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Finding a Gluten Free Turkey

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Finding a Gluten Free Turkey
by K.C. Pomering, Posted November 16th, 2010 at 12:38 am

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 are the brands we love:
- Mary’s Free Range
- Shelton’s
- Perdue
- Foster Farms

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:

Aaron’s Best

Shipped Kosher turkey, goose, duck, etc. with gluten-free stuffing (buckwheat, quinoa or rice).
Here’s their product list. Checked Nov 2010

Butterball
800-288-8372
http://www.butterball.com/

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,

D’artagnan
(800) 327-8246
“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
717-436-5921
Listing of all GF Products (accessed Nov 2010)

Esskay and Mash Hams
1800-638-7350
“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

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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)

Hormel Foods
1-800-523-4635
List includes turkey products and ham, too. (updated Nov 5,2010)

Jennie-O
800-523-4635
Listing of all GF products (accessed Nov 09)

Manor House(Safeway brand)
877-723-3929
Confirmed via email Safeway Nov 2010.
“Thank you for contacting us regarding your inquiry on our Turkeys.  Yes, our Turkeys are gluten free.”

Perdue
800-473-7383
Listing of all GF products. (accessed Nov 5, 2010)Pilgrim’s Pride
800-824-1159

Here is a list of GF products.  Breaded products are not GF (updated Nov 5 2010)

Plainville Farms

800-724-0206
“All of our turkeys products are gluten free except our gravy, cranberry relish, and dressing ” Confirmed via email Nov 2009

Shadybrook Farms
1-888-723-4468
New listing of products that are NOT GF (all others are GF) (updated Nov 5, 2010)

Smithfield Farms

757-357-4321

Most of our products are GF–see Allergen & Ingredient statement (updated Nov 09)

Wellshire Farms
(856) 769-8933

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)

Hi!! Thank you for including us! While we do not have fresh or frozen turkeys available, we have plenty of holiday hams and other meat items. We look forward to hearing from you!!

by Wellshire, Posted November 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I had my first Thanksgiving this year after going gluten free. We traveled to my parents after they promised that they would cook gluten free. My mom just couldn’t not stuff her bird but made some gluten free stuffing for me and picked up a few pieces of sliced turkey so I would not have any cross contamination. It was my most disappointing Thanksgiving ever.

When it came time for my works Christmas Party, I stepped up and made a wonderful gluten free turkey with gluten free stuffing. There were two other turkeys there with stuffing but mine was the hit! No one could believe that I managed to pull off a completely gluten free meal of that size and that it tasted wonderful!

It certainly can be done and there is no need for it to taste bad or lack anything. Thank you!

by Eric, Posted February 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Please…tell me the recipe for the stuffing. Last year was my first and my stuffing was mushy and I spent lots of money on the bread to turn it into stuffing. I get to do the turkey this year…I like the regular dressing, butter, broth, celery and onion with seasoning…but what about the bread part of it???
Thank you so much.

by Nancy Schoerner, Posted November 19, 2011 at 12:02 am

Nancy – you need to use sandwich-style bread, toasted & completely dry, or cornbread. Here are a couple of the recipes we like:
Porcini Mushroom, Chestnut and Sausage Stuffing: http://www.gfreefoodie.com/recipes/detail/476/
Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing: http://www.gfreefoodie.com/recipes/detail/477/

by Administrator, Posted November 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

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