Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and togetherness, and hosting an allergy-friendly celebration ensures that everyone can partake in the joy of the meal. With a little preparation, you can create a welcoming environment for guests with food allergies. Here are five tips to make your Thanksgiving inclusive and safe:
- Communicate with Guests:
- Reach out to your guests in advance and ask about any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
- Send a message to everyone to gather information on specific allergens.
- Use place cards to indicate which dishes are allergy-friendly and list the common allergens present.
- Provide a separate serving utensil for each dish to prevent cross-contamination.
- Utilize resources from organizations like FARE for allergy-friendly recipes that cater to different dietary needs.
- Consider alternatives like gluten-free flour, dairy-free substitutes, and nut-free ingredients in your cooking.
- Designate a specific area for allergy-friendly dishes to minimize the risk of cross-contact.
- Clearly mark this zone with a sign or decorations to make it easily identifiable.
- Wash hands thoroughly before preparing food, and encourage guests to do the same.
- Use separate cutting boards and utensils for different food items, especially when handling allergens.
By following these simple tips, you can ensure that everyone at your Thanksgiving table feels included and safe.
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