Inspired my recent lunches that feature a turkey or chicken sandwich, I decided to do some lunchmeat sleuthing to see how gluten-free friendly top brands were... or where not.
Before going any further, I have to acknowledge that sliced meat is not a perfect gluten-free home run. Slicers could be a place for cross-contamination, so it's important to ask a few questions before ordering meat sliced in-store. Here's some points to keep in mind:
- Ask if the meat and cheeses are sliced on separate slicers.
- Slicers are their most sanitized at the beginning of the day. Shop early or place an order ahead to have the staff slice your meats/cheeses at the beginning of the day.
- If desired, ask the staff to slice the meat with a knife to avoid a cross-contaminated slicer.
- Not comfortable with the deli slicer at all? Try prepackaged certified gluten-free deli slices.
Dietz and Watson
Info: All cheeses are gluten-free and all except the scrapple and bockwurst are gluten-free. Over 400 of their products are certified gluten-free from the CSA (see more about that certification here).
Boar's HeadInfo: All meats and cheeses made by the company are gluten-free. Find a list of dairy-free products right here.
Info: Lunchmeat giant Oscar Meyer's "Selects" line of lunch meat features cold cuts that are gluten-free and made with no artificial ingredients, flavors, or by-products. These are the least processed of their lunchmeat lineup.
Info: All deli meats are gluten-free and dairy-free, all cheeses are gluten-free. All products are non-GMO and antibiotic-free.
Info: All meats and cheeses are certified gluten-free by the GIG (more info about that certification).
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