Glossary & FAQ


Here are a list of terms used throughout our site, and the meaning for each:

Fat Free: A food not containing vegetable or animal fats. Visit the FDA website for more details.

Gluten-Free: From the FDA website : A gluten-free diet is a diet completely free of ingredients derived from gluten-containing cereals: wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, Malts and triticale, as well as the use of gluten as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent.

Low Fat: From the the FDA website: Of or being a food or style of cooking that contains or uses very little butter, oil, or other fat, usually three grams of fat or less per serving.



Where can I buy Uncle Dan’s?

Head over to our our store locator to find out where you buy Uncle Dan’s near you.

On the ingredients, what is Maltodextrin?

From the FDA website: A nonsweet nutritive saccharide polymer that consists of D-glucose units linked primarily by [alpha]-1-4 bonds and that has a dextrose equivalent (D.E.) of less than 20.

What is MSG?

From the FDA website: Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of the common amino acid glutamic acid. Glutamic acid is naturally present in our bodies, and in many foods and food additives.

What does “No MSG Added” mean?

The two ingredients disodium iosinate and disodium guanalate, together make a natural form of MSG. These ingredients are mixed at different times in the process. Uncle Dan’s does not add any additional MSG.

Is MSG Natural?

From the FDA website: MSG occurs naturally in many foods, such as tomatoes and cheeses. For more information on MSG, visit the FDA website.

I found an old package of Uncle Dan’s in my pantry.  Is it still consumable?

Here at Uncle Dan’s, we ‘re often asked, “how long do your mixes stay good in the package?” Technically, our mixes are dry spices and will not spoil over time. However, spices do lose their peak flavor over time. The grocery stores that carry Uncle Dan’s are told that the mixes have a three year shelf life.

For more information on the shelf life of spices, check out the Spice Islands website. There are also some great tips on checking the freshness of spices.

Is Uncle Dan’s Gluten Free?

What is Certified Gluten Free?  What does it mean?
For information on what it means to be certified gluten-free, please click here.

On the ingredients, what is Disodium Inosinate?

From the FDA website: The food additive is the disodium salt of inosinic acid, manufactured and purified so as to contain no more than 150 parts per million of soluble barium in the compound disodium inosinate with seven and one-half molecules of water of crystallization.

On the ingredients, what is Disodium Guanylate?

From Wikipedia: Also known as sodium 5′-guanylate and disodium 5′-guanylate, is a natural disodium salt of the flavor enhancer guanosine monophosphate (GMP). Disodium guanylate is a food additive with the E number E627.[1] It is commonly used in conjunction with glutamic acid (monosodium glutamate, MSG).

What flavors can I buy at the store?

Most stores that carry Uncle Dan’s carry Classic Ranch, Creamy Ranch and Country Dill. Some stores carry Bleu Cheese as well. However, all of our flavors are available online in individual, case or sampler pack quantities.

What is Non GMO?

Uncle Dan’s is not made with any GMO products. For more information, visit:

What is Kosher?

Uncle Dan’s seasonings and salad dressings are all Kosher.

From Wikipedia: Kosher foods are those that conform to the regulations of kashrut (Jewish dietary law).

Ingredients you will find in Uncle Dan’s:

This is a complete list of ingredients that encompass our full product line.  For individual product blends please click on the attached link (below) for the product specific ingredient list.

Salt, Dehydrated Garlic, Dehydrated Onion,  Maltodextrin, Natural Flavor, Spice, Onion Powder, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Romano Cheese(cows milk) Culture, Salt enzymes, rennet), Whey, Dehydrated bell peppers, Guar Gum, Corn Syrup solids, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Paprika, Lemon  juice solids, lemon juice solids (corn syrup solids, lemon solids, natural flavor), Caramel color, partially hydrogenated Cottonseed oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, Silicon Dioxide, Buttermilk powder, citric acid, carrageenan, Lactose, Malic Acid, Acetic Acid, Bleu Cheese Powder (pasteurized milk, salt, cheese culture, enzyme), Parmesan Cheese (pasteurized part skim cow’s milk, culture, salt, enzymes, rennet), Chili Pepper, Dehydrated vinegar (maltodextrin, modified food starch, white distilled vinegar), Lactic Acid Powder (lactic acid, calcium lactate),.

Classic Ranch
Creamy Ranch (contains a milk or cheese product)
Country Dill (California Dill- Canada)
Bleu Cheese (contains a milk or cheese product)
Italian (contains a milk or cheese product)
Chipotle Ranch
Mediterranean Garlic
Zesty Ranch