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store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: Fritz
Date: May 30, 2021 05:25AM
normally I bake my own sammich loaf from a starter with a number of grains.
It's a dense and flavorful bread with a crust that requires a serrated bread knife.
Alas, these last couple of months, some minor health issues are slowing my ass down and I haven't baked.
I suppose I could try no-knead as that requires less time on my legs and at least has some balls.

Went to the store the other day in hopes I'd find one that isn't so soft.

So far tried Daves 21 seed, tasty but soft.
TJs Multigrain, again, tasty but soft.
In general, most store boughts I find are the same, tasty and too soft.

Anyone found a national brand that has some density to it?



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/30/2021 05:43AM by Fritz.
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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 30, 2021 07:48AM
Drop in the toaster for a minute?



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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: vicrock
Date: May 30, 2021 07:54AM
You might try a bread machine - I think you might be able to make your "normal" recipe and once the rising cycles are complete, pull and bake as usual. This could cut your time on your feet.
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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 30, 2021 08:27AM
Skip the stores, post to Nextdoor or some other social media. We found a woman nearby who bakes, she sells a loaf for the same price as basic store bread



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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 30, 2021 08:30AM
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vicrock
You might try a bread machine - I think you might be able to make your "normal" recipe and once the rising cycles are complete,
pull and bake as usual. This could cut your time on your feet.

Agree! Given the prices I've seen for Dave's, etc. the machine route makes
sense. Even the $60-70 machines allow for stopping automatically
before the bake cycle starts.
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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: sekker
Date: May 30, 2021 09:14AM
Bread machine, you will need to tweak the recipe but will work well.

Otherwise, did you try to look for an artisan bakery?



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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: pdq
Date: May 30, 2021 09:41AM
We like Brownberry.
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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: Fritz
Date: May 30, 2021 09:49AM
In this house, all bread is toasted. But soft bread is just soft toast.
Daves fared pretty well. But it wouldn't stand up to a chicken sandwich.

Bread machine was how I started 30 years ago. But I gave away my Zojorushi a long time back.

Have to look into NextDoor. Just got a flyer from them.

We have a number of local bakerys, but only one that makes bread.
But they are more geared toward artisan French and Italian white.
Not that there's anything wrong with that, just looking for a denser multigrain loaf sandwich bread.
I know I made one no-knead multigrain. Have to find that recipe.

Not seen BrownBerry here ... off hand.



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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 30, 2021 10:59AM
....I'm cheap, so the local Aldi cheap bread will do but I'm not picky.....



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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 30, 2021 10:22PM
I'm very partial to the Pepperidge Farm multigrain varieties ... particularly the 15- and 12-grain, and their German Wheat (basically pumpernickel)... these are very dense, textured breads. They changed the recipe not too long ago for the 15-grain, and made it incredibly dense (good!) but also very homogenous in texture and dry (not good!) ... I wasn't too happy about this change, and I suspect others weren't either, since they changed it back to the original recipe... I hope they don't try changing it again. It might be too soft for you, but I really like it... I don't usually toast it, but I'm sure toasted, it would meet your requirements. I haven't tried it for anything other than sandwiches, but I'm sure it would make an awesome French toast.




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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: $tevie
Date: May 31, 2021 12:36AM
I'm not sure you'd call it "dense" but we really like Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted bread. The slices may be cut too thin for what you are looking for. But the bread is heavy, relatively speaking (it's a slice of bread after all), without a lot of air in it, if that is what you mean.



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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: apocketfulofwry
Date: May 31, 2021 12:55AM
Neither are sandwich loaves, but TJ's Soft Multigrain Rustico, and TJ's Multigrain Sourdough are our go-to breads.

The Rustico so tasty , even my SO's mother, who only eats store-bought white bread, thinks it's delicious.

The sourdough is a credible effort, with nice flavor, and good chew.

Both toast well.
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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: Fritz
Date: May 31, 2021 05:45AM
the Pepp Farm multigrain was what my home made was based on many years ago.
I'll have to give them a squeeze.
The Ezekiel is good, but not firm enough for us.
picky picky picky



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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: May 31, 2021 06:56AM
I’ll second the Ezekiel. We usually toast it for sandwich applications. It has the added bonus of being very good from a diabetic perspective (though we are not diabetics). It converts into blood sugar very slowly. As a result I can eat a sandwich made from it and not be hungry for a quite a while longer then regular bread.
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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 31, 2021 12:29PM
.....remember to cut against the....grain......



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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 31, 2021 04:47PM
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I'm very partial to the Pepperidge Farm multigrain varieties ...

PF makes some good stuff. Their split top whole wheat hot dogs buns are
excellent. If only they weren't so costly.

I'm not sure if they use a contract baker* but Campbell Soup, PF's parent co.
must have a tight grip on the QC of the finished product.
*Unfounded rumor has it Flowers Foods of GA is the east coast producer.



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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 01, 2021 07:52AM
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MrNoBody
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PeterB
I'm very partial to the Pepperidge Farm multigrain varieties ...

PF makes some good stuff. Their split top whole wheat hot dogs buns are
excellent. If only they weren't so costly.

I'm not sure if they use a contract baker* but Campbell Soup, PF's parent co.
must have a tight grip on the QC of the finished product.
*Unfounded rumor has it Flowers Foods of GA is the east coast producer.

I don't know that it's Flower Foods, PF has plants in CT, PA, and TX. Flowers is listed as one of their major competitors, see link below.

... PF has quite an interesting history, as being the first major bakery company to be founded by a woman, who then became a member of Campbell's board of directors:

[en.wikipedia.org]
[www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com]
[www.referenceforbusiness.com]
[www.youtube.com]

... PF's stuff is, in general, higher quality and better for you (and therefore more expensive) than stuff made by FF. You get what you pay for... PF's loaves are usually about $4.25 a loaf where I am, but I'm happy to pay the extra to get a really delicious and relatively healthy loaf of bread.




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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: June 01, 2021 02:01PM
If you have a Whole Foods nearby, I find their Seeduction bread much to my liking. I also like a dense, German-style multigrain bread. The loaves are smaller than American white bread, so my sammiches are smaller (not a bad thing). And I suspect it has a moderate amount of molasses or brown sugar in it. But it's the best I've found that's widely sold.
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Re: store bought multigrain bread
Posted by: Fritz
Date: June 17, 2021 03:17PM
just stumbled on (I'd forgotten about) Alvarado St out of Petaluma, Ca. Pretty firm sprouted wheat.



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