Thursday, May 10, 2012

Gluten Free Cooking Tips #4 -- Preventing cross contamination

Cooking Tip#4 
Preventing Cross-Contamination in your Gluten Free Kitchen 

When you have a gluten free family member, one of the biggest obstacles is learning how to prevent cross-contamination in your kitchen. This is especially true if you have a “shared” kitchen or a kitchen where gluten-containing food is prepared along with gluten-free food. I recommend that people try to become a gluten free family. If all the food in your kitchen is gluten free, cross contamination isn’t a problem.

However, I realize this isn’t always feasible due to cost or simply because it’s not a decision shared by other family members. So for people who prepare both gluten-free and gluten-containing foods, here are 8 tips to help you prevent cross-contamination in your home kitchen.

● Have a gluten free cutting board and a regular cutting board, keep them in separate designated areas in your kitchen.

● Prepare gluten free foods and/or meals on a clean counter or a designated cutting board before preparing gluten-containing foods. If you prepare gluten free foods first, there is much less risk of cross-contamination.

● Use a color-coded and/or sticker system to mark gluten free items from gluten containing items. This is especially helpful for young children in the family to know the difference.

● You don’t necessarily need separate cooking pans. Simply make sure to wash all cooking pans thoroughly in hot, soapy water before cooking a gluten free meal.

● If in doubt, use foil to cover baking pans to keep foods safe.

● Store gluten free foods above gluten-containing foods in the pantry, to prevent any crumbs from coming into contact with gluten free foods.

● Have a separate color-coded area or stickers to discern gluten free condiments in the refrigerator.

● If you’re concerned that gluten free food has come in contact with gluten, stick with the old adage, “If in doubt, throw it out."

Make sure to have a dedicated gluten free toaster!

Reader’s Tip of the Day: 
“Don't be afraid to substitute ingredients. I usually just do a quick search on the net for an alternate ingredient if I find I'm out of something I thought I had. Sometimes it even makes the outcome even better!” -- Chasity A.

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