It is unfortunate that in my house, I am surrounded by gluten. My husband and older daughter eat it. And as much as I would love if they would quit, I don’t expect them to offer to do that. If I didn’t have to eat this way, I wouldn’t either!
There are some things I do to make sure I don’t get glutened though. A lot of things actually.
I have my own frying pans. Only non-gluten items are cooked in these pans.
I use glass for food storage. Left overs and anything that I take to work is stored in glass containers. I use a lot of mason jars too. I found lids for them that are plastic and easy to clean so I use all the jars that we have from jelly and spaghetti sauce.
I get a new dish towel out about every 5 minutes. Ok, not that often. But every time the one I get out is touched by someone else, I get a new one out. Or if Evelyn takes off running with it, I get a new one out. (She likes to put them on her head and walk around)
I wash my hands. A lot. To the point of my hands cracking.
I have my own toaster. And toaster oven. No gluten has ever gone in these two appliances.
I refuse to touch wheat bread. Annabelle gets mad at me because I won’t make her toast. Crumbs scare me. And wheat bread is the worst! She can make it herself if she really wants it, she’s old enough to put bread in a toaster. But, if she wants me to make it, she gets gluten free bread.
I have my own colander, measuring cups, containers of sugars, salt and other baking items that could be dipped into with a contaminated spoon. Sugar is gluten free, but not if you dip a measuring cup in flour and then into the sugar. So I keep gluten free versions in my cabinet.
I have two cabinets dedicated to gluten free cooking tools and spices/ingredients. I have a separate shelf in the pantry for gluten free food only. I keep everything as separated as possible.
Yes, I wish the whole house was gluten free. But no, I don’t wish this on anyone. At least Evelyn is still gluten free with me- she really has no other choice, it’s the only thing I feed her and everyone respects that because of the risk of her contaminating me.