does beef bouillon have gluten

Knorr Concentrated Beef Bouillon is a delicious mix of gluten-free ingredients that blend-in easily, for an irresistibly deep, meaty flavour for truly superb meals.

In this article, I share a list of gluten-free bouillon cubes and test several brands for hidden gluten with my Nima Sensor. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosures.

Most people think gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats, is easy to spot in foods like bread, pizza, and pasta. However, the sticky protein hides inside many foods that don’t “look” like gluten, including soy sauce, gravy, gummy bears, licorice, and bouillon cubes, to name a few.

Many people flavor soups and stews with bouillon cubes or powders, which are dehydrated cubes or granules that, when dissolved in water, turn into a flavorful beef, chicken, fish, or vegetable stock. I even pop a bouillon cube into my rice cooker to enhance the flavor of white rice and quinoa.

Bouillon cubes and powders are cheaper and more environmentally sound than store-bought broths and stocks. It takes more resources to ship a large carton of chicken stock to the grocery store vs. a small dehydrated cube of bouillon.

Below I share what the leading bouillon brands say about gluten and whether their products are safe for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. I also tested several brands for hidden gluten.

Please note that while I share what all the major bouillon brands say about gluten, only the following brands are labeled gluten free (as of January 2023) and can be trusted: BOU, Edward & Sons, Herb-Ox, and Orrington Farms.

Always read labels carefully to ensure a product is safe and meets the FDA’s gluten-free labeling guidelines.

Better than Bouillon describes its bouillon product as a concentrated food base made of cooked meat and vegetables. Like bouillon powders and cubes, the product can be used to make soups and add flavor to any recipe.

According to its website, Better than Bouillon products are NOT gluten free because they’re made in a facility where wheat ingredients are “housed.” The company also says it doesn’t test its products or ingredients for gluten, so the company can’t say if its products are gluten free.

I inspected the ingredient label of the Roasted Chicken Base and didn’t spot any gluten ingredients, although I would NOT use this product given Better than Bouillon’s warning. On the other hand, the Beef Base (not pictured) contains potential red-flag gluten ingredients, including yeast extract and caramel color.

I tested the Roasted Chicken Base for hidden gluten with my Nima Sensor, a portable gluten-detecting device. Nima didn’t find any gluten, but I’m hesitant to share a photo with Nima smiling, given that this product is not reliably gluten free. I also worry that Nima may give a false negative if the product contains any fermented gluten, which Nima cannot detect.

Bottom Line: Better than Bouillon says its products are not gluten free; heed this warning and avoid this product.

All flavors of BOU Bouillon Cubes are labeled gluten free. The product is also non-GMO and contains no artificial flavors.

Always read labels carefully to ensure the flavor you’re purchasing is still gluten free, as ingredient formulations can change without warning.

Ingredients to Look Out For

There are several ingredients in any bouillon cube or powder that could be harboring gluten. Some of the possible gluten-containing ingredients you may find are:

  • Wheat
  • Wheat proteins
  • Yeast Extract or Autolyzed Yeast Extract
  • Natural Flavors

Aside from containing actual wheat, these other ingredients may or may not be gluten-free. For example, yeast extract may contain gluten from barley and should only be consumed if labeled gluten-free. Natural flavors can be derived from wheat, barley, or malt in some instances, although not as common.

If you see these ingredients, you should:

  • Avoid the product.
  • In the case of yeast extract or natural flavors, see if a grain source is listed or look for a gluten-free claim on the label.

Lets take a closer look at the most popular bouillon brands and see what each company has to say about the gluten-free status of their products.

No. While Better Than Bouillon used to be labeled gluten-free, they have since changed their stance. They no longer make gluten-free claims upon any Better Than Bouillon Food Bases.

Yes, BOU chicken, vegetable, and beef bouillon cubes are gluten-free.

Yes, if labeled gluten-free. Herb-Ox will declare wheat, rye, or barley if they are used in a product. Herb-ox lists beef, chicken, and vegetable bouillon as gluten-free.

Yes, if labeled gluten-free.Knorr recommends consumers read the label each time before buying any product. If gluten is present, it is clearly listed in plain language on the ingredient label (i.e., wheat flour, rye, barley, oats, and malt). Since product formulations change from time to time, they do not publish a list of gluten-free flavors.

No. Beef and chicken flavors both contain wheat. According to Maggi, unless a product is labeled gluten-free, it has not been validated to be gluten-free.

Yes. Orrington farms offers products that are gluten-free. In fact, they have many gluten-free options, including beef, chicken, ham, vegetable, French onion, gravy mixes, and vegan options. Look for the gluten-free label on their packaging.

