the gluten-free kitchen makeover


 


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This is a compilation of advice I received from several mentor families when I was first trying to manage D's diet, years before we realized the boys were also going to be going sans gluten.  There's plenty of tips out there, but these are the actions we actually took.   All it takes is an afternoon, & you'll walk away feeling clear about what you're up to & committed.  My biggest hope for you is a life that supports your wellness, so that you can give yourself fully to those you love, & that which inspires you.  A carefully arranged kitchen is the first step, but please don't put it off!  Get this part out of the way so you can get creative, making your kitchen a clean & inspiring landscape of items that you love.  




I believe we are also feeding ourselves when we take in a view, or we listen to a conversation.  What are you feeding your eyes, your ears, & your heart?  


 




Excerpt from the Start Here booklet in the Gluten Free Lifestyle Kit:


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Cheat Sheets: These help to remind you of what is safe to eat, & what you need to eliminate.  If you are casein-free, there are warning labels & a list of substitutes on the back of every Pantry List.  Post these up where you can see them, such as the inside of your pantry door or on your refrigerator.  We include several card-stock copies so you can post one at work & at Grandma’s house.

 

 

 

Choose: a Gluten Free Household?  

 


 

We recommend going full-tilt.  It will save you money, time & energy.  Trust us, very soon your entire family will be begging to eat off of your plate.

 

 

 

If Not:

 

 

 

Pick the pantry, refrigerator shelves & appliances for gluten foods.  The majority of the kitchen needs to be a safe, dedicated gluten-free cooking environment.

 

 

 


 

Then, Eliminate Cross-Contamination: 

 

 

 

Pick up attractive container labels for GF foods.  It’s important they look attractive, & celebrate your healthy diet.  You can also use string, rubber bands, moving tape, electrical  tape or stickers. Sure, you can use Sharpie markers & masking tape in a pinch.  But don’t stick with a system that might be a subtle drain on you.  There’s colored versions of all of these.  This is for jars like almond butter, & tubs of everyday flour.

 

 

 

Purchase “squeeze bottles” for classic “double-dipping” condiments, like mayonnaise & mustard.

 

 

 

Purchase large plastic, glass or metal containers with tight-fitting lids.  You’ll need an extra large 10-20 cup capacity one that fits in your refrigerator for your everyday flour.  It should be the perfect height for you to reach in & grab a few cups of flour with ease.

 

 

 

Refrigerator: Empty all onto your kitchen counter.  Wipe down shelves & drawers with hot, soapy water.  Keep a pen & notepad ready, writing things down as you put gluten items in a bag for your neighbor.  Throw out opened foods for a fresh start.  Save the list to know what needs replacing.  

 

 

 

 

 

Pantry: Empty all onto your kitchen counter.  Wipe down shelves & drawers with hot, soapy water.   Keep a pen & notepad ready, writing things down as you put gluten items in a bag for your neighbor.  Throw out opened foods for a fresh start.  Save the list to know what needs replacing.

 

 

 

Check Appliances: Give juicers, blenders & food processors a good once over.  All baking mixers, dough hooks, whisks & bowls should go through the dishwasher with a hot water rinse & the “heat” dry cycle.  The same for grill grates & racks.  Toss anything that's not whistle-clean.

 

 

 

Purchase New Toaster + Toaster Oven: You might get away with a hardcore cleaning of the toaster oven, but the toaster has to go.

 

 

 

Hook up the GF Cookware:  Go over all your cookware carefully for scratches, funky rims, deep dents & screws.  Give these away or put into the designated “gluten area” of your kitchen.  Give the remaining cookware a good run through the dishwasher.  Purchase what you don’t have.  Label these as well.