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Taste Test: rye bread

Even though we aren't making school lunches over the summer, we still often choose making sandwiches over cooking during the sweltering summer months. Wanting to switch it up a bit, our panelists tried six brands of rye breads from local grocery stores to see if any would make for a flavorful change in their routine sandwiches. Most were packaged brands although a couple came from grocery store bakeries. We chose Jewish rye bread, containing caraway seeds, when given an option.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent


(out of 100)
Cobblestone Mill 78Winn-Dixie bakery 74Pepperidge Farm 58

Judges raved about the light and airy texture of these slices, along with the strong rye taste "and great smell." One said, "It's strong with really fresh bursts of rye." The loaf was so fresh it was a bit too soft for a couple judges. "I like the lightness and the small smattering of caraway seeds," said one. "This would be good because it's strong enough to add flavor to a sandwich, but the bread wouldn't overpower the filling," said another.Packaged at the store bakery, judges said this loaf was a favorite for its "classic" taste. "It's not real heavy," said one panelist. "I like the taste and the size of the slices," said another. "It's a subdued rye, but a fresh, springy bread," said a self-professed rye bread lover.Known for its many flavored breads, Pepperidge Farm scored points in the rye category for the nice brown color and pleasant rye flavor of the slices. A couple of judges said they wanted a little more flavor from the bread. "It could be white or whole-wheat bread in disguise," said one panelist. "Overall, it's soft and yummy," said another.

they buy?
All four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$3.29 for a 20-ounce loaf from Winn-Dixie.$2.29 for a 15-ounce loaf.$3.48 for a 16-ounce loaf from Walmart.

Also Sampled: Winn-Dixie New York Style Rye ($3.09 for a 20-ounce packaged loaf, 43 points); Publix bakery ($3.59 for a 16-ounce loaf, 35 points); and Arnold Jewish Rye ($3.28 for a 16-ounce loaf from Walmart, 32 points).

Panelists: Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; Julie Overton, consumer and mother of four; Wayne Conery, manager of the

R Bar on Treasure Island; and Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island. All foods were tasted blind.

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Serving sizeOne sliceOne sliceOne slice
Fat/Fiber0.5g / 1gUnavailable1g / 1g
Sugars/Sodium1g / 210mgUnavailable0g / 170mg
Carbs/Protein14g / 3gUnavailable14g / 3g

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