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Udi’s New Hamburger and Hotdog Buns

May 14th, 2011
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While running to the store to pick up some last minute items for a cook-out on Mother’s Day, I happened to spot the latest products by Udi’s. I picked up a couple of packs of the whole grain hamburger buns and the classic hotdog buns. These buns have a great texture and a nice flavor.

Udi's Hamburger and Hot dog buns

Udi's Hamburger and Hot dog buns

I decided to make just a good old fashioned hamburger on the grill, accompanied by some brats. I also grilled up some squash and zucchini for my Mother’s Day feast. While these buns are soft and delicious and do not need toasted, I did warm them up for a few minutes on the grill. Everything tasted so great I ended up stuffing myself.

While these buns are definitely tasty, I’m a bit concerned about a couple of the ingredients in them. The whole grain hamburger buns have Molasses in them, which can contain Sulfur. Udi’s doesn’t list on the packaging whether or not they use unsulfured Molasses. I have a sulfur allergy and I ate one of these buns before realizing this. I think this is why I might have suffered some digestive upset from eating them. Or I could possibly be reacting to the resistant corn starch. I’ve suspected a sensitivity to corn for a while now, but when I eat corn on the cob I don’t seem to have a problem. Why would I react to corn starch or corn syrup and not whole kernel corn?

When reading about the processing of Molasses, I came across an article that describes sulfur and sulfite content in syrups (Read more about corn syrup, molasses, and maple syrup). I have always thought that I reacted badly to corn syrup because of the corn, but maybe it is a problem with sulfur or sulfite intolerance instead. Apparently, corn syrup and molasses are both usually processed with sulfur dioxide. Whole Foods has a great article about the processing of molasses. Learn more about molasses processing here. Even though the classic buns by Udi’s don’t have molasses, perhaps the cultured corn syrup could be a problem to those with sulfur or sulfite intolerance. Sulfite intolerance symptoms can include headaches, joint pain, heart palpitations, asthma, and hives.

So what is “resistant corn starch” anyway?

Nutrition Diva explains a resistant starch as being any starch that does not break down into sugar. The benefits of using resistant starch can include improved bowel function, appetite control, regulated blood sugar, and reduced calories. There are apparently four types of resistant starch, ranging on a scale RS1 to RS4.1 Anything in the RS4 category would be chemically modified. I am also wondering if the resistant corn starch in Udi’s buns comes from genetically modified corn? The food label doesn’t answer this question.

Udi's Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Delicious summer BBQ made easy thanks to Udi's

I have had a problem with extreme bloating after eating these buns. This could be a simple matter of the resistant starch increasing my fiber intake to an amount that is higher than what my digestive tract is use to processing. Or perhaps I am having some type of reaction to sulfur/sulfites. I have not had a problem with my tongue and throat swelling like when I take sulfa drugs, so I am thinking it is probably just too much fiber.

Even though I am worried about reacting to a couple of the ingredients in the new buns by Udi’s, I cannot deny that they are delicious. My Mother’s Day celebration was complete as I could dine on the tastiest hamburger I have had in a long time. I hope that I will be able to enjoy these for the duration of the summer BBQ season; however if my intestinal bloating does not subside I may have to give these buns up for good, which is rather unfortunate. If you haven’t already tried this product, I do highly recommend them.

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Udi’s Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

April 17th, 2011
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Udi's Classic Hamburger Buns

I have yet to see the Udi’s Gluten-Free Hamburger buns show up in my local Krogers, however I have found some online grocers selling them. I’m itching to get my hands on the new buns, so it is tempting to place an order and have them shipped to my house. When following Udi’s on Twitter or Facebook, I thought that I had read that they should be in local stores by May, just in time for BBQ season.

From Udi’s, “Grilling in the backyard has never tasted so good – and it’s gluten free! Our soft, golden buns accompany your much-loved ingredients, be it a classic burger or a savory deli sandwich.”

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 bun (77g)
Servings per Container: 4
Calories: 190
Total Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: .5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 310mg
Total Carbohydrate: 34g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 5g

Ingredients: filtered water, tapioca starch, brown rice flour, sunflower oil, egg whites, resistant corn starch, cane syrup, tapioca maltodextrin, potato flour, evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup, yeast (yeast, potato starch), sugarcane fiber, salt, gum (xanthan gum, sodium alginate, guar gum), mold inhibitor (cultured corn syrup citric acid), xanthan gum, enzyme (calcium sulfate, enzymes).

Contains: Eggs

Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free.

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I am so happy to see that they are soy free! If you are like me and you can’t wait for these to show up in your local stores, you could purchase from an online vendor below:

Gluten Free Palace
Linda’s Diet Delights

By the Case:
NEW Udi’s Gluten Free Classic Hotdog Buns 12.9 oz. – case of 8
NEW Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger Buns 10.4 oz. – case of 6

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Gluten Free Hamburger Buns

February 20th, 2011

Our winter warm-up this past week made me realize that spring is just around the corner. Soon grilling season will commence in full force and I don’t want to suffer through another summer season eating hamburgers and hot dogs sans bun because the alternative, gluten-free buns, taste worse than eating sawdust. Over the past year I have tried a variety of gluten-free buns, and many a time I have pulled the meat off and pitched the bun in the trash bin because they are often that gross.

