Allergies and Bakeries: Finding the Right Bakery for your Needs
09/26/2016 08:20AM ● Published by Hood Magazine
Gluten intolerant: Find a bakery that does a wet clean on their facility and allows gluten to settle at least 12 hours before preparing any gluten free items. These baked goods should be prepared before any other items and packaged separately in clearly marked containers. There are also test kits bakeries can use to ensure that the items are in fact gluten free.
Peanut/tree nut: Find a bakery that is willing to thoroughly clean their equipment before starting your cake or cookies. Other precautions that a bakery can take include; keeping your order separate from all others and making sure to always change their gloves after handling peanuts, peanut butter, or tree nuts to avoid cross contamination.
Dairy free/egg free: Just because a bakery’s daily menu does not feature dairy free/egg free does not mean that they cannot accommodate your special request. Call the bakery and talk directly to the baker. Most will have plenty of experience making these specialty items and will be happy to fill your request.
Remember, knowing the severity of your child’s allergy is most important. For severe allergies, bakeries may not be the way to go. Even with special precautions there is always a chance of cross contamination when allergens are on premises. The best thing you can do is talk directly to the baker and understand your particular risks.