Udi’s Gluten Free, a Denver based company, is a spin off division from Udi’s, an artisanal gluten bakery. Somehow or another, the bread makers at Udi’s transferred their skills for making gluten breads into the ability to make incredible gluten-free products. By the way, the items are also dairy, soy and nut free. The only thing they are not free of is incredible taste!
The White Sandwich bread is kind of like a gluten-free version of Wonder Bread and Udi’s Whole Grain bread comes quite close to soft whole wheat gluten bread. Each of these incredible breads are edible without heating, toasting or warming of any kind. It seems too good to be true but it is 100% true, according to every person, blogger and review I’ve found online. Below are just a few of the many rave reviews of the fabulous products from Udi’s.
- The Savvy Celiac – Udi’s Review
- FabGrandma Reviews – Udi’s Review
- Gluten Free Is Life – Udi’s Review
- Gluten Free Hub – Udi’s Review
When my first Udi’s order arrived last summer, I could not get over the soft feel of the bread. I quickly checked the label to make sure it was gluten-free, since I knew that Udi’s had a gluten bakery. The products in my box were indeed the gluten-free products, which are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility. I immediately pulled out the peanut butter and slathered it on a piece of the Whole Grain Bread. It was the fist piece I’d had in several years and it brought tears to my eyes.
Another unbelievable thing about Udi’s breads is the fact that you can store them on the counter for up a week without them spoiling. They can be left in the refrigerator for up to 28 days and last several months in the freezer. To be fair, I can’t imagine how anyone would ever need to freeze them, unless they’re just stocking up on them for the future. We don’t go through a loaf of bread in a week so we keep the breads in the fridge and pull pieces out as needed.
The pizza crusts from Udi’s make exceptional pizzas that actually stand up to the heartiest ingredients you can think to add. It would be great if some local pizza joints would use them here but so far none of them do. It’s one of the few crusts that don’t taste frozen, even when you pull it right out of the freezer before baking. It’s that amazing!
For muffin lovers, Udi’s Lemon Streusel and Blueberry Muffins are certainly something to get excited about. Again, the muffins can be eaten at room temperature if need be, but we prefer heating them very slightly for that fresh baked taste. Our favorite flavor is Lemon Streusel and those have replaced our old favorites from Whole Food Bakehouse – Lemon Poppy Seed. We have not yet tried the Cinnamon Rolls from Udi’s. If none of these baked treats are available near you or you don’t want to order muffins and cake online, the Grocery Guide lists eight brands that sell ready-made, gluten-free baked goods like muffins, brownies, and cake in stores.
Though we have not tried them yet, Udi’s gluten-free bagels are being test marketed in three Denver area Einstein’s locations. Can you imagine walking into to a bagel shop and getting a tasty gluten-free bagel?! Udi’s products are available for online ordering, but the company recently hooked up with a national distributor. That’s why we can now buy the products locally at Return to Eden. To get the fabulous Udi’s Gluten Free products to your local store, just ask for them. If enough people in your area do that, you’ll likely be enjoying soft incredible bread from Udi’s soon enough!