About a year ago, there was a story in the news about kids lunches. One of the areas they covered were packed lunches. You see, the time from the point the lunch is packed, to when it gets eaten varies, so the story was advising on what should or shouldn’t be in the lunch bag. One of the things on the list of “safe to pack” was a peanut butter sandwich. I gave a cheer for this, of course, since it is what I packed for my seven year old last year, and now both he and his brother this year.
However, I have also discovered that not all gluten free breads are created equal. We started out with Enrgy rice bread. The boys would eat it just fine, but there always seemed to be a battle to get it eaten before mold grew, no matter if it went in the fridge after opening or not. One loaf molded on the counter without ever being opened, and the company graciously sent us replacement products, and a sample of a few other items. Let me just say that the four year old tore into the hot dog buns and loved them. A hot dog never touched the buns. . .
When the time for me to switch to gluten free for Joseph, the texture was just something I couldn’t handle. It was either give up sandwiches, or find a new bread for me. After some research and suggestions, I headed to a market store that had a reputation for natural products, and was listed as having this brand of bread available. The downside was that they didn’t. . .but, they did have another brand of bread.
I decided to grab some and give it a try. Even if I didn’t like it, there was a really good chance the boys would. Well, the first test was a peanut butter sandwich (Smuckers natural peanut butter). It was delicious, and the texture of the bread was the closest I have found to wheat based bread. So, since then I tend to buy either the multigrain, or the white sandwich bread, depending on which the local store happens to have available.
The bread also breaks down well for bread crubs for meatloaf, or stuffing when roasting a chicken, or turkey. Overall, it is the closest I have found to a wheat based bread, although, as with most gluten free products, it can be a bit on the pricey side. But when you just have to have a sandwich, or a receipe calling for bread crubs or croutons, it is worth it.