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Hand Mixer And Other Kitchen Tools Okay?

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Gone are my old tupperware containers, nonstick cooking pans, and wooden/plastic cooking utensils.

I kept:

-Stainless steal pots/pans/bowls (washed well)

-A few tupperware containers that were barely used and have no scratches on them

Things I still have but have questions about:

1. Nonstick insulated aluminum cookie sheets (is aluminum okay? I use parchment paper on them in any case, so I'm not too worried)

2. Regular cupcake pans and a cookie sheet, all of which I washed thoroughly

3. Two blenders, one good quality the other plastic (I mostly made protein shakes in them, though I'm not sure if they contained gluten. I'm trying to find out)

4. I also kept my hand mixer. I had used it to make wheat-based breads/cookies/cupcakes in the past. I washed it really well though, and soaked the beaters in very hot water with soap.

5. Waffle maker?

6. Plastic food strainer, though I mostly used it for vegetables and fruit. I think I only used it for pasta once or twice

Do you think these are okay? So far I've used the aluminum cookie sheets (with parchment paper), regular cookie sheet, and mixer, and I don't think I've gotten a reaction from those. But I want to make sure I'm doing everything that I need to do. Better safe and have peace of mind.

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I kept all of those except #6 and did not have any problem, although I cleaned them really well. But that does not mean that level would work for your.

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plastic strainers are cheap why take a chance..

Waffle maker & hand mixer.. I myself have replaced.hand mixer look at the air holes in front of the mixer & around where the beaters connect. If you have used it much in the past I'm sure you will find tiny particles of gunk, & maybe even a little dust!

Waffle maker is usually coated for non-stick & some what porous, how do you scrub that off? Same with a breadmaker. To many tiny little cervices for wheat to crawl into.. Just ask yourself is it worth it to maybe get sick ...then draw your own conclusion...

Just my two cents!

mamaw

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We had problems with a breadmaker, even though it was really thoroughly washed. Stands to reason if the teflon coating is porous, as it must have been fairly soaked in gluten! I'd recommend changing that if you can.

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I just wash everything well or put it in the dishwasher and have never had a problem. Been doing this for 20 years. If you are concerned about baking sheets just use Reynolds Release. It is a non stick aluminum foil. I don't do 2 blenders, food processors or mixers. I just put everything in the dishwasher. You can drive yourself crazy over this or take a common sense practical approach.

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A can of compressed air or small brush will clean that.

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Tina B

I tend to disagree with you .. until each person figures out how sensitive they are & their reactions, I feel caution should be used.. You may be a person who doesn't react or miminal reaction but there are others who are super- sensitive & using a breadmaker or hand mixer could throw them under the bus for weeks. And then trying to figure out which issue caused the problem...

Just my opinion..

blessings

mamaw

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I kept my big stand mixer mostly because there was no way I could afford to replace it. I went over it with a can of compressed air and scrubbed every accessible surface. So far I think it's okay.

I got rid of all my cutting boards, non stick pots, wooden and plastic utensils and designated the small metal collander (the mesh kind) as gluten only. I have a metal strainer that has larger holes that is the gluten free strainer.

I bought stainless steel pots so I don't have to worry about someone else making mac & cheese or gluten soup and ruining the pot.

I would sadly get rid of the waffle maker. I can't think of any way to make that safe. :(

I have kept my cookie sheets and muffins pans so far and use parchment paper or liners but I will replace them soon just to be on the safe side.

I threw out my non stick cake and loaf pans as lining them with parchment is a pain in the bum. I'll replace them with glass.

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Thanks for the advice, everyone. I'm getting rid of the waffle maker and probably my strainer.

Keeping - the cupcake and cookie sheets, blender, and hand mixer (I've used my mixer a bunch since going gluten-free, and I don't think I've had a reaction from it at all). Gonna make sure I wash them thoroughly again.

I also have some plastic utensils - a spoon that I used for stir frys (probably heavily glutened) and one to flip pancakes with. My mother thinks they'll be okay if I clean them well and let them soak in hot water, but I think I may just get rid of them to be safe.

We'll see how it goes! :)

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