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Travel Gluten Free

Dec 10, 2020

Travel Gluten Free Podcast

Episode 115

Gluten Free Holiday Baking at High Altitudes


When you're cooking or baking gluten-free for the first time, you may not know what recipes are good and where to find recipes that won't let you down. I understand how challenging this can be as I went through my first holiday season with only a couple months of being Celiac under my belt!


Why Is Baking Different at High Altitude?


Air pressure is lower at higher altitudes. The higher you are from sea level, the lower the air pressure becomes. 


If you live more than 1,000 feet above sea level, your best bet is to follow high altitude baking recipes. 


Because air pressure is lower at high altitudes, any liquids will evaporate quicker. The speed of liquid evaporation makes air bubbles rise to the top and burst. Because the air bubbles leave the baked goods faster, the ingredients in your creation can become densely packed together because the air has left, creating the ingredients to collapse on themselves, giving you a brick.


Be mindful that you cannot substitute baking soda for baking powder or vice-versa, as it won't work. You see, baking powder and baking soda don't actually work the same way. Baking soda needs an acidic ingredient like lemon juice to activate it. And baking powder is, basically, just baking soda with the acid component already built-in. You can't use the two interchangeably. In fact, substituting one for the other can be disastrous.


Tune in to find out gluten-free baking tips for high altitude, why you shouldn’t overmix your batter, the chemical differences between baking soda and baking powder, why you have to use a chemical component when using baking soda and how to convert a “regular” recipe to a high altitude recipe. 


The Guide to Traveling Gluten Free

Are you anxious about traveling with Celiacs Disease? Does the thought of getting sick on vacation worry you to no end? Unsure of what travel options are safe and how to choose a safe restaurant away from home for you and your children?

The Guide to Traveling Gluten Free will walk you through the process of planning and enjoying your next gluten-free travel adventure! Take the guesswork out of how to travel, where to go, and how to eat safely when you follow the information in my guide. Whether you are celiacs or gluten intolerant, my guide will give you handy information to delight in your next vacation experience!

Learn how to take a trip safely, what questions to ask when you are at a restaurant and which online tools and apps to utilize to find safe, dedicated gluten-free restaurants and food options. Find out what stores to shop at to purchase gluten-free food, determine if a restaurant is gluten-free or celiac friendly, and when you should walk out of a restaurant. 

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