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I am not sure if hubs will go totally gluten-free, probably not.  He will eat gluten-free meals, dinner, because I'm not a short order cook and he'll eat what is put in front of him  :D .  So, I get having 2 toasters, no way to get our current one 100% clean.  Cutting boards and wooden spoons, if they are washed in the dishwasher, ok to use??  How about kitchen towels and wash cloths?  How do you keep those from CC'ing your kitchen--use 2 different ones?? Do you keep them on opposite sides of the kitchen??  My colanders are plastic and go in the dishwasher, do I need to buy new ones?  My sister has separate dishes for her daughter, but they get washed together in the dishwasher like everything else so is there a point to having 2 sets of dishes?  How about cooking/baking supplies--have you organized your cabinets so any gluten stuff is in separate cabinets--thinking spice mixes that may have gluten??  I think I will have to clean out my pantry and put things on the shelves differently--putting the bins of flour on the floor, etc.but my kitchen is only so big too :D

 

This is like a full time job trying to figure all of this out!!

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Personally, I found it easier to just switch the house over to 99% gluten free. I'm the cook, so that works fine. If the gluten eaters want to eat gluten, there are plenty of opportunities outside the house. I've found a bread recipe that everybody, including our gluten eaters enjoys.

 

The only glutenous items that are kept in the house are normally prepackaged and carefully segregated. I keep one dedicated gluten pot for my DH and a dedicated gluten spatula to make his items. If gluten items temporarily come in the house they are bagged and put in a fridge and gluten eaters consume them carefully or remove from the house. 

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I think that a good rule of thumb for what needs cleaned and what needs replaced is to think, "If this was dropped in a toilet, would it be possible to sanitize it?" If the answer is no, then you need to replace it.

 

For example, no way that you could make a wooden spoon clean enough to use again, so that is an item that needs to be replaced.

 

Whereas, a glass dish could be cleaned and sterilized, so that's fine to keep.

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My fiance is not totally gluten free and we live together. Here is what we do.

Our house is 99% gluten-free.

When we make meals together the meals are gluten free. If there is something with gluten in it (for instance if forgetful friends bring bread to share), it goes into a designated zone in the kitchen far away from prep cook area. I usually walk by and hiss at it... :P

Sometimes if I'm not there he will make a frozen pizza or something. We foil cover all of our bakeware before we use it and he knows to clean the bakeware/plates/forks... seperately and clean off all of the surfaces in the kitchen after he's finished. I don't trust the diswasher with gluten used stuff in it yet.

We ended up getting rid of all of our regular flour and other contaminated baking ingredients. I also DEEP cleaned the kitchen. Seriously deep cleaned. I didn't throw away my stainless pots and pans or my bakeware. I did get a new toaster. Just super washed dishes and foil cover all bakeware. Have a seperate sponge to clean your stuff up in the kitchen. The toilet rule posted above is a good one to follow.

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The cutting boards, colanders, and anything plastic, wood or nonstick (ie. pans/baking sheets/muffin baking sheets) can NOT be shared. You need to get all new ones because gluten is a protein that can get stuck in the cracks and will not be removed by the dishwasher. I would advise against using the same towels, you need ones kept strictly separate. If you have a really crappy dishwasher I wouldn't want to wash things that have a bunch of gluten on them with things that are gluten-free (I'm looking at you dishwasher, I see all the food you leave on things!!).

 

I would also not have any sort of wheat/gluten-y flour in my kitchen. If you breathe it in, it can go down the back of your throat and you can be glutened. I know when I bake I get flour everywhere as well, if you have a coating of it (like dust) on things then it can easily get into your food.

 

I also suggest going through all your spice mixes to see if they contain any gluten.

 

The simplest solution is generally just to go entirely gluten free. My boyfriend has free reign to go out whenever he wants and eat whatever gluteny thing he so wishes. Its really not going to hurt your household to go gluten-free and it will be a lot simpler. I know a lot of people make it work but I can't. I don't mind if someone heats something up in my microwave but beyond that I don't want it near my kitchen. Peace of mind, especially not having to worry about what's touched what when I'm making breakfast and half asleep means a lot to me.

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Since I have struggled with the disease for so many years and it has nearly ruined my life and certainly my health, my bf had no issue with making the household 100% gluten free. He has no problem with eating what I cook or cooking what we have in the house because it is all gluten free and we cook such good food, it doesn't even matter that its gluten free! My boyfriend also has a bit of a problem with gluten and dairy but only when he eats a lot in a day. He tries to avoid it when he's out, but indulges and is very conscious to not kiss me when he gets home till he's brushed his teeth and washed his face.

 

As a newly diagnosed person, I do not feel safe having gluten in my house. That is just my personal opinion.

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Hubs could probably benefit from going gluten-free or mostly gluten-free.  Hard part is that things he is having problems with could be attributed to a lot of other issues and he's not one to go to the doctor :D.  With the kids grown, it should be easier to go 100% gluten-free.  I'm going to have him go on his baking binge next week so we can enjoy our favorites and then I guess I have to get down to business and restock my kitchen.

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Hi SMRI.

 

I take it you haven't visited the Newbie 101 Thread?  It's under the Coping Section.  READ...lol and read all the links too.  The thread goes through what you have to do in the beginning, procedures, tips...etc.  

 

Welcome to the Forum!  And good seeing you on the Dinner Thread  :)

 

Colleen

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When we make meals together the meals are gluten free. If there is something with gluten in it (for instance if forgetful friends bring bread to share), it goes into a designated zone in the kitchen far away from prep cook area. I usually walk by and hiss at it... :P

 

 

Totally LOL'ing at that one!  :D

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