Monday, February 24, 2014

Gluten-Free Survival Guide: College Edition- Sharing a Kitchen

Living with people that are not gluten free can pose a cross contamination threat. You have to be aware of the threats as well as be sure that those sharing the space with you are properly educated about possible issues. Last year I lived in an on campus house with two gluten-eating housemates, so I had to keep on my toes and always make sure I was careful when preparing food.

Luckily, I didn’t have much trouble with it because my housemates were understanding and careful and I took some preventative measures right away. I had my own dinnerware, cutlery, pots/pans, utensils, cutting boards, etc. all of which were solely for gluten free foods. I also kept my own sponges away from the others and they were only used with my things to avoid possible cross contamination.

In the pantry, my things were on an upper shelf above all of my housemates food and gluten containing items such as wheat flour were kept on the lowest shelf to prevent possible spills on to my foods. Also, I made sure to thoroughly wipe off any surfaces before I used them for food prep.

Tips for living with gluten-eaters:
  • ·      Be aware of possible dangers/problem areas
  • ·      Have separate utensils, sponges, cutlery, etc…
  • ·      Store GF food on shelves above gluten containing foods in pantry and fridge
  • ·      Wipe down surfaces before preparing gf food on them
  • ·      Educate those sharing the space with you 

Gluten-Free Survival Guide: College Edition- Intro

Three years ago, I began my journey as a gluten-free college student. I've had my ups and downs, victories and losses, but I've never lost hope. Adjusting to life away from home wasn't difficult for me because I'm always looking for a new adventure. My concerns about my dietary restrictions were the only thing holding me back, and that remains true in most situations. However, I'm finally at a point where I can say with confidence that I have gotten it figured out. 

From going out with friends for dinner, to going on overnight trips for track meets, I have fine tuned my strategies and come up with game plans for any situation. Planning is key and it's important to have a backup plan. My next few posts will highlight the most common situations I've come across as a gluten-free college student and offer my advice for how to go about them.

Happy Monday!