Hey Everybody -
We've had so many questions from people trying to find Gluten Free Turkeys, I wanted to post a bit of a guide for you - hope you have a happy, healthy & Gluten Free Holiday Season - KC
Avoid these terms:
- Basted, marinated, injected, preservatives, flavor enhanced, modified starch, irradiated spices or spices, rub, flavor(s) or smoke flavor
Also, steer clear of:
- stuffing mix (even cornbread) or pre-stuffed birds, seasoning or spice packets, gravy mixes or packets that are not labeled Gluten Free
Here's a list & some information from our friend & Contributor Jennifer Harris:
We dined on a Honeysuckle White turkey last year and couldn't believe how moist and flavorful it was, so that is now our turkey of choice. If you question the status of a turkey call their customer service line for confirmation. It is always better to confirm than to wonder or possibly eat a turkey that is not gluten free. Here’s a list of turkey information from many major brands:
Shipped Kosher turkey, goose, duck, etc. with gluten-free stuffing (buckwheat, quinoa or rice).
Here’s their product list. Checked Nov 2010
From the Butterball website Nov 2010: Butterball product labels let consumers know whether any of the top eight allergens may be present in the product. For example, a label may read “contains wheat and dairy.” Specifically, gluten is not present naturally in turkey. It may be present in our gravy packets,
- additional rubs or flavors, and in our stuffed products.
- Some Butterball gravy packet are GF–As always, read carefully.
“To my knowledge the only item that I sell that has gluten are the crackers that are in the picnic basket. Other than that all other items are gluten free.” via email, October 2007
Empire Kosher Poultry
Listing of all GF Products (accessed Nov 2010)
Esskay and Mash Hams
“The only products that have gluten are our Bar BQ loaf and Peppered Corned Beef in the deli. All our other products are gluten free.” Via email, November 2007.
Honeysuckle White Turkeys are Gluten Free, but some of their other products have gluten. A list of products that DO have gluten here. All other products are GF, according to the manufacturer. (updated Nov 5 2010)
List includes turkey products and ham, too. (updated Nov 5,2010)
Listing of all GF products (accessed Nov 09)
Manor House(Safeway brand)
Confirmed via email Safeway Nov 2010.
“Thank you for contacting us regarding your inquiry on our Turkeys. Yes, our Turkeys are gluten free.”
Listing of all GF products. (accessed Nov 5, 2010)Pilgrim’s Pride
Here is a list of GF products. Breaded products are not GF (updated Nov 5 2010)
“All of our turkeys products are gluten free except our gravy, cranberry relish, and dressing ” Confirmed via email Nov 2009
New listing of products that are NOT GF (all others are GF) (updated Nov 5, 2010)
Info on gluten and many other allergens for turkeys, hams and other products, too. Includes an in-depth description of the term gluten-free as they use it.(updated Nov 5 2010)