What’s in Nut Free Wok’s Cupboard? Nut-Free Ingredients

Photo of Sharon's cupboard, find out what's inside

I am often asked what nut free ingredients do I use for my recipes and I’ve compiled them in this list. Use it as a guide but verify allergen safety before buying or using. (This is a mom approved shopping list for my husband and sons!)

This post was updated on 2/25/2024.

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Moving from San Francisco to the Bay Area suburbs limited my access to Asian ingredients even though there are a few Asian supermarkets within a 10 mile radius. The turnover of stock, variety of selection, and ability to find unusual ingredients are just not the same as buying groceries in Chinatown, “New Chinatown” in the Richmond district’s Clement street, or even the Sunset district’s Irving street or Noriega street where there are large clusters of Asian markets, restaurants, produce stores, and fish and meat markets. Adding the limitations of food allergies just adds to the need to be creative and resourceful, improvising with substitutions, or making some items from scratch.

Important Allergen Safety Reminders

I’m often asked what brand of   *insert ingredient*   do I recommend, which is a very challenging question for me to answer as I am keenly aware that we all have different allergens, react to them in different ways, have different comfort levels about cross contact, and live in different regions where product availability may vary.

Additionally, food manufacturers are not required to disclose allergen advisories which alert us to the possibility of cross-contact and they have the right to change manufacturing processes and ingredients at any time.

If you decide to refer to this list, you must read the ingredient labels carefully, follow up with the manufacturers regarding any specific questions, and consult with your medical care team as needed. Listed below are some brands that produce Asian food ingredients as well as other supermarket brands that I use and keep in my cupboard and pantry because it’s what I’ve always used or a healthier or allergy safe version.

It’s important to note that everyone’s reactions ranges from sensitivities or intolerances to severely life threatening anaphylactic allergies. This list only attempts to share products that I use when cooking for my family, either I have used them for years without any problems or have contacted the manufacturer at some point.

However, manufacturers may change their production at any time and the list below may not necessarily be timely or accurate.  Some brands are top 8 or 9 allergen free, some are nut free, some are made on shared equipment but are thoroughly cleaned and allergen tested.

You are responsible to read and re-read the labels, follow up with your own research to decide whether these ingredients and brands are safe and appropriate for you or your loved ones before using. Discuss any questions you may have with your medical provider.

What's in Nut Free Wok's Cupboard

Asian Noodles (dry): 

  • BGreen Foods – Organic, non-GMO, ancient grains, free of top 8 allergens and gluten free. I spoke with the owner of the company and felt reassured about the allergen safety of their products. I was surprised by the ease to cook the noodles and enjoyable texture and taste.
  • Dynasty’s Maifun Rice Sticks confirmed that this specific product only has no cross contact with peanuts, tree nuts, eggs or shellfish (per email, I did not ask them about other allergens). Available in large supermarkets and distributed by JFC, which is very responsive to allergen questions.
  • Per JFC FAQ: The Dynasty Maifun Rice Sticks and the Dynasty Saifun Bean Threads do not contain egg, fish, shellfish, milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy or sesame seeds. They do not share equipment with products that contain any of the nine allergens.
  • Flying Horse Rice Noodles (distributed by Walong, available at 99 Ranch) – confirmed to be nut free via email. Read more details on my Beef Chow Fun recipe.
  • Three Ladies rice noodles, it’s considered a name brand and has a phone number listed on the packaging. I recently call them and confirmed that their products are made in a rice only facility.
  • Most packaged rice noodles will be allergen free. However, be careful of rice noodles you find at non-Asian grocery stores. I once found a rice noodle product made from brown rice but it had an allergen advisory printed on it, possibly because the company also makes some flavored noodle soup products.
  • Hakubaku – Hakubaku makes organic Asian dry noodles such as ramen, soba, and somen; made on shared equipment with wheat flour, egg powder, soy flour, and buckwheat powder (Q5 in the FAQ). I’ve been using this product for over 20 years and it just happens to be organic as well. Affiliate link, about $3 in stores and online.
  • Wel-Pac – Japanese Soba Noodles (sku # 0-11152-21742-0) and Wel-Pac Japanese Udon Noodles (sku # 0-11152-09939-0) are labelled that they are made in the same facility as soy, egg, and wheat. Confirmed via email that the only other allergen present in the facility is buckwheat. I decided to try this product because it’s a little less expensive than Hakubaku and might be distributed in regular supermarkets.
  • Potato Starch Noodles – See my recipe for Delicious Beef Japchae, A Korean Glassy Noodle Stir Fry

Asian Noodles & Dumpling Skins  (refrigerated or frozen):

Most fresh noodles and dumpling skins are local products, so it’s very important to read the ingredient labels carefully due to variations in production. Typical allergens include wheat, egg, or soy but generally do not include nuts or milk. I recommend looking at other products from the same manufacturer to see if any of their products contain other allergens you are avoiding.

I like the convenience of packaged dumpling skins for their ease of use and consistency but they contain preservatives and some contain yellow food dyes (I avoid). I haven’t found an organic or preservative free product yet and have tried making dumpling skins from scratch. I finally mastered making potstickers from scratch.

If the products are still within your comfort level, follow up with a phone call or email to confirm regarding allergens. Be patient, as the concept of food allergies might not be well understood and cross-contact even less so. I once had a representative at a noodle company sharply say to me “There are no peanuts in noodles!!! Why are you asking?!??” which I find amusing and frustrating at the same time.

  • Dong Huong Rice Valley – they mainly make fresh rice noodle sheets that can be used for noodle stir fries such as Beef Chow Fun. They are nut free but some products contain soy oil, wheat starch, or shrimp, so there is the potential for cross contact of those ingredients. There are other brands available in the Bay Area, but I always buy this one because it seems to be fresh and soft to the touch when I find them in stores.
  • Dynasty fresh potsticker (or wonton) skins are very thin and great for making Japanese gyoza or Chinese Potstickers. I tried this product because it does not include egg in the ingredients but it might be made on shared equipment with eggs. This product is distributed by JFC which will be able to provide allergen information upon request.
  • Han Asia Korean Rice Cakes per email with Walong Marketing “Regarding (Item # 1683437) is not cross contaminated with any peanuts, tree nuts, diary, eggs, soy, fish or shellfish. Since it is made with 100% rice, it is also wheat-free and does not come in cross contact with that either.”
  • New Hong Kong Noodles is a well established San Francisco based company with fairly wide distribution. They make only wheat based noodles and dumpling skins, some with egg and some without egg. I was told by phone that they do not use any ingredients containing peanut and tree nuts. I mainly buy their potsticker skins which do not contain egg but are made in shared facilities with egg.
  • Sun Noodles is a Hawaii based noodle manufacturer and well known for their packaged fresh ramen with soup base that is served in restaurants. I’ve purchased them in Japanese supermarkets as well as Maui’s Costco. The organic version is worth the premium price if you can find it. If you live near a Nijiya store, they carry a store brand version of organic ramen noodles that contains Sun Noodles’ soup base. Noodles are free of peanut and tree nut but some noodles contain egg and the soup base contains soy.

Broth & Bouillon:

  • Better than Bouillon: creamy paste, very delicious, I use it as a flavoring. It is free of peanuts and tree nuts (except any potential cross contact with coconut will be labelled). Their products might contain other allergens, read the ingredient label and the allergen statement carefully.
  • ***Caveat/Update***: Del Monte acquired Kitchen Basics and their allergen statement on their website basically says, check the label. See Tanie’s comment below which indicates that Kitchen Basics no longer tests their broth for allergens. I have sent an email to Del Monte for further clarification and will share what I find out.
  • Massel: products are free from common allergens including gluten. Confirmed via email that their products are nut free, read their FAQ.

