Cooking utensils and equipment
Even with a dishwasher in the kitchen, there are still some items of cooking equipment that you will want to have duplicates of so that you can ensure you are at less risk of cross contamination. This list would include, at a minimum...
- your own toaster (or use toaster bags)
- a separate colander
- a dedicated bread board
- marked wooden spoons
- a gluten free ONLY bread machine (if you use one)
Let's run through the reasons why I included those items above.
Toasters are a crumb magnet! If you toast wheat bread in them, there is no way to avoid crumbs falling into the machine. If you then toast gluten free bread in them, the risk of contamination is just too high.
Different colored or shaped toasters make it easy to distinguish between the safe, and not safe, versions. In my house we also keep them far away from each other, at opposite ends of the kitchen!
The colander is problematic if you cook wheat pasta as well as the non-wheat variety. Even if you thoroughly wash it after doing so, there could still be a sticky residue that could contaminate your gluten free pasta. Again have two, in different styles, or colors, for safety.
If you are cooking two separate meals, it is essential to use a separate spoon for stirring each. I like to mark the handle of my wooden spoons with a dab of paint so that I know which ones have only been used in my food.
Having a separate bread board on which to slice your bread makes things a lot safer.
If you have a bread machine, and it has been used in the past for making wheat bread, then I would advise getting a separate one for your own use. They are notoriously hard to clean and there is a risk of flour remaining inside the machine.