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PF DELI Kaiser Rolls

Updated on February 16, 2013

PF deli Kaiser bag

THE CHALLENGE

Man does not live by bread alone (Matthew 4:4)

Give us this day, our daily bread (Matthew 6:11)

While having good bread is not the only or even the most important issue in life it raises the question, What are we supposed to do to make a satisfying sandwich? Must we drive the 30 miles each way to the nearest good bakery or is there another option?

I like the town in which I live, but there is one problem. We have no fewer than three Auto Parts stores for our 15,000 or so residents, at least five convenience stores, a Target, K-Mart and Wal-Mart as well as two grocery stores, but there is one thing we lack - A good bakery.

While looking for buns for turkey burgers recently, I found something that looked different from the usual hamburger buns. I found Pepperidge Farms PF Deli Kaiser Rolls.

Not just regular hamburger buns

Sometimes, especially with a burger, the bread can get lost by what is in the middle, in my case a turkey burger, but with these rolls, that is not the case. The roll seemed to be the right size for my turkey burger. They are four inches round and two inches thick. They are lightly dusted with corn meal all around and flour on the bottom. While the rolls are slightly indented in the middle, they are not really sliced, so I used a bread knife to get the perfect "split" instead of just breaking pulling it apart from the middle.

Overhead view

Open faced

Here you can see the somewhat yeasty consistency.
Here you can see the somewhat yeasty consistency.

Better than a burger bun; not as good as bakery fresh.

As noted, these rolls are fairly large, and they make traditional hamburger buns seem rather dwarfish. They also have a more yeasty consistency than those store bought no generic 6 or 8 for $1.00 buns. However, as fairly good quality as they are, there is something lacking about PF Deli Kaiser rolls.

While they are not as mushy as the cheap buns, they are also not as firm as the ones from a fresh baker. If you are looking for kaiser rolls with a hard crust and a soft interior, these will likely not satisfy your search.

Essentially, the PH Deli Kaiser rolls seem to be a hybrid or cross between a simple hamburger bun and a high quality bakery fresh Kaiser roll. They are a step up from the one, yet not quite as good as the other.

Approximate Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Roll
Calories 230
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Carbohydrates 42 g14%
Sugar 5 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 10 g20%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 380 mg16%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

The label

This is what the bag says about nutrition, ingredients, etc.
This is what the bag says about nutrition, ingredients, etc. | Source

Other observations

PF deli Kaiser rolls were fresh when I purchased them and were suitable to my needs that evening. While they may not be gourmet, they were better than ordinary hamburger buns and a fair substitute since a bakery fresh hard kaiser roll was not available to me.

They were not overpriced and I feel I "got what I paid for" and will probably buy them again in the future.

They do freeze well, if you can not eat all six rolls that come in a package in a short time. They are still fresh when they are de-frosted and take very little time to de-frost.

Overall

Overall, I would give these about a "B" (above average) or 7 out 10. I would recommend them to others. The cost was $2.98 for 6 rolls, compared with $2.74 for 6 bakery fresh Kaiser rolls with sesame seeds from the store's bakery.

Other varieties available are Potato Kaiser and Ciabatta Rolls.

Which do you prefer?

For sandwiches, which do you generally prefer?

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