Transitioning to a gluten free diet can be challenging, even for those of us who love to cook and spend hours in the kitchen. If you’ve been diagnosed with Celiac Disease or have a child who has been diagnosed then it’s imperative that you take the issue of cross contamination seriously and that means there are some kitchen gadgets and utensils that you will need to replace in your newly gluten free kitchen. Anything that is porous or has tiny holes in it (such as a sifter or colander) could harbor trace amounts of gluten so it must be replaced and only used for gluten free products going forward. If you are sharing a kitchen with others who are eating gluten then you need to make sure that when you get your new gadgets and appliances they are clearly labeled for gluten free or kept separate from the ones that will be used for gluten products.
Items you need to replace
The kitchen items in this first list need to be replaced if they were used for gluten containing foods in the past as there’s no way to fully clean them to ensure that they are 100% free from gluten contamination.
- Toaster – this is the most obvious one that needs to be replaced as it’s just full of crumbs and there’s no way to clean it safely, or to share it with someone who is using it for regular bread. Make sure you clearly label or keep your GF toaster separate so mix ups don’t occur.
- Toaster Oven – the same reason as above, it is possible I suppose to use a foil lined tray in a toaster oven to minimise cross contamination, but I wouldn’t take the chance, better just to opt for a new one.
- Colander – the small holes in a colander are gluten magnets, think about draining the starchy water from pasta in here, there’s no way to ensure that it’s all been cleaned out properly so the safest thing is just to replace it with a new one for gluten free pasta.
- Chopping Boards – you must replace your cutting boards when you go gluten free, but fortunately they are not super expensive. I really like acrylic chopping boards as I can throw them in the dishwasher, anything for an easy life!
- Wooden Spoons – wood items can harbor gluten so these need to go, along with your spatulas! My friend recently got me this Tovolo spoon and I love, love, love it! They also have matching turners , slotted spoons, and spatula sets in various colors.
- Strainers – because of all the teeny tiny holes any strainers or sifters will need to be replaced.
- Balloon Whisk – best to replace these with brand new ones.
- Rolling Pin – if your rolling pin is wooden then this will need to be replaced.
- Non Stick Pans – non stick pans can harbor gluten if they have been scratched, so treat yourself to some new pans.
- Waffle Maker – if you have an old one you should replace it with a new one, and when you do you can try my recipe for Gluten Free Strawberry Waffles!
More Kitchen Gadgets!
This is a list of some of the kitchen gadgets I use regularly in my gluten free kitchen and can’t live without. I don’t think you always need to replace these items, one or two I’ve had since before I was gluten free but you should do your own research and decide whether you need to purchase a brand new one.
- Rice Cooker – I couldn’t live without my rice cooker and I use it weekly! Rice is naturally gluten free and we eat a lot of it in our homeThis is not the one that I have but it’s similar.
- Slow Cooker – along with the rice cooker I use my slow cooker a lot, if you don’t have one you should seriously consider getting a slow cooker as it makes cooking from scratch a breeze.
- Digital Scale – if you’ve read any of my baking recipes, like my gluten free Lemon Bars or my Best Ever Gluten Free Chocolate Cake, then you’ll know that I prefer to bake by weight. This digital scale makes weighing the ingredients really easy.
- Bread Machine – I don’t eat a whole lot of bread, but if you’re a bread fan and like to bake your own then a bread machine is a must.
- Kitchen Aid Mixer – I couldn’t live without this, I LOVE it! I use it every time I bake.
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