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

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

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    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.

    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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    Try Herb OX brand. It's gluten-free.

    Your recipe is a life saver it allows my daughter to enjoy all the foods at our family celebrations! Thank you so much.

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    I am cooking something for a friend with celiac and was going to use Lipton's until she warned me that it's no longer safe. I had in my house a box of Stop & Shop onion soup mix. I called their 800 number and they assured me that it is gluten free. I suggested that they include this information on their packaging.

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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.

    "Natural flavors" now do me in every time! I avoid them like the plague!

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    Lipton Onion Soup now contains soy sauce made with wheat. I had diarrhea and restless leg syndrome for several days before I figured out why. My fault for not reading the ingredients every single time I buy food ingredients for myself! The package was clearly labeled - I just failed to look!

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    Lipton Onion Soup now contains soy sauce made with wheat. I had diarrhea and restless leg syndrome for several days before I figured out why. My fault for not reading the ingredients every single time I buy food ingredients for myself! The package was clearly labeled - I just failed to look!

    This is why we posted this gluten-free version!

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    I love this adaptation. I used 1/2 Tbsp. of Lawry's Season Salt instead of the bouillon. I used this to make gluten free onion dip. It was delicious and everyone asked for the recipe and they were not gluten-free people. (I have Celiac) Thank you so much for sharing this!

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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.

    I am going to try this! Thanks!

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    Your recipe is a life saver it allows my daughter to enjoy all the foods at our family celebrations! Thank you so much.

    I am trying to find the gluten free beef bouillon powder in bulk as tiny packets won't give me the amount needed for this recipe. Has anyone found a source for this product?

    Thank you very much.

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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 science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. 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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