Not again. I felt that uncomfortable rumbling. I knew what was coming next. How could this be? I know my kitchen is gluten-free ... well, as much as possible with a gluten tolerant spouse. I can pinpoint the "events" to happening on those days when my husband comes home for lunch.
So a few days later, I played Ninja Kitchen Detective. I sat inconspicuously at the dining room table, "reading" with full view of the kitchen. Of course, we had the normal lunch time conversation, but here's what I observed. He came home for lunch and made his sandwich. There were crumbs all over the counter. He wiped them into his hand, and dumped them into the sink. He turned on the faucet and rinsed them down the drain. He then went to the cabinet, took down a glass. From there he went to the freezer, grabbed a handful of ice cubes and plopped them in the glass, and then went to the fridge and poured from a jug of cold water.
I knew then, I had not been as vigilant as I needed to be. I was overlooking critical areas for cross-contamination.
If I had one of those "yet to be invented" gluten sensor lights I would have known. You know the ones? You turn off all the lights in the kitchen, turn on your gluten-gadget. and all of the gluten contaminated objects in the kitchen GLOW.
My kitchen would have looked like a Christmat tree when all of these areas "lit up"
Things I've learned from this lesson.
• Always prepare my gluten-free foods first. This is probably the most critical lesson. If I'm preparing a gluten-free bread or something that is going to be messy, I will lay plastic wrap all over the counter where I will be working, so my foods, and ingredients aren't accidentally contaminated by sneaky gluten particles.
• After my food is prepared, I wash my hands and dry them with my "GF" towel. I know it has not been cross-contaminated. I keep it on a hook under the sink, out of the open kitchen.
• I keep ice for me in a special area of the freezer now. Husband can still grab a handful of ice for his tea. I save myself from cross-contamination by having ice that has not been touched by gluten hands.
• After husband has finished lunch. I will go through the kitchen and wipe down all cupboard handles, appliance handles, sinks, and faucet handles. I will also clean all counter tops. I will then wash my hands, and use my GF towel.
• I need to decide whether or not I will have a separate GF jug of water or tea in the fridge, or if there's a convenient way to prevent having a gluten contaminated handle.
Have you discovered a surprise contaminant on GF journey? Please share your discoveries and solutions with other readers below.