I know, I know, this should be common sense to you all. And it is. Sort of.
We have recently had to move to a more dairy-free home due to allergies. I figured “no problem! I’ll just get things made with soy milk instead and it’s all good!” I set about buying the fast and easy staples (mac/cheese, frozen pizza, etc) that make for yummy weekend lunches. Or, I confess, occasionally dinners.
“YAY!” thought I. “They have frozen mac and cheeze and frozen pizza made with soy cheese! Hooray for [large chain organic foods store]!” I bought two mac/cheeses, a pizza, and sliced soy cheese.
Apparently each of these products has something called Casein or Caseinate. AKA milk protein. Just because it is non-dairy? Doesn’t mean it’s dairy free. This irritated me to no end. But this week when I went grocery shopping? It took me twice as long but I made sure that there was nothing remotely milk-related in anything I purchased.
So just a tip, to those of you with allergies: your allergen may be hidden in something you wouldn’t even think to check!
Have you ever had an experience with an allergen or other restricted food turning up unexpectedly (remember the story of the fast food restaurant whose fries were sooo awesome because they were cooked in BEEF FAT. Wonder how the vegetarians felt about that one…)?