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What are allergies between friends?

My friend is borrowing my crockpot & using it to cook something with onions. I'm deathly allergic to onions.

Why not just tell your friend to either a) make something that doesn't use onions
or b) get her own damn crockpot (seriously, they're around $20)


I almost think she only thought of the issue after she lent it out.

My crockpot was $40 and it can be hard to get the liner completely clean afterward.

Anyway, if she is allergic to food items, she shouldn't be lending out her cooking utensils.
Weak sauce.

This isn't an unreasonable issue, and if she never heard of or didn't think of liners, it's a good question.

And hey, recession? Not everyone has $20 to spare.

(don't cook walnuts in my stuff, either.)
I don't see why she is fretting- it's not as if the crockpot can't be washed.
Depending on how allergic she is, it might be an issue. I'm deathly allergic to eggs, and I've gotten sick from an eggy pan that had been through the dishwasher. This is, of course, why I don't let people cook eggs in my pans.
I wouldn't trust dishwasher to clean- they are notorious for leaving food residue. Mine is acting up right now and tea cups are stained.
I don't see why she is fretting- it's not as if the crockpot can't be washed.

it depends on how serious the allergy is, even washing there might be residue. my kids are allergic to dairy and will get a reaction from dairy on peoples' hands (such as if someone ate a cracker, brushed off their hand, and then touched them, would give my kids welts). so I think it's a valid concern.
Ceramic is non-vitrious, though, it can be made 100% clean, literally. That's why it's used for sanitary ware.
I agree. My daughter is deathly allergic to eggs. Cross contamination can even kill her.
That's the whole point of the post. She wants to know if washing will remove the onions or if they can be absorbed.
Perhaps she should have spent her time and bandwidth more sensibly by learning the properties of ceramics. They don't absorb.
Isn't... that... what she was doing in her post?
So your snark is that she should have googled instead of asked people in a domestics community?
I suppose some people find advice from random, unknown peeps preferable to say, scientific facts when it comes to information that pertains to life and death matters. I'm not one of them.
but micro cracks in them do hold food particles, and if its all scratched up they will hold oils.
Onion molecules? What exactly does the molecular representation of onion look like?

More than you ever wanted or needed to know about onions

Re: More than you ever wanted or needed to know about onions

Onion =/= molecule. Molecules make up the compenents of onions. But onions are not molecules.
I appreciate the snark because if you are deathly allergic to something, DON'T LOAN YOUR COOKWARE OUT.

But if you do...turn to the internet for advice on how to handle your shit, yo.
That was my thoughts (well, that, & if I had a friend who was deathly allergic to something, & she loaned me a crockpot, you better believe I would NOT cook whatever she was allergic to in it)
She could tell her friend not to use onions ... or to buy those disposable liners. Problem solved.
Why would you think that a disposable liner would be better than ceramic as a barrier?
Not necessarily better, but it would be another layer of protection.
If she's truly deathly allergic, I imagine extra protection would be better.
For what it's worth, even though she didn't say it in her post, the friend did know she is allergic.
That's where I am just confused as hell. If you know your friend is allergic, why the hell would you borrow the crockpot and cook something that contained the allergen? One of my roommates uses a specific bowl when she eats her nut-filled cereal since she's afraid that even after washing it, I might have a reaction.

And this is a girl I just met and moved in with a month ago. My best friends don't even eat nuts around me.
Yes, but the friend apparently told her what dish it was for and the dish contained onions (I assume that friend didn't try to hide that fact, because if she did I'd be googling the fastest way to friend's house so I can retrieve my pot and beat her to death with it, not asking if the death-ingredient will be absorbed into my pot). And she said yes and lent it out!

Still, well-washed it shouldn't give her trouble. Think of people with allergies who go out to eat; surely the plates and utensils they're eating from have, at some point in their existence, been in contact with whatever it is those people are allergic to. We're not hearing of bunches of people developing anaphylaxis from plates on which shellfish was served 2 days ago because good washing takes care of that.
Depends on the severity of the allergy. I have friends with gluten allergy that can't go to any restaurant that serves any form of gluten. Not even if they order something that is gluten free. Same with friends with peanut allergies. These people don't go out to eat very often.

If she's truley deathly allergic, as she says, the tiniest trace could be enough to cause a reaction. She probably also has a hell of a time eating out, because people but onions in almost everything.
seriously, they're around $20
She's in the UK. Try $40. If it's the (discount) brand I think she means, they start at £30, although she might have got lucky with a sale. My slow cooker cost £70, which is much closer to average for the big name brands.

I'm now wondering what kind of birthday party involves mince.
wow, that's insane - I'm in Canada, & you can almost always get on either on sale, or a cheaper brand, for $19.99
(& they're ALWAYS at the second hand store)
I'm in the US and I actually just had this conversation with someone the other day. They said they were "saving up" to buy a crockpot (this person is gainfully employed and doesn't have a ton of debt or money issues, so it seemed really weird to me). I told them that you can buy a new crock for $20-30 for a medium sized basic model.. but hell, go to the thrift store (assuming you don't have food allergies) and pick one up for $5-10.

To be fair, I have a fancy pants programmable one that cost me about $60, but I received it as a gift.. :)
I've got a huge one that my mom spent around $60 on, but she wasn't using it so she gave it to me
I'm trying to find a smaller one (around 3 - 4 quart), & so far the only ones I'm seeing in thrift stores are older ones that I don't like the look of, but I've seen tons in stores for $20 (I just won't buy new if I don't have to)
Tesco sell them for £15, so do Amazon. My slow cooker is a branded one (Tefal I think, it's a purple ceramic one) and it was only £25 from John Lewis in 2008. Home Bargains have a digital branded one for £25 this month and a basic one for £10.

I was seriously tempted to get one of the digital ones, but there's no room in the kitchen for another one.

I live in the North-East so maybe that's why the prices are cheaper, but obviously the likes of Tesco and Amazon don't have separate regional pricing.
"Keep the crock pot. I value my life more than I value it. If you value my life, get me a nice new crockpot for Christmas!"
Yup, this. If I was that worried about it, I'd be too nervous to use it even after it was cleaned, baked, bleached, whatever. Not worth it.