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Cross contamination thru cookware, wooden spoons, cutting boards, plastic, etc..

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I've recently been diagnosed. Wondering how serious cross contamination is thru cookware, etc. Gluten free diet is expensive enough. I can't afford to replace  all my kitchen cookware, etc.

Any advice and experiences would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Welcome, BizLarry!

I would not be concerned about cross contamination from cookware. Porous things like cast iron and wood should be scrubbed thoroughly after being used to cook foods containing gluten. Are you sharing these implements with others in the household who are not eating gluten free?

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I was concerned about cookware.  I gave away (other family member) my Grandfather’s cast iron frying pan and bought a new one.  I also bought  new wooden spoons, a cutting board, colendar, and a toaster.   Anything that can be scratched or has tiny holes that are too hard to clean can harbor gluten.  You can save cast iron (my pan was ancient).  It must be scrubbed and placed in a oven on a clean cycle.  High temperatures (over 500 degrees) can burn off the gluten.  Then it must be re-seasoned.    Regular stainless cookware can be cleaned well.  Watch out for scratched non-stick pans.  And clean your outdoor grille if family used seasonings or placed  bread on the grille to toast.  

Learn safe shared kitchen practices.  

Use the search button for more tips and advice.  This topic has been discussed many times.  You can start here:

 

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On 8/17/2020 at 12:46 PM, BizLarry said:

I've recently been diagnosed. Wondering how serious cross contamination is thru cookware, etc. Gluten free diet is expensive enough. I can't afford to replace  all my kitchen cookware, etc.

Any advice and experiences would be greatly appreciated.

 

I know when I go to my daughters and eat it never fails I end up sick. She tries really hard to fix me strictly gluten-free food. This is all after eating from paper plates. So, the only conclusion we can come to is the silverware. Maybe they had eaten from the silverware and there was food left on it, or maybe the silverware had been scratched and the gluten left in the scratch's, so we started using plastic knifes and forks that seemed to have finely worked for me. 

Concerning me at home I have replaced all my cookware and did it little by little. I have fixed my grandson sausage gravy with regular flour, make sure I wash the pan really well and the next time I use that pan to cook my dinner or what ever I seem to not have any issues. 

Hope this little bit of information helps!

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On 8/26/2020 at 4:14 AM, Celiac/Disease said:

I know when I go to my daughters and eat it never fails I end up sick. She tries really hard to fix me strictly gluten-free food. This is all after eating from paper plates. So, the only conclusion we can come to is the silverware. Maybe they had eaten from the silverware and there was food left on it, or maybe the silverware had been scratched and the gluten left in the scratch's, so we started using plastic knifes and forks that seemed to have finely worked for me. 

Concerning me at home I have replaced all my cookware and did it little by little. I have fixed my grandson sausage gravy with regular flour, make sure I wash the pan really well and the next time I use that pan to cook my dinner or what ever I seem to not have any issues. 

Hope this little bit of information helps!

Wow! That's crazy... Being a somewhat silent celiac, I am not sure how I could tell if/when and how I am being "glutened". I am so incredibly frustrated.

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2 hours ago, BizLarry said:

Wow! That's crazy... Being a somewhat silent celiac, I am not sure how I could tell if/when and how I am being "glutened". I am so incredibly frustrated.

I have been that way many times. Until I started strictly eating at home, that way knowing what the ingredients are in my food, as well as what it was cooked in. When we go to my daughter's now we eat before going. Special like Thanksgiving, Christmas and so on I fix my plate ahead of time. 

That to me is the only way of breaking the cycle. I tried everything, I'm one to where I'd rather eat at home any how, but my husband likes to eat out. I had to stop it! We tried the Olive Garden, and other's that are suppose to be gluten free still just didn't work for me, I'd end up sick every time and just totally miserable. No one else know's how bad you really feel, and it goes on for day's. Even the depression sets in. Now I'm making my own gluten free bread, cookies, etc. I plan my dinners a lot better now ahead of time.

I almost died in 12172019-01282020 due to not eating right and ending up with pneumonia and C-dip at the same time and was in the hospital for one month and really had no idea of what was going on until about the 3rd wk I was in the hospital. My husband tried waking me up one morning and I was unresponsive so he called my daughter and the squad all I remember is my daughter yelling at me Mom wake up you have got to wake up!! That's all from not eating right, I'm a female and my normal weight is around 105-110 my weight coming out of the hospital was 94 lbs. I couldn't walk, they wanted to put me in a rehab place and I wouldn't go so I came home with part of my right lung damaged severally from the pneumonia so for they put me on oxygen and gave me a walker so I could get around. Better yet I have a large German Shepard dog that's my heart and I was going to figure out one way or another so I could keep her but had to figure out a way of getting her out side. Anyhow all that due to Celiac Disease and eating out, getting sick, eating little to nothing, eating sandwiches. Hard when you're trying to cook for just one since my husband still works. After all that I learned a lot so now yes I plan my meals and haven't been sick for awhile now! So cook for your self, and yes my husband eats gluten free same as I although he doesn't have to!!

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6 hours ago, BizLarry said:

Wow! That's crazy... Being a somewhat silent celiac, I am not sure how I could tell if/when and how I am being "glutened". I am so incredibly frustrated.

It is frustrating being a silent celiac.  I don’t have symptoms, at least none that I’ve figured out.  However, based on my antibody levels, I’m also a super sensitive celiac.  My antibodies crept up this year and I don’t know why, therefore I have to cut back on anything that has the slightest chance of contamination. If I had symptoms I could probably have a much more interesting diet.

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Exactly! 

On 8/17/2020 at 6:56 PM, cyclinglady said:

I was concerned about cookware.  I gave away (other family member) my Grandfather’s cast iron frying pan and bought a new one.  I also bought  new wooden spoons, a cutting board, colendar, and a toaster.   Anything that can be scratched or has tiny holes that are too hard to clean can harbor gluten.  You can save cast iron (my pan was ancient).  It must be scrubbed and placed in a oven on a clean cycle.  High temperatures (over 500 degrees) can burn off the gluten.  Then it must be re-seasoned.    Regular stainless cookware can be cleaned well.  Watch out for scratched non-stick pans.  And clean your outdoor grille if family used seasonings or placed  bread on the grille to toast.  

Learn safe shared kitchen practices.  

Use the search button for more tips and advice.  This topic has been discussed many times.  You can start here:

 

Thank you

 

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On 8/17/2020 at 11:42 AM, trents said:

Welcome, BizLarry!

I would not be concerned about cross contamination from cookware. Porous things like cast iron and wood should be scrubbed thoroughly after being used to cook foods containing gluten. Are you sharing these implements with others in the household who are not eating gluten free?

Thank Goodness no! My son has adopted going gluten free. Once it was considered a possibility, he realized Everytime he eats gluten he has problems. As a child, anytime I had diarrhea or constipation it was  attributed to stress or anxiety. I had done the same for my son, and his were much more common. I've suggested he actually gets tested but he doesn't want to go to the doctor not does he want to eat gluten to be tested. 

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