Most probably think going gluten free is easy, when in reality it is far from it to do it right. If you’re having health issues and are serious about going gluten free there are some things you’re going to have to do/replace to make sure you do not continue to get exposure from items you have that may be harboring gluten. The gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye is a very strong protein that is nearly impossible to kill on surfaces. It takes extreme heat, hotter than most cookware will tolerate and/or higher than most ovens will heat to. Gluten hides in scratches in plastic, wood, non-stick cookware, etc. If you have non-stick cookware that has any scratches whatsoever on it they will need to be replaced. I recommend buying stainless steel cookware, as it’s safer for your health and the environment and will not harbor gluten. If you want non-stick cookware my personal favorite is WearEver Pure Living non-stick ceramic coated cookware. It is safe for the environment, healthy to cook on and works so good. If you use the right tools it will stay scratch free for a long, long, long time, making it perfect for making sure any accidental gluten doesn’t contaminate the cookware. You’ll also need to replace any plastic storage bowls you may have if they have any scratches on them. With as sensitive as I am to gluten I chose to replace them all whether they were scratched or not, just to make sure I couldn’t get sick from them. I have a few plastic containers, but for the most part I have replaced them all with glass Pyrex bowls. Black Friday at Wal-Mart they have had Pyrex bake wear and bowl sets all with lids for a very good price. The last couple years we’ve bought a total of 3 sets so we have plenty of storage bowls to use. You’ll also want to go through your drawers, replacing any plastic, wooden or silicone utensils you may have. I also recommend replacing any measuring cups or spoons you may have if they’re not seamless. If they have riveted handles with a crack between the spoon/cup and handle I recommend replacing them just to make sure there’s no gluten hidden in the crack. Don’t forget as you’re replacing things to replace any cutting boards you have whether they’re wood or plastic. Glass cutting boards should be safe, but if you’re worried about it feel free to replace glass too if there’s any cuts/scratches on them. And don’t forget to replace any plastic cups/dishes you have as well to make sure there’s no gluten residue on them.
Okay, so you’ve bought new everything for your kitchen, what now? Before you bother putting everything away get a large package of sponges. You’re going to want to use hot water and bleach or vinegar to thoroughly wipe down all your counter tops, stove, everywhere. For each area you wipe down go over it with one sponge then throw away the sponge and go over it a second time with a new sponge. You’ll want to clean every surface at least twice, throwing away all sponges after one use. It will probably take quite a few sponges and at least a couple hours to do it right. I think I used about a dozen sponges and spent at least 4 hours giving everything a thorough cleaning. You won’t want to miss anywhere that may have gluten contamination on it, don’t forget cabinet handles and knobs, also you’ll want to wipe down every door knob in the house to make sure there’s no gluten from someone’s hand on it. Anywhere that may have been exposed to gluten you will want to clean. If at all possible it’s best for your whole house to become a gluten free zone. Going gluten free, while it’s an adjustment, will not hurt anyone in the house. In fact others may benefit from it without even realizing they had an issue, so try to have everyone go gluten free with you if you don’t live alone. If necessary ask them to try it for at least 30 days to see if they experience any benefits that would make them want to stay on it. It can be very difficult to manage to not get “glutened” if you’re living in a house that’s trying to combine being gluten free with not being gluten free.
If you are going gluten free, good luck and I wish you many, many health improvements with the change. If you have any questions or comments feel free to sign in and leave a comment and I will try to respond to everyone that has any comments/questions.