Most people don’t realize one of the major sources of cross-contamination in their kitchen is their toaster! Think about it, if you are moving your kitchen over from 100% gluten to gluten free there are so many things you have to buy-food, baking utensils, who wants to, or has the money to buy a new toaster? Or if you live in the real world, like we do, the majority of the family is not gluten free, but I am. And quite honestly it is just too expensive to buy gluten free for everyone, I’ve tried and the kids don’t mind it, but it’s just not affordable. So you could do several things;
- Give up toast.
- Buy two toasters
- Make the gluten eaters give up toast
I don’t know about you, but those don’t really work for me! So one day while I was exploring ways to get one of my favorite gluten free brands online (otherwise I had to drive 1/2 an hour away to get it) I discovered these! I have to say it was one of the most liberating days in my gluten free journey!
Toaster Bags! I had never heard of them before! It was amazing! I can still use a toaster that all those other gluten eaters around me use, but I won’t get sick!!!! So here’s some of my favorite features about them!
- They are reusable!!!
- They are very inexpensive!
- You can toast; sandwiches, pizza, make grilled cheese, bagels, waffles, and moreAND it doesn’t make a mess!
- Dishwasher safe
I pack my bread for my sandwich in it for work and sandwich fixings separately. I put my tuna melt together at work, put it back in the toaster bag and use the toaster at work. Voila-I have a safe for me sandwich, the mess is contained and the bag can be thrown in the dishwasher and used again!
Here is a link for the toaster bags that I use. The bags are good for roughly 50 uses, or when you start to notice excessive wear.
I love this hack, it has made my gluten free life so much easier!