When someone decides to stop eating gluten, it’s important to make sure that the kitchen they cook in has absolutely no trace of gluten. The tiniest amount of gluten can make someone with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance extremely ill.
Even a few crumbs can be enough
to contaminate a sandwich.
In a household which includes family members who eat gluten, it is vital to have a designated gluten-free area in the kitchen. Everybody in the household needs to understand and respect the need to avoid cross-contamination. The easiest way to do this is to colour code or label a section of work surface, shelves in the fridge and cupboard, and any utensils or dishes used in cooking. These must be kept separate and used only for gluten-free cooking.
Every work surface, appliance and utensil needs to be scrubbed thoroughly to remove any trace of gluten.
If possible, a separate toaster is also a good investment, as any crumbs from glutenous products will contaminate gluten-free foods placed in a toaster. If you can’t keep a separate toaster, always use toaster bags for gluten-free food, to avoid the risk of cross-contamination.
Use a separate fryer for gluten-free food. If this isn’t practical, make sure that the oil is changed before cooking gluten-free food.
Wooden spoons and rolling pins, wooden or plastic chopping boards need to be replaced. These often have minute cracks and grooves in the surface which can harbour gluten particles, even after washing.
The white sheen on antique wooden kitchen utensils is a layer of tiny flour particles formed over years of use, even scrubbing will not remove this.
Kitchen worktops can be wiped down with hot soapy water. This will remove all traces of gluten, unless the work surface is scratched or damaged. In this case, always use a chopping board on top on the damaged surface.
Washing up detergent can sometimes contain gluten, but rinsing thoroughly will remove it.
Kitchen Danger Areas
Food processor or mixer
Sponges and cleaning equipment
Utensils, ladles, serving spoons and spatulas etc
Colanders and sieves
Soaps and soap dispensers