Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Gluten-Free Bread Recos, Hated Udi's
0

19 posts in this topic

So, I finally made the trek to Trader Joe's to buy some Udi's bread.  I was so excited.  I bought bread, bagels and hot dog buns.  Today, I had a sandwich on the bread (toasted) and it was nasty.  Didn't even want to finish it.

 

Is Udi's the best there is?  Help!  Very disappointed as I was so looking forward to it.  Maybe after I've been gluten-free awhile, it will taste better?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

So, I finally made the trek to Trader Joe's to buy some Udi's bread.  I was so excited.  I bought bread, bagels and hot dog buns.  Today, I had a sandwich on the bread (toasted) and it was nasty.  Didn't even want to finish it.

 

Is Udi's the best there is?  Help!  Very disappointed as I was so looking forward to it.  Maybe after I've been gluten-free awhile, it will taste better?

 

I love Glutino bagels, so maybe try those.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Personal tastes vary widely when it comes to gluten-free baked products.

 

We like Udi's bread, hamburger buns, and pizza crusts. We don't do many sweets, so we don't have any experience to offer on their dessert items.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our family loves....Udi's, Canyon Bakehouse and Glutino.

 

If you are new to gluten-free breads...may I suggest -- trying to toast Udi's before you toss it?  

 

There is always baking your own -- we did in my early days as we could not afford Udi's for a family with multiple celiacs.  Thankfully....prices have come down a bit.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I tolerated and told myself I liked Udi's okay when I was first diagnosed. Truth is that I just wasn't a fan of gluten free bread. I took about three months or so off of bread completely. After that I suppose I forgot what bread tastes like and feels like. I like Udi's and Rudi's both just fine, although I prefer Udi's. (Not for taste but because Rudi's has a problem where it won't come apart!) My favorite by far is the chia one.

 

Some food for thought. Gluten free bread will never be the same as gluteny bread, do not expect it to be or you will always be disappointed. Instead, attempt to view it as something else entirely and try to enjoy it for what it is. This shift in attitude may also be partly responsible for my enjoyment of bread now.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




I think your just too new to it!! I tried some noodles and altho they tasted pretty good, I couldn't wrap my mind around it!! I just couldn't doit!! I am a newbie also :) 

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, it won't be the same as gluteny bread, no matter what. When I first went gluten-free, I bought brown rice bread and thought it was just okay, not the best, so I froze the rest of the loaf. Now, coming back to it after 5 months, it actually tastes pretty good and I like it. So I think it's just a matter of tastes changing and letting go of the "want" for something just like a gluten containing bread.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes I agree, it could be that you've not gotten used to it yet, it tends to be an acquired taste, simply because we are so used to gluteny breads when we start eating gluten free that we expect it to be the same.  Personally, I prefer to make my own bread, because a) I know what's in it exactly because *I* put it there, B) breadmaking is relaxing c) most gluten-free breads come frozen (at least here they do) and freezing gluten-free bread does weird things to the bread c) I discovered the secret to making good gluten-free dough (of any sort really)  extra oil/butter and an extra egg.  (If you can have eggs)

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Depending on where you live there may be better options or depending on how much you are willing to spend.  I also am not a fan of Udi's so much, it does the job.  Schar is vaccuum packed and not frozen when you buy it and I like their "sandwich bread" (not a full replacement for rye bread but good for deli sandwiches).  I think their hotdog buns are slightly better then Udi's .

There are also gluten free bakeries that will ship bread.  One is evaruths.com located in Middletown, Rhode Island.  I have had their onion dill and their whole grain bread.  They are probably the best gluten free breads I have had.  Another place is westmeadowfarm.com from Vermont.  Their bread is good.  They make something called a donut muffin that is phenomenal!  It tastes similar to a cinnamon sugar donut but in a muffin form.  This donut muffin has been enjoyed and a preferred food choice for even the non celiacs in my house.  The donut muffin may not be on their website but you can order it, comes in 3 sizes, you can call or I think email them.  There have been other gluten free bakeries I have tried that I did not like at all so they aren't all equal.

I also think the Whole Foods near us makes a decent bread called prairie bread but very dense, taste is good.  As I have experimented with different breads, I think they all end up with a sort of similar taste. 

The longer you go gluten free, I have found the less you remember about regular bread and so your taste buds aren't as discriminating, meaning you start to find that some of the gluten free products you thought were not good become "better".

And bagels will never be the same, you can't expect to find one you will like if you constantly compare it to bagels with gluten.  The best I found were a brand where you actually had to bake them in the oven for 20 minutes or so but had to eat it right away and I am sorry to say I forgot the name of the brand.  I have not tried Against the Grain bagels but heard they were decent.

