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Product Review: Udi's Plain Bagel

Posted on | February 22, 2012 | 6 Comments

I found these gluten free bagels at my local grocery store for $5.99 in the frozen foods section.

I have been in one too many meetings where a delicious brunch is served, and often featured bagels. I always salivated a bit when I saw them. There was always an assortment from cinnamon raisin, poppy seed, and my weakness, blueberry. I always convinced myself that I was better off, and that I didn”t need all the carbs these bagels provided. In the back of my mind I thought what delicious looking carbs they were!  Therefore, when I saw these in the store I knew I had to give them a try. Udi”s makes my favorite bread. Could they also make a fabulous bagel?

These bagels came in packages of four,and I stored them  in the freezer. To defrost, I warmed one in the microwave for one minute. The bagel came pre-sliced, so all I had to do was take it apart. While taking it apart I noticed that the bagels were not evenly sliced on both sides, and around the bagel. This caused uneven defrosting it in the microwave. This was frustrating because the thicker parts were not completely defrosted, and the thinner parts were hard. The following days I microwaved it less, with the same result. The last bagel I left in the fridge to defrost, and it somewhat crumbled and had a slightly different taste flavor the rest. I did try to toast one of the bagels to crisp it up. The bagel was too thick to put in my toaster so I placed it under the broiler in my oven. This provided a nice crunch. The bagel retained it”s same flavor and texture.

I first topped my bagel with an egg, cheese and salsa (my version of an egg sandwich). The bagel softened a bit from the salsa but did not crumble or fall apart.  I also tried the other bagels plain, and with butter and found the same thing. I found the bagel tasted the same as their bread, just thicker. I felt disappointed because although I love their bread, sandwich bread and bagels should be very different in my mind. Bagels are supposed to be denser, and chewy on the inside. I did not find this with Udi”s bagels.

These bagels also dry out really fast! After ten minutes on my plate,  the bagel seemed drier, and after an hour, the bagels were so dry that I had to break it,which  resembled croutons more than a bagel.

Rating: 3 stars

Pros: Versatile, can prepare with many toppings, mild tasting

Cons: Defrosts unevenly, dries out very quickly

Review provided by Kristina

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Ingredients: filtered water, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, sunflower oil, egg whites, potato starch, evaporated cane juice, tapioca maltodextrin, xanthan gum, tapioca syrup or brown rice syrup, yeast, salt, mold inhibitor (cultured corn syrup), enzymes

Nutritional Snapshot: 280 calories, 9g fat, 42g carbohydrates, 6g protein

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Want to try these gluten free bagels for yourself?

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Comments

6 Responses to “Product Review: Udi's Plain Bagel”

  1. MonsterAteMy
    March 7th, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    Yeah, these are just okay. The uneven slicing made me nuts too. I think they *need* to be toasted for the best texture, but I found that they were soft enough (once defrosted) that the thicker half could be flattened to fit in the toaster (but if your toaster doesn’t have wide slots you’d be unhappy with these). Overall they didn’t seem worth the calories.

  2. Karen
    March 7th, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    For some reason these bagels smell really odd to me. No one else in the family seems to be bothered, but I can’t eat them because I find the smell so off-putting.

  3. JB
    March 8th, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    U guys are right, leaving us one choice for bagels, Joans which take 20 or so minutes to bake since they are in dough form and frozen when U buy them…A little cream cheese, lox, some onion and you are almost back to the real bagels of life before GF…Time consuming but at least it feels like a bagel, looks like a bagel and your mouth enjoys the feeling too…Not many of our foods give the satisfaction of “real” foods…Joans at least is in there fighting for real…Comes in several different varieties…Try it U just might be satisfied…jb

  4. Mike
    March 9th, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    Hey, I love these bagels. I really don’t think of them as bagels, but just another bread subsitute, and I must say the beat the heck out of most breads. They taste great if you have a bagel toaster. If you use a sharp bread knife you can “even up” the irregualar package slicing. I esp. like them with peanut butter on top.

  5. Karen
    March 18th, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    A glowing recommendation JB . . . you don’t work for them, do you? I have to ask, because I have had a lot of companies trying to spam my site with comments to make their products look better.

  6. Tiffany
    October 15th, 2012 @ 4:55 am

    Hi, I’m new to being Gf, literally on day 8. But I wanted to say that I tried udi’s whole grain bagel (not exactly the same one you reviewed but close) and I found that I really liked it. Yes, it did dry out a bit, but the flavor was mild and the texture was similar to a “real” bagel. Some of the stuff I’ve been eating has been really grainy or basically falls apart but I liked this one.

    Thank you for all the work you’re doing reviewing products, it makes wading through these products much easier.

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