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Jan 8, 2010 02:45 PM

best white sliced bread?

sometimes I just like white sliced bread for a sandwich but specially for toast. Please help find me a brand that is not like cardboard with air, does not collapse, the crusts don't peel off, doesn't stick to the roof of my mouth and isn't sweet. My last Winn Dixie loaf was horrendous and was all of the above without being sweet.

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  1. "Winn Dixie" tells me you're in a part of the world where SF-style sourdough does not exist. Pepperidge Farm used to have a homestyle white that was nice and firm, but the slices were too thin and I think that's yet another product they cut from their line. If you have access to Trader Joe's stores, they have an excellent selection of white breads, including a special toasting bread that is truly wonderful. When I was a kid in smalltown Illinois my mom got tired of buying balloon bread and started baking, then had to give it up because we loved it so much she was having to bake three times a week. It seems that not a lot has changed since then, but keep looking. Nashville used to be a similar wasteland, and now there are TWO excellent artisanal bread bakeries there (Provence and Bread & Company). Unfortunately, they don't ship - I know, because I asked!

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    1. re: Will Owen

      thanks Will, I am in South Fl and there is no Trader Joes. I am limited to Albertsons, Publix and Winn Dixie. There are few real bakeries around but I just want to be able to pick up a white loaf in the supermarket sometimes and am not always in the mood for a wholewheat loaf.

      1. re: smartie

        Of course purely subjective, but Martins Potato Bread is soft and tasty. Their 100% whole wheat is a little better but not like ww, tastes more like white bread. Publix has both. These are NOT artisanal type breads.

        1. re: Sinicle

          martin's potato bread is too squishy-soft, and is sweet.

          i love the martin's dinner rolls for bbq, though.

        2. re: smartie

          Publix has a few sandwich breads at the in-store bakery. One is called White Mountain, there's also a sourdough and a potato bread. I'm partial to their crusty baguettes - Cuban and French.

        3. re: Will Owen

          A lot of people have mentioned the Pepperidge Farm Thin-sliced white - and I agree that it is very good, and was the first thing I thought about when I came across this thread. I'm pretty sure they carry it at Winn Dixie too - being from Louisiana, we have WD, and I've seen it all over town, so unless it's one of those items that Rouse's carries that they don't, WD should have it.

          I'm excited to try their hearty white now that I've heard of it - thanks for starting this thread!

        4. Nature's Own.

          The Costco in-house "Kirkland" brand is also very good when it comes to white bread.

          1. Are you anywhere near a Whole Foods? I'm hooked on their pain au levain.

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            1. re: kattyeyes

              ain't no whole foods in s.w. florida.

            2. I like the Pepperidge Farm soft oatmeal's excellent for toast, and has a little more texture than regular white bread so it doesn't stick to the roof of your mouth.

              1. If you are willing to order bread by mail, Zingerman's Bakehouse White bread is phenomenal. I don't know if they market it on their website but if you call, they will certainly set you up with a loaf. It's flavorful with a good balance of sweet and savory and has a nice buttery taste. It's not cheap, but I order it once a year or so to remind myself what white bread can taste like. I spend the rest of the year trying to recreate it-- so far, the Cook's Illustrated bread is close, but not quite as good.