Before gluten-free was a thing, gluten was everywhere. Hell, gluten is still everywhere, but when you go gluten-free, gluten starts to fade away as you find yourself eating gluten-free (ok ok ok now I have to admit, I used the word ‘gluten’ a whole ton in that opening line).
We all know about the dreaded cross-contamination of restaurants, but what about in your own home? Do you keep the GF flour next to the regular flour? Would someone accidentally use that in the GF cupcakes as opposed to what should really be used? That’s more stupidity then cross-contamination but I think you get the point. Do you live in a shared household? Do you have one person who eats gluten-free because they have Celiac Disease? Are they careful?
Should the others in the house be careful when it comes to cross contamination? Is it really their duty to make sure YOU don’t get wheat crumbs on your tomato while you use the cutting board? If you have a wooden cutting board I would suggest getting a new one. I use a glass one, easy to clean, no nooks for gluten to hide. Here’s the kicker, what if the crumbs hide above the tupperware drawer?
Now we get into deeper questioning? If someone makes toast right above the drawer, should they clean it right away? Commonly you should clean up after yourself, but sometimes stuff slips through the cracks and you’ll get it after breakfast. But if it’s a shared household, does the person not GF need to make sure the wheat crumbs don’t get in the tupperware?
Courtesy dictates that if someone you live with has a disease that can be triggered by a small amount of food, clean it up. I sit down and there are crumbs right beside my plate because you didn’t wipe up after last nights dinner guest, not cool. It’s a shit storm of terrible manners for the one guy who now has to get a new fork because he put it in the pile of crumbs. Celiac Disease is that bad, and it’s that easy. Just wipe up.
Here’s what I know. The Celiac community really only looks at our own stuff, we tend to read what OTHER GF/Celiac bloggers and articles are saying. There never really is a normal eater looking up Celiac and they will never see this article about how their small wheat crumbs affects us. So, let’s try to make them aware of why we need them to be a little more courteous.
It’s for our own good. #celiacawareness