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Cooking In Separate Pans?
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So if you are the only one Celiac in your house. Do you use totally separate pans that never have seen Gluten from the others you cook Glutenized with? I was thinking the other day I may buy me  set of pots and pans just for Gluten Free cooking. Hubbs can eat Gluten I cannot!! Altho I think I will be cooking him alot of Gluten free meals! But I was wondering!! Separate pans and cooking utensils?

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I bought separate pans.  But the old ones were 20+ years old.  Now guess which pans we use all the time?  The gluten-free ones as we seldom cook anything not gluten-free.  I think the only old stuff we use are a cookie sheet for frozen pizza or cookie dough (teen & 20 yr old I'm not a teenager) and a grill pan for occasional pancakes or grilled sandwiches.

 

I used to cook 2 pots of pasta but that got to be too stressful.  Trying to not put a  spoon from one in the other, etc,

 

I bought a new colander for gluten-free pasta.  I have a ceramic one that is only for fruits and veggies.   I bought new spatulas, spoons, etc in red for gluten-free foods.  I don't know that is really necessary but it makes it easier.  No one making a gluten grilled cheese will accidentally pick up the flipper I'm using for my gluten-free grilled cheese (in my pan).

 

I have a red toaster but I rarely eat toast so it stays in the cabinet mostly.  I bought new "Tupperware" with red lids (glad ware and Rubbermaid have them).  I kept the old ones for the times they might have something gluteny and to take food to my parents.

 

 

I bought a new grill pan.  They don't come in red so I put some red duct tape on the handle.  I do use a pink sponge for gluten-free and a blue one for obvious bread crumbs and wash them every day in the dishwasher.

 

Got to go.  Boys need to be directed to where I put the stuff for them to work today.

Anyway, use some common sense.  If its hard to clean, like a colander or wooden spoon - get a new gluten-free one.  Pans that are not scratched can be washed.

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All the pots and pans in our house were non-stick and in poor shape. We share a house with my MIL and so everything was hers. (Heads would roll if I ever saw a metal anything in my non-stick but everyone here does it to hers. :rolleyes:) So, I quickly dragged my husband to the store and had myself a brand new set of stainless steel pots and pans that I'll probably have until I die. (Yeah, they were that expensive!) Not that it matters if gluten gets cooked in them since they are stainless steel, but I would probably throat punch someone if I ever caught gluten in one of my pans.

 

Fully half the cupboards and counters are mine now with my stuff. :D I have my own colander, utensils, toaster, KitchenAid, deep fryer,. I have seperate storage containers, also with red lids. Red seems to be a theme around here. What I can't buy in red I put pink duct tape on. My toaster though is very awesomely red. I even have my own red microwave because no one covers their food and I got sick of staring into the microwave to make sure my cover didn't fall off.

 

I doubt most people go to the lengths I do, but I live with my amazing husband who will do anything for me... and two people who just do not get it and have no interest in caring. Because of that I have my own dishes, silverware, drinking glasses, everything. Because my MIL and her husband don't think twice about touching bread, then clean dishes. And don't understand why that isn't okay. Only you will know how far you have to go based on what kind of people you live with.

 

The short answer though? If you want new pots and pans then yes, you totally need them.

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The short answer though? If you want new pots and pans then yes, you totally need them.

 

 

Yeah!  That's what I was trying to say!  :D

 

 

Red seems to be the color because there are a lot of red utensils out there.  I wanted blue or pink but they are very hard to find.  If I had gotten orange (Rachael Ray had them for a while), my oldest son, who LOVES orange, would want to use them.  He couldn't resist be magnetically pulled to them.  If there is 1 orange men's shirt or tie in all of Kohl's, he will find it immediately.

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But, wash them well!  I glutened myself after making Annie's mac and cheese for my daughter.  There must have been some residue.  Anyway, I have saved one pot and one pan for my daughter and put some duct tape on the handles of the pans, her one old wooden spoon and a flipper.  She has one colander to use for her mac and cheese.  But, honestly, it's rare for her to use the stuff.  I cook all the meals (she's 12) and since my hubby's gluten-free too (past 12 years), we've pretty much become gluten free.  I buy only prepackaged gluten items for her (PB & J frozen sandwiches) that she'll take in her lunch and some cookies that she eats "outside".  Nothing that will leave crumbs.  Packed away the old toaster in the garage "just in case" but I doubt I'll ever need it.  When friends come over, we just eat gluten free (and no one's really the wiser!)

 

I guess it's been an easy transition for me, because my huband's been gluten-free for years.  But, when I was first diagnosed with food allergies 15 years ago, I didn't keep offending foods in the house.  He was really supportive -- sneaking out to get some ice cream so I wouldn't feel left out.

 

Making the whole house as gluten free as possible has made me feel so much better.  One less thing to worry about!

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Yeah!  That's what I was trying to say!  :D

 

 

Red seems to be the color because there are a lot of red utensils out there.  I wanted blue or pink but they are very hard to find.  If I had gotten orange (Rachael Ray had them for a while), my oldest son, who LOVES orange, would want to use them.  He couldn't resist be magnetically pulled to them.  If there is 1 orange men's shirt or tie in all of Kohl's, he will find it immediately.

 

I wanted pink too! But there aren't really pink utensils out there. I did find pink and blue silicone spatulas at Wal-Mart for a buck. Woo-Hoo!!! I just keep these in my utensil thinger and everyone knows they're mine.

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i already had stainless steel pots and pans, so we just scrubbed them out with brillo really good and 'viola!' - gluten free!  we did have non-stick frying pans, though, so i went and bought some stainless ones.  (kept the old ones for 'gluten times' for the husband, although we primarily eat gluten-free he still likes a grilled cheese or that nasty balogna God knows what's in it lolz)  new cutting boards, wooden spoons, storage containers (although you can get away with zip-lok-ing just about anything you can think of - first thing i pack when going on a trip :  tinfoil and ziploks lolz)  spatulas (we had some plastic ones so i got stainless)  colander, strainers, etc - anything that would 'hold' onto the gluten i don't use anymore - my daughters got a boost to their kitchen equipment inventory!  when in doubt i go for the stainless steel and glass.  my heart breaks a little because i don't use a 'magnalite' (metal composite) dutch oven handed down from my grammy but that thing has seen it's share of gluten and more.  

 

haha, and the first thing i bought?  new pyrex food storage bowls with RED lids - seems to be a trend here.....  :)

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We did just get some new non stick pots and pans not to long ago, I just didn't know "How far to take it" I guess!! I can use some new utensils tho :) It is just hubbs and I. I think sooner or later "As I learn more" he will be Gluten free in the house!! But just starting so I don't know!! I am supposed to go to a gasto Dr. But I started eating Gluten again and my face it starting to swell, so I just don't think I can do it!! I seen when I got home the Dr. Office tried to call .. I will try and call them back tomorrow I guess. 

Thanks for all the responses!! I don't think I will get new pans for me as of yet!! I do like the looks of the new Green non stick ones they have out now. I thought about getting one just for my No Gluten stuff :) But we will see!! I think a small one is 20 bucks!! I might invest!!

 

Ty everyone!! 

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