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2012 Gluten Free Ham List

March 18, 2012 by  
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Many newly gluten free folks may wonder why a list is needed for gluten free ham. Ham is meat and meat is gluten free, right? Well, yes and no. Hams usually have a yummy, crunchy, sweet glaze atop them that often contains wheat.

If your ham comes with a glaze packet for you to add, it’s simple to leave it off and make your own. Each year I notice more companies who used to include wheat in the glaze, now make it gluten free. ALWAYS check your glaze ingredients on a ham.

Most major grocery chain stores have a list of gluten free products at the customer service desk that applies to their location. Start there to find out which hams may be safe for you to buy.

Here is a list of some hams that claim to be gluten free. Again, check the glaze ingredients anyway, just to be sure.

Click the company name for a link to their website or gluten free information.

BERKSHIRE HAM
All natural and made with no added nitrites or nitrates, no MSG, no preservatives, uncured.
Spiral Cut Ham – Hickory Smoked – Bone In, Hickory Smoked – Boneless

BOAR’S HEAD
From their website: “All Boar’s Head Brand® Meats, Cheeses and Condiments, as well as Hans Jurgen® Pickles are Gluten Free.”

CELEBRITY
Boneless Canned Ham (Walgreens)

D’ARTAGNAN
Applewood-Smoked Bone-In Heritage Ham and Boneless Heritage Ham are gluten free and organic on their website.

FARMER JOHN
The Hams don’t contain gluten, but make your own glaze. Their glaze packets contain wheat. Farmer John® Boneless Hams – Golden Tradition Premium Original Whole and Half, Golden Tradition Black Forest Premium Black Forest, Pee Wee Half, Golden Tradition Premium Tradition Brown Sugar and Honey, Golden Tradition, Canless Honey Ham (glaze packets contain wheat)
Farmer John®
Bone In Hams
– Premium Butt and Shank Portions, Premium Gold Wrap, Premium Sliced Ham Steaks, Premium Spiral Sliced, Premium Half, Premium Spiral Sliced Half, Whole (glaze packets contain wheat)

FIVE STAR BRAND
Smoked Boneless Cottage Ham

HARRY & DAVID
Harry & David Hams list no gluten ingredients.
Here is their allergen statement: “Harry & David Operations, Inc. is in compliance with the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Title II of Public Law 108-282) as of January 1, 2006. Harry & David is 100% compliant with the new Act as currently defined.

We have contacted our ingredient suppliers to insure that all ingredients are declared on the label. Therefore, to the best of our knowledge, our labels list all ingredients. For those with peanut allergies, we also include a disclaimer stating “May contain trace amounts of other nuts or allergens not listed in the ingredients”. Also, since Gluten and other allergens are found in wheat and some other grain products, we encourage you to read the ingredient information carefully and determine if the product is appropriate for your consumption. If you cannot locate an ingredient label on the product you received, contact us with the product name or item number and we will gladly research the information for you.”

HONEYBAKED HAM
“ Our ham and glaze do not contain gluten.” (Yes, they used to contain gluten, but it’s been out of the recipe for a couple of years according to the company rep I have spoken to.)

HORMEL
Black Label®
Canned Hams
Cure 81®
Ham and Ham Steaks
See the compete Hormel GF list here.

JENNY-O
Turkey Ham

JONES DAIRY FARM
Ham Steaks, Dainty Ham Hickory Smoked, Half Family Ham, Whole Family Ham, Old Fashioned Hickory Smoked, Whole Short Shanked Hickory Smoked, Whole Country Club Ham

KIRKLAND (Costco)
Kirkland Signature Applewood Smoked Spiral Sliced Hickory Ham

KROGER
Private Selection Honey Ham
Private Selection Hickory Smoked Ham
Kretshmar Hams
Kroger gluten free list.

PUBLIX
Publix Ham, Hickory Smoked Ham, Semi-Boneless, fully cooked, Honey Cured Boneless Ham– with Brown Sugar Glaze, Honey Cured Bone-In Ham – Brown Sugar Glazed or with Brown Sugar Glaze Mix Packet

SAFEWAY
Safeway Brand Boneless Honey, Safeway Select ½ Boneless, Butcher’s Cut Shank Cut and Spiral Sliced Ham (glaze packet is not gluten free)

SMITHFIELD FARMS
All of their hams and their ham glazes are free of the top 8 allergens. (Via email from the company 12/11, Lauren David Style blog) I did find one source that says the HEB Private Label Brand from Smithfield is NOT gluten free.

