Sharing A Kitchen
Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:20 PM
I know that I'm going to keep all of my cookware separate and foods labeled and separated as best as possible. Unfortunately we have limited kitchen space and I'm not quite sure how I'm going to pull this off.
Beyond that, how do I inform them, remind them, etc, without being a huge pain in the butt? With my parents, it's always, "Did you use a new utensil?" "Did you scoop instead of spread?" etc, and they roll their eyes at me.... I don't want to create this type of tension with my friends.
Anyone who shares a kitchen have tips? I'd so much rather be proactive than learn the hard way by getting glutened...or worse my friends being fed up with me!
Posted 20 August 2012 - 05:05 PM
Posted 20 August 2012 - 05:06 PM
Posted 20 August 2012 - 05:43 PM
eatmeat4good- I agree with you about making things inconvenient. I was brainstorming with my mom: we have a living room closet where I can keep my stuff tucked away in a bin. (We don't have a pantry in the kitchen, just cabinets.) My mom was annoyed, "WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE TO GO INTO THE LIVING ROOM TO GET YOUR STUFF?" ...she has a real issue with me being treated differently/losing convenience.
So now I'm looking into getting a pantry on wheels like this That way I can store my stuff out of sight and just wheel 'er in when I'm cooking.
Also, I don't plan on segregating my glass dishes and silverware since we have a dish washer.
Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:19 PM
I thought other posters here might agree with your mom...and I "get" the losing convenience factor is somewhat unfair. But it's a fair trade for me and well worth the peace of mind knowing that I am safe. You can try to teach your roommates and of course they should be educated about your disease, but in the end, it is you who gets sick and not them. So if keeping your stuff separate will help you, I say it's well worth it.
I was thinking though, that you do need separate condiments and not try to teach them the drop method and think that it is ok. If you think about how easy it is to stick your knife back in mayo because you need a little more, it is just the most difficult little habit to break.
I worked for a woman who agreed to keep her stuff gluten free and was interested in learning about gluten free and cross contamination and she learned the drop method to keep me safe. But she noted that each time she wanted a bit more mayo it meant getting another knife or spoon to dip it out. She said people would have to be really dedicated to you to want to do this for you. Haha! So I let her go back to using her condiments the way she was used to and I brought my own! In a situation with roommates I wouldn't expect them to remember to do this. Your mom-yes~ but roommates um no...just the way to be safer.
I love your idea of the pantry on wheels!
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