Holiday meal planners: Avoid foods guests may be sensitive to

Nov 13, 2014, 7:00 AM | Updated: 7:00 am

PHOENIX — Thanksgiving dinner is just two weeks away, and if you’re the one cooking, you might want to double-check if there are any food allergies in the group.

At Southern Rail restaurant off Camelback and Third Avenue, chef Justin Beckett and and his crew make gluten-free meals every day.

“When it comes to Celiac disease, you really need to be careful in the kitchen,” he said.

Beckett’s kitchin is hopping, yet he still manages to avoid cross-contaminating wheat, barley and rye with other ingredients.

“It’s as simple as taking a knife that’s been in butter, then putting it on toast and then back into the butter,” he said. “That would be cross-contamination.”

To avoid contaminating foods, Beckett divides the ingredients and conquers.

“Start with things that cannot be contaminated,” he said. “Then move on to the next project.”

Stuffing, for instance, is a product that could easily cause accidental allergic reactions.

Becket advises to chop all the vegetables on a clean cutting board with a clean knife, then move those aside and start in with the bread — or whatever product you may be using for stuffing.

Of course, Beckett advises gluten-free bread.

“Use real, natural ingredients, lots of vegetables and things that you know are starting at point A and ending at point B,” he said.

Solid advice for the growing percentage of Americans who have seemed to develop gluten allergies.

Too bad Beckett doesn’t also have advice for those who develop Christmas-cookie addictions!

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Petrified Forest National Park Photo)...
Alex Weiner

Triassic reptile discovered at Arizona’s Petrified Forest named after former park superintendent

A Triassic reptile species discovered at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona was named after former park Superintendent and wife.
10 hours ago
(City of Phoenix Photo)...
Kevin Stone

New trash pickup days start this week for most of Phoenix

New pickup days go into effect Monday for 80% of the Phoenix's trash, garbage and green organic pickup customers.
10 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

Arizonan sentenced for Vegas-based scheme targeting migrants

An Arizona man who convinced recent immigrants from to pay him thousands of dollars each to help them gain U.S. citizenship has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.
1 day ago
(Twitter Photo/@MesaPD)...
KTAR.com

Mesa driver taken to hospital after vehicle strikes pole, crashes into canal

A driver in Mesa was taken to the hospital after their vehicle struck a street light and crashed into an irrigation canal Saturday.
1 day ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Arizona man sentenced for threatening a Social Security judge

A Willcox man has received a more than 25-month sentence for threatening to assault a federal employee on Monday.
1 day ago
(Facebook photo/City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department)...
Tom Kuebel

Papago Park in Phoenix introduces ADA-approved fishing dock

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department introduced a new fishing dock approved by guidelines set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
...
Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
Holiday meal planners: Avoid foods guests may be sensitive to