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Why Is Gluten Free Bread Small? Here’s The Truth!

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Is there a reason why Gluten Free Bread is so small?

Bread is the pillar of a sandwich, well really it’s considered a staple to most dishes. I mean you can’t have a pizza without bread, you can’t have a double-decker turkey club without the bread. So why in the world does gluten free loving and living people have to be stuck with SMALL BREAD?

Curiosity killed the cat, but it won’t rob me of my carb loving intestines, I needed to know, and what I found was shocking so you’re going to want to read this!

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Truth is out – Inside companies cost of production and why they make gluten free bread so small.

While there are many reasons, three stood out above the rest: expensive ingredients, cross contamination protocols, and the logistics required to produce larger loaves. 

So let’s dive right in.

First up is cost! Gluten free bread requires some expensive ingredients to produce it. With Gluten Free bread on the rise, trying to keep up with supply and demand is a major issue. So companies constantly are trying to source ingredients in a cost effective manner.

How can you reduce the cost of your product, making it more affordable to the market, if the cost to make it is so high? The reality of it is, gluten free is simply more expensive because they are trying to replace wheat flour and nothing does the job better then wheat flower itself.

So companies need to do their best to simulate wheat flour by combining multiple flours together. Mix the cost of more expensive flours with the need for additional labor required to mix these flours, you get the expense of production being higher than that of regular wheat bread. 

Another higher expense of production is the cost of packaging. With the shelf life being smaller for Gluten Free bread, you find most bags are found in the freezer section or sealed with thicker sealing to prolong the shelf life. Compare this to a bag typically found around regular bread and you can see the difference in the amount of material used.

The third reason for higher production cost is the possibility of cross-contamination. This is a huge one for production facilities! Because cross-contamination is always a possibility bakeries producing products labeled gluten-free must pay to have the facilities thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. This requires extra labor to oversee the production lines to make sure products aren’t being mixed that contain gluten. Some companies may even decide to purchase entirely separate facilities that ONLY produce gluten free products. 

So can companies produce larger loaves with the costs being so high? Absolutely YES… There is the ability to produce larger loaves, but the biggest obstacle would be, is the public willing to pay for it?  Canyonhouse made a larger loaf in 2017 coasting approximately $7.99 per loaf. It can still be found on the shelves today.

Most larger loaves are sold commercially for restaurants to offer these allergy friendly options to the public. So the next time you find yourself holding a loaf of bread that is larger than it’s normal gluten free life… ENJOY!

Should you make Gluten Free Bread at home? 

Now that we took a quick look at why gluten free bread is small, it now begs the question. Should you make gluten free bread at home?

Making gluten-free bread at home costs approximately 7.09$ per loaf and you can typically make a larger load than the big bakeries for that price.

Store-bought prepackaged gluten-free bread prices vary between $0.28-0.66 per ounce, whereas homemade bread costs only $0.25 per ounce to make it from scratch. There are a few factors to consider when determing if this is right for you. Let’s look at cost, time and storage.

Cost, just like the bakeries, is a major factor. The upfront cost of all the flours you would need to have on had would first out weigh the cost of just buying a loaf of pre made gluten free bread in the freezer section. But with investing in these flours you are giving yourself the ability to make multiple loaves overtime, off setting the cost. If this isn’t something that interests you then, you have options to purchase some bread mixes that are perfect for making your at home gluten free bread. Here’s some of my favorites: 

Purely Elizabeth Grain Free Bread and Muffin Mix:

Best Nut Free : King Arthur Flour and Bread Mix

Scotty’s Keto Bread Mix

How long does it take to make gluten free bread at home?

First, if you are making gluten free bread from scratch, you will need to allot an hour and a half just to make a loaf, with most of that being prep time. Bread itself takes around 35 minutes to bake.

Mixes have a variety of cooking times, with the most time allotted for allowing your mixture to rise. Some of these take upwards of 2 hours. Baking time varies, but all in all, you could simply take some Saturday morning time and make your bread for the week. 

How To Store Your Gluten Free Bread At Home

Storing your at home Gluten Free Bread is a litter trickier. Most companies have you keep the bread in the freezer. This is in large part due to the moisture that the bread lacks, and if you leave it out or in the refrigerator, it will dry out, causing your bead to crumble or even worse become a door stop.

The best practice for storing gluten free bread at home is either freezer, pre sliced once it’s cooled all the way through, and/or a bread box with cut side down. This allows the air to circulate, causing it to stay fresh and not dry out. 

If you hung around this long, hopefully now you can see the complexity of this creation. Gluten Free bread is an awesome option to so many who suffer with Celiacs or gluten intolerance and wouldn’t being able to enjoy meals with bread any other way.

It’s complex but with so many options on the market now, there is a little bit of something for everyone. Whatever you decide to eat, there is sure to be an option that’s perfect for you.

All in all, I hope you have found some options that support you in your gluten free living and loving life. That Gluten Free Life just got a whole lot lovelier in the carb world, and we want to hear what you prefer for your bread loving needs! Leave us a comment below.

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