You can’t let cold foods fool you. To eliminate the gluten in your refrigerator and freezer, use the same clues you used when finding it in the cupboard, cold gluten can be just as tricky to find.
Save time by not investigating the raw, unprocessed, naturally gluten-free foods in your refrigerator such as fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, milk in the carton, and fresh meats. You can then quickly eliminate foods such as bread, frozen pizza, cookie dough, pie crusts, dinner rolls, and leftovers made with the gluten-containing ingredients found in your cupboard, things like spaghetti and macaroni and cheese.
Other foods are not as easy to recognize. Investigate your salad dressings, condiments, sauces, all frozen dinners, pancake syrup, French fries, processed meats, sausages, and even take-out leftovers from the neighborhood Chinese restaurant. And like Rice Chex in the cupboard, watch out for ingredients where their first name is a decoy, such as soy sauce. The other ingredient in soy sauce besides water is not soy, it’s wheat!
And if you never thought dairy could contain gluten, think again. Hidden gluten can be found in dairy-based foods such as ice cream, sour cream, cottage cheese, margarine, yogurt, cheese, creamers, and whipped cream. Be even more careful with non-dairy items such as creamers, coffee flavorings, and processed cheeses. Remember, the more processed and unnatural the food, the higher the risk that it contains gluten.
Finally, look at every beverage! Beer is made from wheat and barley malt, and many canned sodas and beverages made from powdered mixes can contain hidden gluten.