Thursday, December 11, 2008

How to liberate your kitchen from gluten...

As promised, here is at least a partial list of things that should be replaced along with things that will probably be OK; I borrowed part of this from the Gluten Free forum at and added to it:

  • Non-stick pans usually need to be replaced, as they often have scratches that could harbor gluten.
  • Same goes for plastic storage or utensils.
  • Wood cutting boards and spoons really should be replaced.
  • Toaster MUST be replaced.
  • There is some controversy as to whether stoneware or iron skillets can be cleaned sufficiently.
  • Plastic colanders and mixing bowls definitely should be replaced.
  • Sponges and scrubbers should be replaced. Dish towels and hot pads as well (I doubt that simply washing in the washing machine can really eliminate gluten completely)
  • Clean out your cupboards and wipe them down thoroughly. Throw out all gluten-containing products (or give them to neighbors/family).
  • Wipe down all kitchen counter space and clean the stove and oven very well.
  • Clean out the fridge and freezer and wipe down. Throw out all gluten-containing products (or give them to neighbors/family).
  • Stainless steel pots and pans are long as you clean them extra well.
  • Glass and corningware is fine.......same as above.
  • Cookie sheets and other metal pans can be covered in foil or parchment or silicon sheets if you don't want to replace them.
I have not actually done all of this yet, because DH wants to eat the gluten-containing foods himself (doesn't want to waste food). The only problem with that is that the longer gluten exists in my kitchen the more chances there are for me to be glutened accidently. And I suffer for days afterwards when I'm glutened.

I think I might start getting rid of things slowly anyway..... :)

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