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Gluten/ dairy/ soy/ garlic-free, Vegetarian, tasty, easy. Portland-style artisan food manufacturing, with a mission to benefit autism! Read more

Portland, OR Food
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Gluten/ dairy/ soy/ garlic-free, Vegetarian, tasty, easy. Portland-style artisan food manufacturing, with a mission to benefit autism!

Portland, OR Food
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NIFTYFARE Handcakes are a cross between a veggie burger and a pancake. Frozen for your convenience, they are vegetarian, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free and garlic-free. (whew!) 

I cook thoughtfully, with attention to detail and maniacally avoiding cross-contamination. Our family has multiple food restrictions, so I GET it - labeling will always be thorough so you know exactly what you’re eating. Handcakes come 6 to a pack, and they’re fast, tasty, healthy and legume-based.

Do you know what the 3Sisters are? (The sacred Native American crops of corn/beans/squash.)
Do you know what the 3Sisters are? (The sacred Native American crops of corn/beans/squash.)

I’ve started with four flavors inspired by ethnic cuisines: Korean Hanguls, Indian Uttas, Native American 3 Sisters and Southeastern Hoppin’ Johnnies. The ingredients are locally-sourced organics whenever possible. I’ll be selling online this summer, then expand out into retail outlets that have already expressed interest and institutional/food service placements. Ingredients and other details are available on www.facebook.com/Niftyfare for now. The stand-alone website will follow soon, I promise!

Hanguls were inspired by Korean Street Food. Ginger, sesame, onion = nom!
Hanguls were inspired by Korean Street Food. Ginger, sesame, onion = nom!

Why Handcakes?  NIFTYFARE Handcakes arose from the energy and scheduling needs of a busy parent. They had to accommodate our diet restrictions without driving me insane making substitutions. This includes being garlic-free because I while I love garlic, it doesn’t love me and it’s so hard to find processed convenience foods without it. They also had to be quick to make, AND tasty enough for the kiddo. Instead of another jerky, power bar, or imitation "meat", I went back to my love of different ethnic cuisines and my vegetarian roots. With the encouragement of my family and friends, I have now decided that the world deserves to have Handcakes available in their own freezers for quick toasting and munching! 

they are thoughtfully made, joyfully eaten

Here’s the ask: I’ve taste-tested and finished product development, got enthusiastic responses at the Portland GIG Gluten-Free Fair, and now it’s time to move into a commercial kitchen and launch this dream. While I’ve actually found a naturally gluten-free kitchen (a small miracle), I still need to purchase my own equipment to avoid cross-contamination for other allergens. This is where you come in! Your contribution will pay the minimum rent on the kitchen with equipment (10 hours/week) for 6 months for the launch, get a basic packaging system with FDA-approved labels and a new food processor to replace my 12-year-old one before it bursts into smoke! I've got other stretch goals I can add once we've met the initial one, but I'm trying to be practical and take things one step at a time.

"They come in four flavors..." At the GIG Gluten-Free Fair!
"They come in four flavors..." At the GIG Gluten-Free Fair!

As NIFTYFARE grows, it will always be held to a triple bottom line: profit, sustainability and community support. Hey, it’s Portland: shipping will also be available with carbon offsets. Some of my further goals are exports, and operating a gluten-free food incubator which will support an internship program for  autistic young adults. Yes, I’ve worked in nonprofits for many many years.

So go check out the rewards, give me your feedback, make your pledge and let’s get this launched together...

Thanks for believing and eat joyfully!

(and mega thanks to my support team for their talents, hard work and patience: Ed, Bre, Ric and of course, Mom.)

FAQ

  • With your hands! No, seriously. Handcakes are cooked and then frozen. To prepare, simply put them in the toaster or toaster oven and when they're done, eat them in your hand! Other ideas are crumbling them into omelets or on top of salads, dunking them in your favorite sauce and of course our favorite: sticking them in a bowl thermos to eat for lunch. Please note that different toasters have different heat at their settings (unlike ovens, etc) so you may need to pop them down twice until you determine the best setting on your machine.

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  • I believe in complete transparency - I WANT you to know what you're eating so here's the details...

    3 Sisters

    This recipe honors Native American trio of Maize, beans and squash with black bean flour, roasted butternut squash and blue corn meal, spiced with nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon touched with local honey and pumpkin seeds. Somewhere between sweet and savory, it’s very satisfying and very blue.
    Organic squash, organic blue cornmeal, black bean flour, organic brown rice flour, water, organic red cabbage, organic honey, organic coconut oil, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sunflower oil. organic baking powder (corn starch, monosodium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate), salt, cinnamon, allspice, cloves
    CONTAINS: CORN, COCONUT serving size: 2 Handcakes. 3 servings: 240 g/8.5 oz
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    Hanguls
    Korean street food was the original inspiration for these green Handcakes. A popular flavor, the split peas with green onions, onions and cabbage are spiced with fresh ginger, white pepper and sesame seeds to feed your Seoul.
    Organic green split peas, water, organic green cabbage, organic green onions, organic onion, organic egg, ginger root, white pepper, coconut amino acid, organic sesame oil, salt, sesame seeds, organic sunflower oil
    CONTAINS: EGG, COCONUT serving size: 2 Handcakes. 3 servings: 240 g/8.5 oz
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    Uttas
    In my home, we eat a lot of Indian food, and dosas/chick pea crepes are a regular breakfast treat. These Handcakes are based on uttapams, a thicker version with shredded spinach, green onions and a curry spice combo with flax seeds for an extra crunch.
    Water, chickpea flour, organic brown rice flour, organic baking powder (corn starch, monosodium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate), organic spinach, organic green onion, organic olive oil, flax seeds, ginger, cardamom, cayenne, turmeric, coriander, cumin, salt. organic sunflower oil, flaxseeds CONTAINS: CORN serving size: 2 Handcakes. 3 servings: 240 g/8.5 oz

