Mestemacher Bread: Natural, Hearty German-Style Loaves

Pumpernickel, Whole Rye, Three Grain, Sunflower Seed, Whole Rye with Muesli, Fitness, Flax Seed, Rye & Spelt, Multiseed, Whole Rye & Almond
$3.99 per 12.3-ounce loaf

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On April 16, 2008
Last modified:February 13, 2017


These loaves didn't stand much of a chance at a 5-star review since I'm not a fan of rye (they are quite rye heavy), but the hearty, German-style appeal was too much for me to resist. That said, the shelf-stable nature, wholesome ingredients and earthy vibe are all pluses, while the slightly off-putting scent, odd shape, and somewhat mealy texture take getting used to.

Though I have never been a fan of rye, something has been attracting my eye to the Mestemacher bread. I finally spotted it on sale, and decided to give it a shot.

Mestemacher Bread - Hearty, German-Style Goodness. Rye-heavy, dense, shelf-stable loaves that are dairy-free, too.

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. It also took 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 isn’t on the tops on my baked goods list (keep in mind, I am not a rye fan!), I liked that it was shelf stable. I would definitely consider stocking more for the pantry. While I purchased it in January, the expiry date wasn’t until December of that year.

Mestemacher Bread - Hearty, German-Style Goodness. Rye-heavy, dense, shelf-stable loaves that are dairy-free, too.

The Facts on Mestemacher Bread

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.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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