Thursday, July 29, 2010

Professional Baker With Celiac


I was recently asked by a fellow Celiac baker if it is OK to bake with gluten as long as she stands at an arms distance from the mixer and washes her hands thoroughly afterwards.

I get asked this question very frequently, and I think it's a question that a lot of people have. I have spent a long time thinking about and researching the subject, and I think I have an answer.

I have learned that it supposedly not possible to absorb gluten through your skin. It's OK to touch something with gluten, however, once you touch your face, you are at a high risk for contamination. I myself don't like to risk it. I prefer to use latex gloves while working with gluten (I really try to avoid the situation at all costs though), and I throw them away once I've finished working.

Secondly, flour particles go airborne very easily. We have all experienced the explosion of flour when turning the mixer on too fast, or when patting our hands together and the flour puffs up in your face. It is so easy to breathe in gluten particles and get sick from them. If you must work with gluten, then I would recommend wearing a surgical-style mask. Nevermind looking good in the kitchen, right?! Ha!
So there you go! What do YOU think about this?

1 comment:

Melodee said...

I LOVE your site, so glad I found it. I used to be a wonderful baker but haven't done much since discovering the celiac 3 yrs ago.

I am now helping with a catering biz and needed this very answer. I am going to wear gloves and mask even when making the giant sandwiches we provide.

Thank you for being part of the GF revolution sistah!!

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