Sunday, January 10, 2010

Review: Udi's sandwich bread

I kept hearing numerous accolades about Udi's Bakery in Denver, CO and their gluten-free foods. I would hear of people placing large orders with them and claiming their bread was the best of the gluten-free breads. So, I had to try this myself to see if the bread lived up to the hype.

Thankfully, I recently discovered they carry Udi's at Woodman's, who have an extremely large gluten-free section, and decided to try a loaf. Udi's bread is handcrafted in their dedicated gluten-free facility in Denver, CO, their gluten-free foods are also dairy-, soy-, and nut-free.

When I arrived home, I could barely wait to unload groceries and try a slice. It was almost total disbelief when I took a slice from the defrosted loaf and took a bite...I didn't even need to heat it up, it was instantly delicious! I have not had a piece of ready-to-eat bread, from the grocery store since before going gluten-free. My daughter, who is a gluten-eater and not that crazy about eating, in general, at two slices instantly.

The texture, even straight out of the package, is light and airy, it was perfect! There is no chewiness in this bread that some of gluten-free breads have. The crust actually made me want to eat the crust, of which I have never really been a fan. The crust tastes more like the crust of French bread. Overall, it was a delicious flavor.

I used the white sandwich bread to make tuna melts and it really enhanced the sandwich and the whole experience. Next, I made baked grilled cheese sandwiches using Udi's whole grain bread with cheddar and tomato. My husband, also a gluten-eater, couldn't get enough. Again, my daughter, who is a very small eater, ate 2 entire grilled cheese sandwiches on her own, I was completely speechless.

Previously, I was never a big fan of sandwich bread, because I always felt it was like tasteless styrofoam, but after having Udi's bread I have been converted. I realize that I just wasn't eating the right bread. It is hard to imagine something without so many things found in typical bread can be so delicious, but I kid you not, it is.

Udi's bakes sandwich breads, pizza crust, lemon streusel, blueberry muffins, granola and more. Udi's is available in selected stores nationally, including Whole Foods, and also available to order online. Products are shipped Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays and ship overnight or 2nd-day air.

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