Long balmy summer days are rare in Ireland but when they come our way there is nowhere better. One of the best things is being able to light up the barbie so you can cook and eat in the garden with family and friends.
If you are coeliac, or have other food allergies or intolerances, having to avoid cross contamination when at a, especially when you are not the host, can be a worry. Here are some tips to help you stay safe.
- The itself: If you are hosting and someone attending has coeliac disease you must ensure that the is really well cleaned. It’s not safe to assume that high temperatures will destroy all traces of gluten. It’s best to get scrubbing with a wire brush. Simply mix baking soda with a little water into a and use this to scrub the grate until clean, then just rinse off.
- If your has a 2nd you can use the top for free-from , as from meats, burgers etc will drip onto below. If there is just one grill then cook the free-from first and keep them warm in a separate container.
- If you have not made your own burgers, sausages and other , check the labels to ensure that they contain no gluten or other allergen . This of course also applies to , bottled , relishes, chutneys etc.
- Wash your hands occasionally. It is such a simple thing to do and definitely helps the of cross contamination.
- Make sure you have 2 sets of tongs, chopping boards, basting brushes, serving spoons, grill brushes, serving platters, etc. To avoid cross contamination you have to be vigilant, so labelling your free-from equipment is specially helpful if there are 2-3 people working the .
- If you are the guest and not the host you might bring along your own disposable , as they are inexpensive and will ensure safe . This will also take some of the pressure off your host, specially if they are not familiar with the rules around etc. Otherwise, ask if you bring your own meat etc, or if they could leave a piece of meat aside and not it. The same applies to .
- If you have children with a food or intolerance, have a chat with them beforehand, specially if you are attending a party. They probably know what not to if older, but little ones may need to be told only to what mummy or daddy gives them.
- Enjoy the summer and stay safe!