Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 8.19.2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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Here are this week’s post submissions from Jeanine & Megan:

Gluten-Free Kitchen Sink Cookies
Kitchen-Sink-Cookies
Garlic Lover’s Roasted Cauliflower
roasted cauliflower with garlic
LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Gluten-Free Raspberry Sweet Rolls from Live Free Gluten Free
gf rolls

MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

5 Small Changes for Big Health Gains from Nourished Roots
5 small changes health gains
Grilled Vegan Margharita Pizza from Strength & Sunshine
grilled-vegan-margherita-pizza
Gluten-Free Carrot Zucchini Muffins from Flippin Delicious
zucchini carrot muffins
WANT TO PARTICIPATE? HERE’S HOW TO JOIN:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • All recipes must be gluten free (NO white flour, wheat flour, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing grain). 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please provide a link back to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays somewhere in the body of your post. We will NOT highlight recipes and posts that do not provide a link back. 
  • By linking to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays, you acknowledge and allow Allergy Free Alaska, LLC & The Baking Beauties to use your post photos in future Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays and on our social media platforms (such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and our Gluten-Free & DIY Link Up Pinterest Board). 

 Thanks! 
~Megan & Jeanine

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Not a problem! Gluten Free & DIY Tuesday link up is your one-stop-shop for browsing new recipes and posts by a variety of bloggers. Make sure to keep checking back as more bloggers add their links.

There is also a Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday Link Up Pinterest board! We will be pinning recipes from each week there, so be sure to follow that board so you never miss a thing.

To have access to even more great recipes, join us on Facebook. “Gluten Free Family Favorite Recipes” is a group where us plus 8 other gluten-free bloggers share their favorite recipes. By joining our Facebook group, you don’t have to worry about Facebook deciding to hide a page’s posts from your news feed. Just click on the group link any time to access all the recipes shared.



Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 8.12.2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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Free Printable Lunch Planner
lunchboxred-Whatsforlunch
Gluten Free Lunchbox Roundup: 40 Kid-Friendly & Allergy-Friendly Recipes
gluten-free-lunchbox-round-up-recipes

LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies (Top 8 Allergen Free) from Fairy Wings & Pixie Dust
Raspberry Brownies

MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

Gluten-Free Rumpledoodles with Honey Glaze from Those Who Help Themselves
rumpledoodles1
Easy BBQ Wings from Raia’s Recipes
Easy BBQ wings
Mini Mexican Chocolate Banana Muffins from Gluten Free in Orlando
mini muffin chocolate banana muffins
WANT TO PARTICIPATE? HERE’S HOW TO JOIN:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • All recipes must be gluten free (NO white flour, wheat flour, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing grain). 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please provide a link back to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays somewhere in the body of your post. We will NOT highlight recipes and posts that do not provide a link back. 
  • By linking to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays, you acknowledge and allow Allergy Free Alaska, LLC & The Baking Beauties to use your post photos in future Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays and on our social media platforms (such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and our Gluten-Free & DIY Link Up Pinterest Board). 

 Thanks! 
~Megan & Jeanine

Bloggers: If you would like to receive a weekly email reminder to link up your recipes and posts to Gluten Free & DIY Tuesday, simply enter your email address using the form below. We will never send you spam, and if you sign up and then choose to unsubscribe, you can do so at any time. 

NOT A BLOGGER?

Not a problem! Gluten Free & DIY Tuesday link up is your one-stop-shop for browsing new recipes and posts by a variety of bloggers. Make sure to keep checking back as more bloggers add their links.

There is also a Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday Link Up Pinterest board! We will be pinning recipes from each week there, so be sure to follow that board so you never miss a thing.

To have access to even more great recipes, join us on Facebook. “Gluten Free Family Favorite Recipes” is a group where us plus 8 other gluten-free bloggers share their favorite recipes. By joining our Facebook group, you don’t have to worry about Facebook deciding to hide a page’s posts from your news feed. Just click on the group link any time to access all the recipes shared.



Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 7.5.2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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Gluten-Free Pizza Muffins
Pizza Muffins
Perfect Gluten-Free Egg-Free Granola Bars
Granola Bars

LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Flourless, Low Carb Strawberries & Cream Crepes from Whole Food Mom
Flourless-Low-Carb-Strawberries-and-Cream-Crepes-1024x682

MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

Fruit Flan from Simple Gluten-Free Kitchen
Fruity-Flan
Coconut Cream Lollies or Popsicles from Gluten Free SCD & Veggie
Coconut Cream Ice Lollies GF SCD
Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Black Cherry Tart from Gluten Free Vegan Love
cherry-chocolate-tart
WANT TO PARTICIPATE? HERE’S HOW TO JOIN:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • All recipes must be gluten free (NO white flour, wheat flour, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing grain). 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please provide a link back to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays somewhere in the body of your post. We will NOT highlight recipes and posts that do not provide a link back. 
  • By linking to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays, you acknowledge and allow Allergy Free Alaska, LLC & The Baking Beauties to use your post photos in future Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays and on our social media platforms (such as Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter). 

 Thanks! 
~Megan & Jeanine

Bloggers: If you would like to receive a weekly email reminder to link up your recipes and posts to Gluten Free & DIY Tuesday, simply enter your email address using the form below. We will never send you spam, and if you sign up and then choose to unsubscribe, you can do so at any time. 

NOT A BLOGGER?

Not a problem! Gluten Free & DIY Tuesday link up is your one-stop-shop for browsing new recipes and posts by a variety of bloggers. Make sure to keep checking back as more bloggers add their links.

There is also a Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday Link Up Pinterest board! We will be pinning recipes from each week there, so be sure to follow that board so you never miss a thing.

To have access to even more great recipes, join us on Facebook. “Gluten Free Family Favorite Recipes” is a group where us plus 8 other gluten-free bloggers share their favorite recipes. By joining our Facebook group, you don’t have to worry about Facebook deciding to hide a page’s posts from your news feed. Just click on the group link any time to access all the recipes shared.



Perfect Gluten-Free Egg-Free Granola Bars

It’s August already… I can’t even believe it. School starts here in another few short weeks, although since I homeschool our children, we school on a somewhat year-round basis. Schooling almost year-round gives us the opportunity to take breaks whenever something fun presents itself, regardless of when that might be. That’s something I really love about homeschool – the flexibility. Being able to do school from wherever we want (the coffee shop, grandma’s house, on the road, etc), whenever we want, and if the girls show an interest in something specific we can even study what they want (within reason). Homeschool just works out really well for our family – and I’m very thankful for it! 

Perfect Gluten Free Granola Bars - Allergy Free AlaskaSpeaking of school, that is actually the reason for this post. Whether your children attend school out of your home, or you homeschool, granola bars are perfect for snacks and lunch boxes (of course, adults love them too!). I’ve been making these Perfect Gluten-Free Egg-Free Granola Bars for my girls now for over a year, and they love them! This recipe is clean – made with real good-for-you wholesome ingredients. You don’t have to think twice about your children eating them, and they can be customized, too, according to your or your child’s liking. 

I hope you have an amazing school year! 
All my love,
Megan

PS- Don’t forget to check out my Gluten-Free Lunchbox Roundup: 40 Kid-Friendly & Allergy-Friendly Recipes!

Perfect Gluten & Egg Free Granola Bars - Allergy Free Alaska

  

Perfect Gluten-Free Egg-Free Granola Bars

Yield: about 16 bars

Perfect Gluten-Free Egg-Free Granola Bars

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F) and line a 9.5x13x1” metal pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the gluten-free rolled oats, desired nuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, desired dried fruit, Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips, flax meal, sunflower seeds, palm sugar, sesame seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, coconut oil and honey. Mix well.
  4. Use a lightly oiled spatula to press the granola mixture evenly down into the parchment-lined pan.
  5. Bake for 26 - 28 minutes, or until the edges of the granola bars are golden brown.
  6. To avoid crumbling, fully allow the granola bars to cool before cutting or removing from the pan. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes from Megan

For the recipe to work properly, you must use coconut oil and a metal pan (not glass) - there are no substitutes!

