Product Review: Rudi's Gluten-Free Bread
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Jun 25 2010

Product Review: Rudi's Gluten-Free Bread

Earlier this month I wrote an article about Rudi’s new Gluten-Free Bread line. The gluten-free bread went on sale online earlier this week and I received some complimentary samples in the mail courtesy of Rudi’s. I received the bread on Wednesday, coincidentally it was right at lunch time. I had been trying to figure out what I was going to make for lunch as I was cleaning up the kids’ mess and I heard a knock on the door. It was the UPS man, or the “Gluten-Free Fairy”, as I like to call him. I would never call him this to his face, but he is here quite a bit. I was excited to see the package was from Rudi’s. My lunch problem was solved!

I received one of each of the varieties of bread. I dove right into the Multigrain. I made a turkey, avocado and spring mix sandwich with mustard. The bread is soft! I couldn’t believe that I was about to try yet another ground-breaking gluten-free bread! The gluten-free bread industry has come a long way and this year seems to be the time for these revolutionary gluten-free breads that don’t need to be toasted and can be stored on the counter.

Rudi’s joins Udi’s Gluten-Free and Canyon Bakehouse in the awesome gluten-free bread category. The bread is soft and has a great texture. The bread did fall apart a little in the middle while I was eating it, but I did have a lot on my sandwich, so that could have been more operator error than the bread itself.

I had the Cinnamon Raisin Bread for breakfast with some almond butter and fruit spread on top. I am storing the bread in the freezer. Rudi’s recommends keeping the bread in the freezer if it won’t be consumed within 4 days. I figured that I would be toasting this bread anyway, so keeping it in the freezer would work out just fine. I toasted the bread and added my toppings. I was really impressed with this bread. The bread was reminiscent of the Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread, but with no swirl. I really enjoyed this breakfast.

Jon had the Original Bread for lunch with turkey & cheese. This bread was soft and tasted good, but not as good as the Multigrain. Jon said the bread was dry, but he doesn’t put any wet condiments on his sandwiches. I told him to add some ketchup. In his teenage boy way, he refused. I took a bite of his sandwich and it was no different in moistness level than the other 2 breads.

After tasting all 3 of these new gluten-free breads, I would have to say there is some steep competition out there. Rudi’s Gluten-Free Breads can be purchased online here. The bread is sold by the case. There are 8 loaves in a case for $42.78, which is $5.35/loaf. The price is comparable to Udi’s & Canyon Bakehouse. The one difference is that you can order Udi’s & Canyon Bakehouse by the loaf and Udi’s price goes down to $4.75/loaf when you order a case of their bread.

A special “Thank You” to Rudi’s for the complimentary samples. We are really enjoying them!

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Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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  • Cindy

    Great to see another edible GF bread — but for those of us who are allergic to eggs, it’s just another disappointment! Seems all of the breads that get rave reviews contain whole eggs or egg whites, making them off limits to the myriads of people who can’t eat eggs. It must be the eggs that give these breads their great texture; I can’t see any other reason why the manufacturers would include an ingredient that is so highly allergenic to so many people. If ever there is a GF bread made that is comparable to Udi’s/Rudi’s/Canyon Bakehouse and is EGG-FREE, in addition to soy, dairy, and nut free, I’d spend just about anything for it!

    • http://glutenfreeislife.com/ Kimberly Bouldin

      Hi Cindy – That is a bummer. :( I bet you are right about eggs being key to making these breads have such a great texture. I don’t know enough about the chemistry of baking to know how to fix that. I will make sure to keep you posted if I find one that fits your needs.

      Kim

  • http://www.gluten-free-diet-help.com Kathy

    Don’t forget yeast–many of us are yeast intolerant as well.
    I make my own bread from scratch. With so many allergens
    it’s hard to find premade items.

    • http://glutenfreeislife.com/ Kimberly Bouldin

      Yes, I bet it is very hard to find good bread without yeast. I will make sure to keep my eyes open for you.

      Kim

  • http://www.tastybite.com Penny

    I love this bread! With a whole family with gluten-allergies, I’m constantly looking for new gf options and products. I made sandwiches the other day using this bread, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and ready-made seasoned chickpeas that my family loves from this brand called Tastybite. Most of their products are gluten-free which makes my life so much easier. The fam loved the sandwiches so it seems like this is a winner!

    • http://glutenfreeislife.com/ Kimberly Bouldin

      Penny,

      I have not tried those chickpeas from Tastybite, but I need to b/c they are one of my favorite foods! Thanks for posting about them.

      Kim

  • TERRIE GOODHEW

    I cant wait to try this bread should have order tomorrow

    • http://glutenfreeislife.com/ Kimberly Bouldin

      Terrie,

      Please make sure to let us know how you like the bread!

      Kim

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  • cassi

    This is by far most like “real” bread. It looks and feels and tastes better than the best (which was Udi’s. This one keeps in the freezer well and if zapped in the mircowave for a second will thaw out and be perfect for sandwiches! It holds up well for the kids in their lunches all day too. The kids at school can’t tell that this is a “different ” bread so that is a plus too.

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  • Tracy

    Regarding cost, note that Rudi’s is an 18oz loaf where Udi’s is only 12 oz…and, yes, Rudi’s is even better than Udi’s.