Does this look anything like the picture?

I recently tried Chebe Sandwich Buns, which I think their bread dough might make good calzones, but it isn’t ideal for a hamburger bun. I’m not sure if I was suppose to let the bun completely cool, but I ended up eating a stringy cheesy gooey mess. It didn’t exactly taste bad, but the texture just wasn’t right for a hamburger bun.

Kinnikinnick has some decent products, and they were amongst the first buns I taste tested when I first went gluten-free. I found their buns to always be dry, crumbly and hard, even when lightly toasted or grilled with butter. The taste could be compared to cardboard. I think that recently they have attempted to improve their recipe, but I don’t think I will ever go back to eating their buns.

Another bun I used for a while is made by Against the Grain, the makers of one of my favorite pizza crusts. They also make a french style baguette that makes a great chicken Parmesan sandwich. Up until recently they made my favorite hamburger bun. Their bread products have a tendency to get too crunchy because of the cheese, which is fine for a french style baguette, but not so great when you are craving a soft hamburger bun.

Katz Hamburger Bun Grilled to Perfection!

Thanks to Katz Gluten-Free I won’t have to suffer another summer without a tasty bun for my burgers. I lightly toasted my Katz Gluten-Free hamburger bun in my toaster oven, then sliced it open. I lightly buttered the bun then popped it back in my toaster oven. I wanted a slightly golden bun, and the toaster oven wasn’t cooperating so I ended up putting my bun down in a frying pan for a minute just to slightly brown the inside. This bun was so delicious and soft, slightly sweet, with no after taste. I felt like I was eating a real hamburger again. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite. The only downside to this bun is that it tastes so good I might be tempted to go back to eating more hamburgers! That would be bad for my waistline and my arteries.

Katz Gluten Free Hamburger Bun

The Ultimate Gluten Free Burger on Katz Hamburger Buns

Your guests to your backyard cookouts this summer will not even know these buns are gluten free, so you might as well stock up now. To promote their new buns, Katz Gluten Free is running a deal, buy 3 packs of buns, get one free. Use Coupon Code BBQ. They are so sure that you will love their buns, that they are offering a 100% money back guarantee. So what do you have to lose?

Now if Mrs. Katz could only help me with my hot dog problem. Since Kinnikinnick is the only baker of hot dog buns available for purchase in my area, and I’ve already established how horrible those taste, I’ve resorted to eating my hot dogs on Udi’s slices of bread. I’ve tried following the suggestion on The Gluten Free Survivor’s blog about using an Udi’s bagel, but I find it too messy. Katz Gluten Free should be releasing what they are calling their “Frank Buns” sometime in the near future. I can hardly wait!

NOTE: Katz Gluten Free provided samples for review purposes.

Udi's Hamburger BunsUPDATE (04/17/11): Udi’s should be releasing their gluten-free buns sometime in May. I can hardly wait for them to be in stores. Some online vendors are selling them:
Gluten Free Palace
Linda’s Diet Delights

By the Case:
NEW Udi’s Gluten Free Classic Hotdog Buns 12.9 oz. – case of 8
NEW Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger Buns 10.4 oz. – case of 6

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Udi’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

January 3rd, 2011

As I was walking through the grocery store tonight to pick up some milk, I passed by the Udi’s display and saw a new product…Chocolate Chip Cookies! I was so excited that I bought a pack and I obviously couldn’t wait until I got home to try one. I got in my car and opened the pack expecting a nice soft chewy chocolate chip cookie.

Unfortunately these cookies are not soft like Udi’s awesome gluten free bread. I was a bit disappointed with my purchase, but decided to try softening the cookies by warming them up in the microwave. After dinner I put three in the microwave for about 30 seconds and they softened up a bit. Tomorrow I will try dipping them into milk, but they are a tough cookie….don’t chip your tooth if you try them! They have a great flavor, but they are a bit too crunchy for my liking. Try them out for $5.99.

UPDATE (01/16/11): So over the past couple of weeks I have purchased a few more packages of these cookies from different grocery stores. None have been as tough as the first pack that I purchased, but they are not as soft a cookie as I would like. The molasses in them does give the cookie a nice toffee flavor; I just wish they were softer cookies.

UPDATE (03/10/11): After two comments were received that these cookies are actually soft, I went and bought another package from my local Kroger. This is about my fifth package, however I haven’t purchased any in the past month because I had given up on these cookies. I think that Udi’s and Kroger must have resolved their issue of selling tough cookies because these were soft! I noticed that this package also had a sell-by date sticker, whereas the first four packages I purchased had a best freeze-by date printed on the side of the package. Now the packages also have a lot number. Kroger chain stores are apparently the only place that these Udi cookies may be purchased.

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