Surely some of you have shared kitchens- how do you manage? What specific tips might you have for keeping things safe? Is it possible without owning a dishwasher? We live in a small urban apartment with two little boys, the oldest (two years old) who has to be gluten-free/cf as well due to being on the autism spectrum (and the diet is working for him!). I also seem to be allergic/intolerant to corn and casein and possibly even to soy now. Do these cross-contaminate the way gluten does?
Hi, I share a kitchen too. I prepare my meals on the plate I'm going to eat off, that way I lessen the risk of cc'ing from counters and cutting boards. Keeping everything clean is a must, but don't feel like you need to clean the entire area, just keep the areas clean that you use.
Stainless steel pans are easier to clean. Prepare your and your son's meals first. Buy any condiments you can in a squeezable jar, rather than a dipping one. Set aside and label your own butter, peanut butter, or anything you can't buy squeezable. Be sure your husband has these same things available that he can use for himself.
Watch your husband for a few days and see how he prepares his meals. That'll clue you in to which areas of the kitchen might be cc'd. Wash your hands a lot, and never eat any food you've dropped on the counter or floor.
If you can have a separate cabinet for gluten free stuff--the sort that can be cc'd like jars of peanut butter, that'll help.
Washing dishes is trickier. A dishwasher is fine, and you can put both glutened and non-glutened dishes in together and they'll come out fine (that's what I do), but since you don't have one, I'm not sure what you should do. Maybe clean your dishes as soon as you're done with them and leave the rest for your husband?
For cooking you might need aluminum foil, if you have one of those toaster ovens, for cooking things on. That way you don't have to clean the oven racks. Obviously things like shared toasters are out.
I'm not positive about cc'ing from corn and soy, but if you're just intolerant of them, not allergic, then a little cc'ing from them should be fine. Casein *might* be more problematic, but I'm not sure on that.
Hope this helps.