Turkey is Turkey, Right? Think Again!
We’ve been working out our Thanksgiving Day menu with my extended family that we’re visiting in Charlotte, NC. Well, they started a list and I’ve added to it and modified it a bit so Tristan can partake as equally as possible.
This is what we’re working on so far. It’s all VERY traditional and not necessarily healthy – it’s the holidays, splurge 🙂
- Turkey (Ok as is, or so I thought….)
- Gravy (If I can manage to figure out an allergy free recipe, then that’s what I’ll do.)
- Stuffing (There is no hope with this one. Tristan will just not have any.)
- Harvest Rice (I offered to make this allergy free recipe to add something else to Tristan’s holiday plate.)
- Sweet potato casserole (I asked for one sweet potato to be kept on the side.)
- Broccoli salad (I asked for some broccoli to be kept on the side so I can steam it just for him.)
- Cranberry Sauce (Probably won’t be allergy free, but he doesn’t need it anyway.)
- Pumpkin pie (I may try to push for an allergy free recipe, or maybe Tristan just won’t have it. He’s not used to having dessert anyway.)
- French silk pie (Tristan will skip.)
BUT, then I came across a post by USA SillyYaks about gluten in turkey. Honesty, turkey was the one item on the Thanksgiving menu that I didn’t think twice about. Turkey is turkey, pure and simple. Brush the bird with olive oil, stick some onions in the cavity, maybe some herbs, and voila! Easy, breezy, allergy free!
I WAS WRONG!
Turkey producers inject basting solutions into their birds, which sometimes contain additives and potential food allergies (mainly milk, soy, and wheat), to make them “tender and juicy.” Because we all know turkey, is not always the most moist meat.
So, what are allergy wary folks to do?
Like always, read the labels. USDA and the Canada Labeling Regulations require the top 8 allergens (wheat, eggs, soy, milk, fish, shellfish, peanuts and tree nuts) be listed on packaging. Interestingly enough, Butterball Fresh products primarily seem to be allergy free in the US. but in Canada, the fresh Butterball turkeys contain allergens, but the frozen usually do not. I find that VERY strange.
Of course, if you are really worried – order a fresh organic turkey from your nearest turkey farm.
Good luck planning your Thanksgiving feasts! And let’s not think too far ahead to Christmas. In our family ham used to be the meat served….oh my, now that is one allergy-free nightmare.
Don’t forget what this holiday is about…being THANKFUL! We beat eczema (mostly) this year, so I am extremely thankful for that!