SSL’S Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Meat and Cheese

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Hey,y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about SSL’s top gluten-free picks of the week. All about meat and cheese. Now, I’m not talking about fresh meat…or going to the butcher shop…because I really don’t like handling raw meat…or cooking. We are discussing the basics like bacon, ham, and American cheese. No fancy, schmancy recipes here *smile*

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Bacon. It’s a food group. A staple item. A legend. But finding a gluten-free version is a bit tricky. I am not a trusting person. And just because a product doesn’t list a gluten culprit doesn’t mean it is sans gluten. I am a cautious person. So, I read labels. I read labels on items that clearly have GLUTEN-FREE printed on them. One can never be too careful nowadays.

Any who…Smithfield has an all-natural, uncured bacon that is made with sea salt and has no MSG or gluten.

This bacon is perfect for a BLT…I totally recommend Udi’s bread and fresh produce from local farmers *smile*

I discovered this bacon on a recent and rare trip to Walmart. I was needing a few miscellaneous items that I can only find there because our Target in Johnson City is rather small and doesn’t contain a fully stocked market. Oh, it makes me miss Target in Trussville and Hoover. I digress.

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Turkey bacon. It will never have the fame of its cousin. It won’t have festivals dedicated to it. But I personally like it. And I buy it more than “real” bacon because it has less calories and fat…and I’m not getting any younger and the odds of my starting a serious exercise regimen is slim to none. So, I eat turkey bacon as a way to stay fit. It makes perfect sense…

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Plainville makes one of the best turkey bacon…turkey bacons?? Is there a plural to bacon? I guess it always needs a friend like “I bought two packages of turkey bacon.” or “Five slices of bacon is really a serving.” Anyway…I’m all over the place today.

Back to turkey bacon…Plainville has a delicious, uncured turkey bacon that contains no gluten or casein. According to the package and some research I did, “Plainville’s turkeys are humanely raised on family-owned farms in a stress-free environment. They are never, ever administered antibiotics and are fed a 100% vegetarian diet free of any animal by-products.”

I get mine at Earth Fare in Johnson City.  It’s great cooked, chopped, and tossed in a gluten-free pasta salad. Great on ham sandwiches and by itself as a snack.

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I love this ham. So much so, that I bought like 8 packages a couple of days ago because Earth Fare had it on sale. No, I will not be freezing these packages. There’s no need because the little family and I love ham and cheese sandwiches. Hot ones…cold ones. Is there anything better for lunch?

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Udderly my favorite cheese ever. It is buttery…creamy…yummy. Once you experience Andrew & Everett cheeses, you will never go back to the big brands. It is amazing!

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Y’all know I am a huge fan of pizza. It’s an easy dinner, and leftover slices are perfect for breakfast. When making my own gluten-free pizza, I use Applegate Uncured Pepperoni. These slices are also great by themselves as a snack or baked in the oven for “pepperoni chips”–I’ve no idea how long I bake them. I just place them on a cookie sheet and bake on 350 degrees until they begin to curl up and look crispy. *smile*

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Fiorucci is my go-to salame for pizza and snack meat trays. It’s gluten-free and 100% natural. Which is sad that we have to look for and demand 100% natural foods. When a long time ago, food was all natural. Chemicals help us preserve food for extended periods and create more food faster…blah…blah. Personally, I like my meat 100% natural and not full of antibiotics and ingredients that I can’t pronounce without using my “Hooked on Phonics”…

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we toured my meat and cheese drawer. Now, I’m off to make a BLT and dine on the front porch.

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