When someone is freshly diagnosed with celiac disease, they frequently ask how to prepare a meal for them. You should know that there is an abundance of gluten-free recipes and meal plans available including the best frozen pizza and delicious mushroom soup.
Keep reading this article to know how to prepare a safe gluten-free meal for those with celiac disease.
- Avoid cross-contamination with gluten-containing products
Use clean surfaces, utensils, pans, and pots whenever preparing a safe gluten-free meal. Keep gluten-containing foods, especially the oil used to cook these dishes, away from the meal you’re cooking.
- Avoid cross-contamination at the table
Keep all of your chips and other appetizers gluten-free, otherwise, your gluten-free dip will become contaminated. Bread should be kept away from your guests’ plates and other serving dishes (otherwise, crumbs can fall into the gluten-free food). Place a fresh stick of butter on a plate and set it aside for your gluten-free guests.
- Cook from scratch
Use whole, fresh ingredients to avoid hidden gluten. Gravy mixes, soup mixes, bottled sauces, salad dressings, condiments, and seasoning mixes are examples of “convenience” items that may contain gluten-based substances.
- Avoid baking gluten-free for your loved one
Baking is another complicated area that needs extra caution when it comes to ingredient sourcing and cross-contamination concerns. It’s preferable to wait until you’ve mastered gluten-free cooking for your loved one.
- Shop Savvy
When purchasing gluten-free products, make sure that each product you intend to use has been CERTIFIED gluten-free or is manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
- Watch out for hidden sources of gluten
When preparing food and shopping food always look for hidden sources of gluten such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), malt flavoring, malt, modified wheat starch, or other unidentified food starch.
- Keep kitchen clean
Cooking in a kitchen that frequently prepares gluten-containing foods is possible! You don’t need to buy any special cooking equipment to prepare a gluten-free dinner. Before you begin, thoroughly wash everything you intend to use with soap and hot water, or run it through the dishwasher. Wash items such as pots, pans, cutlery, dishware, measuring cups, and food processors. Always clean the counters and appliances in the kitchen as well. Gluten can hide in tile crevices or attach to any damp surface, so clean your cooking area with cleaning sprays and wipes, or soap and hot water.
- Cook with safe equipment
Gluten can get stored in cracks, porous equipment, and frayed plastic utensils, among other places. Cooking gluten-free for someone with celiac disease necessitates the use of safe and sanitary equipment. So before you cook gluten-free food always make sure the utensils and equipment are properly cleaned and sanitized.