labels because buying)
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  1. Don’t hesitate to get ahold of me if you have questions on the gluten-free diet                                                                          I hope this was helpful. There are probably a couple of things I am missing on the list, but this is the basics and things that can be forgotten about when grilling meats, veggies and whatever else you put on the grill.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Anna's House Restaurant In Grand Rapids, Michigan has Huge GF Menu

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My weekend kind of starts on Thursday thats because I don't have classes on Thursday and Friday. This weekend I spent Thursday and Friday filming for Entertainment For All Network's Youtube channel, a.k.a. my channel. We filmed a gluten-free peanut butter brownie can't wait to get up for you guys because it tastes amazing and it was really easy.
Anyways, on Thursday, we took a break for lunch and went Anna's House restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has a fun environment. You step into the restaurant and you go back into the 1950s. They have a couple of TVs on the wall playing the old 1950s classic television shows like Bewitch and I Dream of Jeanie.  There is a wall with a variety of old toasters hanging on the wall.
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Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 12.40.39 AMI had a gluten-free Cranberry Turkey Panini sandwich with homemade potato chips. This was so good. It had thick turkey breast, swiss cheese, baby spinach, brown mustard and an amazing cranberry mayo that I ended up asking for extra on the side and ate it without anything it was so yummy.  I added tomato slices to it because I feel a sandwich with turkey meat is naked without tomatoes. The sandwich was $9.00 and then $2.00 added for a GF bread.
Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 11.46.57 PM   For dessert, I got a slice of GF Pumpkin Pie. The pumpkin pie was fluffy and wasn't too sweet but not sweet enough. It has been a long time since I had a good pumpkin pie, sorry mom. Before I was gluten-free we would always get Costco pumpkin pies because they were cheap and tasted excellent, but then I had to be gluten free so my mom made the pumpkin pies now. They are good but not there not a fluffy pumpkin pie. Instead they are  very rich and thick.  Anna's House pumpkin pie is that fluffy pumpkin.  It wasn't a bad price. It was $5.00 and it was a good size piece.
Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.37.00 AM This isn't the first time I have eaten at Anna's before. Usually I get the Gluten-Free First Class Olive Burger with homemade crunchy fries. Their burger is a 60oz all beef patty.  The burger comes with their homemade olive mayo, lettuce, tomato and cheese on a tasty moist gluten-free bun. It comes with homemade potato chips but if you want fries it is $2.00 more. Price is $8.50 + $2.00 for GF Bun + $2.00 for fries= $12.50. This seems like a lot for a burger and fries but you get a lot and it is so yummy and you don't have to worry about if its gluten-free or not.
It is important to make note that Anna’s House goal is to provide all-natural, fresh, local, quality ingredients in every dish they serve. They also have  dairy-free, vegetarian options as well. All their meats are all-natural, chemical-free. They make their items which are always fresh.
Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 11.46.05 PMI love getting their candied pecan & banana french toast. It has mascarpone cheese, candied pecans, grilled bananas, and topped with a house made caramel sauce with a choice of meat for $10.75.
I have been dying to try the Chocolate Waffle. So if you are in West Michigan I would highly recommend going to Anna's House Restaurant.
Locations:
  • 2409 East Beltline SE, Grand Rapids‎ MI‎ 49546. Phone #: 616-551-0434
  • 3874 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids‎ MI‎ 49525 Phone #:  (616) 361-8500
  • 3766 Potomac Circle SW, Grandville‎ MI‎ 49418 Phone #: (616) 288-5855
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