When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease, I really had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know that you basically had to tear apart your entire kitchen and buy all new stuff just to stay safe from cross contamination.
Boy did I learn a thing or 2 about this after I kept getting sick from our old toaster.
Here are my top 10 things to do in your kitchen when you first stop eating gluten.
- Separate all your gluten free foods in the cupboards. We made one unit completely full of gluten free items. My husband keeps anything he gets that has gluten in the other part of the kitchen so they don’t get mixed up. It honestly makes it so much easier for you if you know exactly where your food is all the time.
- Get a brand new toaster and label it the “gluten free” one! The crumbs in the old toaster create a cross contamination nightmare for you!
3. Check any ingredients in old sauces, jars, jams, rice mixes or anything actually! Watch for all the hidden words for gluten and if you aren’t sure – Google it or throw it out! You can also use a food scanner app like Shopwell or Fooducate to check the foods right from your smart phone.
4. Get a marker and put GF or your name on foods that are safe to consume. I found these neat stickers at Zazzle.com to put on foods in your kitchen! But I think a sharpie will get the job done just as well.
6. Buy new cookie sheets or metal pans. I’ve heard that people even buy a whole new set of pots and pans to prevent “spores” from getting in their food. I’m not sure how necessary that is but if you feel safe and can afford to do so- have at it!
7. Segmenting the freezer is an easy way to put all the gluten free breads, meals and goodies in one place.
8. Be careful with your soaps and detergents. Ensure they are gluten free by checking with the manufacturer of the product!
9. Be aware of cross contamination. Keep separate cooking areas or cook one meal first and then the gluten free one second. In order to keep and stay safe, it’s imperative we watch diligently to ensure our safety.
10. Educate your family on all the changes you just made! No sense in going through all this hassle and not having them on board or understand what’s going on!
Do you have a kitchen tip for those with Gluten Intolerance or Celiac disease? Please share it in the comments section!!