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Cooking tips

Follow our cooking tips below to help make your kitchen allergy-friendly. The tips below cover ways to manage the risk of cross-contamination, label reading, and more!

  1. Read food labels each and every time you buy something. Manufacturers can change their production process and alter their products at any time without warning.
  2. Do the triple check when purchasing food products. Read the list of ingredients:
    1. 1. Once at the store before buying it.
    2. 2. Once when you get home and put it away.
    3. 3. Once again before you serve or eat the product.
  3. If you’re preparing a snack/meal for someone with a food allergy, cook meals that are free of the person’s allergens first, using separate cookware and serving utensils.
  4. Keep the food without the allergen(s) covered in a separate space where it will not come into contact with other foods, while preparing foods that contain allergens.
  5. Wash hands often, especially between preparing meals that contain an allergen, and those that do not.
  6. Use two different cutting boards (colour coded if possible): one dedicated to allergy-friendly meal preparation.
  7. Do not use the same utensils when cooking or serving food to the person who has the food allergy.
  8. Carefully wash all utensils (forks, spoons, servers), pots and pans and cutting boards with dish detergent and water.
  9. Have two dishwashing cloths: one for cleaning pots and pans that contain the allergen, one for cleaning pots and pans that are used for allergy-friendly meals.
  10. Do not pick an allergen out of a food (e.g. removing nuts from a salad). This will not make it safe. The person with the food allergy will need a new meal prepared for them.

For more tips on cooking safely, visit our allergy safety at home page.