Fish Sauce:

Flour & Starches:

Our family is mainly nut-free but sometimes I will use gluten free flours to learn how to make gluten free Asian fare and I do have a couple of gluten free recipes: Chinese New Year Cake and Top 8 Free Scallion Pancakes. There are many wonderful websites that write about gluten free in detail much better than I can and the following are what I use in my nut-free kitchen.


  • Rapunzel – Organic, information from ingredient label: made from non-GMO corn and produced in a facility that also processes wheat, gluten, dairy and soy. (Disclosure: I received coupons when I contacted the distributor for more allergen information.) However the distributor wasn’t able to provide additional information beyond what was on the label. I use cornstarch in stir fries as well as my recipe for Olive Oil Orange Chiffon Cake.

Rice Flour: 

  • Erawan – I’ve used this brand (with a picture of 3 elephants) forever without issue but there is no way to call, write, or contact them. However, this is considered a name brand so I feel comfortable mentioning them even without confirmation that they are nut free. Note that Asian flours and starches are sometimes color coded. Red print on the package is for rice flour (for savory rice cakes), green print is for glutinous rice flour (for sweets and desserts, sometimes to add a chewy texture to other dishes), and blue print is for tapioca starch.
  • Flying Horse – this is 99 Ranch’s store brand and I’ve confirmed via email that the rice and tapioca flours are peanut and tree nut free. The packaging is remarkably similar to Erawan, using the same color coding.

Tapioca Flour or Tapioca Starch:

  • Erawan – see above
  • Flying Horse – see above

Wheat Flour:

  • King Arthur – Their signature flours are made in a wheat only facility. Love their comprehensive allergen statement.
  • Gold Medal – According to General Mill’s allergen statement, they label products with a May Contain warning if a product is not safe for an allergen.

Wheat Starch:

There is only one wheat starch that I know of and Red Lantern packed by Hip Sang Cheung. It’s also another product that is impossible to contact the manufacturer. People with wheat or gluten allergies can substitute with potato starch, which might take some tinkering to get the recipe just right (which I did in this rice noodle roll recipe).


  • Ajishima Foods, distributed by JFC – Furikake sprinkles typically will have some combination of seaweed plus sesame, wheat, fish, egg, shellfish but no nuts and no dairy. I would avoid all furikake in general if one has allergies to sesame, wheat, fish, egg, or shellfish. If allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and/or dairy, I recommend contacting JFC to verify safety before using.


Mirin is a sweet rice wine used in Japanese cooking. I have used a variety of brands without issue and will update as I confirm with the different companies.

I contacted Kikkoman about their Manjo Aji Mirin and apparently it’s manufactured by another company. JFC distributes this product and they were able to confirm that out of the top 8 allergens, only wheat (and gluten) were present in the facility. I don’t love it because it contains high fructose corn syrup, which is an ingredient we try to avoid when possible.

Eden Foods Mirin does not contain HFCS and is considered gluten free. There’s no specific information regarding whether this product is free of cross contact with nuts but they do share their allergen policy in the FAQ for your consideration.

Nut Butter Alternatives:

  • Don’t Go Nuts (soy): my favorite brand for cooking (Lightly Sea Salted) and spreading (Chocolate). (Disclosure: they sent me samples of their products to try, my full review is still pending).
  • Sunbutter (sunflower seeds): I use sunflower seed butter as a spread, delicious peanut and tree nut free nut butter alternative. (Sunflower Seed Spread)
  • Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter: creamy, separates and requires a lot of stirring. Peanut and tree nut free, but I recommend calling Trader Joe’s customer service to verify periodically.
  • Wowbutter (soy): creamy, tastes a lot like peanut butter. (Wowbutter)
  • 88 Acres: They make a variety of seed butters, including a chocolate sunflower and pumpkin.


