Product Review: Against The Grain Baguettes
Wandering through my local Whole Foods I finally found a product that I’ve been wanting to try for quite a while! Against The Grain Gourmet Gluten Free Baguettes. I bought both flavors – Original & a nice, subtle Rosemary. Both are excellent, but the consistency is the most unbelievable part of this bread. I took a photo of the inside so you could see just how airy and light this bread really is (see photo farther down.) I’m sure I’ve never tried any gluten free bread anything like it.
Against The Grain doesn’t substitute gluten containing grains for other grains – they just leave out grains altogether! Using tapioca starch and eggs plus only 4 or 5 other ingredients, they have found a winning formula for great baguettes!
The baguettes are found in the freezer section of your local specialty store, if you are fortunate enough to have one nearby. The Whole Foods near me just began carrying them. I heated a slice in the microwave which made it steamy and cotton-soft. I heated the rest in the oven wrapped in foil. Slice it first if you want it that way because it’s easier to slice in the frozen state than in the soft, heated state. It’s crusty on the outside and light as a cloud on the inside. Sorry I cannot report how it is the next day if left out (though they do tell you to keep it frozen.) It disappeared.
My tasters tried the bread plain and with butter, but I couldn’t help imagine a nice big meatball sandwich on the baguette, or a chicken caesar sandwich. My next experiments will involve sandwiches for sure!
I love the Against the Grain ingredient philosophy. Simple, natural, non-GMO & local: “We obtain our ingredients and raw materials from as many local sources as possible. Our diary is McNamara Dairy in Plainfield, NH, and their milk contains no BHT, rBGH, or preservatives. We use expeller-pressed non-GMO canola oil. We use shell eggs from humanely-treated hens supplied by Maple Meadows Farms, in Salisbury, VT. Maple Meadow is a family-owned egg producer, and their birds are never treated with antibiotics or hormones. We use tapioca starch—not modified tapioca starch—in our ingredients, which is bleached in the production process, but it is not chemically “modified.” Our coconut milk is 100% organic. Our cheese has no added growth hormones, no anti-caking agents, and is natamycin free, and it comes from the milk of dairy cows that are routinely veterinarian inspected.”
The Against The Grain products are routinely tested by an independent, third party laboratory for the presence of gluten and casein (for the dairy free products.) “Our products are tested by Bia Diagnostics Laboratory in Burlington, VT, which also does the testing for the Gluten Intolerance Group certification and the Gluten Free Certification Organization certification. We test for the presence of gluten using the R5 ELISA Sandwich Assay, which has been validated by the Prolamin Working Group of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. This assay is the most sensitive available and tests for the presence of gluten to 5ppm.”
Their facility was built solely for the purpose of gluten free food manufacturing, and all production is equipment new—“we do not have any refurbished or used equipment that may have previously been used with gluten-based products.”
I don’t know about you, but I feel really good about buying products from this company after reading about the care they take to avoid gluten and to use great ingredients. And if that’s not enough, TRY THE BREAD!
Ingredients: Tapioca starch, milk, eggs, mozzarella cheese, canola oil, salt.
Ingredients: Tapioca starch, milk, eggs, mozzarella cheese, canola oil, salt, rosemary.
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