How many strainers do you have in your kitchen? It’s one of those tools that you have one in your kitchen and you use for vegetables, pasta, beans and anything else to filter out the bad. Well not all the bad get’s filtered through. If you strain regular flour pasta, the gluten from that pasta will embark on a journey amongst it’s floury friends, through the holes in the strainer and some will hang on for dear life. Once you strain your gluten free pasta down the same strainer, the little glutenous villains will hop over to their new friends and start their journey toward your stomach. Next thing you know, you’ll be treating a “gluten attack” to fight off the “germs in your belly”. So, even after a good cleaning, your strainer / colander could cross contaminate anything else you put through it if you use it for gluten free and gluten containing foods. We recommend having either two strainers, and tagging one gluten free, or using a pot cover to drain the water by holding it slightly offset and tipping out the water from your pot.