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Ever Shared A Fridge With A Seitan Eater?
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Mango04    11

Just wondering if anyone has any tips.

I share a tiny kitchen with a person who primarily subsists on seitan (pure wheat gluten). It's sticky stuff and tends to result in pools of wheat juice and gluten chunks all over the fridge. It drips down the sides of the fridge and forms crusts of wheaty goodness all over the kitchen. I find garlicy scented pieces of "wheat meat" all over my food. Basically, I've never seen a food migrate so rapidly to all corners of a space. LOL

Moving won't be an option for another couple of months. So, hmmm.....what to do? I was thinking of buying my roommie some tuperware for her evil food substance (she currently doesn't keep it enclosed in anything). Can anyone think of anything else?

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Joni63    1

Hey Mango,

Tupperware would be a good idea if you think she will use it.

Is it possible for you to buy a small refrigerator where you can keep your foods? I know they sell for under $100.00.

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Mango04    11
Hey Mango,

Tupperware would be a good idea if you think she will use it.

Is it possible for you to buy a small refrigerator where you can keep your foods? I know they sell for under $100.00.

That's a great idea. :)

I might just be over thinking this, but is it rude for me to blatantly ask her to be more careful w/ the stuff? She didn't exactly sign up to live with me, so I don't really want to impose anything on her, and I don't want to imply to her that she's a massive slob (cuz she is :ph34r:). But seriously, the fridge was like a bio hazard when I first moved in...and now it's like that already again just a few weeks later. Yuck.

Thanks for letting me vent. LOL

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jerseyangel    409

E-w-w-w Mango....how gross! I think Tupperware would be a good idea, too. Maybe get a large container and put all your stuff in it--on a shelf higher than the one she uses.

One time in Wegman's, Mark took a package of seitan out of the freezer and "chased" me around with it :lol:

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Jestgar    715

I second the 'enclosing your stuff and keeping it higher' theme, especially if you can't get another frig.

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ive    1
I share a tiny kitchen with a person who primarily subsists on seitan (pure wheat gluten). It's sticky stuff and tends to result in pools of wheat juice and gluten chunks all over the fridge. It drips down the sides of the fridge and forms crusts of wheaty goodness all over the kitchen. I find garlicy scented pieces of "wheat meat" all over my food. Basically, I've never seen a food migrate so rapidly to all corners of a space. LOL

It's like a scene from a celiac horror movie :ph34r:

I second suggestions about another fridge, I don't think this fridge can be cleaned enough to be safe. Also please make sure you have your own separate set of utensils, cutting boards, pans and so on. You definitely do not want to share any food surface with your roommate.

I don't think it would be rude to ask her to be carefull with her stuff. Definitely try to talk to her, explain how this stuff can make you sick and for how long.

I really hope you will resolve this situation.

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Adelle    1

A separate little fridge sounds like an awesome idea!! They are pretty cheap ($100-$200) and you can keep yourself safe!

Oh, and your roomie sounds gross.

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kbtoyssni    5
What is seitan?

It's pretty much pure gluten extracted from wheat. It's used a lot in vegetarian imitation meat to add protein.

My first thought was "why is is getting all over the fridge?", but the fact it's not contained in anything would explain it. Try craigslist for a mini-fridge; you can probably get one on there for $20. And I do not think it's unreasonable to ask her to keep the seitan contained. It's a MAJOR health concern, not just a "I think you're messy" issue. Messy roommates are the worst.

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I like to pronounce it "satan".

And here I was about to post that this was a roommate match made in hell! :lol::ph34r:

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Mango04    11

:lol:

Thanks everyone for the responses.

I'm in a foreign country where getting a new fridge isn't the easiest possibility, though I do really like the idea. My food is currently stored below hers so I will definitely trade fridge shelves and ask her if she can keep the stuff in a container.

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Mango04    11
One time in Wegman's, Mark took a package of seitan out of the freezer and "chased" me around with it :lol:

:lol:

I always look at the stuff with this morbid fascination....like how can that even exist??? LOL :ph34r::lol:

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ShayFL    6

That stuff is nasty. I wouldnt even go near it when I was vegetarian and eating gluten. It just looks like dog turd. It just does.

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I confess I learned something here because I had never heard of this stuff! :o I does seem to bring to mind "toxic waste" though! :ph34r:

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Mango04    11
That stuff is nasty. I wouldnt even go near it when I was vegetarian and eating gluten. It just looks like dog turd. It just does.

It does. It smells nasty too. :grossed out face:

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debmidge    7

Just a thought, but are you sure she/he isn't just trying to get you to move out?

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Mango04    11
Just a thought, but are you sure she/he isn't just trying to get you to move out?

Yes, I'm sure. She's been more than kind and accommodating since I've brought up the issue.

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jerseyangel    409
Yes, I'm sure. She's been more than kind and accommodating since I've brought up the issue.

That's good to hear, Mango--I was wondering how the whole thing worked out :)

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