Oscar Mayer Gluten Free Delifresh Honey Smoked Turkey Breast & Recipe

oscar-mayer-deli-fresh-cold-cutsFinally. Cold cuts that actually say they are gluten-free, right on the package. Yay! And keep in mind, I have coldcutslimeophobia. YES, that is a REAL thing! And that means if the cold cuts are the least bit slimy or sweaty or what-have-you, they turn my stomach and then go in the trash. So when I tried this Oscar Mayer Delifresh Honey Smoked Turkey Breast, I was not only pleasantly surprised, but extremely pleased. They’re not filled with gristle or fatty pockets. They have excellent texture and flavor, and they keep in the fridge for a surprisingly long time after you’ve opened them. Much longer than cold cuts you get at the deli counter. Those are usually over the top of my slime-meter within three days.

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The Crunch Factor

If you have food allergies, you know that little things can make a big difference.  Many foods, especially salads, have been ruined for me.  So when I found two alternatives to croutons for people with gluten- and/or wheat-intolerance, I got excited.

Since I have always been a fan of croutons, it was time to take the dive and try these.

The first type I invested in was the Olive Oil & Garlic Gluten-Free Croutons by the Gluten-Free Pantry.  They do contain eggs, corn and yeast.  They do also contain a lot of flavor.  I located my first package of these wheat free croutons in the gluten- free section at an NRG Organic Supermarket on the East Coast.  They were so good that I went back for more and they were already out.  They never got more in.  A couple of years later, I gave in and ordered some online.  The consistency of this package was different, in fact, they were rock hard.  I’m uncertain if they changed the recipe, or if it was just a lot inconsistency, but for some reason they weren’t as enjoyable.  The flavor of the first package was good enough, however, that I would give these a try again sometime.

One afternoon I was in the produce section at Safeway when I discovered the Fresh Gourmet Tortilla Strips Lightly Salted.  It states “Naturally Gluten Free” right on the front of the package.  I like these “Crunchy Toppings for Salad” for a number of reasons.  The list of ingredients is literally this short:  corn masa flour, safflower and/or sunflower oil, salt, trace of lime.  I like things simple.  I also like that they are easy to break up, and that they add a great crunch to salad.  I have even use them on top of soup instead of oyster crackers. 

Either way, if you are missing the crunch or that little extra substance to your salad, either of these products should fit the bill.

 

Gluten-Free Croutons

Gluten-Free Croutons

Product Information:

Olive Oil & Garlic Gluten-Free Croutons by the Gluten-Free Pantry – 5 oz. ~ $4.99

Ingredients:  corn starch, tapioca starch, water, liquid whole egg, chickpea flour, canola oil, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, xanthan gum, garlic powder, yeast, salt, spices, cream of tartar.

http://www.glutenfree.com/Gluten-Free-Pantry-Olive-Oil-Garlic-Croutons/Item129070

Tortilla Strips by Fresh Gourmet – 3.5 oz ~ $2.00 on sale.

Ingredients:  corn masa flour, safflower and/or sunflower oil, salt, trace of lime.

http://www.freshgourmet.com/FreshGourmet/Retail/html/crunchyToppings/tortillas.html

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K. S. Brooks is a guest blogger for CeliacChicks.com, an author and photographer.  © 2009

 

These Products “Cut the Mustard”

Green Garden & Brianna's Honey Mustard Dressings.

Green Garden & Brianna's Honey Mustard Dressings.

I’m into salad this week.  While writing my last column, “The Crunch Factor,” about gluten-free croutons, I realized that some attention should be given to the difficult task of finding gluten- and allergen-free salad dressings as well. 

 I will warn you, most of the all-natural allergen-free dressings are not cheap.  But you get what you pay for:  high quality ingredients, healthy products, and good flavor.  For this installment, I’m going to feature Honey Mustard.

 Please keep in mind that not only do I look for gluten-free products, but I also require foods free of soy, sesame, sunflower, tomato and celery (and eleven other foods).  There are actually salad dressings out there that fit that bill, and they taste good!

The first is Briannas Honey Dijon Mustard dressing.  I had become familiar with their products over the years at a salad bar at an organic food store, as well as at my best friend’s house.  She always keeps that brand in her refrigerator, so after carefully examining the label, I took the plunge and purchased a bottle.  Although the product does not say Gluten-Free on it, I was assured by a liaison at DelSol Foods that “our vendors guarantee that the ingredients are gluten free but since we do not test here in our plant, we do not make the claim on the bottles.”  I have not had an allergic reaction to their dressing to date. 

 The Briannas dressing is tart yet sweet.  There is a zesty Dijon flavor that alternates with a distinct honey.  I have used it on salads, sandwiches, and as a dipping sauce for bland, non-marinated meats. 

 While searching for a dressing to expand my selection, I came across Green Garden Natural Honey Mustard Salad Dressing.  None of my forbidden foods were on the list of ingredients, so I brought it home.  Again, the product does not state Gluten-Free directly on the package, so I wrote to the company for clarification.  I was told “Our Green Garden Natural Honey Mustard dressing…[does] not contain ingredients sourced from these grains [that contain gluten].”

 The Green Garden Honey Mustard is a creamy dressing with a mild flavor that borders on a sweet Caesar.  There is more herb taste than mustard.  It is a nice change from the “standard” honey mustard dressing.

 I even made my spouse, who is not gluten intolerant, taste test these.  He could not tell they were gluten- and soy-free, and said there was no after-taste.  He enjoyed them both, as did I. 

 The Briannas and Green Garden Honey Mustard dressings are both fresh tasting, priced comparably, and found in the salad dressing and refrigerated sections of your local grocery store. 

 Briannas Salad Dressings are sold through supermarkets and gourmet specialty food stores nationwide and in several foreign countries.  http://www.briannassaladdressing.com

 Green Garden products are predominantly available on the West Coast at the following food stores:  Safeway, Albertsons, QFC, Haggen, Top Foods, Ralphs, Thunderbirds, Yoke’s and Rosauers.  http://www.ggfoods.com/

 So, if you are looking for good tasting, allergen-free salad dressings, these products are for you!

 Product Information:

Briannas Ingredients:  canola oil, water, dijon mustard, honey, sugar, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, white onion powder, salt, modified tapioca starch, turmeric, mustard flour, natural flavor, xanthan gum, tocopherols, citric acid.

Green Garden Ingredients:  canola oil, water, honey, white distilled vinegar, prepared mustard, eggs, sugar, salt, cultured dextrose, spices, dehydrated onion, xanthan gum.

 For other Gluten-Free food information and lifestyle tips, check out www.celiacchicks.com

 K. S. Brooks is a guest blogger for CeliacChicks.com, an author and photographer.  © 2009