We considered elsewhere the need to provide a gluten free kitchen area to prevent contamination. Today we start a new series looking at how we develop a 100% gluten free kitchen essentials work list in more detail.
For those of us who have been recently diagnosed with Gluten problem whether gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease (also called Coeliac disease outside of North America) you may not have any experience of setting up a kitchen that is designed to be gluten free and eliminate the risk of occidentally consuming products containing gluten.
The basic precept of this article is to develop a gluten free Kitchen essentials job which will help us to remove all traces of gluten from everything in the kitchen area. If you live on your own then the task will be easier firstly to cleanse the kitchen area and secondly to maintain it as a 100% gluten free kitchen essentials.
However even if you do not live on your own many of the tips on gluten free kitchen essentials are also applicable to people who need to be wheat free as well.
How long will it take to essentially make a gluten free kitchen?
It is not a quick task and you need to set aside a few hours to clean the area thoroughly of all potential gluten sources. I cannot put a actual time on it as it will depend on size of kitchen, number of store pantry cupboards etc. Unless you live on your own it would be better to share the job with another member of your household or a close and responsible friend to share the load.
Before you start get him or her to read some of the pages on this site about what Celiac Disease is and why it it is necessary to create a gluten free kitchen.
What Are The 100% Gluten Free Kitchen Essentials
I am not going to saying you need to throw everything out and start again but there may be the need to buy additional or replacement items. But we will need to make sure ALL foodstuffs and ALL kitchen equipment including anything used for cleaning or eating needs to be gluten free if you are going to come into direct contact with it.
If you are not going to be able to convince others in the house to also improve their own health by going gluten free along with you You will need to find a way of separating gluten free from non-gluten products.
We would suggest you consider a labeling system which clearly indicates which items are gluten free and which are potential problem for you. Marking them clearly like this will help when there are others living in the house who are not affected who do not want to go Gluten free. The picture alongside shows a hanging tag but they also do a number of different types all designed to help you keep clear of gluten and stop people not affected from stealing/borrowing your items leaving you with noting safe in the house.
Note I said “come into contact” with not “eat or consume”. Gluten on the hands can be passed onto food you handle or come into contact with your mouth, nose ears or eyes. Some of those reasons are explored in more detail in the gluten free bathroom pages or other gluten in the home areas.
We are going to work through it section by section but by the end of the exercise you will know everything is in place. These are some of the other jobs I consider to part of the gluten free kitchen essentials task list to create a safe environment for someone with celiac disease. Just click on each one and work through the list below.
Small Kitchen Appliances
Other step by step guides to making your Kitchen gluten free are being added over the next few days/weeks.
They are all areas of risk to people who are removing gluten from their life. Working your way through this list in detail will ensure you have followed all the steps necessary for a 100% Gluten Free kitchen essentials.