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I Need To Replace My Springform Pan, Don't I?

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I made a lovely gluten-free chocolate truffle cake for my son's birthday and brought it to my great aunt's house to share w/everyone. When I left the room, my well-meaning aunt took the ring part of the springform and washed it in her sink. I came back and saw that it had been cleaned, and that she had removed the rest of the cake to a plate and was reaching for the bottom part of the pan. I said "Oh please don't clean that, it's very important that I keep it gluten free!". She looked at me like I had two heads and said "I'm just going to wipe it off" and before I could grab it from her she dunked it in her sink and started scrubbing it with her washcloth. The water was full of pieces of (gluten-filled) coffee cake, and so was the blasted washcloth. My face just crumpled, but I didn't say anything more to her; she's 80 and has NO clue about this food stuff.

Anyway, the pan had been in use for a few years and has a few scratches. Plus, a springform has lots of places for gluten to hide. I probably need to buy a new one, huh? *sigh*

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I'd put it in a bath of bleachy water and call it good. The fact that it wasn't BAKED with anything gluteny, rather was washed in with something, doesn't concern me.

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I'd give it a good scrub with a soapy water and a brush to get into nooks and crannies and call it good.

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I'd give it a good scrub with a soapy water and a brush to get into nooks and crannies and call it good.

I'd be just fine washing it well and continuing to use it.

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Oh seriously? :D You guys just made my day! I didn't realize that baking was the issue; not just exposure. Thank you!!!

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The fact that it wasn't BAKED with anything gluteny, rather was washed in with something, doesn't concern me.

Yep, agreed. Give it a good scrub.

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If you are extremely concerned with keeping your bakeware gluten free, don't take it out of your house. In the future, remove the cake from the springform prior to leaving your house and put it on a paper plate. That way your bakeware stays gluten free and you don't need to worry. By using disposable plates you don't need to bring any dishes home.

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I wouldn't be even slightly concerned about this.

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I wouldn't worry about this either.

In fact the celiac support group a friend of mine goes to swears you can put old non stick pans on the stove, boil a vinegar/water mixture in them and give them a good scrub to remove gluten contamination. I chose to give away all my old pots and replace them with new but if I had a newer pot/pan that had been very temporarily contaminated (1 gluten grilled cheese cooked on it by accident or something) I would try this out.

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