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/08/04/perfect-gluten-free-egg-free-granola-bars/

This post is linked to, Marvelous Mondays, Fat Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays,Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays, Frugal Day Sustainable Ways, Thank Your Body Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Fight Back Friday, Gluten Free Fridays and Savoring Saturdays.  

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Ancheta Family Favorites July 2014

This Ancheta Family Favorites July 2014 post is something I’ve been toying with for a while. The idea was to share with you a mish-mash of what our family loves- from books and apps, to the brand of jeans I wear, to gluten free products and local programs we love and recommend. I don’t know how often I will publish posts such as this one, because I don’t want it to be forced. I’d much rather it be sporadic and publish only when I truly have some great items to share with you. And I bet you’d prefer it that way, too. ;) 

Here’s my promise to you:
We own every single one of these items.
I don’t recommend something unless we really like it and use it on a somewhat regular basis.
No one has paid me to recommend any of these items. 

Some of the products listed may not be “natural” or gluten-free in nature. It is your responsibility to research the products listed and determine if they are a good fit for you or your family. I will not be held liable. 

Ancheta Family Favorites July 2014

1. American Classic Gelous Nail Base Coat Nail Polish-
I purchased this product on a whim based on all the reviews I read online. Those who’ve been following me for a while probably already know I love to keep my nails painted, but I put my hands through the ringer. I bake, I cook,  I constantly wash my hands and dishes, and I’m always banging my nails all over my laptop keyboard. Even with a decent base/top coat and expensive polish (like OPI), my manicure never lasted past 3 days. With Gelous though, my manicures last 6-7 days – which is wonderful! The first time I used Gelous, my manicure ended up being a disaster because I used too much of it. If you end up trying it, just remember to use the bare minimum when applying – it’s very strong, so all you need is a thin coating. 
This is the sequence of how I apply it: 
1 coat Gelous
2 coats desired nail polish
1 coat Sally Hansen’s Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat
(let your nails dry for at least 1-2 hours)
1 coat Gelous

2. Larabar Renola (Grain-Free Granola)-
I first discovered Larabar Renola at Target a few short weeks ago and bought a few packets to take with us camping. The girls and I tried all of the flavors and concluded we definitely like Cinnamon Nut flavor best (and that’s probably the only flavor we’ll buy here on out). We like eating it with frozen mixed berries in a little Aroy-D Coconut Milk (you could also use yogurt), and about 1/2 an 1.28 ounce packet of Renola. Alaskans, be careful purchasing Renola directly from Larabar. They will charge you more for shipping than what the product is worth. You can also purchase it in bulk from Amazon

3. National Geographic Kids Almanacs
We first discovered the 2014 edition of the National Geographic Kids Almanac at our annual homeschool curriculum fair; one of the vendors was selling it there. It looked fun and had lots of great facts and pictures, so we purchased it. Kylie (9) immediately read it in full, while sharing awesome tid-bits of information from it with us. She couldn’t get enough of it, so she read it again. It wasn’t long after that we discovered the 2015 edition was out, and Kylie quickly proceeded to read that one twice, too. Well done, National Geographic, for getting my punkin super-excited about learning, and providing age-appropriate FUN material. We are going to purchase previous almanac editions and look into what other books National Geographic Kids offers. Just a note for those with younger children: my Abbi (5) isn’t reading yet, but she loves looking at the pictures. 

4. Hydro Flask Stainless Steel & BPA Free Water Bottles-
Confession time: Our family owns 8 Hydo Flask water bottles. Seriously. AJ and I received some as Christmas gifts in either 2011 or 2012, and we’ve been hooked ever since. They are expensive, but they last and come with a lifetime warranty (our original bottles we got years ago still look new-ish, just with a few minor dings). We use them all the time. They retain heat for 12 hours, and keep cold for up to 24 hours. And for those of you who like to pack your lunches, I just discovered that Hydro Flask is now offering Food Flasks – these would be great for packing chili or soup. Oh – and they even have beer growlers! The company website is hydroflask.com.

