Gluten-free Kielbasa

By | Jun 11, 2011

Since I moved to Philadelphia from California I spend the majority of holidays and seasonal gatherings with my boyfriend’s family. The dishes served at these gatherings are heavily influenced by his family’s Polish heritage. Many of these dishes I happily look forward too.

JSVGFKielbasaAs soon as it is warm enough to use the outdoor grill, Kielbasa served with horseradish sauce starts showing up at many of our family gatherings. Kielbasa, also called Polish sausage refers to a particular genre of sausage, common to all Eastern European countries but with substantial regional variations. Sausage is a staple of Polish cuisine.

Sausages, along with many other types of flavored, cured, or precooked and packaged meats are a common source of hidden gluten. This can be difficult for many people suffering from celiac disease, especially when it comes to family gathering requiring traditional foods. Fortunately, there are a variety of gluten-free options available, many of which can be found in almost any grocery store.

Boars Head:
They are a favorite of mine, since their products are high quality and taste great. All their meats, cheese, and condiments are gluten-free and taste great and they even offer a brochure that contains great information on their gluten-free products.

A Polish Kielbasa is among their other gluten-free options. Their site is very helpful at identifying gluten-free products.

Hillshire Farm:
Hillshire Farms Turkey Polska Kielbasa, as well as many other of their products are known to be gluten-free. However, I’d feel happier about this product if they clearly listed it as gluten-free. Not all of Hillshire Farms products are gluten-free, though this company stands by a strict labeling system that list all ingredients. So if you have any doubts and maybe even if you don’t check the label.

With these as well as many other products it is always a good idea to practice label checking. If you have any doubts it can be helpful to contact the manufacturer directly.

Happy gluten-free grilling.

3 Comments so far
  1. Eleanor Hermes August 12, 2012 10:14 pm

    Is Hillshire Farms Polish Kielbasa gluten free

  2. Helena Holbritter August 16, 2012 11:22 am

    Wondering if Hillshire Farms polish kielbasa is gluten free too.

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