It’s day six of the 10 Days of Gluten Free blog hop! I am covering topics related to getting started on the gluten free diet. Be sure to visit the other participating blogs listed at the end of this post. Each one is covering a different gluten-free topic and has a great giveaway you can enter.
Gluten-Free and Your Kitchen
When one or more members of a household embarks on a gluten-free diet, decisions need to be made about whether the kitchen will be completely gluten-free or not. If not, you need to decide how gluten will be handled.
Those decisions depend on your specific situation. It is affected by how many of you are gluten free, who is gluten free, and why they are gluten free.
A gluten-free kitchen is the easiest option in terms of handling cross contamination, but if you decide on a shared kitchen, here are a few tips:
- Designate gluten and gluten-free spaces. This can be areas of the kitchen, cabinets, or shelves in a cabinet.
- Designate gluten and gluten free items. Things like colanders, cutting boards, and cooking utensils can harbor gluten. It might be necessary to keep duplicates of some items.
- Keep labeled gluten-free condiments. Things like mayonnaise, jelly, and butter can become contaminated when you spread them on bread and place the knife back into the food. Keep clearly labeled gluten free condiments on hand.
- Clean thoroughly. Clean out cabinets, surfaces, mixers, and anything else that may have gluten on it.
- Buy a new toaster. Toasters can definitely cause cross contamination. Have a gluten free toaster and be sure everyone knows that’s what it’s for.
The more gluten there is, the harder it will be to prevent cross contamination. I suggest you get rid of as much gluten as possible.
Tomorrow’s topic will be about taking time to adjust.
Shelley Case is giving away a copy of her book Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide. The title is an appropriate description. This book would be useful to anyone on a gluten-free diet.
- This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
- You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.
- Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of GF posts)
- The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.
No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.
10 Days of Gluten Free Continues:
These bloggers have great tips and ideas to share with you. Please stop by and remember to enter the giveaways.
- Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House
- Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog
- Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat
- Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
- Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl
- Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free
- Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures
- Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva
- Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry