One of our readers mentioned a company called Katz Gluten Free in a comment on an article about Chattanooga a while back. Until I saw the comment, I’d never heard of the company. Soon after that, someone from Katz Gluten Free contacted me about reviewing some of their products. Never one to turn down gluten-free food (unless I know I don’t like something which has happened a few times), I accepted the offer. By then, I’d read several nice reviews about the product line and I was anxious to try them for myself.
When the package from Katz Gluten Free arrived, it contained some Challah Bread, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cinnamon Rugelech, Chocolate Rugelech and a mini Challah Roll. My gluten eating cookie monster husband ate almost every cookie but did leave me a couple to try for the review. I’m not a huge prepared cookie fan in general but these chocolate chip cookies were very good and tasted pretty much like a gluten cookie. There was no odd taste, texture or aftertaste which has been a problem for some gluten-free chocolate chip cookies we’ve tried. Next up were the Rugelechs. Both the cinnamon and chocolate version were very good, but I’ve not really had many gluten versions to compare them to. My favorite flavor of the two is the cinnamon. The Cinnamon Rugelechs are perfectly “cinnamony” – though in fairness, it’s hard for me to imagine something having too much cinnamon for me.
Next I needed to try the breads from Katz Gluten Free. I’m a tough customer when it comes to bread and if I don’t love it, I don’t have it again. The Katz Gluten Free Challah bread made perfect to toast and should work quite nicely for things like a grilled cheese or tuna melt sandwich. Last up for my taste test, but certainly not least, was the mini Challah Roll. The roll was unbelievably fresh and it offered an exceptional taste. The roll pretty much tasted like a high quality gluten roll with sesame seeds on top. The day it arrived I wrapped it in foil and then heated it in the toaster oven. Anything from this line that is not going to be eaten right away should be frozen – except for the cookies.
Since I only got one Challah roll, I don’t know how the rolls taste after being frozen, thawed out and reheated. If they are as good that way as they are without being frozen, then every high end restaurant that serves sliders needs to order these mini Challah Rolls stat! I plan to try the new Oat Challah Rolls and the Sandwich Rolls with burgers when grilling weather arrives in Atlanta. One of those – if not both – should work well as a hamburger bun, or for any sandwich that calls for a bun. At our house, those include pulled barbeque pork and Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches.
All Katz Gluten Free products are kosher and free of gluten, dairy and nuts. There are many things in the line up that I have not yet tried including, but not limited to, pizza crust, farfel, bread crumbs, kugel, cup cakes, muffins, various cookies, honey loaf, marble cake, oat Challah rolls, various breads, and sandwich rolls. The company has a “shop by allergy” option on the website for those who need to avoid more than just gluten. The line up includes some things that are free of at least one of the following allergens – corn, soy, rice, egg or sugar.
Special thanks to Katz Gluten Free for my tasting samples. I sure hope we can enjoy your rolls on some sliders in the ATL real soon!