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lawieckowski

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Hi there, first time poster! A friend of mine with celiac recently has been having a difficult time. Her father is in the hospital 2 hours away and she has been doing a lot of driving. She doesn't have time to cook for herself so I was hoping to make a few meals for her and her family, but I am terrified of making her sick. 

I have brand new disposable tupperware containers to avoid cross contact to make snack boxes, but I also want to make gluten-free casseroles and stews. I have 2 one-use aluminum baking pans for casseroles. I know I can't use any of my pots and pans or wooden utensils.

My question is can I cover any of my existing cooking pots/pans/slow cooker/baking dishes with tin foil? Would that be enough to prevent cross contact? 

If you have any other suggestions for preventing cross contact in a non-gluten free house for a celiac person I'd be grateful. We all pitched in at work to get her a gift card to buy food, but what she doesn't have a lot of is time and energy to cook so I want to take care of at least a few days for her.

Thank you!

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First of all, that is very thoughtful of you! Can you ask her what her preference is? Myself, I am using cookware that I had pre-celiac days. I have made sure to clean it well, and often, and am pretty sure I'm ok. I'm not sure about a slow cooker. But, I used to use one that I bought second hand off Craigslist, and it was fine, as far as I know. The baking sheets would be a bit more iffy.

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I would not accept anything from anyone else who is not a celiac unless prepackaged and certified or cooked under my supervision in my house....sorry but days in bed sick and 6 weeks of other symptoms including diarrhea are not worth it.

Find out what her favorite gluten free prepackaged snack or meal bar is. Get her some cases of them to eat on the go. I personally like Julian Bakery Bars (aquired taste and low carb...only certain ones are good), Rythem Kale chips, Protes chips, Nuco wraps, Nuco Coconut Crunch, etc,

Crockpot....they maker liners for them....just do not use the lid...you get drip back....learned that using my mothers once. You also go to  know ingredients, spices, etc......perhaps offer to cook at her house with ingrdients she has in her house? Have her go shopping with your then you fix her the dinner while she relaxes in her house?

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You’re a good friend.  I’d ask her what she prefers, and if she hesitates about having you cook for her, don't push it.  I will eat at my brother’s, but they check ingredients with me and I look at anything packaged.

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Almost forgot. You can buy her some Udi's gluten free chicken florentine, broccoli kale lasagna and regular lasagna (frozen dinners). Quite yummy and quick for her to toss one in the microwave.

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