These are the best nut-free, gourmet cooking ingredients from the 2015 Winter Fancy Food Show.
Updated post on 8/17/2023 with minor edits. Also note that as of 1/1/2023 sesame is now considered a top allergen. Some are top 8 safe but I have not checked about sesame. If sesame is an allergen that you avoid, please double check all products even if they were previously considered safe.
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Nut-Free Ingredients for Cooking
I organized these nut-free food finds into different sections, savory ingredients for you to make your main dishes, sweet ingredients are perfect for snacks and breakfasts, extracts/spices for flavors, and baking ingredients, which includes pizza crusts and a gluten-free flour blend.
Savory Cooking Ingredients
- Lone Mountain Wagyu – They sell pasture raised wagyu beef (same breed as the famous Kobe beef from Japan!) with products with different cuts for different budgets, ranging from $69 per filet mignon to $12 per pound of ground beef. They ship the frozen meat in a foam cooler and lots of dry ice. Since they process only beef, they are top 8 allergen free and gluten free. They sent samples of their summer sausage and ground beef and they’re so delicious, I made Wagyu Sausage Lettuce Wrap with them!
- Wild Planet – They sell a variety of fish (tuna, sardines, salmon, anchovy) and shrimp. According to their FAQ, there is no gluten or soy in their products, their products are free of additives, and low in mercury. I’ve been purchased their canned sardines at Costco a few times and was even more impressed when they sent tuna samples which were much higher in quality and better in taste compared to conventional canned tuna. This is a great option for those who do not have fish or shellfish allergies. They sent samples and I made a tuna dip, which was promptly inhaled by our family and they are so good, my son made some for breakfast the next day.
- Tolerant Foods – They make pasta from either red lentils or black beans, top 8 allergen free, organic, non-GMO, kosher, vegan, gluten free. Some people with a peanut allergy can be allergic to beans, which are in the same legume botanical family. Be sure that you or your loved ones can tolerate both black beans and red lentils before using. I will update with what I think of the taste after I cook some of the samples.
- Pitiya Foods – (formerly Pitaya Plus) This company makes Pitaya smoothie packs from dragon fruit as well as 6 other fruits. I happen to love dragon fruit and buy it once in awhile when they’re fresh at the Asian market, see my dragon fruit salad recipe, so delicous! The added value of these smoothie packs is that they are frozen and ready to use and made from the red ones which might have more antioxidants than the white ones. Their products are vegan, dairy free, gluten free and kosher. Since I originally wrote about them in 2015, they have added a coconut product which they process in a different season from their other products and they have an allergen management protocol to reduce cross-contact risks. Top 9 allergen free (including sesame), except for coconut.
- Belgian Boys – Packaged liege waffle, waffle chips, crepes and pancakes are all made in a facility free from nuts. They definitely look fabulous and one of my favorite brands to sample over the years! They do have a stroup waffle (a waffle cookie) that is made on shared equipment with nuts in a different facility. Add some fruit, yogurt, and/or syrup and breakfast is ready.
- Nielsen Massey – Top 8 Allergen free, gluten free, GMO free, and kosher extracts and related vanilla products. I was concerned their Pure Almond Extract which their representatives were very thorough and patient to help me understand that the almond extract is nut free because it consists of bitter almond oil, derived from stone fruit pits. I can’t wait to try their samples and share a more thorough review at a later time.
- Spicely – Organic, non-GMO, top 8 allergen free herbs and spices in little green boxes. At the show, I discovered they make allergy safe tea and chocolate as well. I buy and use their 5 spice powder in my recipes for BBQ Pork Char Siu and 5 Spice Chicken in a Slow Cooker. They do sell sesame and other seeds, but have an allergen management program in place. Please contact them if you have questions.
- Lite House – They sent some instantly fresh herbs samples which are all made in an herbs only facility, therefore their line of herbs are top 8 allergen free. I will share a review about the herbs in a separate post. All of their products are made in a peanut and tree nut free facility and as an example, their Thai Peanut salad dressing is made from sunflower seeds but some of their dressings do contain other allergens, be sure to read their labels carefully. I used their lemongrass for a ribeye steak marinade!
- Salt Works – They make gourmet flavored salts and for every product you can see their Certificate of Authenticity and Kosher Certification, top 9 allergen free. I walked by this booth several times before I finally stopped to take a look, I’m so glad I noticed them. Possibly only available for wholesale purchase.
- Smart Flour – They make gluten-free pizzas and pizza crusts. All of their pizzas are wheat, gluten, and soy free. Their facilities do not use peanuts or tree nuts but are not certified nut free. The premade pizzas are topped with dairy but the crusts are dairy free and vegan. I’ve tried samples before and they’re very good, the crust is thin and crispy, the topping is very saucy and flavorful. Because one of my sons is allergic to tomato, I’m looking forward to making some fabulous tomato free pizza for him using their crusts.
- Cup 4 Cup – They make peanut, tree nut, soy, egg, shellfish, fish, wheat, and gluten free flour blends and baking mixes. It seems easy to use as the binders helpful for gluten free baking are already included in the blend. Their products are gluten free and mostly allergen free except people with severe milk allergies need to be aware that milk is in the same facility and in some products. Call or email them if you need clarifications regarding milk allergens.
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- What’s Nut Free at the Winter Fancy Food Show 2019
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