Finding Processed Meats That Aren’t So Processed

One of the first things that I eliminated from my diet when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease was sandwich meats. Processed meats are so full of fillers, most of which contain gluten. However, there are gluten-free options out there!

First, don’t even think about getting the meat from the deli counter. They handle way too many different kinds of meat to ensure you’re getting a gluten-free product. Stick with a packaged option.

One excellent choice is Pillers, particularly if you have multiple allergies. Most of their products are gluten-free, the notable exceptions being cornmeal bacon and wieners. They have many other choices; check out their excellent allergy page for  detailed, up-to-date information. (They also provide information for milk, MSG, soya, and sulphites. You can search based on a combination of allergens and find products that  are suitable for you.

Another excellent brand is Buddig’s. All of their products are gluten-free and labelled as such. However, they are U.S. based so it can be hard to find their products in Canada. (I have only seen them at Wal-Mart.)

Maple Leaf and Schneider’s have recently also taken the plunge into the gluten-free market. Schneider’s Country Naturals brand offers a few different types of meat, as well as hot dogs. Maple Leaf Natural Selections offers similar products, including ham, salami, full chickens, and full hams. (See our review here!) Although widely available and filler-free, these products are not guaranteed to be gluten-free.


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  1. #1 by Withoutwheat Glutenfree on October 17, 2011 - 1:19 pm

    This is Steve from Guidos pizza. I have just opened the first fully dedicated gluten free deli in the U.S. The name of the deli will be W.O.W (with out wheat). We will also cater to people with food allergies. NO nuts shell fish soy ect. We are located in Okemos MI. I’m the only certified GF cook in MI. through the NFCA. We will have a full line of deli meats with no nitrates msg food coloring or added hormones. We will have pies cup cakes bagels, pizza, bread sticks, breads, hamburger buns hot dog buns waffle cones all made on site and GLUTEN FREE. Some of the items will also be dairy and egg free. All food will be competitively priced. Just because the food is labeled gluten free or allergen free should mean that you have to pay a lot. My employees are either celiac or have food allergies. This will insure that there is no way that we can cross contaminate your food.. Any questions feel free to call 517-347-3030 thank you. You can check out my customer feed back @ under the WOW name. Also check out my new web site thank you. I would be interested in bringing my gluten free options to your location if you might have any interest. Thank you. Steve Pollard.

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on October 19, 2011 - 8:21 am

      This is excellent news! We are based out of Canada but it is always super to hear about mega efforts like this. I plan on blogging this soon!

  2. #3 by Mike K on January 22, 2012 - 11:54 am

    Buddig is also available at Superstore.

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