Gluten free snacking is all very well – you can grab one of our Nākd bars, or a piece of fruit, when you’re on the go – but what about preparing meals at home? You might think it’s as simple as eliminating gluten foods from your shopping list, but in reality there is more to it. The tools and utensils you use could be secret carriers of gluten, and can easily sabotage your efforts to cut gluten from your diet. Here are some areas to think about when it comes to your home.
Washing dishes without gluten
Surprisingly small aspects of your kitchen routine can lead to particles of gluten coming into contact with your food. When washing dishes, one tip is to have your own different coloured sponge for cleaning. Keep this separately and don’t let the gluten eating members of your household use it. The same goes for dish cloths and scrubbers – anything used for washing up should ideally be separate.
Sharing a fridge with gluten foods
A great tip for living in a gluten-filled household is to claim the top shelf of the fridge for your non-gluten foods. This makes it less likely that bits of food will fall down onto your own items. Be sure to mark your foods as gluten free, and let others in your home know that they mustn’t borrow your food! A knife with breadcrumbs could easily spread gluten to your condiments, and you might wonder why you suddenly feel ill when you’ve been eating a strictly gluten free diet.
Your kitchen layout: gluten vs. gluten free
For those who get very ill when coming into contact with gluten, the ideal situation is to have one corner of the kitchen designated for gluten foods, and the rest of the kitchen for gluten free foods. This may not be the most convenient measure for everyone in your house, but it means the spread of gluten, particularly in tiny flour particles, is confined to one area which can be easily contained.
Tools and utensils
It goes without saying that if you’re going to follow the advice above, you should follow through will all aspects of your food preparation. This means buying your own pans, pots, spatulas and cutlery. If you’re a fan of gluten free bread, get your own toaster to be safe. Make sure these items are a different colour or design to everything else, to avoid any mix ups.
Hopefully these tips have shown that sharing a kitchen with gluten eating friends and family can be done! Stick with these top tips and you should feel healthier and less affected by gluten in no time. Making delicious gluten free snacks and meals should now be easy-peasy.