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My 9 year old most likely has celiac disease...endoscopy next Tuesday.  I'm preparing my kitchen to be gluten-free and have a few questions if someone can help me out.  

1.  Can I wash gluten and gluten-free dishes together in the dishwasher?

2.  IF the dishwasher is safe to remove gluten from ceramic and stainless steel, can I give my stainless steel colander a good scrub first and then put it through the dishwasher?  This question us actually from my MIL since we do go over for dinner occasionally and at their cottage. 

3. Do I need to replace my butter knives,  serrated knives and bread knife?

4.  Just wondering why I need to replace silicone utensils?  Is it because the material is porous? Or maybe I can't see the very small scratches?

5. Should I replace her sandwich Tupperware? What about thermoses and water bottles?

Thank you all for your help. I'm lucky my daughter is not so symptomatic but that also worries me that she may be glutened without me knowing. 

Jamie

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1.  Yes.  

2.  Get a new colendar and do not trust Grandma to keep your kid safe.  I do not trust my own mother.  Why? She does not live the gluten-free life every second of the day.  Easy for her to make mistakes.   I also keep a bin of pans, etc at her house that i use.  

3. If the knives are stainless, just wash them well.  

4 and 5.    All plastic and silicone is porous.  Same for cutting boards and toasters.   Ditch them.  I tossed all my old tupperware.  I bought new water bottles and thermous containers for hubby and me.  I labeled water bottles and my kid's  thermos with her name and hubby and I never touch them.   My kid still eats gluten outside the home.   In fact we had a shared household until i was diagnosed.  Two against one now.  Besides, it is heaven to come home and know that hubby and i would be safe.  It is nice to be able to let down your guard.  

I kept my old stainless pots and mixing bowls, but scrubbed them.  Do not use baking pans or that mixer which probably has some batter gunked on it.  Bake with parchment paper just because gluten-free tends to stick.  

Others might have futher input.  

 

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Also give away any cast iron pots/pans, going to have to start with new ones and reseason. I personally got all new appliances, silverware, cooking utensils, and pots/pans when I had the change over. Sorta gave a new take and allowed me to clean up everything and reorganize with just what I needed. I also developed this habit of laying freezer/butcher paper down on cooking prep surfaces when preparing meals, and still do it to this day. It protects against surface contamination and makes clean up a breeze afterward. Also you might want to scrub down all the knobs, handles, switches, and buttons on things in the kitchen as well, I found them to be common issues.

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3 hours ago, Jkta said:

My 9 year old most likely has celiac disease...endoscopy next Tuesday.  I'm preparing my kitchen to be gluten-free and have a few questions if someone can help me out.  

1.  Can I wash gluten and gluten-free dishes together in the dishwasher?

It would be safer to wash her dishes separately by hand.

2.  IF the dishwasher is safe to remove gluten from ceramic and stainless steel, can I give my stainless steel colander a good scrub first and then put it through the dishwasher?  This question us actually from my MIL since we do go over for dinner occasionally and at their cottage. 

Safer to use a separate colander that is dedicated to her food.  Colander's have many small holes that are difficult to adequately clean.

3. Do I need to replace my butter knives,  serrated knives and bread knife?

Clean them up good they should be fine.

4.  Just wondering why I need to replace silicone utensils?  Is it because the material is porous? Or maybe I can't see the very small scratches?

I think most plastics are ok to keep if cleaned well.  Wooden utensils are not so easy to clean though.

5. Should I replace her sandwich Tupperware? What about thermoses and water bottles?

Most plastics are not so scratched up they can't be cleaned.  It depends on the condition they are in.  If they have a smooth, unsctratched/worn surface, they should be cleanable IMHO.

Thank you all for your help. I'm lucky my daughter is not so symptomatic but that also worries me that she may be glutened without me knowing. 

Jamie

I cleaned up my cast iron skillet with steel wool and soapy water,  It was fine.

It may be simpler to get dishes for her that are a different color or style from what others in the house use.  Also buy separate peanut butter, mayo etc so it doesn't get cross contaminated by knives.  Sharing may be caring but it can makes us sick.

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GFinDC has good advice.

If you have a self-cleaning oven, put your cast iron in for a clean cycle (wash first to remove any overt residue). The temperature and duration (over 600F for 30 mins) will break down any gluten. After cooling, re-season with fresh oil.

Stainless steel implements washed in a dishwasher will be fine.

Ceramics which do not have detectable scratches will likewise be fine after a run through a dishwasher.

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I don't have any cast iron....but wondering if the BBQ needs a good cleaning too?!

i also have a steam-convection oven that is used regularly, but it can only go up to 437degrees.  It does get wiped down regularly...should I worry about this oven?!

 

Thanks,

Jamie

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4 hours ago, Jkta said:

I don't have any cast iron....but wondering if the BBQ needs a good cleaning too?!

i also have a steam-convection oven that is used regularly, but it can only go up to 437degrees.  It does get wiped down regularly...should I worry about this oven?!

 

Thanks,

Jamie

I f you have used the BBQ grill for anything gluteny - I would just replace that rack.  It is usually less than $20 if you don't buy a name brand one.

I don't worry about my oven - obviously if something exploded, I wipe it up.  You do cook your food on  a tray or in a pan, I hope.  :D Self clean actually goes to 600 F I think but your oven won't let you have that temp to cook with.  Broil is usually 500F.

 

I use a dish washer for all my stuff - gluteny or otherwise.  

 

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