Gluten-Free Turkey Products

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A fresh or frozen turkey is not something we typically suspect as a source of gluten. Unfortunately, basting solutions injected in turkey during processing may contain gluten. Here are several popular brands of whole fresh or frozen turkey that, according to the manufacturers, are gluten-free. Always read labels carefully! If you aren't sure about a product, contact the manufacturer before buying. Don't buy pre-stuffed turkey or use the gravy packets that accompany many turkey products- they contain gluten!

Empire Kosher® Turkey Products

Empire Kosher® Poultry, Inc., located in Pennsylvania is, according to the company, "the largest kosher poultry producer in the world." The company controls all aspects of poultry production from breeder farms to processing facilities."

Gluten Free Empire Kosher® Turkey Products

Empire Whole Frozen Turkey
Empire Frozen Turkey Breast

Read more about Empire Kosher Gluten Free Products

Jennie-O® Brand

Jennie-O®, Hormel brand Gluten Free Turkey Products include:

Jennie-O® Prime Young Turkey: fresh or frozen (the gravy packet does contain gluten)
Jennie-O Turkey Store® Oven Ready Turkey Breast (the gravy packet does contain gluten)
Jennie-O® Frozen Turkey Breast (the gravy packet does contain gluten)

Full Listing of Hormel Gluten Free Products

Don't forget to toss the gravy packet which contains gluten!

Perdue® Brand

According to Perdue®, "All fresh, minimally processed chicken and turkey whole bird and parts, (legs, breasts, wings and giblets) are gluten free."

Perdue Gluten Free List

Pilgrim's Pride®

According to Pilgrim's Pride® , "All of our turkey products are gluten free."

Pilgrim's Pride® Turkey Products

Shelton's® Gluten Free Turkey Products

Shelton's®, located in California, "raises chickens, turkeys and ducks in free range conditions, without the use of antibiotics or artificial growth stimulants." They also raise organic gluten free turkey.

"We use no preservatives, flavor enhancers, modified starches, irradiated spices, animal protein or any artificial ingredients. Our ingredients lists read like home recipes instead of chemistry textbooks."

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More gluten free products from Shelton's®

What About Butterball® Turkey?

Butterball®, a ConAgra brand, does not label whole fresh or whole frozen turkey products as gluten free. Product information is available at Butterball® website:

"Do Butterball® products contain any allergens like gluten?"
"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."

Butterball® Frozen Whole Turkey
Butterball® Fresh Whole Turkey
Gluten is not a "top 8 allergen". Verify with Butterball® that the product you are considering purchasing is gluten free!

What's A Heritage Turkey?

Heritage turkeys are prized by chefs for their flavor and "superior biological diversity" over factory-raised turkey. Heritage turkeys cost substantially more than factory-raised turkey. If you decide to try one, read the label carefully to verify that it is gluten-free.

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