Olive oil:

  • Kirkland Extra Virgin Olive Oil (item # 692731), no cross contact with dairy, gluten, nuts or sesame per phone call.
  • Trader Joe’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil (sku #14669) made in an olive oil only facility, top 8 and sesame free

Sesame oil:

  • Kadoya – made in a sesame only facility, per email. Delicious and easy to find in many Asian markets and on Amazon (affiliate).
  • Kevala made in a sesame only facility, per email. I haven’t tried this product because I haven’t seen it locally and have access to good sesame oil in my local stores. They are peanut free but produce other products using tree nuts, including coconut in a coconut only facility.
  • Kuki – made in a sesame only facility, read more in my write up from the Fancy Food Show
  • Maruhon – made in a sesame only facility, my favorite brand before food allergies, read more in my write up from the Fancy Food Show
  • Miyake – Roasted Organic Sesame Oil, confirmed via email that they are nut free.


Caveat about buying rice and storing: I stopped buying large bags of rice due to finding weevils! I buy them in 10-15 pound bags and transfer them to airtight, thick plastic storage containers.

  • Homai (from Costco) short grain rice – I’ve been buying this rice for 20+ years without any allergen issue, unable to confirm via email.
  • Koda Farms Sweet Rice/Glutinous Rice – Top 8 free, gluten free, see allergen information posted on their website
  • Lundberg Organic Brown Rice (25# packages from Costco) – I like this brown rice, have used it for years. Per email, all of their bagged rice are milled and packaged in a rice only facility. They do make packaged rice and pasta mixes, some containing nuts, in a separate facility.
  • Nishiki Rice – processed in a rice only facility, per JFC FAQ

Rice Wine:


I believe that sauces deserve the greatest amount of scrutiny regarding nut allergens. I have found numerous products which intentionally contain peanuts or tree nuts, which I discuss in greater detail about Asian BBQ sauce. It is of utmost importance to read the ingredient labels for sauces and to check for potential cross contact by looking at nearby shelves to see if the company makes other products that contain nuts or your other allergens.

Hoisin Sauce 

  • Koon Chun – I emailed this Hong Kong based company and didn’t receive a response. I met their local distributor who told me that this company is well known for their high quality products that are free of preservatives, flavor enhancers, artificial colors, and have various food safety certifications. I also cannot find any other Koon Chun products containing peanuts or tree nuts. We’ve been using some of their products without issue. If I find out more information from their distributor, I will post an update.
  • Wok Mei – gluten free and nut free hoisin sauce (see my write up from WFFS16)
  • Caveat: possible cross-contact risk with Dynasty brand hoisin sauce. I mention this because I ran out and used it without calling and my son didn’t like the taste. Uh-oh, you know what that means. I emailed JFC and was informed that Dynasty brand hoisin sauce is made on shared equipment with peanuts and other allergens.

Oyster Sauce:

Read more details in my post about Stir Fried Iceberg Lettuce with Oyster Sauce 

  • Kikkoman – they make three different kinds of oyster sauce differentiated by red, blue, or green labels. We’ve tried the green label (no MSG)  safely but please refer to Kikkoman’s allergen information chart (shared facility but not shared equipment with peanuts).
  • Koon Chun – my new favorite, read about why in my recap of WFFS17.
  • Lee Kum Kee – they make several kinds of oyster sauces but the most popular one is the one with a lady in the boat on the label.
  • Wan Ja Shan – “Mushroom Oyster Flavored Sauce” is a vegan option made from mushrooms that is also nut free. Tastes all right, but is watery not thick. People with shellfish allergies should verify if there is any cross contact with shellfish.

Soy Sauces & Alternatives:

I personally prefer soy sauces made from organic soy beans, preservative free, and/or are naturally brewed.

  • Aloha Shoyu products – Products are all nut free, confirmed via email. They have gluten free products available but I don’t know how they limit gluten cross contact, so be sure to check before using.
  • Kikkoman also makes marinade, vinegar, seasoning mix, and soy milk; has an allergen information chart available online. My family has always used Kikkoman.
  • Lee Kum Kee: I use their products but be sure to read their labels. From their website: “Most of our products do not contain milk, nuts or peanuts…Products produced by the U.S. manufacturing facilities are free of peanuts and its derivatives. For all products made in China, peanuts and its derivatives exist in the same facilities and may share the same production lines. “
  • Wan Ja Shan sauces: No peanuts or tree nuts are used in their facilities. I like the organic versions of their product when available. Gluten free products are isolated from other product lines and tested by a third party (per email).
  • Soy Free Soy Sauce Recipe – this tastes very good when used in small amounts as seasoning. It actually turns out that this recipe works great even used in larger quantities.  Click here for recipe made from pantry staples. I also shared a recipe for beef tongue and the resulting sauce could be used as a soy-free soy sauce 2.0.

