So you’ve been told by your doctor that you need to start a gluten-free diet. You’ve either been diagnosed with celiac disease, NCGI (non celiac gluten intolerant or NCGS (non celiac gluten sensitivity). Either way, you now need to make your kitchen gluten-free. But, where to start? The following is a beginner’s list of the things you will want to think about replacing.
- Toaster – You are going to want to replace your old glutenous toaster with a brand new one and keep it only for gluten-free toasting. If you have to, keep two. One for gluten-free bread and one for glutenous bread.
- Waffle Iron – You just can’t wash a waffle iron well enough to get all of the gluten out of all those little nooks and crannies.
- Air Fryer – I don’t own one of these and have never seen the inside of one, so I can’t advise you on it. I will say this, if it can be washed thoroughly, then it is probably fine, but if it can’t, then either replace it or don’t use for gluten-free food.
- Crock Pot – I kept the same crock pot because my crock can be removed from the heating part of the crock pot. So it can be completely submerged in the sink and scrubbed really well. If your crock pot is the kind that is all in one piece, then use your judgement on whether you think you can get it clean enough, or just use those crock pot liners that they sell. At least until you can replace it.
- Mixer – I have a KitchenAid stand mixer. My husband bought it for me as a gift a long time after I was diagnosed so it has never been used for anything with gluten. I will say this, a KitchenAid mixer is a very expensive investment, so if you already have one, I would try very hard to thoroughly clean it from top to bottom. Flour can stay airborne for hours after it has been used, and can contaminate exposed prep surfaces and utensils or uncovered gluten-free products,* so I never allow glutenous flour to be used in my kitchen. If the bowl is stainless steel and has scratches in it, I would replace that with a new one.
- Microwave Oven and Range Oven – I belong to several Facebook groups where I have seen that people have been told my their doctor or dietician that they need to replace their ovens and microwaves. Really?? I don’t know anyone who has that kind of money lying around to blow on a perfectly good stove oven or microwave. That is way overboard in my opinion. So I asked my dietician, who just happens to be a celiac as well, and he did not recommend replacing the stove and microwave. I just keep both very clean. There isn’t much, if any gluten that is cooked in either one, but if by chance my kids come home to visit and cook something glutenous in the microwave, I just clean it well before I put any of my food in there.
Pots, Pans and Other Things:
- If you use non-stick skillets, pots and pans, you will want to think about replacing them. Especially if they are scratched. Not only is it not safe to be using non-stick if it is scratched because of the possiblity of eating the non-stick particles, but gluten could be hiding in those scratches because they cannot be cleaned well.
- Same with colanders. They cannot be cleaned well enough so replace it.
- Rolling pins – If they are ceramic or marble, you might be able to clean them well enough. If they are wooden, replace it.
- Wooden Spoons, wooden cutting boards, plastic cutting boards, plastic utensils, wooden spoons. Replace, Replace, Replace! Especially if they are scratched or cut into.
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* Quote from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.