First off, thank you all for your information and support. I appreciate it.
Since it is pretty evident my stepdaughter has celiac disease, it looks like we will be going gluten free sometime in the next week or so. We are only waiting for her biopsy to be performed on Monday.
I need tips on getting any contamination out of the home. I have decided that we are all going to go gluten-free since I can't afford separate dishes and foods for everyone, with the exception of packaged lunches for the toddler, who is underweight and a picky eater and I don't want to eliminate anything from his diet. I plan to keep his gluteny foods sealed in a bin in the basement, away from the kitchen.
Now, I know I likely need to get rid of my wooden spoons and cutting boards. I plan to run all the dishes through the dishwasher - will that be sufficient to decontaminate?
Also, I will clean out all the cupboards of gluten foods and wipe them out with lysol or bleach. Same for the fridge and freezer. Clean the stove and oven out well, and the microwave.
I downloaded the nxtNutrio app on my phone and hopefully it will help guide me with some grocery shopping. Honestly though, with the exception of gluten-free bread and pasta, I don't much plan to buy things that are specially made gluten-free. I'll buy fruits, veggies, dairy and meats. I don't agree with buying a bunch of pre-prepared, pre-packaged gluten-free junk foods.
So I guess I need suggestions for staples I'll need (flours? seasonings? things you frequently need to do substitutions?), and if there is anything further I need to clean/decontaminate that I might be missing.
The other "cupboard" to make sure you empty and clean is the silverware drawer. I know not everyone thinks of this because it's where clean dishes go, but nearly every silverware drawer in existence has crumbs in it. Thankfully, with a dishwasher all you have to do is put all the silverware in, wash the drawer and the holder.
And yeah, waffle irons are insane to clean. Unless you're super attached to yours and have more time than money I would suggest a new one.
I just moved into a new kitchen and simply washed all the cupboards, inside and out, with soapy water twice. A clean cloth the second time. I changed my soapy water with every cupboard and it was a long process, but well worth it.
I also didn't see this mentioned but if you have ever baked and dipped the flour then the spices, you need new spices because they're contaminated. Or if you just use a measuring spoon then throw it back in the drawer, same thing because then flour is on ALL the spoons. (I used to do that... I still do that.)
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Also, if you're ever making food at anyone else's house, double wash bowls, pans, and utensils before cooking in them. I was at our friend's house and going to make some food for myself--and sure enough I saw some crumbs sitting in his "clean" stainless steel bowl in his cupboard.
Gluten free since 2/14/2010 after suffering a rare and serious complication from my gluten challenge
I don't know about everyone eles, my house isn't gluten-free, But I am Celiac When I use a cookie sheet for cooking I put foil over it. I am going to get my own soon. But until then it is foil lined. I was told Cookie sheets can hold Gluten. I was also told old Wooden spoons can hold Gluten. Good luck! How sweet everyone id going gluten-free for her! Thats so very sweet!
I have a shared kitchen and a great tip I saw on this forum was to designate one counter only in the kitchen for gluten food use. My husband has his toaster on that counter and pours his cereal on that counter, makes his sandwiches there, etc. This way I don't have to worry so much about random crumbs ending up in the rest of the kitchen and in my food.
As far as the pets go, I did switch my pups treats to gluten free and I their food already happened to be gluten free. I think she would be ok to feed them gluten containing food if she has to scoop the food, as long as she washed her hands very well after. It might be more of a problem if she were pouring it from a big bag and dry food particles could end up floating toward her face. If it's a crumbly type of food it might be less of a risk to let someone else feed them. Also, I have heard we should be cautious about letting the pets lick our faces after eating gluten containing foods.
That reminds me of something else. I know she is still young, but when she is dating it's a good idea to be careful not to kiss someone right after they eat gluten. I have read some post by others here where their dates will eat gluten free also so they can share a good night kiss. Not a fun thing for a young person to have to worry about when dating, but I thought I would mention it in case it hasn't come up yet.
Grateful to be correctly diagnosed at 40.
Likely misdiagnosed since childhood.
