We’ve all looked at products and thought, who thinks of these things? Or better yet, who would buy that?! I just became one of those people… I’ve seen these Dressing-2-Go portable dressing containers by Evriholder Products a bunch of times at T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s, but never understood why you would need it. It seemed that if you were packing yourself a salad for lunch that you could easily put your dressing in a mini Tupperware container and toss them both in your box. This seemed harder to wash and like it would sit in the drawer because its uses were limited. Now, I get it. Or better than I did at least.
If being gluten free simply meant removing bread, pasta and all the other obvious foods, it would be easy. It becomes hard because of all the products that wheat is hidden in. One of the biggest surprises for me at the beginning was salad dressing. While plenty of company websites tell customers if their dressings are gluten free or not, it can be a time consuming process sifting through each site. However, when you go out to eat, you don’t always know what you can get.
I’ve come across a number of situations where none of the half dozen or more dressings were gf. That’s right. None. Not even a vinaigrette that is safe. Your option? Vinegar and oil. I don’t know why this triggers me, but it does, and it makes me want to cry. I get upset by the vinegar and oil only option despite my love of the chips. I realize that it is an overreaction, but since it is my reaction, I’m sharing it. I’m not sure if it is out of anger that wheat is hidden everywhere, that a restaurant can’t keep a single option gf for people paying for the privilege of dining out or simply because I feel unnecessarily limited, but it gets me every time. A solution? The Dressing-2-Go container.
This seems like the best solution for going to restaurants that you know don’t have a specified gluten free menu. Since you’ve already pinpointed safe dressings for eating at home via websites, take it with you and use it if you need it. Going to places like diners, it is unlikely that they will know what is safe especially when it comes to condiments. This way you can at least order a salad of some sort, probably minus the fries and/or croutons, which is better than a dry salad or not eating at all. Another idea? Use it to bring your own gluten free soy sauce to sushi restaurants! The easy squeeze container is made of silicone, has a leak proof cap and is BPA free. It may not be something you use all the time, but I can see it being worth more than the $2.49 cost.