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I am fairly new to this and am wondering if it's ok to buy deli meats. Even though a brand is gluten-free, what about cross contamination of the slicer? I've asked the deliworker to wipe the machine before slicing but I have a sinking feeling that's not good enough. Are the pre-packaged sliced meats safe? How else can you but this stuff?

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I am fairly new to this and am wondering if it's ok to buy deli meats. Even though a brand is gluten-free, what about cross contamination of the slicer? I've asked the deliworker to wipe the machine before slicing but I have a sinking feeling that's not good enough. Are the pre-packaged sliced meats safe? How else can you but this stuff?

Your sinking feeling is probably right. I dont buy from the deli counters anymore. Honestly the pre-packaged ones I have tried are better then some of the ones from the deli. Hormel has really good ones and are labeled gluten-free, and so does Hillshire Farms, there is Sara Lee, AppleGates.....there is a whole lot that you can get pre-packaged that are gluten-free. If you do a search on the forums for deli, Im sure you will get a lot of results to search from.

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I am fairly new to this and am wondering if it's ok to buy deli meats. Even though a brand is gluten-free, what about cross contamination of the slicer? I've asked the deliworker to wipe the machine before slicing but I have a sinking feeling that's not good enough. Are the pre-packaged sliced meats safe? How else can you but this stuff?

I've been on the diet about a year and have never asked to clean slicer. I have had no problems. Usually get Boar's Head brand meats and cheese. Maybe I'm just lucky because I do have celiac disease.

Tom

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I was never a big sandwitch kinda girl. I you truely want to be safe, I would up to the Hillshire farm pre package meats and not do the deli sliced meats. There is probably no difference in taste and it would last longer in the package.

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I get Boars Head sometimes and get the person waiting on me to clean the slicer, they are usually very accommodating, I try to go when they are not busy and I always request this with a smile! But my absolute fave is Applegate Farms deli meats, they come prepackaged and are also hormone and antibiotic free and nitrite and nitrate free. I get them at Life Grocery (a health food store in town) or at Whole Foods.

I just read somewhere that Carl Buddigs deli meats are all gluten-free...

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We also eat Oscar Mayer (I had to sing the song to remember the spelling :P ). I am always in the store when it is busy so I buy prepackaged. Just not worth the risk to me.

hez

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The line alone is enough to keep me with o-s-c-a-r!

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i just use leftover meat from roasts for sandwiches, then you know what's in 'em! then you won't get all the salt that comes in those deli meats either B)

--matt

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I've just been using leftover meats for my dd's lunches lately too. However, today, my dh asked me to get some sliced deli meats for him to take to work with him. They had Applegate Farm turkey... I was :blink: at the price $11 something/pound!!

Nini ~ is the pre-packaged cheaper than that? I gotta check our hfs and see if they have any prepackaged meat.

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I've just been using leftover meats for my dd's lunches lately too. However, today, my dh asked me to get some sliced deli meats for him to take to work with him. They had Applegate Farm turkey... I was :blink: at the price $11 something/pound!!

Nini ~ is the pre-packaged cheaper than that? I gotta check our hfs and see if they have any prepackaged meat.

I can answer that for you in my area. I buy the package meats and $11/lb sounds about right. I'm paying $5-$6 for 7 oz of Applegate pre-pkgd deli meat. I justify it because: 1- I always feel fine after I eat Applegate's meats; 2-I don't eat a sandwich every day (although once opened I do try to consume the pkg in 5-7 days since no preservatives are used). 3-I was sick long enough.....I'm worth it.

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yeah that sounds about righ... I have to agree with Jaten, we are worth it, and I don't eat it every single day, but my daughter and I can go through a pack of turkey bologna in two days...

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I use Hormel sliced packaged lunchmeat to make wraps. I fill them with slices of gluten free cheese (Kraft labels all of the ingredients in their products) and roll them up. I add some gluten free crackers and a fruit for a quick and easy lunch.

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yeah that sounds about righ... I have to agree with Jaten, we are worth it, and I don't eat it every single day, but my daughter and I can go through a pack of turkey bologna in two days...

Your post caught my eye. Two days? How long would you feel safe eating it? I think really, I don't eat it after 5. 7 seems long for no preservatives. Thoughts Nini, or other?

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Thanks Jaten and Nini!

Yes, she's worth it.. I just have to get used to the price of it... like all the other special priced foods!

And, I need to find the pre-packaged stuff cuz I'm not doing the deli for her...

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Applegate farms are my absolute favorite! esp. their turkey bacon!

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Most of Pillars are gluten-free (and casein free!) and they list all of the allergens, in addition to having a huge selection.

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Our Trader Joe's just started carrying sliced turkey breast that looks and tastes suspiciously like Applegate Farms - it's $3.49 for a 7 oz package. Anybody who has a TJ's nearby might want to check into it. They also started carrying turkey bacon that also looks like Applegate Farms for $3.99 for a 12 oz pack.

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