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But does your kitchen need to be 100% gluten free?
No, probably not. It is not feasible when you live with family, roommates, or gluten loving spouses. But there are a few things you may want to consider to reduce the risk of cross contamination:
- Clean everything extremely well. Counter tops, utensils, plates, cutting boards, frying pans, pots, whatever it is, if it has touched gluten make sure it is thoroughly cleaned before gluten free use.
- Consider having a gluten free cupboard. Back when I lived with roommates we each had our own cupboard and our own shelf in the fridge - this made it really easy to keep all my GF stuff separate and I knew I would never accidentally grab the wrong thing when preparing food.
- Get your own toaster. You don't get to share. I did have a four slice toaster before and served one half for gluten free use, but there is still a risk of cross-contamination.
- Cloths, sponges and dish towels: don't share. Someone wipes their hands or counter, you wipe your hands or counter... keep a separate dish towel and use paper towels for sanitizing surfaces. Sponges need to be replaces regularly.
Do you have a gluten free kitchen, or does it share space with gluten? How do you avoid cross contamination.