Gluten-Free Kitchen - 5 Steps PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 May 2011 15:53

By Toni B. Snyder

How do you create a gluten-free kitchen if you are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease? It can be done with the right information and a little time. The following simple steps will get you on your way to a gluten-free cooking environment that is safe for you and your family.

1. Sorting Space

First, designate a large, clean space outside of the kitchen area for sorting your kitchenware and appliances. Separate this space into two sections: Keep and Toss. A third section for gluten eaters may be needed if your kitchen is not totally gluten-free. A sorting space like this will help you organize and manage the following steps.

2. Kitchenware to Keep

Keep pots, pans, utensils, and dinnerware made of non-porous materials (stainless steel, copper, porcelain, glass, Pyrex) as long as they don't have deep scratches or ridges. Give these items a thorough scrubbing in hot, soapy water and, if you can, sanitize them in the dishwasher for a fresh start. This kitchenware is now exclusively for gluten-free use.

3. Kitchenware to Toss

Throw out pots, pans, utensils, dinnerware, cutting boards, and colanders made of porous materials (non-stick coating, stoneware, plastic, vinyl, wood). The gluten protein gets stuck in the scratches and ridges of porous kitchenware running the risk of cross-contamination. Remember, it only takes a tiny amount of gluten to trigger symptoms. Buying brand new cookware can be expensive, so start by choosing a pot or pan size that you will use most often.

4. Small Appliances

Replace toasters, blenders, mixers, bread makers, and any other small appliances that are difficult to sanitize and/or made of porous materials. Toasters are especially contaminated with gluten. Buy a new toaster for yourself, and hang onto the old one if there is a gluten eater in the house (ideally, everyone is the house is gluten-free!).

5. Clean and Organize

Wipe down all counters, surfaces, walls, and inside/outside cabinets with hot soapy water, vinegar, or your choice of disinfectant. If needed, organize your clean kitchen into gluten-free and gluten areas. Provide a special cabinet in the kitchen for the gluten eaters and discuss with them the importance of keeping their area clean and free of crumbs. Put all your uncontaminated, gluten-free kitchenware into their cabinets and drawers.

What's Next?

Congratulations on that beautiful, safe kitchen! Your next step is to make your pantry and refrigerator gluten-free. Are you ready for the challenge?

Toni B. Snyder invites you to visit for more information on gluten-free living. Dr. Snyder is a nutrition consultant specializing in the management of common nutrient deficiencies and related health concerns associated with food sensitivities and allergies. Take her Free Health Assessment and discover the benefits of personal nutrition consulting.

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