I’ll be blunt: White bread is terrible, especially whatever kind my wife Roberta happens to buy for herself.
“It’s basically just air,” our daughter Pam correctly noted.
With the pickin’s pretty slim here the other day — as in, we were out of my two primary bread products: Costco bagels and Oroweat’s honey wheat berry bread — I made myself a grilled cheese sandwich with some of that laughable white bread.
I favor the triple-decker grilled cheese — three pieces of bread — and no joke, those three slices I used on that sandwich each compressed to about the thickness of a communion wafer; had I not made the sandwich myself, I don’t think I could’ve believed it contained a product that had been marketed and sold as bread.
Oroweat’s honey wheat berry, on the other hand, can best be described as substantial — it seems to have originated with something that was actually grown on a farm. Has a great texture and is fairly filling. My only real beefs with it are a) it’s sort of expensive as far as bread goes, but then you get what you pay for, and b) its packaging includes a second bag, one that’s tightly wrapped around the loaf and just seems completely unnecessary, not to mention sort of hassle to deal with.
As for Costco’s bagels, I currently favor the sesame seed type, mainly because they’re the ones that aren’t being overbaked these days; I have also eaten the plain, the whole wheat and the cheese varieties, but they’ve tended toward excessively brown in recent months. Just can’t really handle semi-burned bagels.
Also on the subject of this particular store’s bagels, why can’t Costco use a bread fastener on its bagel bags instead of that goofy tape that’s really hard to get off?
I mean, am I missing something here? Does Costco know something every other bread-products maker, seller and consumer doesn’t?