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    Just Like Lipton's Onion Soup Mix (Gluten-free)

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    Caption: Image: Patty Gardner, Homemakersdaily.com

    There's been some confusion as to whether Lipton's Onion Soup mix contains gluten. Officially, Lipton's lists the ingredients as: Onions (deyhydrated), salt, cornstarch, onion powder, sugar, corn syrup, hydrolyzed soy protein, caramel color, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, monosodium glutamate, yeast extract, natural flavors (wheat), disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate.

    Also, some folks point out that the kosher version lists yeast extract from barley as an ingredient.


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    Others point out, as does the website for Unilver, which makes Lipton products, that Lipton Onion Soup mix is "made in a facility that also processes milk, eggs, soy, wheat, sesame and sulfites."

    To be on the safe side, I usually make my own mix and store it for later use. Here's a great recipe for a tasty gluten-free onion soup mix that tastes very much like Lipton's, and works great as a substitute in other recipes. It goes great in meatloaf, stew, and works well to make dip.

    Ingredients:
    1½ cups dried minced onion
    ¼ cup beef bouillon powder (gluten-free)
    2½ tablespoons onion powder
    ½ teaspoon crushed celery seed
    ½ teaspoon sugar

    Directions:
    Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. About 5 tablespoons equals a single 1¼-ounce package of Lipton's mix.


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    I see many questionable items in the Lipton's ingredients. MSG, caramel coloring, natural flavors - all can contain gluten. Lets face it, some of the other ingredients are not all that healthy for you, corn syrup to name one.

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    It is not gluten-free as it has corn in it. All grains have a type of gluten in them and make me very ill. The definition of gluten is incorrect. That is a seed protection from being eaten.

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    I haven't tried this yet, but I've been looking for a substitute since I have a few recipes that call for Lipton's Onion Soup Mix. The packages (both kosher and regular) say there is wheat in it, so I am very grateful that you posted this recipe.

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    It is not gluten-free as it has corn in it. All grains have a type of gluten in them and make me very ill. The definition of gluten is incorrect. That is a seed protection from being eaten.

    Most people with celiac disease do not react to corn. It's a different kind of gluten.

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    Thanks for the recipe. I actually have a family recipe for cranberry chicken that called for this. Ocean Spray whole cranberries are gluten-free in that to less than 20 parts per million cross contamination which is very minimal indeed. So you take the above homemade Lipton soup recipe, combine with one can of whole cranberries, one 8 oz. jar of french dressing, mix together and cover chicken in a baking pan. You can use a whole chicken cut up or if you're on a budget use legs and thighs equal to about a whole chicken. Cook at 350 degrees until chicken is cooked through about 3/4 hour to an hour for an equivalent of one whole chicken. half way through be sure to take it out and baste the chicken with the sauce.

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    I use Orrington Farms Beef & Chicken flavored broth base and also I bought their new gravy one. Haven't tried the gravy but happy with the broth base. I will try this Onion Soup mix...thank you. I was thinking I would have to go without on some recipes.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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