An 8SAFE Pantry
This is by no means an exhaustive list of 8SAFE® products — just a few staples that are free of gluten, wheat, milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish & shellfish. For more 8SAFE products check out my recipes, follow me on Instagram or feel free to reach out to me via email.
Manufacturers change their recipes & formulas from time to time, so always double check the ingredients of any product you use (including those listed) to keep you and your guests safe.
Confused about coconut?
According to The American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, "Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut."
FATS & OILS
Choosing an 8SAFE OLIVE OIL, COCONUT OIL, & CANOLA OIL is easy, just be sure to choose an oil that’s 100% pure (not a blend). The olive oil I currently use the most is Kirkland Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and my go-to canola oil is Spectrum Organic Canola Oil. I’ll use Refined, Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil when I’d like a very subtle coconut flavor, and Virgin Coconut Oil when I’m looking for a strong, tropical flavor.
Pure distilled VINEGAR is gluten free (malt vinegar is not) and flavored or seasoned vinegars may or may not contain gluten so be sure to read your labels. Napa Valley Naturals Organic Red Wine Vinegar, White Wine Vinegar & Balsamic Vinegar; and Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar are all 8SAFE.
BEANS & LEGUMES
All beans (except soybeans) are inherently 8SAFE and should have nothing more than the type of bean listed in the ingredients —use caution when purchasing canned beans with any additives. Dry beans may become cross-contaminated with gluten depending on where they were grown and packaged, so look for a gluten free label whenever possible. One of the brands I trust for CANNED & DRIED BEANS is Eden Organic.
MAPLE SYRUP, AGAVE, & HONEY are all excellent sweeteners for 8SAFE cooking, just be sure to use products that are 100% pure. GRANULATED SUGAR (table sugar) is 8SAFE regardless of which brand you use, and the PURE VANILLA EXTRACT I trust most to be 8SAFE & full of flavor is Nielson-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, though good old McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract is 8SAFE as well.
SALT (Himalayan, Kosher, and standard table salt) and DRIED SPICES (like ground pepper, cinnamon, oregano, etc.) are 8SAFE, though you may not find an ingredients list on the packaging. Spice blends may contain gluten and special caution should be taken to verify if the blend is 8SAFE. Simply Organic is my preferred brand for both single and blended spices (such as their curry powder and chili powder).
GRAINS & FLOURS
You can find all sorts of 8SAFE flours in the marketplace, from coconut flour to cassava flour. I’ve experimented with many of them, but ultimately, the ALL PURPOSE FLOUR I use most is Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Flour.
Oats themselves are gluten free, but cross-contamination with wheat in the growing fields can be an issue. Be sure to use plain, gluten free oats when called for in a recipe. My favorite OATMEAL is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Quick Oats, but their Rolled Oats and Steel Cut Oats varieties are 8SAFE as well.
Plain RICE (basmati, brown, wild, etc) is 8SAFE (my favorite brands are Lundburg and Lotus Foods). It can be tricky to find seasoned rice that’s gluten and top eight allergen free, but Lundberg has a few that are also vegan, like their Yellow Rice and Wild Porcini Mushroom.
RICE, CORN, & BEAN PASTA — As with flours, there’s a lot of 8SAFE pasta options available. After experimenting with lots of different brands and types, the pastas I use most in my own kitchen are Anna Gluten Free Penne Rigate Pasta and Lotus Foods Ramen Noodles.
MILKS & BROTHS
Even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut, coconut isn’t a nut at all — it’s classified as a fruit. Therefore, UNSWEETENED COCONUT MILK is considered 8SAFE. Unsweetened, canned coconut milk should list nothing more than coconut, water, and/or guar gum in its ingredients (such as Native Forest Unsweetened Canned Coconut Milk). It’s difficult to find boxed coconut milk without extra additives, but Aroy-D Brand is 8SAFE and comes in convenient 8.5 fl oz boxes.