Hello! Welcome to Beyond Soy!
We are in the middle of several weeks of posts covering the basics of cooking, baking, eating, and buying soy-free food. Last week we gave some starter advice for cooking soy-free food in Cooking Soy-Free 101. This week we are talking about baking.
When we first started cooking soy-free food, Ashley and I had many struggles, false starts, and unintentional learning opportunities. We knew that we wanted to eat soy-free food, and we knew that meant that we had to cook a lot of it ourselves (at least initially).
We've learned a lot over the past few years and want to share that information with you! We know it can feel complex and complicated when first trying to bake soy-free meals. But the good news is that anyone can do it! With a little practice you can bake soy-free for yourself or others!
The five places to watch out for soy are: oils, butter, soy products, breads, and emulsifiers (chocolate, powders, non-stick spray, etc). The tips below are centered around these five areas.
- Use canola oil or olive oil.
- Don't use vegetable oil--it almost always consists of soybean oil!
- Crisco or other shortenings contain soybean oil. It is possible to get soy-free shortening!
- Use real butter!
- Margarine is often made from soybean oil.
- This isn't usually a concern in baking as soy products are rarely used.
- Avoid pre-baked goods. Almost all baked goods in a wrapper contain soy flour or soybean oil, including most brands of graham crackers. Annie's graham crackers are soy-free!
- Carefully check boxed cake and cookie mixes! Many of them contain soy.
- When in doubt, read ingredient labels! Soy isn't necessarily required to be called out as an allergen, so be sure to read the entire ingredient list.
Using the rules above, baking soy-free food shouldn’t be challenging. It just takes a little more awareness of what is in each ingredient. Baking at home is already a step in the right direction because you avoid the soy present in almost all pre-baked goods.
For more Soy-Free 101 information see our Cooking Soy-Free 101 page and check back soon for our upcoming posts!