Creating a Safe Kitchen

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Creating a Safe Kitchen

Checklist for creating a safe kitchen

  • Find a person or a place to bring the gluten-containing foods you’ll be clearing out. Ask a neighbor/co-worker/post on Facebook!
     
  • Schedule a few hours to tackle the project – it will take longer than you plan! This is a great one to get kids involved, if possible.
     
  • Remove all items from the pantry and wipe down all surfaces with soap and water. Let dry.
     
  • Read labels on ALL products before allowing them back into the pantry. Products that contain gluten are either put in the give-away bag or into a “contact the manufacturer” pile.
     
  • Keep a list of products that are given/thrown away so you can be sure to purchase a gluten-free version to replace it.
     
  • Create specific “Gluten-Free Only” shelves if not everyone in the house is gluten-free.
     
  • Repeat the process with the fridge and freezer, removing all products, cleaning, and then adding back in only products that are labeled gluten-free.
     
  • Consider keeping a list on the fridge of what is gluten-free and what is not.  Remove any appliances that cannot be completely cleaned from gluten crumbs, i.e. the toaster oven, and replace them with new ones.
     
  • Clean all appliances that have had gluten on them in the past, i.e. microwaves, cutting boards, outdoor grills, Panini makers, etc. and adhere a note on them reminding users to clean before and after use . Or, consider creating some that are gluten-free only.
     
  • If any silverware, utensils, pots or pans have residues, clean them thoroughly and if you are in a home where not everyone is gluten-free, designate some of these items as gluten-free only.
     
  • Now that you've gone through the kitchen and transformed it into a gluten-free zone, the next step is to restock!  Use the GFP Menu Planner to create your menu for the week and generate your grocery list.
jessica
Excellent information!!
Lracano60
I have been gluten free for 4 years now and I live in a household with elderly parents and my son, I am the only one who has this disease in the household and don't want to take away there wheat products. I have been making sure that I keep my food separate from and safe in one place in the kitchen.