Serving beer in a GF kitchen

Katarina Mollo MEd, RDN, LDN

Q: How does serving beer in a gluten-free kitchen work? Would washing the beer glasses in our dishwasher contaminate the water with gluten thus dirtying the rest of our glasses/plates?


Washing the glasses or other dishes in the dishwasher should be fine, just make sure to rinse all glasses/dishes and remove any gluten residue stuck on them like pizza, dough, crumbs etc. Glass is non-porous and does not absorb gluten, so going through the dishwasher or cleaning with soap and water should be enough to get rid of gluten. When hand-washing items make sure to use dedicated gluten-free sponges/brushes and rags as they can get gluten stuck to them and introduce gluten on dishes and surfaces.

Avoid using porous materials and hard to clean items interchangeably.

Below are items that are too hard to clean and we recommend using a separate dedicated one when preparing gluten-free food:

·      Wood cutting boards/utensils/rolling pins

·      Strainer/colander

·      Sifter

·      Cast iron pans

Tip: Color-coding dedicated equipment can be helpful in a shared kitchen.

Reviewed October 20, 2022.

Note: This information is provided by NCA and Katarina Mollo MEd, RDN, LDN, NCA's Director of Education. This information is meant for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for personalized medical advice or replace any medical advice provided directly to you by your health care provider. No liability is assumed by the NCA or Katarina Mollo, MEd, RDN, LDN by providing this information.

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