Thanks to a comment I received from Jami, here’s some info on where to buy the various products in the recipes:
Dairy Free Margarines can be bought from most supermarkets and are found amongst the other margarines. We use BECEL, but NUTTELEX is also dairy free. Make sure you read the ingredients, as there are some products you would assume are dairy free like “Olive Oil Margarine” actually has dairy in it.
Chocolate Chips – some dark chocolate contains no milk – but you need to read the packs. I have found the CADBURY DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS have no dairy – however it “MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF MILK“. I purchased these at a Coles or Safeway (Woolworths) – although some stores don’t seem to carry them. The Max Brenner Chocolate chain also have milk free dark chocolate chips… however I don’t know if they contain traces, so if this is an issue you will need to check with the store.
Soy Chocolate/Soy Choc Chips – Soy chocolate is available in the Health section of the supermarket. We would often buy one in a purple wrapper. Bella loved it. Health Food shops also carry this line and have more variety, though I found them more expensive too. I have not used Soy Chocolate Chips but would suggest a health food shop. Around Easter you can find Soy Easter eggs and bunnies in Health Food Shops and larger supermarkets.
Soy Ice-cream – try SOY GOOD from the supermarket. So far all the kids who’ve tried it (even dairy eating ones) love this stuff! We also discovered the Soy Delicious brand. Turtle Mountain, who produce the range have a brilliant approach to managing and testing for contamination – check them out here. If only there were more companies like this one!!! Plus the ice-cream is awesome. (Not that a two year old would appreciate it)
Egg-replacer – I bought “ORGRAN EGG REPLACER” at the supermarket. I asked the shop assistants and they told me they didn’t think they had any. It was in the Health Food section. I would assume that a decent Health Food Shop would also stock this.
Soy Milk – We use Vitasoy Calci-plus. They have a fresh version and a long life version. The fresh is much nicer, but the long life is handy for the emergency situation. I think the calcium enriched version tastes better – plus I think the added calcium is a must for dairy free kids. The picture below is the Calci-plus low fat – not our preferred option but all that was available. The normal Calci-plus is purple.
Soy Butter – I buy Soy Butter from the supermarket. I think its in the health food section near the other nut butters like cashew butter and almond butter. I imagine this would be available from Health Food shops too.
Improver – I used the standard baking flour improver purchased from the flour/baking area in the supermarket. I don’t have any in the cupboard at the moment. I think it was in little sachets??
We have just had a “Macro” supermarket open up near us, and it has proven to be a great source of interesting, allergy free and organic/bio-dynamic food. Pete shops there regularly. They have a fantastic bio-dynamic, dairy free salami that Bella adores, but it is expensive.
If I’ve missed anything out – or there is something specific you are after, please leave me a comment.
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