Sriracha Sauce:

Read my post about Allergy Aware Sriracha Sauce by Huy Fung. However, it seems their source for fresh chili peppers has changed and the sriracha doesn’t taste the same.

Teriyaki Sauce:

  • Aloha Shoyu Hawaiian Style Teriyaki Sauce- I used this marinade when we were in Maui, it’s a delicious marinade, I just wish it didn’t have preservatives. Nut free, confirmed via email. Too watery to use as a glaze unless you take a few minutes to reduce it or try their teriyaki glazes sweetened with various tropical fruit flavors (which I have not tried or verified regarding allergens).
  • Mr. Yoshida’s Original Gourmet Sauce – Delicious and I’ve used it for years, but read about my conversation with the manufacturer in this post. I recommend that you call the manufacturer and decide for yourself. Update: I recently called them and confirmed that they are nut-free and sesame-free!
  • Wan Ja Shan – Teriyaki sauce is made in a facility without peanuts or tree nuts. Fine to use as a marinade, not thick enough to be a glaze without reducing for a few minutes.
  • Teriyaki recipeSharon’s Teriyaki Marinade Recipe: Easy, Delicious, & Nut Free Recipe this is the best option if you want to be certain about allergen cross-contact using safe, basic ingredients and/or avoid preservatives, HFCS, etc..
  • Iron Chef Sauces have been recommended by Nut Free Wok readers because the label indicates the sauces are made in a peanut and tree nut free facility. I found them locally and love the taste. But I am unable to verify safety with the manufacturer. Be sure to read the labels and/or contact the manufacturer before buying or consuming.

Yakisoba Sauce

  • Otafuku Sauces (Japanese) – see my recipe for Yakisoba for more information

Seasonings, Spices, and Herbs: 

Seaweed products:

  • Yamamoto – nori sheets for making sushi, from a nut free facility. However they sometimes use a teriyaki sauce that contains soy sauce in their roasted seaweed processing room. “The allergens in soy sauce are almost undetectable amount, and we have an allergen control program to avoid possible cross contamination.” (per email).
  • Ocean’s Halo – nori sheets and nori snacks. Their sheets are nut-free when I first reviewed them at at WFFS17: New Nut Free Food Finds & FSMA. What’s notable about them is that their nori stays fresh in an unopened package.
  • Read more about ingredients needed to make sushi in my post about making avocado and cucumber rolls.

Rice Vinegar:

  • Kikkoman  – free of the top 8 allergens and more per allergen chart on their website
  • Marukan – peanut and tree nut free, also free of top 8 allergens per email. However, gluten free readers need to be aware that they think the fermentation process removes the gluten.

Food Show Finds

Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo (2014)

Unfortunately many of the companies that I met are no longer in business, and these posts will need an update.

  1. Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo Recap
  2. Allergy Aware Asian Fare Highlights
  3. Yummy Sweet Treats
  4. Yummy Crunchy Munchies and Other Savory Delights

Winter Fancy Food Show

These posts were updated and checked in 2023.

