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Burger King’s New Gluten-Free Safe List

Burger King has just come out with a list of gluten-free choices.  I really appreciate all the companies that make the effort to do this.  It makes it so much easier to navigate eating safely.  Unfortunately, we still have to be vigilant about how they prepare their foods.  Cross contamination is always an issue, and how they handle the food as they prepare it is critical too.

I recently investigated a Burger King before their list came out and was so excited to find that their french fries were gluten-free AND fried in a dedicated fryer.  I almost hugged the manager.  However, if not for her diligence in listening to how careful we needed to be, we would have been sent down the glutenation tunnel.  Yes, the fries are cooked in a dedicated fryer, BUT, when they come out, they are dumped in the warming bin next to the onion rings and scooped into the bags using the same tongs as the onion rings.  The manager assured me that she would get new tongs and scoop them right from the fryer to our bags, so we were safe.  But, only because she told me how their process worked.

It concerns me that Burger King lists these “gluten-free” foods as safe, when it is likely that there will be these kinds of issues.  The lesson for me is to read the lists, but continue to ask questions about food handling.  I think the lists are a step in an easier direction, and one that I really appreciate.  But, the burden remains on the consumer to check it out themselves to ensure safe eating.

Here’s the link to Burger King’s list.

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Boston Market

KEF_BODYBoston Market will feed my kids during October!  And, guess what!?  They have a gluten-free MENU!!!  Check out all the options HERE.  Oh my goodness, this is great news.  We’ll be there this week!  Be sure to thank Boston Market for being so gluten-free friendly!

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Sushi

DSC_0621I had my first ever sushi experience for my birthday this year.  I’ve always wanted to try it.  Since going gluten-free, it’s been a little intimidating to me to walk into a sushi bar and ask all the necessary questions to see if it’s safe for me to eat.

Turns out, sushi is very easy to get gluten-free!  The sushi makers were so helpful to tell me GF options, which included almost everything.   You have to stay away from the imitation crab meat if they use that, and you can’t have their soy sauce.  I brought my favorite soy sauce replacement, Bragg, which you can get in most health food sections (La Choy is also gluten-free), and mixed it up with the wasabi paste.  Oh, yum!    I am now trying to figure out what else would be good to dip in the wasabi!

So, the bad news is that now I have frequent cravings for sushi.

But, the good news is …. and if you’re a sushi purist, just stop reading now…

the good news is that our local Kroger has its own sushi bar!  And, while I think that is wrong on so many levels, I couldn’t help myself.  I bought 3 rolls.  And the ingredients were listed right on the cheap plastic carton they came in.  (Again,  sushi in a plastic carton?)

As I’ve learned though, being gluten-free means that I don’t care as much about presentation as I do about those blessed ingredient lists.

Oh, and you might have read a previous post about how I almost got kicked out of Kroger for taking photos.  When that man was storming up to me, all I could think was, “Oh no, please don’t kick me out before I buy this sushi.”  Really, if not for the sushi, who knows what I might have done.  You just might have seen that lovely man’s photo right here on this blog.

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