Good luck in your search!

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Canyon Bakehous San Juan 7-Grain. Hands down, the best gluten-free bread I have ever had. Tastes similar to Rudi's but it doesn't fall apart. If you liked those multi-grain breads in the grocery stores that have all those nutty little bits in them, you will love Canyon Bakehouse. It is BETTER than the gluteny ones.

 

And if you ARE looking for a dessert, Udi's Double Chocolate Muffins are heavenly! I defy ANYONE to try one and identify it as a gluten-free product!

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Annie May's Sweet Cafe is a bakery that will ship gluten-free bread and buns. Their bread is delicious. Never had a bad thing from there. You can get doughnuts and cookies, mixes to make bread/pancakes/waffles/pizza at home, all homemade.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So, this is what has been working so far.  I decided to go back to a favorite of mine from 20 or so years ago, rice cakes.  I used to love them spread with Laughing Cow cheese or peanut butter. I've been using them for sandwiches for me and DS--and they've worked well.  I even brought some in a ziplock baggie in my purse to a hamburger joint to replace the bread.  Much more satisfying (to me) than wrapping it in lettuce.

 

Also, when I make almond flour pancakes, I make extras--and we use those as bread.  DS loves one with either peanut butter and banana or nutella spread on it.

 

I also made a recipe I found online for biscuits (I think it was from Wheat Belly) using almond flour, flax seeds, butter/coconut oil, and whipped egg whites.  They were good--but I think part of what made them good was they were fresh baked.  No idea how they'd work if I made a giant batch, and then froze/defrost them as needed.

 

I figure we'll do this for a few months and then go back and retry some gluten-free breads and see if they taste better.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not really a fan of Udi's, either. My favourites are Kinnickinnik soft bread (far larger slices than Udi's) and Glutino Genius. As Peter said, our toastes vary wildly. However, homemade is always best though it is still a distant second to gluten bread. If you want to make your own, one of the best recipes by our own Simona is posted on here. It is called Simona's Challah Bread. Good flavour, texture and crumb. Rises nicely.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I LOVE the Udi's gluten-free buns - both hot dog (good for "subs") and hamburger buns. YUMMY! They are, IMO, the best gluten-free buns I have found. But, as someone else said, just like everything in life, there is always going to be individual preferences and tastes at play. 

 

As for bread.....have you tried Glutino's Genius bread?  You can see it here:

 

http://www.glutino.com/products/breads/genius-by-glutino-white/

 

I have tried both the white and grain and liked them both.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Most frozen/commercial gluten-free bread needs to be toasted.  That's the only way we'll eat it in our house if we haven't baked it ourselves (made only one loaf so far).  We prefer to use lettuce wraps.  We carry a cheap toaster around everywhere.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Most frozen/commercial gluten-free bread needs to be toasted.  That's the only way we'll eat it in our house if we haven't baked it ourselves (made only one loaf so far).  We prefer to use lettuce wraps.  We carry a cheap toaster around everywhere.

Kinnickinnik's new "soft" bread is made so it does not require toasting which is nice. Large slices, too. The buns need no toasting, either. Worth buying if you can find it. It is also lots cheaper at $4.99 CDN. But all others I tried certainly do need toasting, sometimes for 15 minutes! :-)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like Udis but my family prefers canyon bakehouse. One idea is to try gluten-free wraps. My picky gluten-free daughter loves the wraps made by Toufayan. I have made her quesadillas and wrap sandwiches in them and she loves it. Rudi's wraps are also good but can be a bit brittle. I tried sandwich petals and thought they were jus ok... Can't remember who makes those.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think a big key here is attitude. Gluten free bread is NOT going to be like the gluten kind. After six years gluten free, I think I have forgotten what "real" bread tastes like. Udi's suits me fine, although I do pull out some of the insides on the buns... too thick. Same with gluten free beer. If it is all you can have, it's pretty good.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The bread is the worst part... I think I offended someone who bakes their own bread by telling her it tasted like marshmallows (which was meant as a compliment because by all means it was still the best most I had tried till then). I got used to eating things like hotdogs and hamburgers with rice and stuff like that which I kinda prefer now even tho I've gotten accustomed enough to appreciate some udis bread at least... I usually warm my white sandwich bread in the microwave just to thaw it and sprinkle some shredded cheese on it before hand so it melts in a little then I toast it for like 15 seconds turns out alright for sandwiches I just load a lot of meat and cheese on em now. Best advice for bread tho is French toast. Some breads need to be soaked longer before frying them tho. French toast is where it's at tho