  1. Allergy Friendly Nut Free Products at the Winter Fancy Food Show
  2. Nut Free Portable Munchables, foods that are perfectly nut-free for snacks, travel, and emergency supplies 
  3. Gourmet Nut Free Foods, foods and ingredients to cook and prepare
  4. Allergy Aware Asian Fare at WFFS15
  5. Good Eats, with Allergy Caveats WFFS15
  6. Nut-Free #WFFS16 Fantastic Food Finds
  7. WFFS17: New Nut Free Food Finds & FSMA
  8. Nut Free Food Finds at WFFS18
  9. What’s Nut Free at the Winter Fancy Food Show 2019
  10. Nut Free Wok At Winter Fancy Food Show 2020

15 Favorite Allergy Friendly Food Reviews and Recap of 2015

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Welcome to Nut Free Wok, a blog about Allergy Aware Asian Fare. I hope that you will find my food allergy mom experiences helpful and enjoyable to read as I write about recipes, cooking techniques, Asian ingredients, and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues. My professional experiences include education, teaching, and a little bit of science and computers. Thank you for visiting! ~Sharon Wong, M.Ed.


  1. Love this !!! I’m going to keep
    It forever!! Of course I’ll do my own research
    As well for our personal food allergies, but this
    List is AMAZING!! Thank you so much Sharon Wong!!
    You’re the best!!!??❤️❤️❤️

    • Awesome, Lori!!! I’m so glad you like it. I hope it’s helpful to you and let me know if you find anything surprising. Enjoy and thanks for being such an enthusiastic reader, I appreciate you so much!! 🙂

    • Thanks Brandy, I can’t wait to add more to the list. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some…we have been remodeling and I’ve been getting by with just the minimum of ingredients in our house. I hope the list is helpful for your friends and family!

  2. This is so awesome–thank you!! This has been the hardest type of food for me to figure out. My 6 year old son is ana to fish/shellfish/peanuts/tree nuts/sesame. But I miss it so we limp along with orange chicken and fried rice but hopefully will be able to add more in. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  3. This is so awesome–thank you!! This has been the hardest type of food for me to figure out. My 6 year old son is ana to fish/shellfish/peanuts/tree nuts/sesame. But I miss it so we limp along with orange chicken and fried rice but hopefully will be able to add more in. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • You’re welcome, Aimee. My younger son had 30+ food allergies (including shellfish and sesame, both of which he outgrew) at one point so I cooked from scratch a lot. Everything on the list should provide you with information regarding whether they are peanut or tree nut free, but please always double check regarding fish, shellfish, and sesame (and any other allergens).

  4. Thank you for all your hard work. It is so extremely helpful! We are developing new allergies and soy is one, chicken another so I am appreciating all the ideas of safe brands and substitutions. We love you!!

  5. I am dying to eat Thai food again. Do you know of any sauces like light soy sauce or sweet soy sauce that are safe? How about curry blends or coconut milk? Sorry to bother you with this.

    • I miss eating Thai food too! I stick to trusted brands and modify their sauces as needed: Wan Jai does not use any nuts in their facility, San-J and Lee Kum Kee do use nuts but they also use allergen testing, Kikkoman provides an allergen chart on their website. Lots of great options to suit everyone’s comfort level. 🙂 I would not recommend any curry blends unless one can verify with the manufacturer. Almost all of the Thai curry blends in my local stores have allergen advisories on their labels and the distribution of products can vary greatly. Instead, I would refer to one of the safe coconut milks and mix it with individual spices from nut free spice companies as listed in this blog post.

    • I had the same question. I just called the THAI KITCHEN folks and they assured me that they do not have cross-contamination. They also have a downloadable PDF of their allergens:

      ..and claimed that although the chart is dated 2009, it is still up to date.

      That said, the truth is Thai Kitchen products, or at least their curry pastes, are not the greatest flavor-wise! I wish the other Thai brands had more clear allergen information.

      • Hi Yuko, that’s so great that Thai Kitchen has their allergen chart available online. At the very least people can determine which products do not contain their allergens intentionally and discuss further re: the potential for cross contact. I would love to learn more about what they do to prevent cross-contact. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. Hi Sharon,

    Thanks so much for making it easier for this mom to navigate food allergies for her Thai kids. Do you use tofu in the kitchen? is there a specific brand?


    • I use Trader Joe’s organic tofu, it’s pretty easy to confirm via their customer service by phone. I think most fresh tofu packed with water in a box should be safe (call to confirm). The only tofu that I’ve found that is NOT pn/tn safe are the ones in the aespetic packages (like a juice box).