5. NuNatural’s NuStevia Sugar-Free Cocoa Syrup-
NuNatural’s sent me a free box of goodies to sample, and in that package was a bottle of their new NuStevia Cocoa Syrup.  I honestly was totally skeptical of this product, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It’s like a Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, but much healthier – not to mention entirely sugar-free. You would use it like you would use a Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup – as an ice cream topping, to make chocolate milk, to drizzle on top of fruit, etc… OR you could make a mock peanut butter cup like I do: Top 1 tablespoon of peanut butter with 1/2-1 teaspoon of NuStevia Cocoa Syrup… dig in an enjoy! Bottom line: surprisingly, this is a product I will continue to purchase when I use up my free bottle. Both of my girls enjoyed it too. 

6. OUT! PetCare Oxy-Fast Stain & Odor Remover-
Got pets? Then you probably have puke, too (from time to time, anyways). Normally, when our big guy, Thor (yellow lab) pukes it’s in the middle of the night. This stuff is awesome, because we can scoop up the chunks, blot the liquid out of the carpet with paper towels (as best as we can, anyways) spray this on the mess, and then go back to sleep. It’s not until the evening (after my husband gets off work – nearly 18 hours after Thor puked) that we’ll break out the carpet cleaner and give the spot a thorough go-over. We have cream carpets, and as long as we catch the puke right away and spray it, the stain will virtually disappear. I don’t recommend purchasing this product using the Amazon link above that I provided (as the shipping is more spendy than the product), but locally I’ve seen it carried in Three Bears, Target, Fred Meyer, and Walmart. 

7. Spigen Slim Armor Case for the Galaxy S5-
More confessions… I’m married to a nerd (he’s a very handsome nerd), so his nerdy-ness has rubbed off on me over time. Yes, I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 and I love it (beats the pants off the iPhone!). It comes in handy when I need to keep up with all of you via social media or want to take pictures on the fly (16 megapixels camera) when I don’t have my D90 with me.  I love this case because it’s slim and unassuming. It fits my S5 extremely well and provides excellent protection without making my phone extra bulky or heavy. 

8. A Mouthful of Stars by Kim Sunee-
I’ve been absolutely captivated by this cookbook, and though it’s not written gluten-free, I’m looking forward to trying many of the recipes making the appropriate allergen-free adjustments. Sunee was born in South Korea. She was an orphan, adopted by an American family; she grew up in New Orleans and is a world traveler. Her book is part diary, part cookbook – including all of her favorite recipes from her world travels. Her personal story sucked me in. I love her stories, descriptions, pictures, and the food… it’s mouthwatering. She is such a gifted writer and cook! I can’t wait to try some authentic New Orleans cuisine, especially the Scrape-the-Bottom Jambalaya! Sunee’s website is kimsunee.com

9. Hanayama Cast Metal Brain Teaser Puzzle, Enigma (Level 6)-
Back to the nerdy husband. My AJ is very quiet and unassuming if you don’t know him, but he’s incredibly sharp. He’s the guy that unwinds doing crossword puzzles, which I’m terrible at. I can’t do crosswords to save my life. AJ loves these brain teaser-like puzzles. I bought this one for him for Christmas and thankfully it took him a while to master (which made me giddy with happiness). Hanayama has lots of different brain teaser puzzles to choose from, from beginner to advanced – perfect for the young and old. These make great cheap gifts! 

