Local Celiac Discovers Soup They’ve Been Simmering For 30 Minutes May Contain Gluten

While prepping a large pot of chicken soup to freeze during the current pandemic, celiac Britt A Willis discovered the chicken broth they had thought was safe may, in fact, contain gluten. Their local grocery store offered the broth as a replacement to the usual gluten free broth, which was sold out.

“Thank god I even thought to check,” Willis said. “Halfway through cooking the soup I had a sudden whim and scanned the barcode in my gluten free scanner app.”

The app and Willis’ further searching through online celiac forums proved inconclusive, all saying this particular broth “may contain gluten.” Willis let the soup keep simmering, but otherwise completely fell apart on their kitchen floor, expelling emotions that have been building since their first day of self-isolation a week and a half ago.

“Like what the hell does that even mean, anyway?,” Willis continued. “I mean, I know what it means but god! How could there ‘possibly’ be gluten in chicken broth? What did you DO to it?”

When asked about trying the soup anyway, Willis explained taking a chance could prove extremely painful and unhealthy, but most of the details were difficult to make out through blubbering and tearful hiccups.

Willis’ partner had one serving for dinner that night. The rest was frozen for later.

“The whole situation was a mess,” Willis’ partner, Pete Volk, said. “But I still got delicious chicken soup out of it, so it’s hard not to come away from the experience with some positivity.”

Willis had incredibly unsatisfying gluten free ramen, which is not at all like chicken soup.


I’ll be including at least 1 rec per newsletter while I’m remaining isolated during the pandemic because this is my newsletter and why not. If you have any particular rec requests (movies, plays to read, games to play, soups to cry over, whatever!), let me know by replying to this email or commenting!

Today I’m rec’ing O’Keefe’s Working Hands hand cream. My hands are raw (I have literally bled) from all the hand-washing and this hand cream has helped a ton.

Britt A Willis writes this newsletter and is a playwright, game writer, and designer in Washington, DC. You can find out more about their work at brittawillis.com or follow them on Twitter @feelingfickle.