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By Alison Chew
Wildgrain, the first bake-from-frozen subscription box for clean carbs, delivers wholesome bread, fresh pasta, and artisanal pastries directly to your door. Everything is made from clean ingredients including 100% organic, enriched, stone-ground, unbleached flours, nothing artificial, and is ready in 30 min or less.
Harvest loaf was missing the label with ingredients and baking instructions
Wildgrain Reviews: About Wildgrain
With more people at home, 2020 has been the year of cooking, baking, and eating. Home bakers across all skill levels have been spending more time in the kitchen looking for new and interesting things to make. Many have even attempted bread-making. I was not one of those people (haha) as I have always been intimidated by the yeast, the rising, the proofing, the starters…until now!
I recently discovered Wildgrain. The Wildgrain subscription box allows me to feel like I am baking fresh bread, pasta, and pastries at home but takes all of the guesswork and time out of the process. Best of all, I am guaranteed a delicious product that is better for my family than most things I can buy in a store. Win-Win!
Everything Wildgrain makes is made in small batches in Massachusetts, giving you the taste and feel of bakery-quality food at home, made with natural, slow fermentation and never-processed ingredients. As I mentioned above, all of the items arrive frozen, are stored in the freezer, and are ready to eat in 30 minutes or less, with no preparation required.
Each Wildgrain Box includes three slow-fermented sourdough loaves (plus 1 bonus loaf!), two packs of fresh, hand-cut pasta, and four to six seasonal pastries. The monthly box costs $89 and includes free shipping. Save $10 now + a free sourdough loaf for the life of your subscription with code MEALFINDS!
I confess, I. Love. Bread. Plain and simple. But over the years I’ve noticed that most store-bought bread makes me feel yucky after I eat it so I have been skipping my morning toast and looking for better alternatives. When the Wildgrain box arrived with not 1, but 4 loaves of homemade bread made with clean ingredients I couldn’t wait to dig in.
In addition to clean ingredients, Wildgrain uses a 5-day long artisanal bread-making process that includes fermenting the sourdough culture for 36 hours, which predigests 97% of the gluten, and produces a bread that is easier to digest.
I made the first loaf, a whole wheat sourdough loaf, that night with dinner. I followed the instructions, taking the bread out of the freezer, popping it in the oven, and then waiting (impatiently) for 30 min before slicing it up. (See the bread tips below for why I waited 30 min!)
It was delicious! Warm, with that sour sourdough taste, topped with butter and sea salt – it made my mouth water. It was bread perfection and so good that I ate a slice or two most days until it was gone.
The Harvest Loaf was packed full of sweet dried fruit and nuts. You can really taste the cranberries, apricots, and figs along with the pecans and walnuts. And when you get a bite of the candied ginger you get hit with a zingy pop of flavor. This bread is so tasty that you don’t even need to add butter! It’s perfect for a sweet morning breakfast with a cup of tea or even for dessert.
Our only issue with this loaf is that it did not come with a label so we didn’t know what it was, what the ingredients were, or how long to bake it. Not knowing the ingredients could be a big issue for those with nut allergies and we hope that this was just a one-off mistake by Wildgrain.
Wildgrain provides the 5 tips below on a little card within your box. They are great tips so be sure to read it 🙂 They also say that “sourdough bread will last longer before staling and molding than a commercially yeasted bread.” Our bread did not mold, though we ate it within a week and kept it in a towel outside of the fridge per tips 3 and 4.
Tip 1: Wait At Least 30 Minutes After Baking- Slicing a warm loaf of bread too early will result in a gummy and sticky crumb.
Tip 2: Store Bread Cut-Side Down- Once cool, cut the loaf in the middle and place each half facing down.
Tip 3: Use A Bread Box, Paper Bag, or Kitchen Towel- Place in a bread box or wrap in a kitchen towel or paper bag and keep in a dry place.
Tip 4: Don’t Put In The Refridgerator- Homemade bread stales faster when in the fridge.
Tip 5: Eat Fresh On Baking Day, Toasted Later- Wildgrain recommends eating your bread fresh the first day, lightly toasted the following days. We toasted our bread and added butter and sea salt!
Pasta is another favorite of mine, specifically fresh pasta. But let’s face it, fresh pasta is hard to make and very time-consuming. For me, it’s never been worth trying. I’ve purchased fresh pasta from farmer’s markets and high-end stores and it has been wonderful so we were excited to try the pasta in our Wildgrain box.
We tried the pappardelle with a white wine red sauce with Berkshire Pork spiced sausage and olives. I wasn’t sure how this fresh-delivered-frozen pasta would turn out. I boiled salted water, added the pasta direct from the freezer, and 5 minutes later it was cooked perfectly. One tip is to make sure that you stir your pasta to prevent it from sticking.
The pasta tasted wonderful with an almost creamy texture. You can so clearly tell the difference between quality, fresh pasta, and the stuff you buy in the box in grocery stores. The fresh pasta from Wildgrain wins hands down. It was easy to store, easy to make, and delicious! The 12 oz portion could easily feed 4-5 people.
The Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls were a huge hit in our house! We received 4 buns along with 2 packets of icing. Our box arrived in late October and it was the perfect time to make this seasonal pastry on a cold Saturday morning for breakfast.
These pumpkin cinnamon rolls were super easy to make. Simply remove from the freezer, place on a pan or baking sheet in a preheated oven, and bake for around 25 min. Then add icing (we added one packet of icing as it was plenty sweet) and dig in! The pumpkin cinnamon buns had a wonderful hint of pumpkin and warm spices alongside the yummy cinnamon and sugar filling and sweet vanilla icing.
Wildgrain is also on a mission to reduce the number of people in the U.S. who face hunger. For every new subscriber, Wildgrain donates six meals to The Greater Boston Food Bank, which is a member of Feeding America.
Wildgrain Reviews: Bottom Line
We really enjoyed everything in our Wildgrain box. And even though the items arrive frozen they taste freshly homemade when they come out of the oven (or boiling water). As a mother, I’m so happy that my family can enjoy bread, pasta, and pastry with clean carbs free from artificial ingredients, and as a carb-lover, I love that I can eat the things I love without feeling bad afterward.
I also love that I can feel like I am baking without actually having to worry about finding a recipe, shopping for ingredients, and spending all that time in the kitchen. And while Whildgrain is not the least expensive option out there for baked-goods, when we compared their prices to our local artisanal bakeries they were inline and well worth the price.
Finally, we love that Wildgrain gives back to their local community and is helping to fight hunger by donating 6 meals for every subscription box purchased. With Wildgrain, you can not only feel good about what you are eating, but you can also feel good knowing that your purchase is helping those in need.