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Store Bought Gluten-free Bread Recommendations?


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#1 chestnut

 
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Posted 19 December 2005 - 04:30 PM

Can anyone rec a store bought brand of gluten-free bread that isn't stone heavy?

I bought my first loaf today of FOOD FOR LIFE WHEAT AND GLUTEN FREE BREAD at While Foods and while it's fantastic to make a guilt-free sandwich, the stuff's a little far from tasty.

Do they make a gluten-free bread that's lighter and more "traditional"?

I'm fortunate to not be allergic to the many other things a lot of people are so I'm fine with nuts, soy, and dairy stuff.

Any recs or is this the way it is?

(I'm not a baker so no recipes please!)

Thanks! :D
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Posted 19 December 2005 - 04:42 PM

The Whole Foods near me has their own line called The Gluten Free Bakeshop. They have a sandwich bread that is very good. I don't think all Whole Foods have this yet. Where are you? I know the stores on the east coast have it, not sure which others.
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Posted 19 December 2005 - 04:58 PM

Which Food for Life product did you buy?

White Rice

Brown Rice

Millet

Almond?
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Posted 19 December 2005 - 08:15 PM

http://www.kinnikinnick.com/

We like the white sandwich bread. All of their products are great. Pizza crusts, donuts, bagels, *not the cinnamon raisin, inmyopinion.... the K-Toos are so much like an oreo that I actually looked for the words, "Gluten free" just to be sure. OOh! and the Chocolate chip muffins are to die for.

Believe me, this bread is good. Worth ordering... the donuts are my kids favorite. Kinnkinnick has a favorable rep. with Celiacs.
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Posted 20 December 2005 - 05:52 AM

Which Food for Life product did you buy?


Brown Rice.


http://www.kinnikinnick.com/

We like the white sandwich bread. All of their products are great. Pizza crusts, donuts, bagels, *not the cinnamon raisin, inmyopinion.... the K-Toos are so much like an oreo that I actually looked for the words, "Gluten free" just to be sure. OOh! and the Chocolate chip muffins are to die for.

Believe me, this bread is good. Worth ordering... the donuts are my kids favorite. Kinnkinnick has a favorable rep. with Celiacs.


Thanks for the advice and rec, Jnkmnky but I'm not sure I'm ready for "ordering food" yet.

I'm brand new to the diet (less than a week) and not yet ready to order stuff on-line that I've been buying in a store my whole life. (Yeah, I know, that's my problem, not yours!)

At this point I'm looking for easy to find stuff in the stores.

But I'll most likely end up ordering as soon as I get used to this new way of life.

Thanks for the tips! Your descriptions almost make me want to order something now!
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Posted 20 December 2005 - 06:01 AM

I got my local Health Food Store to start carrying the Kinnickinick products... talk to your local HFS, they may be able to get it in for you if they see there is a demand for it. The store I shop at now has a very large gluten-free section and it keeps growing! Do not be afraid to talk to managers in your local stores and see if they can't carry some of the more popular gluten-free items like Kinnickinick products and Tinkyada pastas.

If they can't get it in, you may seriously want to rethink your aversion to ordering foods online. A lot of the local stores are still only carrying EnerG and Foods For Life brands and most of those breads are pretty blech... there are ways of doctoring them up to make em more palatable, but why do that when you can oreder delish foods from Kinnickinick? I keep my bread in the fridge and pop a few pieces in the microwave for about 30 seconds to soften them up or in the toaster... I even make a pretty mean grilled cheese sandwich with them (mix one egg with 1 tsp milk in bowl and dip one side of bread in it, fry in pan with butter egg mixture side OUT and cheese in the middle)
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Posted 20 December 2005 - 06:46 AM

If you have a WHole foods in your area, You should have another health foodstore that probably carries Kinnikinnick products. We have several in our area, so you wouldn't have to order online. It is in the freezer section.
THey have a great english muffin and personal pizza crusts. EAt them all the time. THey are a lifesaver for us. Their sandwich bread is good too, but the other two products are as good as the wheat versions to me. THey do have other good stuff too.
THe gluten-free pasta's by Tinkyada are great too. My husband ate some of the spaghetti lastnight and he didn't know it was gluten-free. HE thought it was the regular thing.
Good luck.
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Posted 20 December 2005 - 07:08 AM

