Turkey is probably the most commonly served entree at Thanksgiving meals. And, although it may seem unnecessary (because it is), some whole turkeys you buy in the grocery store may contain gluten. This is due to the fact that broth is sometimes added to make turkey juicier and more flavorful. Broth does not necessarily contain wheat, but it could.
Fortunately, most whole turkeys, both frozen and fresh, are labeled to show they are gluten-free. Make sure you read the ingredient label. It’s always good to check for additives, even if you’re only expecting one ingredient: turkey!
Some brands of turkey to look for that claim to be gluten-free:
Butterball says their whole turkeys are gluten-free. “For our products that are packaged with gravy packets, the gravy packets are gluten free as well. The gravy contains rice flour instead of wheat flour and the modified food starch is corn based (as of 2007).”
Empire Kosher provides a long list of turkey products that are gluten-free.
Foster Farms says in FAQs: “Our fresh natural chicken, turkey and individually frozen chicken are gluten-free. Our ground chicken and turkey with natural flavors contain only spice extractives and are also gluten-free.” Check ingredient labels on other products.
HoneyBaked has a great Special Diets Wizard that allows you to check from a long list of potential allergens to find out what is safe for you to eat. Whole Roasted Turkey and Roasted Turkey Breast are listed gluten-free.
Honeysuckle White has many turkey products. Make sure you check the label, they clearly mark their Frozen Whole Turkeys as being Gluten-Free.
Jennie-O website provides a long list of gluten-free turkey products.
Mary’s Free Range Organic Turkeys are gluten-free.
Norbest allergen sheet states no gluten or gluten-derivatives, though the sheet was not available to read on the website when I published this post. Check the ingredient label before purchasing to confirm.
Organic Prairie Whole Young Turkey has one ingredient listed: turkey.
Perdue labels clearly indicate “Gluten Free.”
Plainville Farms FAQs on their website state that their turkeys do not contain gluten. However, their turkey gravy and homestyle dressing do contain wheat, so avoid those.
Shady Brook Farms has many turkey products. Make sure you check the label. They clearly mark their Frozen Whole Turkeys as being Gluten-Free.
Shelton’s has a long list of gluten-free and casein-free products, which includes whole turkeys, turkey chili, and turkey meatballs!
I hope this helps you shop for your Thanksgiving turkey. Once again, make sure you read the labels before purchasing and consuming a turkey to confirm the product is gluten-free.
I also have some gluten-free turkey recipe links in my menu this week. I may be overdoing the turkey a little, but with such a variety I don’t think anyone will care. Don’t forget to check below our menu for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup, where you’ll find more gluten-free menus, meals, recipes, and ideas for adding turkey to your menu.
Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
Monday – Pork Chops, Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Dressing
Wednesday – Cod, Fries, and Steamed Green Beans
Friday – Pizza with Berry Fruit Salad (berries on sale right now)
Saturday –Grilled Turkey Breast, Roasted Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts
Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup
Gluten Free Detroit Metro: Gluten-Free Menu
Amanda shares some great local (to Detroit area) resources for turkey. She’s also sharing some recipes for ground turkey this week: Sloppy Joe, Tater Tot Casserole, and Italian Wedding Soup. Her menu for the week includes Turkey Breast, Roasted Chicken, Burgers with Mac ‘n Cheese, Chicken Pot Pie (would be great for turkey leftovers), Hawaiian Pork Chops, and Sausage and Peppers with Spaghetti.
Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for eating turkey.
Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
- For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
- Join us next week for sharing gluten-free menus, recipes, and ideas for gluten-free gravies and sauces.
- The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!
Need more menu ideas?
- Laura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
- Or, check out some of my past menu plans.