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Almond Flour / Ground Almonds / Blanched Almond Meal (white)

Almond Flour is almonds that are ground after the skins have been removed, and they are creamy-white in color.  Almonds with the skins removed are also called Blanched Almonds.  I use almond flour (ground almonds, blanched almond flour) a lot in baked goods.  Almond flour is not regularly available in most grocery stores in the US, although it is sold in all supermarkets as ground almonds and / or blanched almond meal in the UK and Australia.  Because it is not easy to find in regular stores in the US, and because I get through huge quantities as I develop and test new recipes for you, I buy it online and in bulk because it’s a lot cheaper per pound that way.  I store it in the freezer.  The brand I use is Honeyville, because it is the best there is in the US.  I buy the 25lb box, but it is also available in smaller quantities.  You can also purchase almond flour in several stores that have the bulk-buy bins – PCC, Whole Foods, etc.  iHerb:  almond flour  Amazon: almond flour

 

Almond Meal / Natural (or Raw) Almond Flour (speckled brown and white)

Almond Meal is almonds that are ground with the skins still on, and they are speckled white and brown in color.  You cannot swap these in recipes that call for almond flour as the skins have a material effect on the result, so make sure you use the kind that a recipe states.  Almond meal is readily available online.  In the US you can buy it at Trader Joe’s and many regular grocery stores, especially those with bulk bins.  You may also find it called Natural or Raw Almond Flour.  Amazon: almond meal

 

Avocado Oil / Avocado Oil Spray

Avocado oil is a great oil for cooking because it is extremely stable when heated and can withstand very high temperatures.  It is full of omega-3 fatty acids and has a very light flavor, so whatever you use it with not be altered by the taste of the oil.  It is readily available online.  iHerb:  avocado oil  Amazon: avocado oil

Avocado oil is also available as a spray, for handy dandy prep of baking trays and anywhere else you would use a spray oil.  Amazon: avocado oil spray

 

Cocoa Powder / Cacao

Cocoa Powder is roasted cocoa beans, with much of the cocoa butter removed, ground into a powder – not to be confused with hot chocolate mix or sweetened cocoa powder.  Because I am a chocolate snob and a pastry chef I use Valrhona cocoa powder – it is the best in the world – and I buy it online in bulk because it is a lot cheaper that way.  Other brands of cocoa powder are readily available online.  You can also find cocoa powder in most regular grocery stores.  Just be careful to check the label and only buy unsweetened.  iHerb:  cocoa powder  Amazon: cocoa powder

 

Coconut Flour

Used to partially replace wheat flours in baking, coconut flour is a tricky little devil, and needs care when using, because it sucks up water like blotting paper and can make a big mess of your baking. Use it cautiously unless you have a great recipe that you know works.  Swapping out coconut flour for wheat flour or almond flour will almost always end in tears otherwise. A little goes a very long way, so I wouldn’t buy too much at one time.  Keep it in the freezer.  iHerb:  coconut flour  Amazon: coconut flour

 

Coconut Milk – THICK / Coconut Cream / Cream of Coconut

Thick Coconut Milk aka Coconut Cream or Cream of Coconut is coconut meat made into a thick, creamy paste.  It gets tricky because coconut milk and coconut cream seem to have a huge variety of meanings to different people.  When I include “thick coconut milk” in a recipe I am referring to the coconut milk that comes in a can and is extremely thick, and it is unsweetened.  If you open the can without shaking it, you have an almost solid white mass with some clear “water” on the top.  You can find other brands in regular grocery stores, and also in specialty stores such as Asian and Indian.  I use Thai Kitchen brand.  Amazon: thick coconut milk

 

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the #1 oil for cooking.  It is very stable when heated and does not taste of coconut, although you will doubt that until you’ve tried it because it smells heavily of coconut.  Coconut oil is packed with MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) which are highly beneficial to our bodies.  It is readily available online.  You can buy coconut oil in most grocery stores.  Check the cooking oil section, or the natural food section.  Amazon: coconut oil

 

Coconut Oil Spray

Coconut Oil Spray is used to grease baking trays and dishes for baking.  It is readily available online.  You can also buy this is regular grocery stores and you will find it along with the other baking oil sprays.  Amazon: coconut oil spray

 

Egg Whites – powdered

Absolutely the easiest and cheapest way to get egg whites is to use them in powdered form.  They are readily available online.  Reconstituted they work exactly like regular egg whites  – they even make great meringue – except you don’t have to crack them and separate them, and you don’t get left with a whole pile of egg yolks.  iHerb:  egg white powder  Amazon: egg white powder

 

Erythritol

Erythritol is a natural sweetener to replace sugar. There are many erythritol “blends” on the market now, such as Swerve and Kim does specify Swerve in some of her recipes. I typically use Now brand erythritol. iHerb:  erythritol   Amazon:  erythritol

 

Extracts / essences

Extracts and essences are concentrated natural flavors – the base used is typically either alcohol or oil – that allow the addition of a whole lot of flavor without adding a whole ton of stuff.  Extracts are regulated and required to be made from things that were once alive and kicking, so extracts are not a chemical s*** storm like imitation flavors.  My go-to source for extracts is Olive Nation, which you can get for the same price from Amazon but without the shipping. Amazon: extracts

 

Gelatin

Amazon: Gelatin

 

Glucomannan Powder

Glucomannan Powder or Konjac Flour is a fiber made from Konjac Root and it is my go-to thickener instead of corn starch (cornflour) or wheat flour in sauces and gravies.  It is readily available online.  You use much less glucomannan than you would use corn starch or flour, so a little goes a very long way.  iHerb:  konjac/glucomannan  Amazon: konjac/glucomannan

 

Glycerin / glycerine

Glycerin is a sugar alcohol that has a negligible glycemic load, being digested differently to regular sugars.  Glycerin is 60% as sweet as regular sugar, and derived from fats, typically coconut if it is vegetable glycerin.  Glycerin performs wizardry in recipes where it is included.  Yes, I know you are a little wary of strange ingredients you haven’t used before, but you cannot swap out or leave out the glycerin from a recipe and still get a successful result.  The recipes that use it rely on it to do their thing. I use vegetable glycerin in my recipes – make sure it is food grade – which is readily available online if you cannot find it in local stores.  In stores it’s best to just ask because sometimes it is with the skin care, sometimes it is with the supplements, sometimes with the first aid, and sometimes in the pharmacy.  This stuff gets around a bit. I use Now brand. iHerb:  vegetable glycerine  Amazon: vegetable glycerine

 

Guar Gum

Guar Gum is an emulsifier and thickener.  It is readily available online.  In the US you can find it in a lot of grocery stores now.  It is not cheap, but you use tiny amounts in recipes so it will last you a long, long time.  Store in an air-tight jar.  iHerb:  guar gum  Amazon: guar gum

 

Jams

Nature’s Hollow is the brand of jams recommended and used in Kim’s recipes.

 

Konjac Flour

See Glucomannan Powder (above).  iHerb:  konjac/glucomannan  Amazon: konjac/glucomannan

 

Pork Panko

Amazon: pork panko

 

Psyllium Powder

Amazon: psyllium powder

 

Stevia Glycerite

Amazon: stevia glycerite

 

Swerve

Erythritol is a natural sweetener to replace sugar. There are many erythritol “blends” on the market now, such as Swerve and Kim does specify Swerve in some of her recipes. Amazon: Swerve

 

Xanthan Gum

Xanthan Gum is a thickener and stabilizer.  It is readily available online.  In the US you can find it in a lot of grocery stores – PCC, Whole Foods, Safeway, IGA, etc.  It is not cheap, but you use tiny amounts in recipes so it will last you a long, long time.  Store in an air-tight jar.  iHerb:  xanthan gum  Amazon:  xanthan gum

 

Xylitol

Xylitol is a natural sweetener to replace sugar.  It is readily available online.  I buy it in bulk because I get through so much of it in recipe development that it is a lot cheaper per pound that way.  Make sure that you get xylitol that is made from birch bark and not corn.  I typically use Xyla brand xylitol.  NOTE: Like chocolate, xylitol is harmful to dogs, so please be sure to keep any xylitol-containing goodies away from them!  iHerb:  xylitol   Amazon:  xylitol