No Special Cupboard

Our entire house is 100% peanut-free.  This may change down the road as our kids get older, but for now, peanut-free it is.  There is not one cupboard that contains peanut-free only items, or one cupboard where the peanut butter is stashed “just in case” we need it.  There isn’t a special cupboard of “Mommas guilty snacks” (I know, this was a hard one!)  I went through EVERYTHING in our fridge, freezer, and pantry.  I read every label, and threw out anything that contained peanuts, or had the statements “made in a facility with peanuts/tree nuts”, “may contain peanuts”, or “made on equipment shared with peanuts”.  This included checking condiments, seasonings, baking items, EVERYTHING.

I initially did try having a designated area for foods that our son could not have.  It lasted about a week. My hubby had accidentally picked up bread that had eggs in it.  He was going to throw it out, and I said it was okay, that I would put it high in the cupboard and he could use it for his work lunches.  The VERY next day, in the rush of making lunch for the boys, I pulled it out, put sunflower butter and jelly on it and put it on the boys’ plates.  It wasn’t until I was breaking up the sandwich on the little guy’s plate that I REMEMBERED.  I threw out the sandwiches, put the plates in the dishwasher and had to throw out the jar of sunflower butter because I had re-dipped the knife in the jar after touching the bread.  That bread went IMMEDIATELY into the garbage.  Never again.  So not worth it.  No “Special Cupboard” for us.

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