Bake On! Dietary Modifications

Bake On! Dietary Modifications

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Do you need dietary modifications to one of the recipes in our September 2020 Bake On! kit? Check out the suggestions below:

NO-KNEAD BREAD

  1. Naturally dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan!
  1. Gluten-Free:
    • Instead of regular flour, use an equal amount of gluten-free all-purpose flour (with xantham gum).

FUDGE BROWNIES

  1. Dairy-Free:
    • Instead of butter, use a non-dairy alternative like Earth Balance Original.
  1. Egg-Free:
    • Replace eggs with 4 ounces (½ cup) of a plant-based egg substitute such as Just Egg Replacer.
  1. Gluten-Free:
    • Instead of regular flour, use an equal amount of gluten-free all-purpose flour (with xantham gum).
  1. Vegan & Vegetarian:
    • Instead of butter, use a non-dairy alternative like Earth Balance Original.
    • Replace eggs with 4 ounces (½ cup) of a plant-based egg substitute such as JUST Egg Replacer.

DUTCH BABY PANCAKE

  1. Dairy-Free:
    • Instead of cow’s milk, use your choice of soy, oat, rice, almond, or coconut milk.
    • Instead of butter, use a non-dairy alternative like Earth Balance Original.
  1. Egg-Free:
    • Replace eggs with 12 ounces (¾ cup) of a plant-based egg replacer such as JUST Egg Replacer.
  1. Gluten-Free:
    • Replace regular oats with gluten-free rolled oats. In Step 1, blend oats with eggs first, then add the rest of ingredients.
  1. Vegan & Vegetarian:
    • Instead of butter, use a non-dairy alternative like Earth Balance Original.
    • Replace cow’s milk with unsweetened dairy-free milk. Use your choice of soy, oat, rice, almond, or coconut.
    • Replace eggs with 12 ounces (¾ cup) of a plant-based egg replacer such as JUST Egg Replacer

Finding the Right Rice

When there are so many types of rice at the grocery store, it can be hard to decide which one you need. Here’s a cheat sheet:

Short-grain rice is short and wide. It’s softer and stickier than other rice when you cook it up. So it goes best with foods like sushi. Use short-grain rice to make recipes like our Adorable Onigiri.

Medium-grain rice is slightly longer and thinner than short-grain rice. This type of rice is less sticky too, and tastes tender and chewy when cooked. This is the kind of rice in risotto or paella.

Long-grain rice is long and thin, sometimes more than double the length of short-grain rice. It stays more spread apart when cooked, and that makes it good for saucy dishes. Basmati is a popular long-grain rice you might be familiar with. Try it with our Mexican Rice recipe!

Not sure which is which? Stack your rice grains side by side on the counter. The longest and thinnest is the long-grain, and the shortest and widest is the short-grain. And here’s a fun fact: wild rice is not actually rice! It’s a member of the grass family but is called “rice” due to its appearance. Who knew?

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Noodle Tips

Do you know your noodles? They come in so many shapes and sizes. Next time you go to the supermarket, try to see how many kinds you can find! 

Soba – thin and made from buckwheat flour. Deep in color and flavor, it has extra protein and tastes great hot or cold. 

Udon – thick and chewy, these are popular in soup and so satisfying to slurp!

Somen – these thin white noodles are springy in texture and often served cold. 

Ramen – medium-thick and wavy. What is traditionally used in a ramen soup. 

Rice – unlike the others, these are made from, you guessed it, rice! Making them a great gluten-free alternative. 

Now you’re ready to get slurping! Check out our Mouthwatering Miso and Oodles of Noodles recipes, and mix it up with different noodle pairings to find your favorite. Be sure to check out our soup-making tips before you get started, and work on a Soup Scramble as your dish cooks! Just follow the package directions for exact cooking times.

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How to Grate Fresh Ginger

A Chef’s Secret: How to Grate Fresh Ginger

Introduce your young chefs to ginger, a zesty ingredient that will give a boost of flavor to any dish. This all-star ingredient featured in our Bento Box kit pairs perfectly with Asian dishes, like our Oodles of Noodles and Baked Salmon. Here’s a pro tip: you can also add it to any entrees, smoothies and drinks, or desserts for an added kick! 

Ginger might appear intimidating, but it’s simple to prepare. A grown-up can help peel with a veggie peeler, then simply rub the ginger against the shell of our Turtle Grater, or a standard grater. Depending on the recipe, you may also dice up the ginger root with a paring knife.

This plant is chock-full of benefits, it’s practically medicine. It can help reduce nausea, soothe tummy troubles, and boost immunity. Who knew something so tasty could be good for you! 

If you’re looking for other ways to lend some Asian flair to your dishes, consider these delicious add-ins: bok choy, tofu, mirin, miso, sesame oil, bean sprouts, or nori (seaweed). Don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly kits for more tips on how to cook up culture right in your kitchen!