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,358
    • Total Posts
      920,531
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Here's another thing.  Feeling deprived?  Order two of the same item.  I was hungry by the time dinner arrived! 
    • The doctors just made me feel like I was crazy because they did not have a clue of what was wrong with me. I did a stool test (positive) and I did a genes test (positive for two gluten sensitive genes, one in each chromosome).  Blood test are not so foolproof, if you read the comments/experiences in such topic you will see the problems. Biopsy can give a false negative if taken from an undamaged area. If you have medical problems that go away once on a gluten free diet then gluten is the problem. The medical establishment profit from managing your medical problems and big pharma makes money by pushing pills so we need to be careful because they won't benefit if a gluten-free diet solve your problems. Since I started a Gluten free diet I have been free of the following: (all related to Celiac)  Irregularity, Intestinal noise, Irregular stool, Tooth enamel defects, Rash in upper arms, Abdominal swelling, depression, fatigue, irritability, lactose intolerance, 
      loss of memory, dandruff, uncontrollable bladder, suicidal thoughts, unable to sleep, Canker sores/ Mouth ulcers, high blood pressure, and probably others that I did not realize. I was at the end of my rope, thanks to Google and the people that are able to talk about this I was able to get my life back. I am passionate about this because I know how bad its can get. 
    • Well, I have never cruised on Carnival, but I am sure they can accommodate you.  I assume that you have already alerted them that you require gluten free meals.  If not, please contact Carnival immediately. Here are my own tips.  Some folks eat off the buffet line, but not me or hubby except for coffee/drinks and baked potatoes (jacketed) and fruit that we wash in the restroom (people touch everything!)  Okay, I am OCD, but my last glutening which occurred the previous summer made me sick for three months (GI tested my antibodies to prove it).   When we board, I go to the buffet restaurant ASAP and ask to speak to the Head Waiter (they are usually there greeting customers and often trying to up sell to specialty restaurants.   Let them know you have celiac disease and must be gluten free.  They may try to tell you that each dish is clearly marked gluten free, but really?  Who's to say that some other passenger is not going to switch spoons (or I have seen passengers wandering around with serving spoons...I kid you not!  The staff usually will  go downstairs and fetch a gluten free meal for me from the main dining room's kitchen as there is usually a dedicated area for allergies.  We have to wait up to 20 minutes or so but it is worth it.  Starving?  Get a baked potato wrapped in foil until your gluten-free meal arrives.  Now, do not do this every single time.  Those folks have to go down several levels to fetch food and you don't want to be a pain.  But if the main dining area is closed, they need to make an effort to keep you safe.  On our last cruise, we were advised not to eat anywhere but the main dining room and that included room service (they are not trained to handled allergies).  My headwaiters have sent goodies (prepackaged gluten free rolls and cookies for us to keep in our room.  We can always grab whole fruit (I wash it first) to snack on.  I bring gluten-free non-perishable items with me to eat while at port in case we can't find anything (which can be often).  Again, when we get back to our ship, we contact our headwaiter and he/she can prepare some snacks until we have dinner.   Be grateful and not picky.   We eat all meals in the dining room (or at least as much as possible).  Our headwaiter had a few other celiacs on our cruise this summer, so they prepared some gluten-free waffles, etc. for our breakfast!  What a treat!  At breakfast, we'd have different waiters, so our headwaiter would always instruct our waiters each and every time!  They even let me tour the kitchen and showed me the allergy section.   The only time I did not feel safe was at the buffet.  We once ordered gluten-free pizza and I realized (I watched) that that restaurant didn't really have the gluten-free thing down), do I called him on it.  Got the manager etc.  So, be careful.  Other cruises made us frozen Udi"s which was just fine with us.  They covered it up in foil so that we would not get any cross contamination from their pizza oven. So, have fun!   Tipping?  We prepaid our gratuities, but we gave our headwaiter an extra $200.00 for his time.  For us, it was well worth the service and safety of our food.  It does not hurt to slip some of the tip ahead of time (like after your first meal!)   Oh, I checked your ship.  You must eat in the diningroom if you have special dietary needs.
    • French Celiac / Coeliac Gluten Free Restaurant Card <strong>What is ... What to know about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and gluten-free diets. View the full article
    • <strong>Celiac Disease & Gluten-free Diet Information at Celiac.com. Gluten Free Diabetes ::The 3 Step Trick that Reverses Diabetes Permanently in ... View the full article
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,432
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    rbeckler60
    Joined