A properly stocked gluten free pantry is a necessity if anyone in your family finds themselves living a gluten free lifestyle. Maybe it is by choice or by necessity, either way a gluten free pantry and kitchen filled with the essentials makes preparing meals a million times easier. Save time and save money, make sure your pantry is properly stocked with gluten free basics.
As a mom of 7 living a vegan, gluten free, sugar free, and soy free lifestyle living on one income I have to be conscious and careful with our monthly food budget. I can’t coupon or take advantage of my local store weekly sales because we simply don’t eat those items. As a result, I’ve had to be resourceful in finding sources for our food that are the lowest price available all the time.
For well over a year now I’ve ordered over half of our monthly pantry, kitchen, and bathroom supplies from Azure Standard. Azure Standard is what I like to think of as my “on-line” grocery store. I shop throughout the month and look forward to our monthly semi-truck delivery every 4 weeks. My family and I like to think of it as “Christmas” every month, our amazing delivery driver brings us gifts of food every. Azure is based out of Oregon and sells organic, natural, and non-GMO household, food, and homestead supplies.
Amazon is another one of my go-to sources for my gluten-free pantry needs. As a prime member I enjoy free 2-day shipping and enjoy the fact that I can shop and price compare from the comfort of my own home. Shopping from home allows me the freedom of not taking my 7 children with me to the store which any parent will tell you saves a ton of money in the long run. Not a prime member? Amazon is offering a free 30-day prime membership so this is a great time to try shopping on Amazon if you’ve never tried it before. One of my favorite gluten-free grocery items to purchase from Amazon are the Navitas Naturals Organic Goji Berries, 1 Pound Pouches. Goji berries are delicious in smoothies, baked goods, and my kids love them in raw trail mixes. I save even more by buying them through subscribe and save, 2lbs arrive at my doorstep at the same date every month. Hassle free shopping that saves me time and money, I love it!
My local health food store and the gluten free section of my grocery store are two other places I visit often enough that I can stay aware of sales, close-outs, or other special deals they might be running at the time.
One place I happily take my children to shop is our local farmers markets. Living in a large city we are lucky that there is a market almost everyday of the week if we so whose to visit them. We stock up on in-season organic fruit and produce while supporting our local farmers. These types of markets have been around for a long time, there is likely one near you to help stock your gluten free pantry and kitchen.
There are numerous other community supported agriculture (CSA) sources and online food co-ops throughout the country. Start asking around to your friends and neighbors, chances are very good that one of them uses a non-traditional source for saving money and time for purchasing their groceries and household goods.
Being that we are discussing gluten free pantry items naturally the biggest thing we have to steer clear of is wheat and processed foods made with wheat products. Fruits, vegetables, and animal based proteins (meat, dairy) are all safe on a gluten-free diet. In the list below I will focus on gluten-free items that you need to have on hand to replace gluten items in your baking and everyday cooking.
Gluten Free Whole Grain Flours
- oat flour
- brown rice flour
- millet flour
- sorghum flour
- buckwheat flour
- corn flour
- mesquite flour
- quinoa flour
- sweet potato flour
- teff flour
Gluten Free White Flours/Starches
- white rice flour
- tapioca flour
- sweet rice flour
- arrowroot flour
- potato flour
- potato starch
Gluten Free Nut Flours
- almond flour
- coconut flour
- chestnut flour
- hazelnut flour
Gluten Free Bean Flours
- roasted soy bean flour (kinako)
- fave bean flour
- garbanzo bean flour
Gluten Free Snacks (choose GF products)
- Tortilla chips
- Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax)
- fresh fruit
- fresh veggies
Gluten Free Main Meal
- Dairy (cheeses, milk, cream cheese, sour cream, etc)
- Beans (pinto, black, kidney, lima, navy, white, black-eyed peas, garbanzo, pink, adzuki)
- Buckwheat (not truly a member of the wheat family and is 100% gluten free)
- Pastas (it will take trial and error to find a good GF pasta you and your family like)
- Gluten free breads
Gluten Free Seasonings
- Real sea salt
- Your favorite spices (mine include curries, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, garam masala, ginger and many more)
- Dried and fresh herbs (dill, basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, rosemary, sage)
- Coconut Aminos (used like soy sauce without the soy)
- Vinegars (red wine, apple cider, white wine, rice)
- Oils (olive, coconut, sunflower, stay away from vegetable and canola because of health reasons)
- Condiments (mayo, mustard, ketchup, relish)
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Do you have other must have items in your pantry? Please share them in the comments below.