When we moved into our new home, my hubby and I discussed what to do in the kitchen to keep it safe for me to eat. Previously, we had shared everything for both gluten and gluten free foods but, given the opportunity to start fresh with a brand new, squeaky clean workspace, well, we couldn’t pass it up!
Now we have taken the following steps to clean up our act and run a completely gluten free household:
Step 1: Get rid of gluten containing food products from your pantry and fridge. Sort through everything and either throw out or give away any foods you can’t eat. This is a great opportunity to check expiration dates and get rid of old food at the same time.
Step 2: Sweep away any crumbs or flour that may have collected in the pantry and fridge as well as the floor. If you are using the same appliances (fridge, microwave, oven, etc.), deep clean everything the best you can.
Step 3: Replace old, glutened up cookware and utensils. When sorting through items to keep or be rid of, consider the following questions as it applies to each item:
- Is it made of porous material (wood, plastic, cast iron, stone, etc)?
- Are there chips or scratches in the surfaces where gluten can hide?
- Is it possible to clean every nook, cranny, and hole to rid it of gluten?
Some common gluten catchers that you’ll definitely want to replace include:
- Wooden and plastic utensils
- Toaster, Bread Maker, etc.
- Pots and Pans – especially non-stick and cast iron (replace with stainless)
- Pizza stone
- Cutting Boards, Rolling Pins
- Cookie sheets
- Cleaning supplies – sponges and brushes
It is ok to keep glass, ceramic, and stainless steel cookware as long as you carefully clean it out with hot, soapy water. We kept our pyrex storage containers, but got rid of the plastic ones and bought new lids for the pyrex. We also replaced all of our cooking spoons, pots and pans, colander, cutting boards, and toaster. Our bread maker was already only used for gluten free breads, so that got to stay! :)
Step 4: Once you have your new gluten free kitchen set up, keep up on it! Keep gluten foods out of your space as much as possible and don’t allow your new supplies to be used for those kinds of foods. Clean your kitchen and appliances completely and frequently.
Now that you have everything set up, you can look forward to feeling better and being healthier than ever! Keeping gluten out of your home won’t be easy, but it’s worth the effort to maintain your health!