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Healthy Living: Cross contamination


Is someone in your household on a gluten-free diet? If you are living with someone on a gluten-free diet it is important for you to be aware of foods that have gluten in them so you do not cross contaminate. If you are on a gluten-free diet but the remaining people in the house are still eating gluten, you need to stress to them how important it is to not to cross-contaminate. For example, peanut butter and butters are easy to get some gluten in. You need to make a plan with items like this; either you have your own peanut butter or butter that only you use or you take proper precautions to avoid cross contamination. If everyone is going to use the same container then here are some tips.

  • When adding condiments to a product with gluten do not use the same utensil on the gluten-free product that you did on the product with gluten. For example, when buttering toast place the butter on the plate. Then butter you toast and do not return the utensil to the butter container after it has touched the bread.
  • After preparing food with gluten, make sure you wipe down the surface that you were working on. 
  • You may want to have a toaster for gluten-free bread and a toaster for bread that has gluten in it.
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