Blood test and Biopsies positive for Celiac Disease.
Gluten Free Since 10/9/13.
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I replaced anything that was wood or plastic(storage bowls, cutting boards, spatulas, rolling pin, measuring cups/spoons, etc) along with the toaster, mixer, can opener, scratched pots and pans. Any thing metal and not scratched or glass was scrubbed really well with hot soapy water. Every cabinet and drawer was emptied and scrubbed with soapy water inside and out. Every shelf and drawer in the fridge was scrubbed inside and out. Counters, door knobs(everyone in the house), drawer handles, light switches (whole house), and any other surface I though had a slight chance of having gluten like the TV remote and door ways were all scrubed with hot soapy water.
I'm sure it was over kill but I was tired of feeling like I was glutened and couldn't figure out where it was coming from. I tried the shared kitchen with a stand alone cabinet for gluten with dedicated counter on the other side of the kitchen for gluten. It didn't work. It was a pain, caused me stress and not with it. If they want gluten then can eat it somewhere else.
Check spices, spice blends can have gluten. Open condiments and spices can be contaiminated. As can sugar and other baking ingredients like baking soda, corn starch, etc.
Way to go on making your whole family gluten-free! That is SO much easier and has worked for us (my family of nine has been eating gluten-free for 10 years now).
You'd probably want to clean out your car as well if you've ever had gluten in there.
For staples, when we started eating gluten-free we kept with meat, veggies, and fruit for the first few months (which meant absolutely no processed foods--definitely a good thing), and years later we still buy very few processed foods (especially since gluten free ones are so expensive).
Now, for gluten free baking we use brown rice flour, guar gum (though I've heard reports that both xanthan gum and guar gum are bad, so we might switch), cornstarch, tapioca starch, potato starch, coconut flour, and occasionally almond flour.
I switched my dogs and cats to a grain free diet. I scoop their food, wash their bowls in the sink and they give kisses and wash themselves with their tongues so I didn't want to be washing my hands EACH and EVERY single time I interacted with them. It hasn't changed things much for them. The cats seem to enjoy the diet more than their previous one. They also eat less of it. Makes my life easier.
"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." Ronald Reagan
Diagnosed Celiac via blood test 8-22-13
Dairy & gluten free in 8-22-13 then did gluten challenge in October
Endoscopy/Biopsy Oct-26-13 positive for Celiac
Vitamin D insufficiency 12-6-13 (had it prior no doubt, just wasn't checked until December)
you got some great replies..... I think maybe you will want a gluten-free toaster down the road....oddly after being gluten-free for awhile many loose the tastes for foods they originally loved when consuming gluten....the palate does change!
Also I think for a child they need a bit of junk food so they don't become or feel food deprived.. Unless this child does not do junk food ... I would find that rare....
Also you will need to get the school involved so she can have gluten-free while in school if that applies....Some good flour blends are : www.betterbetter.org, great recipe site too... Jules blend, Tom Sawyer flour, king arthur blend, cup for cup, authentic classic blend....to name a few....
Any porous surface cooking utensil needs to be replaced if it is scratched, including scratched cast iron....
Your pets will also do better on a grain free diet.....
I don't know if you mentioned the age of this child but play dough & such could contain gluten....
If you do dedcide to have breakfast out remember some places add flour to scrambled eggs to make them fluffy...grill grease/ baste also contains gluten....
Become a label reader, companies change suppliers often ....
McCormick spices are clearly labeled........
Pamela's pancake mix is an easy find & it can be used for coffeecakes & such....
A gluten-free diet also lacks protein & fiber so multigrain breads are healthier than white.. Almond & coconut flour add protein & fiber...
I will also say get probiotics & digestive enzymes for everyone who is gluten-free.... the gut needs the extra boost from those two things.....
Almond milk is a great sub for milk... some need to be dairy free until the gut heals. dairy is also broken down at the tips of the villi
introduce more fiber slowly as it can cause tummy upset when the body is not used to it....
Lots of water to help clean out the intestinal track....