Homemade vs. Storebought
Links to SCD Ingredients and Ready-made Foods
Homemade vs. Storebought
There are a number of reasons why homemade items are necessary for SCD instead of the "convenient" store-bought items.
Baking with almond flour requires a little experience, trial and error. Generally, you need to use a lower temperature or your baked goods will tend to easily burn. Try adjusting the oven temperature down about 10 degrees or so under what is called for and making sure to place the item on the middle rack. You may then need a slightly longer baking time. Watch items closely until they look solid and slightly brown without being burned, then make a note for next time of time and temp used. Recipes made with hazelnut flour tend to turn out moister and mushier than almond flour. Try following the rule of "lower the temperature by 25 degrees and cook a little longer."
To keep baked goods from falling, or being over baked on the outside and gooey in the middle.
For cakes, try putting foil over the top with an "X" cut in the center. Carefully pull back the center of the foil so that the middle of the cake is exposed to the heat.
For loaves of bread (banana, zucchini, etc.), place the glass loaf pan on top of an aluminum cookie sheet. Try using brown paper (cut from a grocery store sack) or baking parchment to put over the loaf pan as a protective �hood�. Then, bake at a lower-than-recommended temp for a longer time (a loaf of soft cinnamon raisin bread may bake for more than an hour). About five minutes before the loaf is done, take the paper hood off and let the top brown.
Try baking cake recipes in a shallow, rectangular, glass baking pan (Pyrex). Grease well with butter or coconut oil and spread out the usually sticky batter as evenly as possible, thinner than you might in a smaller pan. Try baking about 20 minutes at 325 F. Thinner cakes bake faster, and are more likely to bake through at the center. Stack layers with frosting between for a taller end result.
For crispier cookies, remove from baking sheet to cool on folded brown paper bags (these soak up excess grease). When entire batch is finished baking, the oven has been turned off and somewhat cooled down, taste-test and decide whether or not your cookies are softer than you'd prefer. If they are, return cookies to the oven by placing them (brown bags and all) back on the oven racks to rest, dry out and crisp up. This may take an hour, or perhaps overnight if you forget they're in there! Place a sticky note in plain view that says Don't forget the cookies!
Dairy Free Cooking
Substitutions for Butter
Coconut oil can be used as a replacement when butter is called for in a recipe such as a piecrust. It has similar properties, being solid at room temperature like butter. Coconut oil is not damaged by the heat of cooking and has very little flavor of it's own. Two brand names to look for are Spectrum (refined, food grade) and Omega Nutrition. Ask at your local health food store. Spectrum also makes a natural palm oil shortening (non-hydrogenated) that is an excellent alternative.
Olive oil is a very healthy choice that is not damaged by heat, but often has a strong, distinctive taste.
Sunflower or safflower oils work well for baked goods and easy to find in health food stores. They have no noticeable flavor.
In recipes, when substituting liquid oil for butter, you may have to adjust the ratio of wet to dry ingredients, as the oil will sometimes make a wetter batter (in muffins for example).
Egg Free Baking
Baked and pureed butternut or acorn squash, mashed ripe bananas, homemade apple or pearsauce can be used to substitute for eggs in a recipe. If the recipe says 2 eggs, substitute 1/2 cup of the mashed or pureed item.
Another way to replace eggs is to soften a teaspoon of gelatin in 3 tablespoons of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Then, freeze until it has thickened a bit. Beat until frothy. This equals one egg.
The secret to quick cooking is having some of the more "time consuming" things on hand, such as tomato sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, chicken broth, yogurt...all of the basics that can be combined into wonderful stuff. If you spend an evening, or better yet a weekend, preparing just "staples", your everyday cooking will go a lot easier.
Tomato sauce- Cook down canned tomato juice, use fresh tomatoes, or combine both. Simmer as long as necessary to reduce the amount of liquid and provide the consistency you prefer. If using fresh tomatoes, seeds and skin can be strained out after cooking, either mid-way through the cooking process or at the end.
To make quick work of tomato sauce or ketchup, instead of peeling your tomatoes, just cut them in half and grate cut side down on the large holes of a grater. All that's left is the skin and you don't have to do any chopping later. You can seed them by squishing out the seeds before grating. Boil it down, season to your taste and freeze.
Freeze some whole tomatoes to add to soups, etc. Keeps you from having to run to the store. Wash, dip in boiling water for 30 seconds, slip skins off, then place on a cookie sheet and into the freezer. When they're hard, transfer them to a Ziploc bag. They won't stick together, and you can use as few or many as you need.
Put on a huge stockpot of chicken for chicken broth--while it cooks, you can prepare other things. Then you can make soup, and freeze the remaining broth, pre-measured in half-cup servings to use later. Part of the chicken meat can be cut up and reserved for other main-dish recipes or chicken salad.
