One thing both my husband and I have agreed upon from the start is that we would maintain a peanut and nut free household, meaning that everything in the house would be safe for DJ to eat. That meant no peanut butter hidden in out-of-reach cupboards, or other potential hazards for out tot to accidentally stumble upon. While DJ will definitely have to learn he can't eat everything that every one else can, we want our own home to be a safe zone, where we can all feel confident and not worry about allergic reactions.
So, needless to say, I was troubled to find out a mutual friend brought, and consumed peanut butter at our lake property last week. Even though DJ wasn't there, our friend used our cutlery and plates; while he washed them thoroughly afterwards I can't help but feel uncomfortable. What if a minuscule amount of peanut butter remains? Washing dishes out of a pasta pot without running water may get plates clean in the normal sense, but I'm not sure it's enough in this case.
While spending time at the lake with DJ is immense fun, it's also a lot of work. And now, there's even more, since the next time we arrive, I'll be washing clean dishes before we get them dirty again, to ensure all traces of peanut butter have been removed.
Maybe I'm being paranoid, but with a 30 minute drive to the nearest hospital, I'd rather be safe than sorry.
Next time, our friend is going to have to find a new bread spread.