With Thanksgiving coming up, I started thinking about color-coding dishes, especially when guests show up!
Living in a house with three people, all with different food allergies, can make life very interesting at meal times. One of the problems we had for some time was cross contamination. I can’t have wheat, pork, turkey or soy touch my plate. My sons have a different list of foods they have high reactions to.
To solve this problem, I went to Wal-Mart and found dish sets by mainstay that are solid colors. They also sell them as separate items. I bought each us our own set of dishes in different colors.
I was searching for a picture to post but I couldn't find one. But here is a link to the Wal-mart page for the dish set. I have green dishes, Miles has yellow dishes and Mendek has red dishes. I also have two other sets for guests that are orange and blue. No more trying to figure out what was put on a plate or if coffee or tea was in a cup last. We use our own dishes and until we got a dishwasher, we all washed our own dishes as well.
Since wheat is a big one for me and one son... but I still make biscuits and pizza dough for my youngest son, I also have a separate mixing bowl specifically for wheat foods. Any dish that is red or has dots is now a wheat dish. I don't make my foods in it and the boys know that if they want to prepare a food that contains wheat, they use a red or polka dot dish.
They get washed and sanitized separately from all the other dishes to keep it safe for me.
Keeping everything separate this way takes a little getting used to but it makes keeping us safe from allergens a lot easier!