10 & 11. 100% Pure Long Last Concealer with Super Fruits (Creme) & Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Stain (Cherry)-
Just to be completely honest and up-front with you, I am a 100% Pure affiliate, meaning everything you purchase via the 100% Pure link (located in the right side-bar of my website) I earn a small commission from, without affecting your purchase price. That said, I am only an affiliate with them because I own some of their products and truly love them. 100% Pure did not provide me with these products, but I purchased them just like any other customer (and was not given any type of discount). I’ve tried a good handful of the 100% Pure products (either because I’ve purchased them or they were a free sample included with my purchases), but out of all of them, here are the 2 I can’t live without and use on a daily basis:

Long Last Concealer with Super Fruits (Creme)-
This stuff is incredible. It conceals the bluish/purplish bags under my eyes and stays put without settling into my “love creases (the word “wrinkles” makes me feel old).” It’s gluten-free, vegan, and is water, sweat, oil, and caking resistant. Anything that makes me look glowing and refreshed is just plain magic, people. It appears 100% Pure may be currently out of the color I use, Creme for porcelain complexion, but there are other colors available. I use my fingers to apply it underneath my eye. I don’t rub it in, but use a patting or dabbing type of motion. 

Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Stain (Cherry)-
This came as a free gift in the last order I placed, and I’m so glad it did, because I don’t think I would have tried it had it not been free. As a cheek stain, this stuff holds up and lasts longer than any other blush I’ve ever tried. Ever. I will wake up the next morning, and still have a little pink glow to my cheeks. Now, keep in mind, I am porcelain in complexion. Bright cherry isn’t a color I would pick for myself, but used in moderation, it works – and would be great for any complexion I think. The trick is how you apply it. I obviously don’t need to apply as much as someone with darker skin. To apply it I stand in front of a mirror and smile. Using the brush applicator, I apply a very small amount to the apples of my cheeks and smooth it on using my fingers (only in the area I would have a natural blush). Then I use a cosmetic wedge to do a final smooth-over. I don’t recommend using this as a lip stain. Not that it doesn’t work great – because it does- but because it tastes nasty. It’s bitter… so just be warned. ;) 

This post is linked to, Marvelous Mondays, Fat Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays, Frugal Day Sustainable Ways, Thank Your Body Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Fight Back Friday, Gluten Free Fridays, and Savoring Saturdays

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Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 7.29.2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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No Churn Rhubarb Ice Cream
Rhubarb_Ice_Cream
Save Money & Make Your Own Roast Beef Lunch Meat
Make your own roast beef lunch meat

LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Gluten-Free Flax Meal Bread from Country Cottage Musings
Flaxmeal Bread (2)

MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

Copy Cat Rice Krispie Treats with Marshmallow from Simply 123 Allergy Free
Rice crispy treats
Welcome to My Gluten-Free Kitchen from Raia’s Recipes
welcome to my GF kichen
Ancient Grains – Millet & Quinoa from Inhabited Kitchen
Ancient Grains
WANT TO PARTICIPATE? HERE’S HOW TO JOIN:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • All recipes must be gluten free (NO white flour, wheat flour, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing grain). 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please provide a link back to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays somewhere in the body of your post. We will NOT highlight recipes and posts that do not provide a link back. 
  • By linking to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays, you acknowledge and allow Allergy Free Alaska, LLC & The Baking Beauties to use your post photos in future Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays and on our social media platforms (such as Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter). 

 Thanks! 
~Megan & Jeanine

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To have access to even more great recipes, join us on Facebook. “Gluten Free Family Favorite Recipes” is a group where us plus 8 other gluten-free bloggers share their favorite recipes. By joining our Facebook group, you don’t have to worry about Facebook deciding to hide a page’s posts from your news feed. Just click on the group link any time to access all the recipes shared.



Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 7.22.2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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Gluten Free Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs (oh my land – these kabobs from Jeanine look amazing!)
Chicken-Teriyaki-Kabobs

Gluten & Rice Free Multigrain Bread
Gluten Free Rice Free Multigrain Bread - Allergy Free Alaska

LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Donuts from A Harvest of Blessings
GF Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

Gluten Free Blackberry Swirl Marshmallow Cake from Country Cottage Musings
Marshmallow cake
3 Bay Area Gluten Free Bakeries You Don’t Want to Miss from My Gluten-Free Kitchen
3-must-visit-bay-area-gluten-free-bakeries
Creamy Roasted Corn Avocado Dip from Petite Allergy Treats
Roastedcorndip
WANT TO PARTICIPATE? HERE’S HOW TO JOIN:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • All recipes must be gluten free (NO white flour, wheat flour, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing grain). 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please provide a link back to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays somewhere in the body of your post. We will NOT highlight recipes and posts that do not provide a link back. 
  • By linking to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays, you acknowledge and allow Allergy Free Alaska, LLC & The Baking Beauties to use your post photos in future Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays and on our social media platforms (such as Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter). 

 Thanks! 
~Megan & Jeanine

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NOT A BLOGGER?

Not a problem! Gluten Free & DIY Tuesday link up is your one-stop-shop for browsing new recipes and posts by a variety of bloggers. Make sure to keep checking back as more bloggers add their links.

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Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 7.15.2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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Gluten Free Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake
coffee cake

How To Make Refined Sugar Free Gravlax (Salt-Cured Salmon)
Refined Sugar Free Gravlax

LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Flourless, Doughless Gluten-Free Pizza from Gluten Free Easily
flourless-gfe-pizza

MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

Summertime Raspberry Sorbet from Deep Roots At Home
rasp sorbet
Roll Out Sugar Cookies from Making It Milk Free
patriotic-sugar-cookies
Raising A Gluten-Free Toddler On a Playground of Animal Crackers & Cheerios from Homegrown State of Mind
toddler post
WANT TO PARTICIPATE? HERE’S HOW TO JOIN:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
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How To Make Refined Sugar Free Gravlax (Salt-Cured Salmon)

Gravlax is Scandinavian in descent, meaning “grave salmon” or “buried salmon.” Raw fillets or pieces of salmon are covered (or buried) in salt, sugar, and spices that, over a period of time, draw moisture out of the fish to cure and preserve it. Once the cure mixture is washed away from the fish, the end result is a tighter, firmer, and darker piece of salty salmon.  

I like to eat thinly sliced pieces of gravlax on gluten free crackers (either Mary’s Gone Crackers or these rice crackers) with goat cheese, red onions, capers, and a drop or two of Sriracha. If you are grain-free or being a bit more health conscious, use cucumber slices to replace the crackers. You can also eat gravlax on a bagel or piece of toast, as a side with eggs, or any way you like, really. Who could resist a salty piece of gravlax? It’s like the bacon of the sea! 

How To Make Refined Sugar Free Lox-Allergy Free Alaska

Before I share the actual recipe with you, I thought I’d take you on a visual journey through the process of How To Make Refined Sugar Free Gravlax (Salt-Cured Salmon). It all starts with a fillet of salmon – fresh is best, but a thawed fillet of frozen salmon will work just fine, too.

Fresh Alaska Wild Salmon - How to Make Lox - Allergy Free AlaskaIn this last batch of gravlax I made, I used Alaska wild red salmon, and although I recommend you use Alaska wild salmon (no biased opinions here), really any type of salmon will do (just please don’t support farmed!). Make sure your fillet is clean. If it’s not, just give it a quick rinse in cold water and then pat it dry with paper towels. Now cut your fillet in half – and leave the skin on. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you pull out the bones or leave them in. I leave them in, and then remove them when I slice the slice the gravlax after the curing process. If you do decide to remove the bones at this point, pliers or heavy duty tweezers work best. 

Make the cure mixture, which has the consistency of coarse sand, and do your best to cover the flesh of the salmon in the cure. Use your hands to press the cure into the fish. You don’t need to worry about covering the skin in the cure – only the flesh. 

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Now quickly (and carefully) sandwich the two pieces together – flesh to flesh with the skin out, and then wrap both together tightly in plastic wrap.

Allergy Free Alaska-How to Make LoxPlace the wrapped salmon in a glass baking dish with 2-3 inch sides. Moisture will release from the fish almost immediately, so make sure you get the wrapped fish into the dish right away. This picture (below) was taken 10-15 minutes after these fillets were placed in the dish. 

AFA - How to make loxSome prefer to place a heavy item, like a brick or another baking dish filled with heavy cans, on top of the wrapped fish to flatten it down and grind the cure mixture into the fish. This step is entirely optional; I often times skip it, but it normally depends on how much room I have in my refrigerator. 

Now place the baking dish in the refrigerator for 2-5 days. I know… that’s a super huge span of time. How do you know when to pull it out? Here’s the thing about gravlax: the first batch you make is generally always an experimental batch- a chance for you to figure out how exactly you prefer your gravlax. It’s almost like cooking an egg – some like their yokes runny, and some like their eggs completely cooked through and well done. We all have our different preferences. I know from making previous batches of gravlax that I prefer my thinner salmon fillets cured for about 2 days. The thicker ones, the ones that are 1-1.5 inches thick (or thicker), I let cure for a full 3 days. You just have to give it try to know what you prefer. 

Happy Gravlax making! 

All my love,
Megan

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A note about the brown spots you see on the gravlax in the picture above- this is the natural fatty part of the fish. I choose to leave mine on and eat it, but if you don’t care to, simply cut it off and discard it. 

How To Make Refined Sugar Free Gravlax (Salt-Cured Salmon)

Yield: enough cure for 1 lbs of salmon

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Rinse the salmon fillet and pat it dry with paper towels. Cut it in half and leave the skin on.
  2. If desired, remove the pin bones from the salmon using pliers or heavy duty tweezers.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, make the cure mixture by combining the kosher salt, palm sugar, coarse ground black pepper, and Wright's Liquid Smoke.
  4. Press the mixture into all parts of the flesh of the salmon being sure to thoroughly coat it. Don’t worry about coating the skin, only the flesh.
  5. Quickly (and carefully) sandwich the two pieces of salmon together – flesh to flesh with the skin out, and then wrap both together tightly in plastic wrap.
  6. Place the wrapped salmon in a glass baking dish with 2-3 inch sides. Moisture will release from the fish almost immediately, so make sure you get it into the dish right away.
  7. Place a heavy item, like a brick or another glass baking dish filled with heavy cans, on top of the wrapped fish to flatten it down and grind the cure mixture into the fish (This step is entirely optional; I often times skip it, but it normally depends on how much room I have in my refrigerator.).
  8. Refrigerate for 2-5 days (you can read more about this, including how many days I cure my fillets above). Rotate the fillets and discard the excess moisture from the fish every 24 hours.
  9. Remove the fish from the plastic wrap and rinse the cure mixture off of the salmon by placing the fillets under cool running water. Not all of the cure mixture will come off. Pat dry with paper towels.
  10. Serve immediately or store, up to 3 days, in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.
  11. To cut the gravlax, hold a very sharp knife at an angle (I like to use a fillet knife) and slice 1/8” thick pieces on the diagonal.

Recipe Notes from Megan

The cure mixture makes enough for 1 pound of salmon, so if your fillet weighs more than 1 pound, adjust the recipe accordingly.

Fresh dill can be hard to come by where I live, but if you have access to it, and would like to include some in this recipe, try adding 1/4-1/3 cup chopped dill to the curing mixture.

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/07/10/how-to-make-refined-sugar-free-gravlax-salt-cured-salmon/

This recipe is linked to, Marvelous Mondays, Fat TuesdayAllergy Free WednesdayGluten Free Wednesdays,Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays, Frugal Day Sustainable Ways, Thank Your Body Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Fight Back Friday and Gluten Free Fridays. 

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Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 7-8-2014

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Gluten Free Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns
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Homemade Marshmallows from Simple Life Mom
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Grain Free Vanilla Cupcakes from Simple 123 Allergy Free
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Black Rice Stir Fry Vegetable Salad from Petite Allergy Treats
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