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By Alison Chew
Reviewed by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN
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. Take $10 OFF + Free Sourdough Rolls with code MEALFINDS >>
What We Like
Clean ingredients with nothing artificial
Fresh, homemade bread, pasta, and pastries ready in minutes
Each Wildgrain Box includes three slow-fermented sourdough loaves (plus FREE rolls!), two packs of fresh, hand-cut pasta, and four to six individual seasonal pastries. The monthly box costs $89 and includes free shipping.
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. 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. Take $10 OFF + Free Sourdough Rolls with code MEALFINDS >>
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As I mentioned above, each Wildgrain Box includes three slow-fermented sourdough loaves (plus FREE rolls or bread!), two packs of fresh, hand-cut pasta, and four to six individual seasonal pastries.
Our first Wildgrain box, which we received in the fall, included 2 Whole Wheat Sourdough loaves (1.5lbs each), 1 Sourdough Rye loaf (1.5lbs), 1 Sourdough Harvest loaf (1.5lbs), 1 pack Fresh, Hand-cut Linguine (12 oz), 1 pack Fresh, Hand-cut Pappardelle (12 oz), and 4 Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls With Icing.
Our second Wildgrain box, which we received in the summer, included 1 Sourdough loaf (1.5lbs each), 1 Sourdough Walnut loaf (1.5lbs), 1 Slow Fermented 3-Seed loaf (1.5lbs), 1 pack Fresh, Hand-cut Tonnarelli (12 oz), 1 pack Fresh, Hand-cut Pappardelle (12 oz), 8 Sourdough Rolls, and 4 Crossaints.
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 eating 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. Take $10 OFF + Free Sourdough Rolls with code MEALFINDS >>
I made the first loaf, a whole wheat sourdough loaf, that night with dinner. I followed the instructions, took the bread out of the freezer, popped it in the oven, and waited (impatiently) for 30 minutes before slicing it up. (See the bread tips below for why I waited 30 min!)
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. Take $10 OFF + Free Sourdough Rolls with code MEALFINDS >>
Wildgrain provides the 5 tips below on a little card within your box. They are great tips so be sure to read them 🙂 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!
In our second Wildgrain box, we received more wonderful sourdough bread including a Slow-Fermented 3-Seed bread that was packed with seeds. This bread, like the other baked up nicely in around 18 minutes in the oven. We ate it fresh and warm with butter and sea salt and then toasted it for breakfast and lunch with tomatoes and avocado. Yum! Take $10 OFF + Free Sourdough Rolls with code MEALFINDS >>
Wildgrain Box Reviews: Pasta
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. Take $10 OFF + Free Sourdough Rolls with code MEALFINDS >>
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. Take $10 OFF + Free Sourdough Rolls with code MEALFINDS >>
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. Take $10 OFF + Free Sourdough Rolls with code MEALFINDS >>
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.Take $10 OFF + Free Sourdough Rolls with code MEALFINDS >>
In our summer box, we received 4 individual croissants. When you take them out of the package you can smell the delicious yeast and as they baked the kitchen filled with a buttery smell. Wildgrain says to remove them from the oven and wait 5 minutes to set and cool.
It depends. The items you receive in a Wildgrain box are made with high-quality, clean ingredients without high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, emulsifiers, and additives. If you don’t care about quality and are only looking for the cheapest bread, pasta, and pastries then Wildgrain is not for you.
However, if you DO care about eating clean and often shop for fresh bakery-style bread and pastries and fresh pasta or frequent your local farmer’s market for these items than a Wildgrain box could be worth it for you.
Each Wildgrain box is $89. In each box, you receive 3-1.5lb loaves of fresh, clean bread, 2-12oz packages of fresh, hand-cut pasta, 4-6 individual freshly made clean pastries, and either an extra loaf of bread or free rolls for life (depending on the current promotion). Shipping is also included in the price.
Using some back of the napkin math and prices from our local Whole Foods and farmer’s market, we calculated the cost of fresh, clean sourdough bread to be around $10-$15/loaf, fresh pasta around $7-$10/lb, and fresh, clean pastries to be around $2.50-$4 each.
This adds up to between $60-$90 plus shipping with dry ice (which is expensive) is between $20 – $40 depending on the delivery address and shipping carrier, for a total value between $80-$120 per box.
So for $89, the Wildgrain box is not a huge steal, but it’s not a rip-off either and does allow you to eat fresh, clean carbs with delivery right to your door. If you use our new customer offer, your box total is just $79 and THAT is a great deal!Take $10 OFF + Free Sourdough Rolls with code MEALFINDS >>
Wildgrain Box 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 and farmer’s markets they were in line and well worth the price. And if you use our new customer offer, the cost of the box is just $79 which is a GREAT DEAL!
We do wish that they had gifting options as we think that a Wildgrain box would make a great gift! (you can send it to someone and cancel the subscription)
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.
This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
Rebecca Housh is a registered dietitian based in Chicago, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rebecca is passionate about the idea of food as medicine in both preventative and therapeutic care. Her current professional interests lie in food security, food access, and nutrition for chronic disease.
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