Not long ago I let you know that I was looking forward to receiving samples of Schar’s re-launched gluten-free breads. I have since tried those breads and was happily surprised at how good they are! Here is a photo of what I received:
First, I want to let you know about the safety of Schar products. I could not find this information on their web site, so I contacted them and received the following information:
“Schar does not use gluten in any of their products or facilities. It is a 100% dedicated gluten-free facility. We test every ingredient before it enters the facility to ensure they come in under 20ppm and we test every batch after it’s made to ensure it is gluten-free as well.
We are pleased to say that all of our products and ingredients are non-GMO. Also, we can assure you that with the opening of our new facility here in the U.S., we will continue to use the high quality ingredients that we are using in Europe. All of our ingredients are and will continue to be non-GMO and MSG free.”
With that knowledge, I felt safe trying the breads. The package happened to arrive on a day that I was making spaghetti for dinner, and the baguettes went perfectly with it.
I heated them in the oven according to the instructions, and then added garlic butter. My family loved it, even the gluten eating ones, and garlic bread with our spaghetti was a real treat. The bread was crispy on the outside and soft inside. I did not try the bread without heating it, but it felt soft even when it was cold.
Next, I tried the Ciabatta rolls. I was impressed with all three of the breads, but this one I was the most impressed with. The rolls were incredibly soft, even before heating. Honestly, I just kept squeezing one. I couldn’t believe how soft it was.
Gluten-free son and I shared these rolls. We both ate one that was heated in the oven along with soup, and one as is with a snack. The package says par-baked and tells you to heat the rolls. However, the bread is cooked and it’s not doughy at all in the middle, so eating it as is worked fine.
These rolls were so good I was too busy eating to remember a photo, but I did catch part of one.
Lastly, I tried the submarine sandwich rolls. It had been a long time since I had a sub sandwich, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! These rolls also instruct you to heat them first, which I did, but I’m sure they would work fine as is if you packed one for lunch.
I missed being able to put cheese on my sandwich, but since I’m now eating tomatoes, I made my sandwich with turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise.
It was delicious! The bread was soft and didn’t fall apart. It worked perfectly. Since I only received two of these, my gluten eaters didn’t try them, but I think that anyone would enjoy this bread, gluten-free or not. When was the last time you had a sub sandwich?
There was one thing I did not like about these breads, and it has nothing to do with their taste or texture. They all contain soy protein. I am not completely soy free, but I do try to avoid it. I’m glad to know that it is GMO free soy, which helps, but I would still prefer that the breads didn’t have any. For that reason, these breads are something I would eat occasionally, but not regularly. Considering soy is one of the top eight allergens, I think Schar would do well to remove the soy protein from their products.
Having said that, the quality of these breads certainly makes Schar a leader in gluten-free products.
If you have not yet signed up for the Schar Club, Schar is providing free samples of the Ciabatta rolls to the first 2,000 Schar Club members who request them! Being a part of the Schar Club has benefits such as free product samples and coupons as well as advice on how to live a gluten-free lifestyle, an the latest gluten-free news. Schar is a brand that cares for their customers.
Note that Schar free sample kits will only be sent to the first 2,000 members that request them. Once you sign up for the Schar club, on the left hand side you will see a column titled “toolbox” under that column, you will find the word “Giveaways”, click that and then you will be taken to the page to order your free Ciabatta sample!