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    1. tacomamama added a post in a topic Warning: Popular Salsa Contains Gluten   

      Here's my basic one, there's room for lots of variation:

      2 Tomatoes, diced
      1/4 of a medium onion, diced (or more or less, depending on taste)
      1/4 cup diced cilantro
      Juice of two limes
      Cayenne pepper to taste
      Ground cumin to taste (optional)

      Stir together, and you're done! If you want it to be less chunky, mash it. If you like your salsa spicier, chop up a serrano (very finely) and substitute for cayenne.

      I usually like it just like that, but there are other variations:

      Use canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh (makes it a little runnier, more like store bought)
      Use canned crushed tomatoes for a very smooth salsa
      Simmer all but the cilantro (at that at the end or it will kill the flavor) stirring on the stove until smooth.
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    2. tacomamama added a post in a topic Warning: Popular Salsa Contains Gluten   

      True, but as has been pointed out there could be undeclared malt flavoring. Not that there should be. Regardless, the writer and lawyer in me has to know why it is not on the gluten free list. Drives me crazy not to have the specifics, and doesn't go over terribly well with the husband when he's shopping, either. I have a friend who is allergic to cilantro, some Pace salsas do not contain any, thus it was frequently around at some of our get togethers. I had read the label and wouldn't have thought anything of it.

      I spoke with Reser's, their customer service rep was extremely nice and assured me she'd passed on my written comments as well as my phone call to their R&D department. I told her we of the gluten free persuasion research these things online quite a bit and would appreciate a note on the website should the ingredients change for the better.
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    3. tacomamama added a post in a topic Warning: Popular Salsa Contains Gluten   

      I guess I should say, the average gluten sensitive consumer. If you're just at the market shopping and reading labels there is no red flag to tell a consumer there might be an issue with gluten. It's not like cereals where you might expect cross contamination from other grains, either.
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    4. tacomamama added a post in a topic Warning: Popular Salsa Contains Gluten   

      Honestly, I don't buy any of these products. (I usually make my own or buy Herdez, Newmans or other lesser known or local brands) However, they are extremely common and one tends to encounter them in food service contexts as well as at friends' barbecues. Every now and then a person has to buy something from a convenience store, as well. Also, since the label doesn't actually mention any troublesome ingredients it's a risk for the average consumer out there. (Assuming there actually is an issue, which we don't know.)

      I got this response from Campbell's Foodservice division:

      I have asked them to clarify why it does not appear on their list of gluten free products.
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    5. tacomamama added a post in a topic Warning: Popular Salsa Contains Gluten   

      Regarding Pace Salsas:

      I called Campbell's today to ask about its gluten free status. First, the customer service rep reviewed the gluten free products list which is the same one that has been floating around here, and doesn't mention Pace.

      Then, in response to my question about what, specifically, the salsa could contain that included gluten, he educated me on what "gluten contains." (Ur, as opposed to what contains gluten, and didn't mention wheat)

      I told him that since the product labels (except for some of the cheesy products) do not include any gluten containing products, it is dangerous to think that there might be hidden gluten. I asked that the company please list any gluten containing products on their ingredients labels or clarify for their customers how there might be gluten in the product, and that they update their gluten free list to include this information. I also mentioned that salsa is generally considered to be a relatively safe product for people with gluten sensitivities since basically there really is no good reason why a salsa product should contain any (Particularly unlabeled gluten.)

      We shall see if anything actually comes of that but it was somewhat therapeutic to speak to an actual human, however little he could actually do about it.
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    6. tacomamama added a post in a topic Warning: Popular Salsa Contains Gluten   

      I am hoping this thread gets some Google love, because all I am finding on Pace are these old lists that cite it as gluten free, and a thread from back in March with the gluten-free Campbells products listed (but not Pace.) I have emailed Campbells, but if anyone around these parts has the definitive word on Pace please share. It's so extremely common that it's probably not safe to eat salsa at BBQs anymore.
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    7. tacomamama added a post in a topic Warning: Popular Salsa Contains Gluten   

      Hi Nanchris,

      Could you pass on some brand names? This has got me looking around 'teh interwebs today and I can't find any specific gluten containing ingredients for other salsas, other than those contained within scary taco bell products and mass produced burritos.

      I'm sure Reser's isn't the only one, though.
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    8. tacomamama added a post in a topic Warning: Popular Salsa Contains Gluten   

      This has me questioning everything now. I'm double checking with Campbell's about Pace because of their "Natural Flavorings." Frito Lay specifically lists Tostitos brand as gluten free, (except for the individual cups of nacho cheese that you get at movie theaters) and I know my favorite "real" salsa brand, Herdez, contains just the basics: Tomatoes, onions, serrano peppers, salt, cilantro.

      (At home I usually make my own fresh but it's one of those things I tend to eat when I'm out.)
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    9. tacomamama added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      Warning: Popular Salsa Contains Gluten
      Yup, that's right. Salsa with gluten. Not flour, or anything that might just be there through contamination, but straight up hydrolyzed wheat gluten.

      Why? I don't know. But here's the product:

      Reser's Original Baja Cafe Salsa

      Ingredients list:

      Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Salt, Calcium Chloride and Citric Acid), Water, Onion, Jalapeno Pepper (Jalapeno Peppers, Salt, Acetic Acid, Calcium Chloride), Salt, Seasoning (Salt, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Stabilizer (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sugar), Potassium Sorbate (to Protect Freshness), Cilantro, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavors, Lactic Acid, Soybean Oil), Vinegar, Modified Corn Starch.

      My suspicion is that other varieties of Reser's Salsa also contain this ingredient, though I haven't read the labels.

      Soooo, inquire of your favorite restaurants whether or not they use Reser's. Of course, we should always read labels, yada yada yada. But shouldn't there be a hall of shame for making such a food science nightmare of a normally innocuous product?

      I sent them a cranky email. Perhaps you should, too.
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