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    Hoppin' Johnnies
    A New Year’s tradition in the Southern US is eating Hoppin’ John, usually with bacon or ham. Our Hoppin’ Johnnies have no pork, but black-eyed peas (for luck!), with onions, roasted red peppers, with a pinch of chipotle and the smokiness of allspice.
    Organic black-eyed peas, water, organic brown rice flour, organic onions, organic sweet red pepper, organic green cabbage, organic egg, organic olive oil, sassafras root, salt,black pepper, allspice, coriander, chipotle CONTAINS: EGG serving size: 2 Handcakes. 3 servings: 240 g/8.5 oz

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    11 backers

    You get my profound thanks! Seriously, every little bit helps. Your name will also appear on the Niftyfare FB “thanks!” page.

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    7 backers

    You get a package of 6 frozen Utta (Indian) Handcakes. Yes, shipping/handling is expensive, I use dry-ice and extra packaging to get them to you still frozen, this is a split cost. (If you are local to Portland, we can arrange drop-off!) Your name will also appear on the Niftyfare FB “thanks!” page.

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    1 backer

    You get a package of 6 frozen Utta (Indian) Handcakes with a carbon offset for the shipping. (For example, carbon use on shipping from Portland to North Carolina is 923 lbs so offset would cost $14) Your name will also appear on the Niftyfare FB “thanks!” page.

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    8 backers Limited (2 left of 10)

    Keep it local: for $40, you get a package of Utta Handcakes and a package of Hangul Handcakes at a Portland-metro area drop-off location (to be determined) EARLIER than others shipping out, and your name will appear on the Niftyfare FB thank you page!

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    3 backers

    You get a package of 6 frozen Uttas and a package of 6 Hoppin' Johnnies Handcakes with a carbon offset for the shipping. Your name will appear on the Niftyfare FB “thanks!” page.

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    Party Handcakes in the Haus! For local Portlanders, you get a package of the Variety Pack (2 each of all 4 flavors) and I will personally prepare them for you and your guests with my traveling 4-slot gluten-free toaster. Date and location to be mutually determined.

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    2 backers

    You get a package of 6 frozen Hanguls (Korean), a package of 6 frozen Uttas and a package of 6 Hoppin' Johnnies Handcakes with a carbon offset. Your name will appear on the Niftyfare FB “thanks!” page.

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    14 backers

    You get a package of 6 frozen Hanguls, a package of 6 frozen Uttas, a package of 6 3Sisters Handcakes (Native American) and a package of 6 Hoppin Johnnies Handcakes. Your name will appear on the Niftyfare FB “thanks!” page.

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    1 backer Limited (14 left of 15)

    Takes two to tango: for $120, you get your choice of a single-flavor pack, 2 variety packs of Handcakes plus a personal thank you note from the kiddo and me. Your name will appear on the Niftyfare FB “thanks!” page.

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    3 backers Limited (12 left of 15)

    You get 3 variety packages of the frozen Handcakes (2 of each flavor/8 Handcakes per package) with a carbon offset for the shipping, your choice of one additional pack of single flavor Handcakes (shipping not included unless bundled with other delivery). Your name will appear on the Niftyfare FB “thanks!” page. And a personal thank you note from the kiddo and me.

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    0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)

    You get 4 variety packages of the frozen Handcakes (2 of each flavor/8 Handcakes per package) with a carbon offset for the shipping, your choice of one additional pack of single flavor Handcakes (shipping not included unless bundled with other delivery). And a personal thank you note from the kiddo and me. You also get my personal kitchen notes on our favorite gf/cf/sf, etc recipes.

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    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    You get 6 months of Handcakes: a subscription you will receive a package of a single flavor every three weeks (total of 9 packages), and a set of (4) handmade cloth napkins. And a personal thank you note from the kiddo and me. You also get my personal kitchen notes on our favorite gf/cf/sf, etc recipes.

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    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    You get 10 packages of the frozen Handcakes (8 per) variety pack with a carbon offset for the shipping OR a year of subscription service. And our profound thanks, delivered via Skype or posted on youtube. You get my personal kitchen notes on our favorite gf/cf/sf, etc recipes. You also get an invitation to the Launch Party in early fall 2012 to be held in Beaverton, OR at the ARRO center.

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    You get 15 packages of the frozen Handcakes (8 per) variety pack with a carbon offset for the shipping OR a year of subscription service. And my profound thanks, delivered via Skype or posted on youtube. You also get my personal kitchen notes of our favorite gf/cf/sf, etc recipes, get two invitations to the Launch Party in early fall 2012 to be held in Beaverton, OR at the ARRO center. AND...you get a skyped or live cooking lesson with moi, complete with choreography!

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