We’ve been fans of Canyon Bakehouse baked goods since long before they were abundant in stores, abounding with variety, and engaged as one of our sponsors.
But now that this gluten-free trailblazer has a whopping 20-ish products, some of which come in a classic bread or bagel bag and are usually found in the frozen foods section and some of which are other, newer “stay-fresh” options that seem extremely similar but are found in the bread aisle, we found ourselves wondering: How do we know the difference between options and choose the products best for us? So we decided to find out and share what we learned with you.
The Canyon Bakehouse Product List
The good news is there’s no bad choice with Canyon. While they are one of our regular sponsors, we only partner with brands we personally love and eat and always recommend Canyon Bakehouse because they consistently produce exceptional gluten-free products. Everything they make—whether bread, bagels, burger buns, English muffins, or even brownies—is reliably excellent, with classic texture, great flavor, and the kind of structure more associated with items that contain gluten.
But it’s still helpful to understand the different choices so you can make educated buying decisions. We’re here to break it down for you.
Let’s start by surveying the landscape. What exactly does Canyon Bakehouse make? As of the May 2020 writing of this article, they offer the following:
Stay Fresh Items:
- Ancient Grain
- Country White
- Hawaiian Sweet Bread
- Honey Oat
Specialty Baked Goods
- Burger Buns (brand new!)
- Honey Whole Grain English Muffins
- Deli White Bagels
- Mountain White
- Deli Rye Style
- Cinnamon Raisin
- Heritage Style Whole Grain
- Heritage Style Honey White
Specialty Baked Goods
- Hamburger Buns
- Plain Bagels
- Everything Bagel
- Blueberry Bagels
- Cinnamon Raisin Bagels
- Original English Muffins
- Brownie Bites
It’s a lot to choose from. So why pick one over another? The answer is twofold:
Key Differences Between Canyon Bakehouse Stay-Fresh Products and Other Canyon Bakehouse Products
Maybe you don’t know this—we certainly didn’t before we asked—but many of the Stay-Fresh products are made of nearly identical ingredients as their similar products found in the frozen foods aisle. The reason their names differ is due to labeling laws that address the slight ingredient variations. So, for example, the stay-fresh Ancient Grain is nearly the same as the frozen 7-Grain. Ditto Country White and Mountain White, and the stay-fresh and frozen versions of Canyon Bakehouse English muffins, bagels, and the new burger buns.
What else are key differences?
Where you’ll find Stay-Fresh and frozen products in the grocery store.
Stay-Fresh and frozen options are shelved in different parts of the grocery store, which means you find great bread selections wherever you’re used to looking for GF bread products.
• Stay-Fresh products are sold in the bread aisle or the gluten-free section at room temperature. This means you can find gluten-free bread where everyone expects to find bread!
• Meanwhile, classic Canyon Bakehouse offerings are stocked in the grocers’ designated GF frozen food section. These are for shoppers who prefer to buy frozen bread. They’re also easier to locate if you’re used to shopping for GF provisions in the frozen-foods aisle.
How you store them.
Both Stay-Fresh and frozen Canyon Bakehouse breads keep well if you follow their storage instructions. But the differences in where each is stored give you the freedom to decide whether you want to eat the product right away, store it at room temperature, or freeze it for future or ongoing use.
• Stay-Fresh bread is packaged for longer shelf-life without refrigeration. (The inner sealed packaging allows the bread to stay fresh for up to 90 days from production, so you can store at home or bring along for a road trip whenever you need it.) Once opened, it keeps on the counter for five days. (It doesn’t freeze as well as classic frozen versions do.)
• Frozen products allow a similar shelf-life—up to three months in the freezer—so you can buy, thaw and eat them, or keep them frozen at home until you need them. If you thaw them and keep them on the counter instead, they remain fresh for seven days.
Why Does Stay-Fresh Have a Longer Unrefrigerated Shelf Life?
This question intrigued us most, especially because when we compared the ingredients list between Stay-Fresh and classic products, nothing significant stood out. When we asked the folks at Canyon, they told us that to offer baked goods that last longer on the shelf; they combined new high-tech, air-tight packaging with slight variations in their recipes. They continue to use wholesome, natural ingredients, and do not use preservatives or artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.
Where to Find Canyon Bakehouse Products
In our experience, Canyon Bakehouse has some of the widest national distribution out of all the gluten-free bread brands. That means you should be able to find them at a store near you. But with more and more online shopping taking place, it’s good to know they have expanded their online presence, too. You can now find their products at these online locations: Gluten Free Palace, Amazon, Walmart.com, Fresh Direct, Shipt, and Instacart.
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Written in partnership with Canyon Bakehouse