Though I have never been a fan of rye, something has been attracting my eye to the Mestemacher line of breads for years. I finally spotted it on sale at my local drugstore for an even $2.00, and decided to give it a shot.
Upon opening the package, it smelled a bit like dog food, but I wasn’t discouraged. I snuck a quick corner for a taste, which confirmed a very hearty texture and a strong rye flavor. Untoasted the Mestemacher bread was a bit too strong and mealy for me, but when toasted, it seemed to lighten up a bit and take on a more well rounded flavor and a pleasing toast/bread like texture. I loved the little rye kernels throughout (in terms of texture) and the hearty brown bread appeal. The only odd part was the size and shape. Each slice is very long and thin (maybe ¼ inch thick), so I had to cut them in half just to fit them in my toaster, and they tended to be a bit flimsy.
While the Mestemacher bread that I trialed wasn’t tops on my baked goods list (keep in mind, I am not a rye fan!), I liked that it was shelf stable and would definitely consider stocking more for the pantry. While I purchased it in January, the expiry date wasn’t until December of that year.
Certifications: Mestemacher Bread is Certified Kosher Parve and select varieties are Certified Organic.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Mestemacher Bread is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Most varieties are made without nuts. 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 Carl Brandt website at www.carlbrandt.com.