Gluten-Free Offerings from Hormel

Hormel Brand Family GroupRecently, I was checking out marinated pork tenderloins at the store and was shocked to see the Bourbon Maple flavored version from Hormel labeled gluten-free. Not because I think bourbon contains gluten – experts agree distilled alcohol is indeed gluten-free. But the fact that the meat was marinated and was gluten-free was quite exciting. Sure, it’s fairly simple to season and marinate plain meat, and might be overall healthier too. But sometimes you just want to try something new and this pork tenderloin was calling my name.

Later that week, we cooked the tenderloin slowly on the grill. It didn’t take that long to get completely done. It had a nice crust with a tenderness to rival offerings of high end restaurants. The taste was simply delicious. We’ve been using turkey pepperoni from Hormel for years and were thrilled to find out it was labeled gluten-free when I found out I could not eat gluten again. Even so, I never really investigated the companies gluten-free offerings thoroughly. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Hormel owns quite a few lines I’m familiar with – like Jennie-O and others I’ve not heard of like Farmer John.

The gluten-free product list from Hormel is seven pages long. It includes bacon bits, bacon, sausages, various turkey products and much more. SPAM is listed as gluten-free, just in case you were wondering about that “interesting” meat type product. So is their Corned Beef Hash. Something that really surprised me is that three Dinty Moore microwavable cups are listed as well. Both Chi-Chi’s and La Victoria are also owned by Hormel and both have many gluten-free items. We’ve used the enchilada sauce from the latter company many times. Many Hormel lunch meats and deli meats are also gluten-free.

Herb-Ox is another Hormel line and we’ve used their chicken bouillon since my celiac diagnosis. It’s common to find gluten-free versions of bouillon that contain added MSG, but Herb-Ox doesn’t add extra MSG to theirs. There is something called a Hormel Compleats meal and the Chicken & Rice version is gluten-free.  The new Hormel Natural Choice meat line is something the company created in response to their customers demanding better quality products.

Excerpt from the Hormel website:

Enjoy the wholesome goodness and taste the difference that Hormel® Natural Choice® deli sandwich meats, bacon, Canadian bacon and carved chicken breast can make—naturally.

They’re great-tasting, all-natural products you can feel good about eating and serving. No funny ingredients you can’t pronounce. Zero preservatives, artificial ingredients or MSG. No nitrites or nitrates added. And they’re gluten free. 100 percent natural, fresh and flavorful, the way food is supposed to taste: simply delicious.

Find Hormel® Natural Choice® deli sandwich meats, bacon, Canadian bacon and carved chicken breast in the lunch meat, bacon, or make-a-meal section of your supermarket or grocery store.

Since we try to avoid products that contain nitrates and nitrites, the Hormel Natural Choice line is something I’m definitely interested in checking out. My guess is that compared to similar products from smaller companies, the Hormel products might have a lower price point due to the buying power of such a large company. After I examined the gluten-free product list from Hormel, I went to check the Triumph Dining Gluten-Free Grocery Guide. Sure enough, there were Hormel products listed throughout it, in several categories. One more reason to not leave home without it!

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