Once you're diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it's actually not enough to eliminate gluten from all your food. No, you also have to cleanse your kitchen -- and all your cooking gear and utensils -- of this poisonous substance.
So how do you do that? Well, you get rid of -- throw away, give away or donate -- everything in your kitchen that might harbor even a speck of gluten, and replace all that gear with fresh, new, never-touched-gluten equipment.
Think of it as a total makeover for your kitchen, aimed at radically improving your health.
Of course, you'll be able to keep some of your equipment -- stainless steel pots and pans, for example, can be cleaned well enough to rid them of those scary microscopic gluten traces (which really can bite you -- see How Much Gluten Can Make Me Sick? for the details). But lots of your stuff -- everything porous, plastic or scratched -- has to go.
Here's a list of what you'll need to get:
You don't need to spend a ton of money on this (although you certainly can if you want to!). It's possible to pick up most of this stuff at a big box store or even your local dollar store for not too much money. But trust me, you need to replace the key items -- if you don't, you'll find yourself experiencing mystery glutenings far too frequently.
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