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Takala

Member Since 28 Dec 2007
Offline Last Active Apr 27 2013 06:39 AM
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In Topic: Gluten On Dishes? Being Too Careful?

22 April 2013 - 05:34 PM

I really do not understand the responses to the "I find bits of food on my things" which are claiming that noticing this, and re- washing it because of the possibility of cross contamination in a gluten- shared household, is being "overly obsessive."

 

I think this is borderline trolling behavior designed to elicit a protest, besides being bad advice.  Remember that slogan, "not even a crumb?" 

 

If you're sharing kitchen cookware or plates and utensils that were used with gluten, that are "supposed" to be clean, and they are not coming up "clean" for whatever reason (sloppy handwashing & rinsing by another person, or a malfunctioning dishwasher rinse cycle) to the point where you pick up a "clean" plate or a pot out of the cabinet, and there is something old and dried on there that you can actually see, (I mean, really, just eeeuwww :ph34r:  :blink:  )  then keep your kitchen stuff separate and on a shelf or in a cart or upper cabinet which is clearly marked, and it's for your use and no one else's.

 

If this is a dishwashing machine that is not getting dishes clean, start by telling the others they need to be really rinsing the dishes off before they get put into it, no matter what the directions say, and try switching dishwasher detergent brands.  I can't believe the crud I've seen on "washed" dishes that were just run thru a home dishwasher by people just assuming they could throw an unwashed, unrinsed dish into the thing.   I live on a well, not city water, and the minerals in this water just doesn't allow soap to lather up easily.  Other people will have the opposite problem, install a water conditioner, and their processed water will be "too" soft, and it just will NOT rinse effectively, no matter what.  For awhile we struggled with this, and ended up taking out the stupid water conditioner, I can outwit the hard water, but could not get things in the dishwasher, nor my hair in the shower, to ever rinse clean without leaving a lot of scum with the "softened" version. Yuck. yuck. yech. (you will notice in other posts I talk a lot about pure apple cider vinegar.... or baking soda.... we get a lot of use out of this here)  If you have a human relative that isn't very good with the handwashing & rinsing dishes routine, just keep your stuff separate, and wash your own.  You can also volunteer to be the person who picks up the dishes after the meal, and rinses them before they load into the dishwasher.  It is exasperating, but trying to get the culprit to notice this problem is sometimes an exercise in futility. We were taught as children to hand rinse anything first, that was going to either the sink to be washed, or to be loaded into the dishwasher, and woe unto them that didn't, so it's just a habit.  I mean, nobody, really wants to see dishes that aren't clean. 


In Topic: Could Be Celiac? Starting Gluten Free?

21 April 2013 - 01:46 PM

I would suggest you go to the PCP's office, and tell them to their faces in the office that you have symptoms of celiac, that the GI is not agreeing to test for it,  and you need to be tested for celiac by a blood draw lab test, and tell them also if you need AN APPOINTMENT to get the doctor to agree to do this, then they are to schedule one right, right now, and you're not leaving until they do so. 

 

Never let your PCP blow you off like that.  And that GI is a real freaking con artist, not looking at both ends of your digestive tract, so I wouldn't bother to go back to him/her after pulling that stunt.  Most of these idjiots think a person has to be thin and wasting away to be a celiac, when many of the undiagnosed adults are instead puffing up because of metabolic, malnutrition and thyroid problems. And of course no one is going to tell you that anti depressants cause tremendous weight gain in an awful lot of people.  I have been stunned by some of what I have seen happen to others, who have taken them for chronic discomfort conditions.  Did you know that the gut is the place where most of the serotonin is produced in the body ?   I haven't seen any studies about the side effect of hormones in birth control pills affecting the function of the intestines, but those things caused me some pretty weird gastro symptoms decades ago, and I stopped taking them because of that. (pity I didn't think thru and get tested further, but the blood test may have been negative for me anyway, and then I would have been tagged as an IBS victim. )   Do the blood test and then figure out what to do next.  If positive, get a referral to a different gastro doctor.  If negative, you might be non celiac gluten intolerant, aka NCGF, and can do a trial of a gluten free diet to see if it relieves your symptoms.   All of these doctors are more interested in the insurance company reimbursements than actually diagnosing someone with something treatable these days.  :wacko:

 

But don't go gluten free before testing, THAT screws up the test results. 


In Topic: Advice On Next Step?

21 April 2013 - 01:22 PM

You are more likely to get a negative diagnosis anyway because you have been off of gluten for so long, unless you go back on gluten for a long time, even then, no guarantees at all, because damage takes a long time to create, so that still leaves you with the conundrum of what will it take to get you to stick with a gluten free diet. 


In Topic: Baking With Sweet White Rice Flour

21 April 2013 - 12:07 PM

Usually used in small quantities in combination with other gluten free flour mixtures, not by itself.  It is the same type of rice that is used in sushi, so it is sticky when cooked.  But that would mean the use of less gums, so it's a trade off. 


In Topic: Brown Rice Pasta Sticking To Itself

20 April 2013 - 08:53 AM

If you don't have a large pot, break the noodles in half before you put them in the boiling, oiled, salted water.  Stir and make sure it is not trying to settle on the bottom of the pan in the begining.  Once done, drain, and rinse in cool water in a colander to get the sticky stuff off and to stop the cooking process.  You then might have to add just a little olive oil again and a little salt and re - toss, you can reheat on a plate if you want it then to be hotter.  (rice pasta is sort of a PIA.) 

 

Also, the cooking times on the packages are only a suggestion, and it works best to cook up a single serving as an experiment, timing it from the time it hits the boiling water, then testing it before it allegedly is going to be done.  Overboiling can give you a mushy, sticky mess, too.  High altitude is going to take longer.  

 

Agree with Adalaide that the thicker noodles are the way to go with rice pasta, now I prefer them.