Main Dish ideas
Think ahead and do batch cooking whenever possible. Get in the habit of buying and preparing twice as much pot roast, chicken or stew meat as needed and stash the leftover in the freezer. You'll never wonder, what's for supper? again!
Bake large pans of chicken pieces, seasoned according to any favorite SCD recipe with herbs, honey, etc. Later, wrap three or four pieces together in separate packages for freezing. Cook two meatloaves and use the remainder for cold lunchmeat.
Gravy- (with sauteed pork chops, for example): Rub with your choice of spices, and saute in olive oil and butter (not butter alone, it will burn). Remove chops and deglaze the pan by adding some white wine or chicken broth, and reduce to make a thin sauce. (You could stir in a tbs. of yogurt or French cream to make it richer.) Many kids like this sauce or gravy drizzled over meat and cooked vegetables, or served on the side for dipping steamed baby carrots or broccoli trees.
Crock Pot Tips
Bring that crock-pot out of the attic, dust it off and start dinner first thing in the morning! You can find good recipes just for crock-pots and use SCD legal ingredients and leave out others.
Meat cooks faster than veggies, so the veggies get cut into 1-2" pieces for a 12 hour pot roast, smaller for a 6 hour chicken. The crock-pot doesn't lose water like in the oven or on top of the stove. You will have more liquid at the end than at the beginning, from what cooks out of the meat and veggies. So don't add much liquid if you don't want soup.
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SCD can be followed without elaborate cooking, The more ambitious cooks will find many recipes for delicious foods in every category. Your healing children, hungry family and unsuspecting friends will enjoy these creations which excel and surpass store bought food in flavor and freshness. Important kitchen tools are listed first and optionals below.
Salton, Yogourmet, and Excalibur dehydrator all make quality yogurt. The Excalibur makes the largest amount, up to 2 gallons (8 liters) of yogurt at once.
A five-quart Nesco roaster will make one gallon of yogurt. Nescos go up to 18 quarts. There are larger roasters from 20 to 22 quarts. They require temperature controls that can be set low enough for yogurt making. Dehydrators (below) make yogurt too.
Dehydrators are used to dry fruit, vegetables, garlic, onions etc. for use in homemade seasoning mixes, to create jerky and can also be used as a defroster or to crisp crackers and make candies. Certain dehydrators can also be used to make yogurt.
The nine tray Excalibur can be ordered from: Lucy's Kitchen Shop
and a giant commercial dehydrator at: Cabela's
A coffee grinder grinds nuts and makes small amounts of nut flour. Larger electric or hand grinders are very useful. Choose a hand grinder with suction feet.
Larger grinders process up to 6 pounds of nuts. Electric types include the Maverick #5 (found at Pierce Chef Mart), the VitaMix and the Northern Tool (which has a reversal blade for finer grinding). Grinders do other tasks: dog food, salad spreads, apple sauce, baby food and meat for sausage.
This is a helpful tool for removing seeds and skins of foods.
Mandolin Slicers (manual)
Excellent slicing and dicing fruits and vegetables and making vegetable chips. The Borner Swiss V slicer with speciality blade inserts is is sold at malls and on the Internet.
Blenders, Hand Held Electric Blenders and Food Processors,
Used to make mayonnaise, "smoothies" and pureed cooked fruit and vegetables which can be stored as ice cubes for convenience Processors such as Cuisinart do many food preparation tasks .
Free-standing and Hand-held mixers Needed for mixing baked goods.
Needed to monitor temperature during the heating of yogurt milk and candy.
Permanent Coffee Filters
Metal mesh cone shaped filters are good for straining nut milk. Paper coffee filters will strain "dripped" yogurt to the consistency of cream cheese.
Ice Cream Machine, Waffle Makers and Pizelle Irons
Nice specialty options for professional quality results. A pizelle iron looks like a round waffle iron and can be manual or electric. Waffles are an SCD favorite.
Portable, inexpensive, and reusable. They keep food hot or cold up to three hours for school lunches or camping.
Muffin tins, cookie sheets, non stick Silpak liners, Pyrex baking dishes, paper baking cups, bundt pans and spring form pans are sometimes called for in SCD recipes for baked goods. Baking stones are also nice for baking.
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Links to SCD Ingredients and Ready-made Foods
Almond flour is available from Lucy's Kitchen Shop, Digestive Wellness and SCDiet.com.
Filbert flour is available from Digestive Wellness.
Pecan flour is available from Sunnyland Farms and Digestive Wellness.
1/2 a cow can be ordered or less.
Raw milk is legal in some parts of the U.S., but the source must be impeccable to prevent contamination. SCD does not require raw milk and we end up pasteurizing it anyhow. Raw milk is something used at the individual's own discretion
Links for ready made foods are in the SCD Legal Foods section of this website.