  7. I want to have this entire Cupboard Ingredients post tattooed on my arms. SO HELPFUL! Making Chinese food safe for my PN/TN ana son has been the most difficult challenge for my family. I’m so grateful to have a guide to refer to when shopping the Chinese grocery aisles. Thank you so much for this road map, Sharon!!

  8. I am so happy to have found you! As a Asian American mom of a toddler with food allergies, I was worried I couldn’t introduce Asian food to my toddler. Now I know I can and be worry-free!

  9. Do you know if kam-Yen-Jan- Chinese-Style-Sausage is made in a nut free and peanut free facility? No cross contamination?

    • I can’t remember if I’ve contacted them or not, so I recommend reaching out to them directly. I’ve used it without any concerns and generally meat products have stringent rules about cleanliness so I think the risk is minimal. But for your peace of mind, reach out to them.

  10. Sharon, can you recommend both a Shaoxing @ine, as well as, a Chinkiang Black Vinegar brand you can recommend for my pn/tn allergic son? Coconut is okay. Many thanks, Amy

    • Hi Amy, I have found a Taiwanese rice wine that I like very much and was able to confirm re: allergen cross contact. https://nutfreewok.com/how-to-choose-an-allergy-friendly-chinese-rice-wine/ I haven’t been able to confirm re: any shaoxing wines, partly because it’s much more difficult to track down the manufacturer and b/c pre-food allergies, I knew my kids didn’t like the taste, maybe they detected some allergen cross-contact or maybe they didn’t like the flavors of the added spices. I recently found a black vinegar that I like very much but I haven’t confirmed the allergens with the manufacturer, however it’s a very famous and reputable Hong Kong company. I can email you a photo and let’s both contact them and see what they say.

  11. HI there! I found your blog a LONG time ago and have been really impressed with the wealth of information that you have for all of us with allergies, particularly peanut and tree nut. Your pantry has been SO helpful for us. I do want to pass on the information that I have received as of today re: KITCHEN BASIC stocks. The brand is now owned by Del Monte Foods. I had reached out to them regarding that change in the packaging ( no longer an allergen panel on the side stating that they test ppm for allergens ) I received word back from the Del Monte Consumer Affairs Manager in Pennsylvania. The reason they removed the side allergen testing panel is because they no longer do that testing at all. He stated that they do not have peanuts in the plant and that the Kitchen Basics products do not contain peanuts. BUT they do run them on lines that contain other allergens and they will randomly run tests on some of the equipment if allergen products are run before the Kitchen Basics stocks are. Sadly, not clean enough for us but I thought you should be aware of this big change! Thanks again for all you do!

    • Thank you for your update!! I had heard a few years ago from a company that sells a nut milk/creamer product in the aseptic packages that there are only a few of those manufacturers in the country! It’s very likely that aseptic packages might have allergen-cross contact so it’s important to find out if the company does allergen testing of the final products. I’m literally making chicken broth right now as I type….

      • You are most welcome! Allergy families need to look out for one another! And yes, I started making chicken stock and beef stock as soon as I got off the phone with Del Monte. I figure I can get enough made at one time to fill up the freezer. Del Monte’s very casual attitude about discontinuing the KITCHEN BASICS previous final-stage allergen testing at 5 ppm gave me the nudge to get cracking in the kitchen right away! In a few months I’ll get to work on turkey stock, too! Oh, you might want to update the list above since the allergen testing no longer applies! Thanks again for everything you do for us allergy peeps!

        • Thanks, I added a caveat for now and emailed Del Monte. I’ll write a separate post if I find out more information. I understand that sometimes it’s unavoidable to manufacture on shared equipment but at least allergen test the final products so that consumers can make an informed decision.

          • Exactly! It was that allergen panel on the side of the old Kitchen Basics box, made by McCormick, that gave me peace of mind with the 5ppm allergen testing. Maybe you will get more information out of Del Monte than I did! Fingers crossed!

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