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DougE last won the day on March 19 2016

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  1. I am nonsymptomatic.  I do get my blood tested every other year, but I am not sure how reliable that would be.  I think that since I am trying my darndest not to consume gluten, even if I was not doing it right, I would probably get a false negative on a blood test. 


    I am extra careful to avoid cross contamination, and rely heavily on other Celiac's experiences.  These forums are a god-send for that purpose.  One question I have never been able to resolve is if I should be avoiding all oats.  I do have gluten-free oats once in a while, but some are sensitive to even gluten-free oats.  Without symptoms, would I know?

  2. Thanks kareng.  I have never bought Mikes at a store.  I only ordered it at a bar once or twice because they had not gluten-free beers or ciders.  Never got a chance to read the label.  Now I am usually very consciencous of reading labels, but I think that the rules are different for alcoholic beverages (at least in Canada).  So I ordered it "It's just lemonade, right?"   That just shows how dangerous it can be to make assumptions.  Learned my lesson.


    Thanks for the tip, DougE! I use a chili powder that has cumin mixed in, could I just use that? I think it's oregano, chili, cumin...not sure what else. Possibly paprika. I usually wrap my food in foil before putting on the grill, would the time still be the same? 


    Experiment with the rub.  I just use what I have on hand.  I do not wrap the salmon, but use a vegetable grill so I don't lose any if it falls apart.  I find the rub helps hold the fillets together anyway.  If you prefer to wrap it in foil, that might change the cooking time, I'm not sure.

  4. I see a lot of favourable comments for toaster bags.  I bought some once, but I found they were so large that there was extra bag on the sides of the toaster.  They even started to melt.  I thought, this looks like a fire hazard, but even if it isn't, I don't like the idea of plastic melting on my toast.  Was I doing something wrong?   I can't remember the brand, I think it was Toast-it.


    Anyway, I picked up a small inexpensive toaster at the supermarket and take it everywhere.

  5. What a great thread!  I have one for you...

    On a business trip, a number of us are sitting at the boardroom table discussing where to have dinner.  When a suggestion was made, I phoned the restaurant to see if I could eat there.


    Me - Do you have any gluten-free options?

    R - What is gluten?

    Me - Wheat, barley and rye.

    R - Hmmm.  Well you could probably have the flour tortillas.

    Me -  Flour tortillas!?   What kind of flour are they made from?

    R - Well, you know.  Regular flour.

    Me [loudly]   FLOUR IS WHEAT!!!!

    [peals of laughter around the boardroom table]

    R - oh. [as if she just had an epiphany]

  6. That's difficult.  I think that I would figure that I am in the majority that isn't bothered by these kinds of things.  Chances are that you are in majority.  The only way that super sensitives know that they are super sensitive is their reactions, so there would be no way for you to know if you are in that category anyway.


    You are probably right.  I was diagnosed 5 years ago.  My first follow-up scope showed healing, and my guess is that if I was super sensitive, I wouldn't have found it so easy to be gluten-free.   Thanks.  Now I will dig into my eggplant curry :P

  7. If you use steel wool, or any other abrasive on your cast iron, you will basically scrape off all of the old seasoning and such making it pointless to even be using cast iron. Abrasives should NEVER be used on cast iron under any circumstances unless you intend to strip and reseason the pan.



    I read somewhere that steel wool can scratch the surface of cast iron.  If you really must scrape something off it, use a metal spatula.


    I love my cast iron pan.  Couldn't even part with it when I was diagnosed, though I probably should have replaced it.  If figure after five years of gluten-free only use, it should be OK now.   I wipe with a paper towel or  wash with hot water only, and scrape with the metal spatula only when necessary.  No worries about bacteria, the iron gets hot enough to kill everything.   And especially no soap, and no steel wool. 

  8. There have been a number of discussions on this topic recently.  There are a number of gluten-free beers but availability depends on where you are.


    The best summary of what is out there is right here http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2012/03/the-best-and-worst-gluten-free-beers.html


    WOW!  That was a tiny font.   Let's try again...


    There have been a number of discussions on this topic recently.  There are a number of gluten-free beers but availability depends on where you are.


    The best summary of what is out there is right here http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2012/03/the-best-and-worst-gluten-free-beers.html

  9. Well when I saw this thread it made me wonder if they have them in the uk, so I messaged Glutino on facebook and got this response within half an hour!...how cool is that :) ....(just a shame products take forever to cross the water :( )...mmmm, I can't wait !

    Hi Helen,

    Right now these are only in the US. But we are starting to ship some of our products internationally. Please contact us at hgomez@provisionsinternational.com for details.




    Haven't found them in Canada yet either....and that's where the company started.  Any other Canadians see them?

  10. I was diagnosed 5 years ago because my iron was low. Otherwise I would have said I have not symptoms. In retrospect, I did get intestinal cramps occasionally, but certainly not every time I ingested gluten. Today after 5 years, it is the same. I recently ate at a restaurant where they came out after I had pretty much completed my plate and told me that they made a mistake and there was gluten in the sauce. I had not symptoms. That is why I stick with this forum and attend my local Celiac Association meetings. I rely on the advice of others, what product/restaurants I can trust.