Setting up a Gluten-Free Kitchen
Updated: May 20
If you’re converting to a gluten-free diet because you simply want to try it out, no need to worry. But if you have Celiac Disease or a severe gluten allergy or intolerance, consider not just the food but also the tools in your kitchen.
For someone with Celiac Disease a piece of bread smaller than 1/7000 of a slice, yes 1/7000 of a slice of bread can have detrimental health effects. Residue from gluten containing foods can hide in places that you may not think about. So here are a few suggestions for a truly gluten-free kitchen:
Replace all wooden utensils. Wooden utensils are inexpensive and wood is very porous.
Replace silicone and rubber utensils.
Replace the toaster and/or toaster oven. It is extremely difficult to clean every last crumb out of your old one so give it to a friend or donate it to charity.
Thoroughly clean every inside surface of the microwave oven.
For plastic food storage containers-run them through the dishwasher twice.
Give a thorough cleaning to any area that has stored wheat flour or baking mixes.
If you have a person with Celiac Disease in your house and still intend to use wheat flour, consider this: flour takes as much as 48 hours to completely settle from the air and land on surfaces. So it's best to eliminate wheat, barley or rye flour from your kitchen completely.