Monday, November 5, 2012

How to serve a safe gluten-free meal for guests

Gluten-free lasagna & Gluten-free brownies

Start with reading labels to make sure the product does not contain gluten.

  • Look for gluten! (Captain Obvious)
  • Avoid wheat, barley or rye.
  • Avoid malt flavoring it's made from barley.
  • Sometimes gluten is hidden in other ingredients so it's best to go with certified gluten-free products if you can. *not always necessary
  • Cooking with whole foods eliminates having to worry over ingredients for example fresh sweet potatoes instead of canned.
  • Avoid processed and marinated meats. 
  • For more detailed information about ingredients click here.
Keep all gluten containing foods separated from non gluten foods.
  • Use separate utensils.
  • Don't double dip.
  • Keep counter tops clean.
  • Don't hold bread over a gluten-free dish.
  • Keep gluten-free dishes on opposite ends of the table or counter.
  • Always wash pots, pans and dishes thoroughly between cooking and baking.
  • Use fresh condiments that have not been dipped into with a bread knife, squeeze bottles are good.
Most recipes can be made gluten-free! You don't have to have special ingredients for everything. There are a few things you need to switch. These products are readily available at most grocery stores.
  • Use gluten-free pasta.
  • Use gluten-free flour.
  • Use gluten-free bread crumbs or bread.
Most other foods are already gluten-free as long as you don't contaminate them! When serving a large crowd it's best for gluten-free guest to be served first to prevent cross contamination. 


  1. Great advice - thinking from a simple perspective if you don't use any processed foods you are pretty safe most of the time. Whole foods with the exception of wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, kamut work well as the base for recipes.

    Tracey Allen
    Author of The Sustainable Table: Take Back Your Plate and Easy Gluten-free Lunches and Snacks: Simple Cookbook
    Simplify and Save

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  3. What great tips. I would never have thought you had to keep the foods and utensils so separate.

    1. Thank you! Using separate utensils is extremely important. Keeping the gluten-free dish(es) separate prevents any chance of cross-contamination. It will also make the gluten-free guest feel more comfortable.:)