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PCC staff favorites in the bread aisle

Sound Consumer | April 2012

"How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?" wondered the famous chef Julia Child.

We couldn't agree more and, judging from our bread aisle, we've got nothing to worry about in our little corner of the country. We've sought out the best loaves, from hearty whole-grain to classic sourdough.

Here are some staff favorites — all organic — to try in delicious sandwich recipes or simply toasted and eaten with a bit of butter and jam.

Fresh, crusty loaves

PCC signature breads

Organic, hand-formed, artisan breads only in our stores. The loaves are baked and delivered daily by Essential Baking Company. Try the Multigrain Baguette, Oatmeal Raisin, White Italian, Campagnolo, Rosemary Garlic, Sourdough, and Volkhorn (a multigrain, multiseed braided loaf).

Essential Baking Company

Certified organic, artisan breads since 1994.

Essential's Mille Grane is a favorite whole-grain loaf among PCC staff. Its name means "many grains" in Italian and it's full of organic whole seeds and grains. PCC staff also love Essential's Pain du George, made with specially milled whole-wheat flour that lends the loaf a lighter flavor and texture than typical whole-wheat. "It's a simple, crusty whole-wheat bread" says PCC's bread buyer, Robin Cantor.

"If I'm going to buy white bread, I often choose Essential's Rosemary Diamante," says Cantor. "It has a perfectly crunchy crust topped with coarse sea salt and whole rosemary throughout, and is totally delicious."

Convenient sliced breads

Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9

Flourless, organic, sprouted whole-grain breads made with wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt. When sprouted and combined, they create a complete protein that closely parallels the protein in milk and eggs. The high-protein bread has a nutty, substantial flavor with no added fat.

The Original Ezekiel 4:9 bears the "Diabetic Friendly" seal indicating the bread is low-glycemic and has a more modest effect on blood glucose than processed, refined flour. Find it in the refrigerated case.

Dave's Killer Bread

Ex-felon Dave Dahl turned his life around after his release from prison when he rejoined his family's baking business. Today the bakery is famous for its organic whole-grain loaves, many with sprouted grains and seeds. About 30 percent of the 240 employees are ex-felons. Dave's Rockin' Rye and Killer Light Good Seed are favorites among PCC staff, and the 21 Grains is a best-seller.

Rudi's Organic Bakery

For those who want plain whole-wheat bread for sandwiches, Rudi's 100 percent Whole Wheat and Honey Sweet Whole Wheat, both best-sellers at PCC, can't be beat: the slices are soft and pillowy, perfect for peanut butter and jelly or other favorite sandwich fillings.

Sprouted grain

When any type of dried grain (or seed) is soaked, drained and kept moist, the grain germinates (i.e., "sprouts"). Why is sprouting beneficial?

More nutritious:

Easier to digest:

Sprouted breads at PCC:

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