No. The beef bouillon contains wheat. The chicken bouillon does not have a gluten-free claim and it contains yeast extract, so it should be avoided.

Edward & Sons Not-Chick’N

Edward & Sons makes vegan bouillon cubes in various flavors, including chicken, beef, and vegetable.

You’ll see questionable ingredients such as yeast extract and maltodextrin; however, the company says its yeast extract is derived from nutritional yeast, and its maltodextrin is derived from corn.

does beef bouillon have gluten

I tested Edward & Son’s Not-Beef Bouillon cubes for hidden gluten with my Nima Sensor. Nima smiled, which meant it didn’t find any gluten.

does beef bouillon have gluten

Hormel makes Herb-Ox bouillon cubes, and the company says its chicken, beef, and vegetable bouillon cubes are gluten free. The bouillon is clearly labeled gluten free on the front of the packaging.

Bottom Line: Herb-Ox chicken, beef, and vegetable bouillon are gluten free.

does beef bouillon have gluten

According to the Knorr website, if gluten is present in a product, it will be clearly listed in plain language on the ingredient label. Knorr says consumers should look for ingredients such as wheat flour, rye, barley, oats, and malt, a barley-based ingredient if they’re avoiding gluten.

Knorr says it’s imperative that consumers with food allergens, including those on a gluten-free diet, read labels carefully, as product formulations can change.

The following shows the ingredients found in the chicken bouillon. While no gluten is listed in plain language, several red flag ingredients, such as monosodium glutamate and caramel color, would prompt me to put this product back on the shelf.

does beef bouillon have gluten

However, in the name of research, I tested this product for hidden gluten using my Nima Sensor. You can see the results below.

does beef bouillon have gluten

Although I believe Knorr has changed its product labeling to remove barley from its vegetable bouillon (not 100% sure), I have been holding on to the following for a few years to show you how Knorr has, in the past, noted barley as an ingredient in its yeast extract.

does beef bouillon have gluten

Bottom Line: Knorr products may contain gluten. Read labels carefully, and avoid this product when possible.

Orrington Farms broth base and seasonings are all labeled gluten free; check labels carefully to ensure the gluten-free claim is on the label.

does beef bouillon have gluten

does beef bouillon have gluten

You’ll notice the product contains questionable ingredients like yeast extract and caramel color; however, when a product is labeled gluten free, it means the company has tested the product, and it contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten per the FDA’s gluten-free labeling guidelines.

I decided to test the product for hidden gluten using my Nima Sensor. Nima smiled, which meant it didn’t find any gluten.

does beef bouillon have gluten

Bottom Line: Orrington Farms broth bases are gluten free; check for the gluten-free label on each package before purchasing.

Telma makes chicken-flavored stock cubes typically found in the kosher aisle at the grocery store. The product contains yeast extract, which is usually made from spent brewer’s yeast and contains gluten. The product also has a “May Contains” statement that says it may contain gluten.

Bottom Line: Heed Telma’s warning; avoid this product.

does beef bouillon have gluten

does beef bouillon have gluten

I spotted Wyler’s bouillon cubes, made by Kraft Heinz Foods, at Walmart and noticed that both the beef and chicken flavors contain gluten.

The beef cubes contain “wheat gluten,” which was easy to spot. The chicken cubes don’t contain wheat gluten, but they contain a slew of questionable ingredients, including yeast extract, caramel color, and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Bottom Line: Wyler’s bouillon cubes are NOT guten free and should be avoided.

does beef bouillon have gluten

does beef bouillon have gluten

Knorr Concentrated Beef Bouillon is a delicious mix of gluten-free ingredients that blend-in easily, for an irresistibly deep, meaty flavour for truly superb meals.

FAQ

Is beef bouillon gluten-free?

Yes, BOU chicken, vegetable, and beef bouillon cubes are gluten-free. Is Herb-Ox bouillon gluten free? Yes, if labeled gluten-free. Herb-Ox will declare wheat, rye, or barley if they are used in a product.

What brand of bouillon is gluten-free?

The gluten-free community must read labels carefully and consider only using brands labeled gluten free, including BOU, Edward & Son’s Not Chick’N and Not Beef Bouillon, Herb Ox Bouillon, and Orrington Farms Bouillon.

Does Knorr beef have gluten?

Easily prepare a hearty beef broth or stock with Knorr Ultimate Beef Base. Made from roasted beef with background notes of roasted carrots, celery, and onions, this gluten-free broth and stock concentrate offers a time-saving and cost-efficient means of developing flavor in soup, stock, sauces, and more.

What beef broth is gluten-free?

Swanson 100% Natural, Gluten-Free Beef Broth, 32 Oz Carton FREE delivery on $35 shipped by Amazon.

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