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So, let me know if this is completely off the wall and a ridiculous idea. But until I can get a dedicated gluten-free colander (long story short, my family ignores the GLUTEN FREE written on everything I use), could I use a piece of aluminum foil over the colander and poke out the holes with a toothpick? Maybe this is my late-night brain making stuff up...but it was a fun thought if nothing else! :)

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Can you fill each hole with the foil to cover the bits that are stuck in the little holes? I doubt it.

 

Maybe you could just get a fold flat one that you could hide in your underwear drawer? Or can move? 

 

Living with people who don't care about your health has to be rough.  Worse that the people who are supposed to love you don't.

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Not going to work, but nice try! :)

 

There are plastic colanders at the dollar store. I would hide it in my closet if the people I live with can't seem to keep their gluteny mitts off it.

 

I cannot understand family members who would purposefully sabotage someone who needs to be safe from the very thing that

makes them seriously ill. Just plain stupid and cruel, imo

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Do you have utensils that people leave alone? I know it isn't ideal but I have a large slotted ladle that I use when I've been too lazy to wash my colander. :ph34r: Look... this is what happens when people don't have dishwashers after being spoiled with them for years. Sometimes I just don't get to it and don't realize it isn't clean until suddenly I need it, like RIGHT NOW! So I whip out my slotted ladle and just drain most of the water off the noodles then dip them out of the water. I suppose a spoon would work too but would take like twice as long as a ladle.

 

Or you know... those dollar colanders might be white and plastic too. You could write all over the edges with a sharpie. At least maybe they'll feel mildly guilty when they touch it. Can you get your own cupboard for a few things? I had to make a simple rule for the people who are not my husband that I share a kitchen with. "Under no circumstances are you to touch my things." After the first time this rule was broken I clarified it. "If you want to touch it, think to yourself... is this a circumstance? If the answer is yes, and it always will be, THEN DON'T TOUCH IT!" You may need a similar rule.

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Buy  yourself  a  collapsible  one  &  hid  it  somewhere  that  they  don't  go.ie:  bedroom  dresser, your  closet  !  Plus  I  would  give  a  die  hard  speech  about  the  risks  of  celiac  disease. And  be  sure to let  them know  they too are  at risk  ..And  if  they  are old  enough  to understand  &  still don't  care  then  tell them  to  find  another place to  eat  if  they  can't  respect  your  rules  & illness and treat it  as  such. You  can  find  a  cheap one  at the  dollar  store.... If  your  kids  are  young  then they  need  to learn  to  follow  your  parental  demands...  no  one  ever  said  life  would be  easy  ...

Families  can  be  the  worse  to  train or  even  get to understand   .good  luck...   stick  to  your guns  this  is  your  health they are playing  with...

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Get a big plastic storage tote. Then get a bicycle lock - you know, one of those long rope-like things people lock their bikes with when they're parking on the street. Keep ALL of your cooking stuff locked in the tote. Either that or clean out one of your cabinets, put them all in there, and get a padlock so no one can open it but you. Then get a locking box to keep your butter and condiments in and stick it in the fridge. If you eat lunchmeat, keep that in there too so they don't put their gluteny hands on it.

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For cabinets, they make child safety locks that open only with a magnet that comes with it. You could just put one of those child safety locks on your own cabinet and then keep the magnet with you. It would be far too much hassle for anyone to try to break into it. We have ones similar to this on our cabinets, actually for the purpose of keeping children out. They are near impossible to break into without a magnet.

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Safety-1st-Magnetic-Lock-System/16782921

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i have ever strained stuff with a ziplok freezer bag - put stuff in, poke holes in bag over the sink, let it drain out.  not the greatest, unmessiest idea ever, but i am the Queen of Improvise (and i have boxes of ziploks stashed everywhere.......  true story........)  

 

my kid used to get carsick, but not often enough to give her dramamine every time we left the house.  so i kept ziploks in the car with paper towels in them (puke paks lolz) -  kid pukes in bag, clean em up with paper towels (or sometimes handi-wipes or the like) zip up the whole mess in the bag, toss in trash can at next stop.   

 

IMPROV!  (jazz hands)  ^_^

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Thanks guys! I realize now (after a good nights sleep, lol) that it was probably the most ridiculous idea that I have ever thought of. Thank you for all your good ideas! I really like the ziplock idea.  :D

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All my stuff is purple, including colander. I have small kids who know mommy gets sick if they touch my stuff...

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About the whole, "my family doesn't respect my stuff" business, I'm currently saving up for my own place. I'm 21 and fresh out of college, so I've got a long road ahead of me. I've never had respect for my stuff, and they don't listen to me. I think that's for another section of the forum, though...

 

I can't imagine treating a family member like their medical problems are nothing. My mom's diabetic, and we make sure she's got safe food to eat. My brother is just plain PICKY (and here's the kicker,) and measures are taken to make sure he eats. So, I don't understand why my medical condition is such a nuisance.

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