1. Use a toaster oven instead of a toaster (or have two toasters).
- Toaster ovens have removable trays that can be washed thoroughly.
- You can layer trays with foil and simply remove the foil to reduce washing.
2. Have separate condiments or implement the “one dip” rule.
- This means that gluten-eaters in the house have to use a separate knife to “dip” again if their knife has already touched a gluten-containing product.
- Or, teach the gluten-eaters in your house to make one dip big enough to put on the side of their plate.
3. Have gluten-containing and gluten-free flours in designated containers and labeled clearly.
4. After a gluten-containing food has been made, place dish ware promptly in dishwasher so it is not used by a gluten-free person accidentally.
5. If making similar foods, but don’t want to make more dirty dishes, make the gluten-free food first, followed by the gluten-containing food.
- For example: boiling pasta
- Note: some families may prefer to have completely separate dish ware.
6. Thoroughly wipe all surfaces… often.
7. Have separate sets of utensils or ensure utensils are thoroughly washed.
8. Buy flour sifters and pasta strainers just for gluten-free cooking. Gluten is sticky and likes to hide!
9. Designate a cutting board in your house as a gluten-free cutting board. Crumbs like to hide in nooks and crannies!
10. Have designated area in your fridge/pantry for gluten-free foods — preferably the top shelf.
- If a gluten-containing food is on top it could accidentally fall into a gluten-free food.
Bonus: check your pet food. If your pet food contains gluten, you could have gluten particles in the air, making you sick.
Please note: if your family does prepare gluten-free and gluten-containing foods in your household, you are going to have the risk of cross-contamination. These tips are a great start in preventing it though!
Have you ever had to worry about cross-contamination in your house? (whether it be for your own family or because you were having company)