Memorial Day is coming up, which means barbecues, cookouts, and pot luck parties. Such functions can be so much fun but can also strike terror in the hearts of the gluten sensitive! What can I safely eat? How can I be polite and safe at the same time? Am I going to starve?!
Ok, first of all, relax. It takes something like four to six weeks to starve to death, so chances are you will not starve. Secondly, there are precautions you can take to ensure you will be able to safely eat.
Ask that your meat be grilled on foil instead of directly on the grill to avoid cross contamination. Use only the condiments that are in squeeze bottles so you don’t run the risk of someone spreading a knife on their gluten-filled bun then putting it back in the jar filled with crumbs. Take a bag of gluten-free crackers with you so that you can enjoy dips and cheeses. However, if the cheese and dips are surrounded by gluten crackers and other dippers, stay clear.
Sometimes the one thing you figure will be no problem at all, like the meat, turns out to be gluten infested. I once went to a barbecue where the chicken was marinated in a sauce that contained gluten. Needless to say, that day I partied it up on salad. Woo hoo. Not exactly the fun-filled meal I was looking forward to. Which led me to coming up with my final tip: