The Tools to Replace in Your Gluten-Free Kitchen
Wood can be tricky to thoroughly clean. Wood fibers could harbor gluten particles and enter your food with the next stir.
Be cautious with cutting boards. If they are pitted or scratched, gluten could settle into crevices. It’s better not to risk using your former bread board for your new gluten-free loaf or fresh veggies.
COLANDERS, STRAINERS, & FLOUR SIFTERS
Do you find yourself struggling to scrub each hole individually on these types of kitchen aides? Starchy pastas can leave residue behind, and removing traces of gluten from tiny, mesh-like strainers can be very difficult.
Do you really need to get a whole new toaster?! Trust us: those errant gluten crumbs can end up on your gluten-free bread. You could try toaster bags, but for under $20, you could get a new toaster exclusively for your gluten-free toasting.
WOODEN ROLLING PINS
When you’re living gluten-free, it is best to shelve the classic wooden rolling pin if it was used on gluten-containing items. Pushing flour into wood all those years could result in gluten getting transferred to your gluten-free pastries and pies.
The jury is still out on whether gluten clings to cast iron. Because you typically wash cast iron pans without soap and the surface of the cast iron is pitted, it may be worth investing in another.
Waffle irons can be tricky to clean with all those grooves. Unless the waffle-making plates come out and can go in the dishwasher, you may need to buy another for your gluten-free breakfasts.
You may not realize that the mitt that is touching your gluten-free dish from the oven was also used for – and touched – that gluten-containing one. Be sure potholders are washed prior to gluten-free baking and cooking or buy a separate one and label it the “gluten-free-only mitt.”
MUFFIN TINS & CAKE PANS
Due to their shape and design, these can be tricky to clean. If buying a new set isn’t an option, use cupcake liners and parchment paper to keep traces of gluten at bay.
As you can see, when you’re living in a home with both gluten-free and gluten eaters, gluten particles and crumbs can make their way into many of the common kitchen utensils and appliances we use day-to-day. Thorough inspections and cleaning can only go so far with some hard-to-clean items.
If your household is going entirely gluten-free, you may want to replace some of the items that are more difficult to clean. If only one or several household members are going gluten-free, getting a separate set of the hard-to-clean items strictly for gluten-free food prep is recommended.