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Seneca Crisp Onions are Gluten-free

I have bee gluten-free for at least 2 and a half years now. And I really miss broccoli casserole, and green bean casserole. Of course both those recipes use the Durkee french fried onion rings which are definitely NOT gluten free. Don't you just wish the Durkee company would wise up?!

So I was absolutely delighted when I found a new product on the shelves of my local Giant: "Crisp Onions" made by Seneca Farms. They smell and taste much like Durkee's french fried onions, but just don't have flour on them. Here is the list of ingredients for "Crisp Onions": "Onions, Canola, Sunflower
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and/or Safflower Oil, Maltodextrin, Sea Salt."

My only question was whether the maltodextrin was free of gluten, so I wrote an email to the company asking. And here was the reply of Jan Stouch at their company:
"I have verified with the supplier of the maltodextrin that it is wheat/gluten free.  Seneca Foods Consumer Affairs"

I also know that Progresso now also makes a gluten-free Creamy Mushshroom Soup. Or I may use Classico's new gluten free "Mushroom Alfredo Sauce." Decisions, decisions! :) It's going to be broccoli casserole tonight, and quick and easy as it used to be! Yum! Can't wait.

As always, welcomes your comments (see below).

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7 Responses:


said this on
17 Jul 2010 4:58:49 PM PST
I have read, heard, and felt with my own body through a reaction, that maltodextrin is a form so to speak of gluten. Anything with maltodextrin in it will make a person with Celiac Sprue sick. I can reference more credible resources if need be, however, look up maltodextrin on wikipedia, or a gluten-free- no list.


said this on
09 Sep 2010 3:18:23 PM PST
Here's what Carol Fenster, dietitian and author of "Gluten-Free Diet: A comprehensive Resource Guide" has to say about maltodextrin:

"Although maltodextrin may be derived from wheat, it is highly processed and purified (significantly more than modified food starches) and rendered gluten-free. North American and European scientists using the most sensitive, scientifically validated R5 ELISA Tests have not detected gluten in wheat-based maltodextrin."

Note: the R5 Elisa test can detect and quantify the specific prolamins (gliadin in wheat, secalin in rye, and hordein in barley) to levels as low as 3.2 ppm gluten.

Maybe you are an exception in being acutely sensitive to lower levels than this, but the FDA has decided that anything lower than 20 ppm can be declared as gluten-free. Or maybe you were actually reacting to gluten from something else in the product, such as "natural flavor" which can contain derivatives of rye or barley without having to declare the origin of the flavor on the label. This is why FDA needs to require that rye and barley derivatives also be declared on food labels.


said this on
03 Feb 2012 8:45:02 AM PST
Superb information here, ol'e chap; keep burning the midnight oil.

Carol Litfin

said this on
28 May 2012 11:41:17 AM PST
Just a note: Seneca Foods no longer makes Crisp Onions.
What a disappointment. They were delicious.


said this on
06 Jun 2012 6:26:10 PM PST
They no longer make crisp onions? That's unfortunate. I just bought some and I am enjoying them. I guess it's leftover stock.


said this on
07 Oct 2012 4:00:28 PM PST
Last summer I found out Seneca had stopped making Crisp Onions. I ran all over town getting every last bag I could (22 in all). I just emptied my last bag tonight at dinner. I've written to Seneca Snacks, asking why they stopped making them - no answer, asked for the recipe so I could make them myself for my salads and meals - no answer.
We need to get them to start making these again, they were the best on the market. Personally they can drop a few of their other products which aren't all that great.
I hate to have to go back to French's/Durkees French Fried Onion rings. If they don't give us back our Crisp Onions I will stop buying Seneca products all together.


said this on
15 Oct 2012 9:06:36 AM PST
Oh no. I just found out about Seneca now. I love Nasi Goreng but the traditional addition of crispy fried onions is not easy because they all have wheat flour!! Was just thinking great there is one without flour and then read on.

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