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23 January 2009

Safe Breads

Ah, the smell of a warm baguette. The texture, the taste. Maybe a little piece of gouda or asiago or Maytag blue to go with it. My family loves to eat bread and cheese. We'll eat bread with olive oil too. I suppose it is the bread we love most.

Since the peanut allergy diagnosis, we haven't had any bread like that. I can't seem to find a baguette made in a peanut-free, nut-free facility. This morning before preschool, my son said "You know what kind of bread I really like?" and pointed out the baguettes at the supermarket. I think it's time for me to either learn how to bake my own baguettes or find a safe place to buy some. 

If you have a great baguette recipe or tips, or maybe even know where some completely peanut-free, nut-free baguettes are made, please send in a comment! 

Peanut-free, nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free breads

This where I feel foolish for feeling frustrated about not finding a specific type of bread, while friends struggle to find any safe bread of any kind. It's a reminder of how good things are, and how everything is relative. A reader is looking for recommendations on breads and cereals for a one-year old child allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat/gluten. The only brand of bread that comes to mind is ENER-G. Are there others you'd recommend? Or is the only other option to bake your own bread? I know many people do bake their own. How about cereals? Which ones do your kids like best (for the above listed allergies)? Thank you for any advice or tips! 


Col said...

Try the Garbo Toast bread, available at GlutenFreeMall.com. I don't know whether their bakery is nut-free, but my peanut-allergic ate it without a problem.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this post. I've been feeling frustrated, too, about safe breads. I used to buy honey whole wheat, italian and baguettes from our local Breadsmith company. Breadsmith offers handmade artisan breads without any additives or preservatives baked fresh daily. It is the best! However, after my son had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter recently, I decided it is best not to purchase Breadsmith bread anymore since they also make peanut butter cookies and tree nut items in the same bakery. Even though he never had a reaction from their bread, perhaps he was getting trace amounts of nuts. Now, I just can't risk it because of his recent allergic reaction. I've been searching the web for bread recipes. I do not like the additives and preservatives in store brand bread. Bread baking is time consuming and requires some skill to get the dough to rise. Hopefully, practice makes perfect.

Anonymous said...

I thought I had heard that Iggy's Bread was nut free, but I definitley could be wrong on that.....

Unknown said...

Thanks for those comments and tips!

I checked the Garbo Toast Bread; they list it has gluten-free, soy-free and milk-free. Maybe it has no nuts or peanuts for ingredients but is made in a shared facility? Not sure. Here's the page for Garbo Toast Bread at the Gluten-Free Mall: http://www.glutenfreemall.com/catalog/garbo-glutenfree-toast-bread-p-845.html

I knew I had heard of Iggy's--they're not that far from me! They are in Cambridge, MA. The website is http://www.iggysbread.com/. I did not see anything with peanuts on their product list but did spy a few with tree nuts, such as almonds and pecans. That one's out for us, but if they don't actually use peanuts, it could be an option for those who only have to avoid peanuts.

Thanks for these tips!

Joanna said...

I love Enjoy Life brand bagels. Not exactly a slice of bread, but it is great to spread sunbutter and jelly on. http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/our_foods/bagels.html

Jennifer said...

Try the Against the Grain Baguettes, they are made in a tree nut and peanut free facility. One of the best sellers in the store (they do have egg & dairy but are gluten free but wouldn't know it). You would find them in the frozen section. Here's a link to their site about the allergens in their facility http://www.againstthegraingourmet.com/allergens.htm. Bon appetit!

Unknown said...

Joanna and Jennifer E., thanks for those tips. You can't go wrong with Enjoy Life, and I hadn't heard of Against the Grain. They actually are available not too far from here, so that's a viable option for us too!

Now I wonder what other bread bakeries there are that we haven't heard of yet!

Also, Karen of www.avoidingmilkprotein.com, sent me a link to her dairy-free bread list: http://www.avoidingmilkprotein.com/bread.htm

Thank you so much!

Marketing Mama said...

We found some rice bread at our local natural foods store - it was in the freezer section. I can't remember the brand name right now... I'll be honest, it wasn't very tasty as plain bread, but toasted with Jelly on it, it was delicious! My daughter (with the same allergies, minus wheat) really loves it!