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Ok  my daughters been diagnosed with Celiacs..,,  I have been reading some places say we need 2 of every thing .. and some things say not so much.. I am thinking it is going to be easier if we go almost totally gluten free as well .. but I am wanting to be sure that 

I am not wasting my time / money  cooking gluten free items in a contaminated oven?? ect.  

 

Do I need to do anything special to the oven.. it is not self cleaning.. 

 

Tonya

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If you aren't going to go completely gluten free, you will need two of some things.  A toaster is a big one, do not share them.  Some people get different colored appliances to help keep them separate.  You will need to get rid of wooden spoons and cutting boards.  Some people get rid of their pots and pans, if they are unscratched that shouldn't matter, gluten likes to hide in the scratches and crevices.  Just keep it in mind if your daughter is getting glutened from somewhere and you aren't sure where.  Your strainer/colander needs to be thrown, you can't get all those holes clean no matter what you try.  You are going to have to get separate condiments (butter, mayo, peanut butter, jam) anything that has possible contact with gluten.  Pizza ovens can't get clean no matter what - don't share them. If you have counter top fryer, that is also a no share item. Throw out any open baking ingredients - I know I used to dip my measuring cup in the flour and then the sugar.  If you are going to keep gluten in the house, I had seen some suggest to put it in the bottom cupboards for a better chance of no cross-contamination.  And a thought on baking if you are a baker - the flour dust is bad also.  Clean your oven and microwave very well.  If you are going to cook gluteny foods in them after, make sure you are putting all gluteny foods on pans ( don't put a Tombstone pizza on the rack and then throw a gluten-free one on there) and try and cover them to help prevent CC.  Remember one thing - when in doubt, throw it out. If you don't think you can get it 100% clean, don't use it.

 

Check everything that could possible go in your daughter mouth.  I am not sure how old she is but if she is younger and puts her fingers in her mouth you will also have to check lotions and bath soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, mouth wash, medications, makeup.

 

Read the newbie thread, it's very informative.  You should also get your family tested, it's hereditary.  My daughter and I both have it. 

 

Welcome to the forum and good luck!  And if you need help, we are just a question away.

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One thing I saw on a list that made me chuckle, but it's real, is play-dough.  With you having a little one, probably something you want to avoid.  I have 2 more weeks before I have to go 100% gluten-free so I'm slowly changing over.  I'm not sure what my hubs is going to do--if he will go gluten-free with me or not.  He is the baker in the family though.  I do know he needs to stop cooking pizza right on the oven rack.  First, it makes a huge mess that he doesn't clean up and second, it contaminates the oven :D.  I'll have to move our old toaster to another part of the kitchen.  It's right by my coffee maker--or move the coffee maker I guess :D.

 

My daughter is scheduled to get tested when I go back.  She has had a lot of issues but for whatever reason has never been tested for Celiac.  Our boys are supposed to be making appointments to get the blood tests done, but, they probably have not done that (they are all early 20 year olds so they have to do that themselves).

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Sorry I wasnt clear.. My daughter is 20 years old.. She has had several DX ... PCOS .. she also had GP ( . Gastropariese <sp?> ) but that has resolved.  

So she has now decided to go gluten free (again) as she did for a  for a little while and quit...

 

I also have a 3 yr old that has been tested and told does not have Celiac's ... So that is part of the problem as well as the 3 yr old is all over all of us with

hugs and kisses (she tries to hug everyone even strangers ) so I think  we will all go mostly if not totally gluten-free..

 

 but my biggest question is about the oven and microwave... are they really safe if her food is covered??

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Yes, as long as you clean the micro well after cooking gluten foods it should be fine. And unless your regular oven has stuck on food hanging from the "ceiling", it too will be fine.

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If you aren't going to go completely gluten free, you will need two of some things.  A toaster is a big one, do not share them.  Some people get different colored appliances to help keep them separate.  You will need to get rid of wooden spoons and cutting boards.  Some people get rid of their pots and pans, if they are unscratched that shouldn't matter, gluten likes to hide in the scratches and crevices.  Just keep it in mind if your daughter is getting glutened from somewhere and you aren't sure where.  Your strainer/colander needs to be thrown, you can't get all those holes clean no matter what you try.  You are going to have to get separate condiments (butter, mayo, peanut butter, jam) anything that has possible contact with gluten.  Pizza ovens can't get clean no matter what - don't share them. If you have counter top fryer, that is also a no share item. Throw out any open baking ingredients - I know I used to dip my measuring cup in the flour and then the sugar.  If you are going to keep gluten in the house, I had seen some suggest to put it in the bottom cupboards for a better chance of no cross-contamination.  And a thought on baking if you are a baker - the flour dust is bad also.  Clean your oven and microwave very well.  If you are going to cook gluteny foods in them after, make sure you are putting all gluteny foods on pans ( don't put a Tombstone pizza on the rack and then throw a gluten-free one on there) and try and cover them to help prevent CC.  Remember one thing - when in doubt, throw it out. If you don't think you can get it 100% clean, don't use it.

 

Check everything that could possible go in your daughter mouth.  I am not sure how old she is but if she is younger and puts her fingers in her mouth you will also have to check lotions and bath soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, mouth wash, medications, makeup.

 

Read the newbie thread, it's very informative.  You should also get your family tested, it's hereditary.  My daughter and I both have it. 

 

Welcome to the forum and good luck!  And if you need help, we are just a question away.

Hi,

 

Thanks so much for this! I have just been browsing and found this and your answer has REALLY helped! Thanks so much'!!

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