WEGMANS
Wegmans Cracked Pepper Double Smoked Ham off the bone

WELLSHIRE FARMS
Semi-boneless Whole Ham, Black Forest, Glazed Boneless Half, Old Fashioned Boneless, Turkey Half Ham

NOTE: This information is meant as a guide only. Ingredients change, so always check labels before buying and consuming products.

 

Comments

20 Responses to “2012 Gluten Free Ham List”
  1. Becky S says:

    The problem with most meats, and especially processed meats, is that they contain dairy. We are gluten and dairy free. I wish companies would divulge that info along with the gluten info at the same time.

  2. Nancy says:

    Becky – I began looking at these links and all the ones I got to said dairy free – Honey Baked, Smithfield, Wellshire Farm, Jenny-O, Boar’s Head, are all dairy free, and here’s a link to a site that researches dairy free things (I just concentrate on Gluten Free), and they have several of the brands on here as gluten free and dairy free. http://surefoodsliving.com/2009/04/lunch-meat-gluten-free-and-dairy-free-list/ I think that covers most brands listed, but just read labels and you should be fine. Most (if not all of these) are dairy free. If you find any of these that contain dairy, feel free to post that info for others. Thanks

  3. Denise says:

    The problem I have had with turkeys is lots of companys inject them with MSG. Is this the case with hams as well? I rarely buy hams, so have not had occasion to research it. I’m highly allergic to MSG.

  4. Chris K says:

    Gluten in ham? What the hey? I have a Jenny O Turkey ham in the freezer, and was really surprised that any hams contain gluten. Glad to discover mine does not.

  5. Meg says:

    We bought a Bershire ham for Christmas and it was the most amazing ham I have ever eaten in my life. It has serious foodie credentials. I brought leftovers to my co-workers, who begged me for more. The Berkshire ham melts in your mouth. It is worth every penny!

  6. Shannon says:

    Also be careful with the cheaper hams have red food dye to give the hams that ” pretty” pink color. My son has had serious reactions after eating these hams. We are gluten and dairy free as well.

  7. Tina Hartnett says:

    Thank you so much for this article. I have only been gluten free for a year. I was so violently sick after easter last year(3 months gf).I could not figure out what was wrong. I had been so careul with everything ele I over looked the obvious.

  8. Ramona Capellaro says:

    I live in Washington State and we usually buy Hempler’s Ham and they are gluten free. We don’t do glazed ham, we just put pineapple slices and cherries on ours with toothpicks and it comes out nice and juicy and tastes really good. Everything in our house is gluten free, and anything that is really good never lasts for very long.

  9. Phyllis H. says:

    It’s great that these products don’t contain gluten but if you have the DH (Dermatitis Herpetiformis) type of celiacs then you will have a problem with nitrates. I would like to know which hams don’t have nitrates.

  10. Nancy says:

    Phyllis – The links are there for almost all of these hams, so you can click through and change the ingredients. The Berkshire ham definitely does not. “All natural and made with no added nitrites or nitrates, no MSG, no preservatives, uncured. Spiral Cut Ham – Hickory Smoked – Bone In, Hickory Smoked – Boneless”

  11. Kim says:

    I love the information your have on your site! Hope you don’t mind I’m sharing your link and post for Easter hams on my blog http://www.nutritionwarriors.net I believe great information should be shared and a lot of people could benefit from your posts. Have a great day

  12. Jann says:

    i want to thank you so much for this site. our daughter and granddaughter are extremely gluten intolerant and i’ve been pulling my hair out trying to figure out what to do for the holidays that wouldn’t exclude them. Christmas isn’t so much a problem as we do a buffet-style get-together, but Thanksgiving is always a more formal sit down meal. having the info you’ve included here about gluten free hams is invaluable to me. thanks so much!

  13. Nancy says:

    Thanks, Jann. I’m so happy you find the site useful! Best wishes on the holidays!~nancy

  14. Justin says:

    Nancy,
    I thank you for the information you have shared and I am curious if you have checked out Beeler’s at all. After doing some research, I am going to give it a try this year and I will let you know how the Christmas Ham turns out.

  15. Nancy says:

    Hi Justin, I haven’t tried that brand. Let us know how it is. ~nancy

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