Archives for: October 2002, 09
Yes, it's tough to find commercial milks and condiments which aren't laden with one no-no or another ~~ if you don't make your own. Nonsecretor Os have the worst time of it in the middle supermarket aisles, but everyone faces this challenge. Following the blood type diets means we end up purchasing more whole foods for preparation at home than we used to... or at least choose very simple dishes and eschew most sauces when eating out or buying prepared food.
Some brands of soy milk, for example, have been reported as having organic ingredients in a soybeans-and-water only formula. However, a recommended national brand can actually vary in ingredients from place to place, and the formula can be changed from time to time without notice. Several people ran into this problem with one brand's Ezekiel 4:9 bread. There are avoid-free varieties among brands of soy milk (Westbrae Natural, last I checked), ketchup (Muir Glen Organic), etc., but not necessarily for nonsecretors -- so it comes down to what the product actually contains when you buy it at your local store. Read every label, even when you've bought the same product before.
This is the main reason why we have milk and condiment recipes in RECIbase and scattered through the archives. A websearch can turn up loads of adaptable recipes, as well. I make salad dressing about twice a month, with fresh organic ingredients, and it takes five minutes and far less money than an off-the-shelf product. It is not complicated to make soy, rice or almond milk in small amounts, to be consumed within a few days. Mustard and mayonnaise are simple and quick to make, and last for weeks. While it can be difficult at first, persistence pays off in the quality of your food and the enjoyment of preparing and eating it. Adapting recipes can become second nature after a while, and a great source of pleasure. You may discover a culinary talent you never suspected! And over time, your collection of tried-and-true recipes will grow, and provide the basis for more experimentation. It's all a matter of getting started. :-)