With Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s heading straight for us, I thought this tool from the good folks over at ConsumerSafety.org is a winner. They created free printable Holiday Allergen Cards to be used when sharing meals. One simply checks off the allergens present in the dish while acknowledging the cook. I usually end up attempting to write ingredients in my horrible chicken scratch hand-writing on a bright colored index that sticks out like a sore thumb. Therefore, the check off system is perfect. Naming the chef also allows us the opportunity to determine our comfort levels. I have some friends who are very allergen aware but have nut and seed drenched kitchens. So, even if their chocolate chip cookie ingredients appear safe for my family, knowing the kitchen of origin helps us make an educated decision.
If you follow the link to, “What’s Really in that Fruitcake” article which provides the link to print out the Holiday Allergen card, here is a portal to an interesting study, “Brand Sentiment After an Allergen Related Food Recall”. The survey is a whole other topic, but I wanted to alert you to the opportunity to share your thoughts. I took the survey and I believe it is very valuable.
Happy Cooking! Happy Baking! Most of all, happy communicating allergens (yes, that’s a thing).
Disclaimer: I was not paid to post about these fabulous cards. I’m thrilled to share solutions.