Gluten Free Buttercream

Hello everyone,

I just found out that my grandson is allergic to wheat, oats, peanuts, and dairy. So now I have to research every ingredient that goes into the buttercream and cake I make. I hate that for my little guy and all children that has these allergies. Well now I’m going to find out not just for my grandson but for all children.

Today we are going to cover if the ingredients in buttercream is gluten free. Before I start to talk about the glulent free ingredients, I do want to remind everyone to read the labels to see if it is gluten free. It’s always important for you to check for yourself because some have a more serious allergy than my grandson.

I have found that the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  has created a regulation in 2013 for all food products.Manufacturer that use any of the following terms “gluten free”, “free of gluten”, “no gluten” and “without gluten” But they are accountable for using these terms In a truthful and not misleading way.

The FDA has set a regulation for any manufacturer that use any terms that claim they are “gluten free” on any of their  food labels. The regulation that the FDA has set for guten to be less than 20 parts per million (ppm). This is the lowest level that can be reliably detected in foods thats using scientifically validated analytical methods. There are other countries and international bodies follow this same criteria, for most people with celiac disease can’t tolerate small amounts of gluten. You can visit the follow site to read all about the regulation and for those of you that want to know what is gluten this is the site to go to. http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/Allergens/ucm367654.htm

I found this web site for about the ingredients that are in Crisco http://www.smuckerfoodservice.ca/cr/s-crgolden.html Crisco is gluten freefree Here is a topic about Crisco being gluten free. http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/17450-wedding-cake/ I’ve found that Crisco is safe to use for the buttercream icing/frosting.

Wow! That’s a lot information on just Crisco shortening. I guess we will need to cover powder sugar and Vanilla on the next blog. I feel for all of you that are going through what my family is going through with my grandson. So much to learn! We can say it is safe for us to use shortening for our buttercream.

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