Is your kitchen 100% gluten free? Has your family or partner decided to go gluten free with you or do you have your own special safe section within a gluten loving family kitchen? If you live in shared housing do you keep your pots and pans to yourself?
With the threat of cross contamination a serious one, how careful are you when it comes to keeping evil crumbs from sneaking into your food?
Let me ask you this: Does the idea of sharing a toaster with non celiac family members fill you with anxiety? If you answered yes as I did, you may be surprised to discover that we may be in the minority. I recently spoke with the owner of a cafe which does gluten free options. She told me that whilst they don’t have a separate toaster for gluten free customers, the staff make gluten free customers aware of this fact and give them the option of having their bread toasted. I assumed she would say that most customers stick with gluten free bread rather than risking contamination from toasting. I could hardly believe it when she told me that so far none of their customers have ever said no to having their gluten free bread toasted!
In our home, the only glutenous thing you will find is a box of Grape nuts which John likes to eat for breakfast and even then he uses the same bowl everyday and washes up immediately after eating to avoid any cross contamination. Everything else we buy is gluten free. There would be no reason to have any more glutenous products. John eats gluten free when he’s at home with me. Any gluten consumption he partakes in is at work. We don’t have a toaster but if we did it would be used for gluten free bread only. Is it just me or does heating your bread in a crumb filled toaster kind of take away from the point of using gluten free bread? I’d love to hear your opinions on this issue…