Everybody Eats has truly amazing customer service. I emailed to inquire on their dairy-free offerings, and they got back to me within minutes. After some light correspondence, a package with two Everybody Eats bread varieties arrived on my doorstep from across the country – carefully packaged within a reusable cooler.
We opted to trial the gluten-free Egg Challah first. It had that wonderful golden color, but strayed slightly from tradition in form, as it was prepared in a generously sized (9×6-inch) and practical loaf shape rather than a weave (as pictured above). This Everybody Eats bread sliced very well, and did not crumble, but had a tendency to break apart into large pieces. Both Tony and I enjoyed the flavor, which was just barely sweet. The texture was very light and airy, but a touch dry. As with many gluten-free “yeast” breads, it was more enjoyable toasted, but it also makes fantastic French toast!
The Banana Bread was an all around winner. While my homemade banana breads tend to be super-dense concoctions spiked with spices, Everybody Eats has taken the opposite approach, creating what I would describe as a delightful tea loaf. The flavor was perfect – I found it to be more “sweet” than banana, but true to name nonetheless. Though gluten-free, it sliced perfectly; my knife literally melted through the loaf with not a single crumb falling. The texture was soft and just a touch moist. Honestly, it would be nearly impossible to guess that this was a no-wheat treat.
On day two, I had planned to trial the banana bread toasted, with a slathering of peanut butter to accompany my morning tea. However, the texture was still so perfect that no toasting was required. Day three was the same story. Day four…okay, there was no day four with this loaf. Not even the ends remained. We will just have to assume it is excellent toasted as well.
Those were the only versions of Everybody Eats bread that we trialed in our home, but my gluten-free friend, Amy B., shared her opinion of the company’s Deli Rolls:
The test for this little roll was a dinner party my mother had at the house. We are very Italian and were serving stuffed peppers, stuffed squash, homemade pasta, homemade sauce, with tons of dinner rolls, and not an unstuffed vegetable to be seen. I helped myself to the stuffed squash, but skipped the pasta and the rolls. I pulled out my bag of Everybody Eats deli rolls instead.
The ingredients say to bake them for 15 minutes in the oven at 350º. I’m not sure with all the confusion that day that it ended up happening that way, but the end result was good. It was just like a dinner roll. The flavor was not overly “gluten-free”. It was sweet, the perfect size, and topped with Earth Balance buttery spread, it tasted like the bread I used to smother in spaghetti sauce and stuff my face with. The roll was a bit on the chewy side when it cooled off though, so I would recommend this one warm and not cold!
Next I would try the “fast” cooking method – actually, it was NOT listed on the bag as a preparation method, but I wanted to give it a shot anyway – the microwave! I popped it into the microwave and set it for about 35 seconds. When I took it out of the microwave, it was hot to the touch and I let it cool for a minute and took a bite. Oh no, this would not do. The microwave made my roll chewy to the point where I could not bite into it. I managed to dig through it, but I will never try this way again. Do not microwave this roll. Perhaps this is why it wasn’t included as a preparation method.
The next day, I tried the another cooking method- toaster! I cut the roll in half and put it in the toaster. Two minutes later, it dinged and I had a perfect little roll to nibble on. After putting Earth Balance on it, I was in roll heaven. I enjoyed the toasted roll the most, preferring it to cooking in the oven and obviously over microwaving.
I didn’t get the chance to try the roll with sandwich meat or with a burger. But this roll has a lot of potential. For a person who is dairy and gluten free, this is a welcome addition to the breadbasket. Enjoy it as a bulky dinner roll, breakfast toast, sandwich bread, and more!
Availability: Everybody Eats Bread is primarily available in the northeastern states of the U.S. (NY, NJ, CT) in specialty stores and for online ordering. However, they do ship nationwide by phone orders.
Certifications: We’re not certain if Everybody Eats Bread is made in a Certified Kosher and Certified Gluten Free facility (thought they do state it is a 100% gluten-free, nut-free facility, and they do use kosher ingredients). Verify with the company if concerned.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, the Dairy-Free versions of Everybody Eats Bread are dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. Select varieties are made without eggs / vegan. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Everybody Eats website at everybodyeats-inc.com.