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What is Sorghum?

Sorghum, also called milo and jowar, is a cereal grain used for a wide variety of gluten free mixes, beers and products.

Sorghum originated in Africa about 5000 years ago, where there is a rich tradition of brewing beer made from sorghum. Gluten free beers made with sorghum have recently become more popular in the gluten free market, since brewers have found sorghum to have similar fermentable sugars to barley.

 This is why if you are transitioning to a gluten free life, I highly recommend beers made with sorghum. Not only are gluten free beers made from sorghum safe for celiacs, they also taste similar to beers made with barley, such as Heineken.

Baking TipsFor better volume and texture mix tapioca flour with sorghum to baked goods. Also add slightly more oil and eggs to recipes with sorghum blends to improve moisture content and texture.

Note - Always check ingredient labels for packaged foods, even frequently purchased items; ingredients are subject to change.

Sources: Sorghum – How to Use Sorghum in Gluten-Free Recipes By Teri Gruss, MS

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Common Gluten Free Substitutions

We sometimes forget to pick up all the items we need at the store. The last thing anyone wants to do is run back to the store for one more item.

Here are common gluten free substitutions to help get you by:

1 Tbs cornstarch = 2 Tbs gluten free flour
1 tsp baking powder = 1/4 tsp soda & 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup milk = 1/2 cup evaporated milk & 1/2 cup water
1 cup heavy sour cream = 1/3 cup butter & 2/3 cup milk
1 cup thin sour cream = 3 Tbs butter and 3/4 cup milk
honey = molasses = agave nectar = maple syrup = brown sugar
almond milk = soy milk = rice milk = cows milk
1 egg = 2 egg whites
1 egg = 3 Tbs water & 1 Tbs flaxseed meal
butter or oil = applesauce

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How to Measure Dry Ingredients

When cooking gluten free it is very important to accurately measure dry ingredients. Use these simple steps to ensure your recipe turns out right.

Use standard kitchen dry measuring cups for the following steps:

1. Always lightly spoon dry ingredients into measuring cups.

2. Level off dry ingredients using flat side of kitchen knife.

Do not scoop measuring cups directly into dry ingredients, or you will end with more ingredients than the recipes calls for. This can cause recipes to turn out  shorter, thicker and less moist.

Also use these guidelines for measuring dry ingredients with measuring spoons.

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Make Your Own Mixes

Save time and money by preparing your mixes ahead of time, and storing them in the refrigerator until your ready to use them.

Simply measure all gluten free dry ingredients, EXCEPT YEAST & XANTHAN GUM, into a sealed plastic bag or container. Be sure to label the bag or container as to the type of mix and date.

When ready to use, set the mix out on the counter for 30 min or until the mix is at room temperature. In large bowl, mix liquid ingredients as recipe directs. Then add dry mixture and butter or margarine. Add xanthan gum and yeast on top, if included in recipe.  Prepare pan and bake mixture as recipe directs.

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