I really dig the kinninnick White Sandwich Bread. It's lighter and it's the only one I'll eat. I think it is a bit sweet too! :P
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Posted 20 December 2005 - 12:53 PM

I haven't begun baking yet and I haven't ordered anything either, but I have tried three kinds of gluten-free bread. I, personally, don't think any are a really good substitute for wheat bread, but I have finally settled on a Fiber Bread by Glutino that is rather decent. The slices are small but the taste isn't disgusting like some others. I wouldn't call it fantastic though. I am able to buy the Glutino at a Dierbergs in the St. Louis metro east area. This may be of no help to you since I don't know where you are, but if you can find it, you might want to try a loaf.
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Can anyone rec a store bought brand of gluten-free bread that isn't stone heavy?

I bought my first loaf today of FOOD FOR LIFE WHEAT AND GLUTEN FREE BREAD at While Foods and while it's fantastic to make a guilt-free sandwich, the stuff's a little far from tasty.

Do they make a gluten-free bread that's lighter and more "traditional"?

I'm fortunate to not be allergic to the many other things a lot of people are so I'm fine with nuts, soy, and dairy stuff.

Any recs or is this the way it is?

(I'm not a baker so no recipes please!)

Thanks! :D


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Posted 20 December 2005 - 02:50 PM

i like sterks white italian, brown italian breads
raelly good toasted
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Posted 20 December 2005 - 06:38 PM

I like to make french toast with the Food For Life Rice Almond Bread or the Whole Foods Cinnamon Raisin Bread. It's a real treat.

If you wrap a couple of slices of the Food For Life bread in paper towel and nuke it for about 30 seconds, it makes a great peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

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Posted 20 December 2005 - 09:18 PM

Wow! You're all incredibly generous with your ideas and suggestions. Thanks!

Fortunately I live in the Los Angeles area where Health Food stores are pretty common so it's not as difficult as it must be for those living elsewhere in the country.

What it all comes down to is FRUSTRATION at having to actually make some effort. (You take it for granted when you've been able to shop at any number of grocery stores for so long only to see that ability suddenly disappear!)

I should consider myself lucky. I'm sure a lot of you out there have to travel many miles to find options.

What's funny (and I'm sure many of you will laugh at me!) is discovering the price differences. I spent my whole life buying loaves of bread for next to nothing only to discover that the stuff I have to eat now costs $3.70 a loaf on the cheap end (and contains slices that are about the size of large postage stamps and taste like balsa wood!)

But what're you gonna do? Just finding out that there ARE bread options made my day.

Gotta see the sunny-side, right?

What I've been noticing lately is that SOME food makers actually list on their labels "the items within this bag are processed on the same equipment that processes wheat, milk, nuts & soy based products..." etc.

It's kind of cool.

Thanks again for all your suggestions! :)
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Posted 21 December 2005 - 05:32 AM

chestnut-way to think positive!

my fav gluten-free bread: kinnikinnick's italian white tapioca. i think manna from anna (mix you bake) has a great soft texture too.
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Posted 21 December 2005 - 12:06 PM

Can anyone rec a store bought brand of gluten-free bread that isn't stone heavy?

I bought my first loaf today of FOOD FOR LIFE WHEAT AND GLUTEN FREE BREAD at While Foods and while it's fantastic to make a guilt-free sandwich, the stuff's a little far from tasty.

Do they make a gluten-free bread that's lighter and more "traditional"?

I'm fortunate to not be allergic to the many other things a lot of people are so I'm fine with nuts, soy, and dairy stuff.

Any recs or is this the way it is?

(I'm not a baker so no recipes please!)

Thanks! :D



I like the glitano fiber bread toasted...the best gluten-free bread I've found so far.
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Posted 21 December 2005 - 01:20 PM

Our favorite is Glutino flax seed bread. I love it toasted, but my son makes sandwiches with it. I'm not a big bread eater, but this is one of my breakfast staples.

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