Life Made Simple
My kitchen is very small. Its tiny apartment small and I do not have the luxury of a completely gluten free workspace. The fact is most people live with people who are not gluten free. I am gluten free and my husband is not. I spent a year depriving him of cheese sandwiches until I decided it was enough. I have found that you can live in harmony if one is creative.
Always be aware of your workspace.
First and foremost, one must have a clean workspace. This is vital. Before prepping and cooking, take a minute to wipe down your workspace and start fresh. I like to have an empty bowl or two next to my cutting board to place chopped veggies and meats. Cook the gluten free items first and then cook the kryptonite (gluten). I find that these simple steps help cut the chance of cross-contamination.
Buy good knives.
You don't have to spend a fortune, but a small set that will keep a nice sharp edge is essential. I specially recommend having a chef knife, 6" utility, and a paring knife. I have found that a quality knife reduces my meal prep time drastically. Plus, it is fun to learn to be a kitchen badass.
You can bake (if you want to).
I like to bake. I have found it my way of dealing with increased amounts of stress. We all have our things. Every year I bake an insane amount of holiday goodies for mine and my husband's offices. It's a great way to start the New Year off on the right foot. The thing is, I bake with gluten most of the time. That way, I don't eat it. I do this carefully and methodically.
After baking all the treats (AND NOT TASTING ANY!!!) I thoroughly clean my kitchen, every surface and every spot. This is a great way to get your kitchen super clean.
The rest of the time, you can bake and experiment with your gluten free treats and have fun. My advice is to not expect the world from a gluten free cupcake. Stick to simple delights and you will be one happy kid.
Toasters and Toaster Ovens
I like to have a toaster oven for the gluten free breads and snacks and a regular toaster for my husband’s bread. It's an easy and pretty inexpensive solution. This way we are both happy campers.
The Stand Mixer
I just got a red KitchenAid stand mixer and I have to say I am a convert. The machine changes my whole baking operation. It's cleaner, more accurate, and easier to manage. Plus, it has a dough hook that is great for the Bob's Red Mill Pizza Dough mix and Chebe biscuits.
Magic Bullet Blender
This gadget is great for making individually portioned sauces and dressings.
The Bread Maker
I could go either way on the bread maker. Some people really like the fresh bread, but I have found that most mixes are not worth the effort.
Please note that one has to make every effort to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen and home. Be careful when working with items that contain gluten and be aware of where they are placed. Don't worry you will get the hang of it pretty soon.