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      01.09.2012 19:44
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      A very tasty bread with seeds in it

      Introduction

      I know some people would argue that Morrisons or Asda are better, but for me Sainsbury's instore bakery is the best. The variety, freshness and quality of the produce is fantastic, as close as it gets to a "proper" bakers - remember those? I've got a sweet tooth, so I do get a lot of the doughnuts and cakes from there as well, but I also like to have bread with Italian meats and cheeses. The Harvest Grain loaf is a favourite of mine for my cheese and meat feasts. There are a few variations of this loaf available in Sainsbury's, so this review is about the 400g sliced loaf.

      The bread and opinions

      The brown loaf doesn't have a dusted top, so there's no extra mess on your bread board to clean up. The loaf is studded with seeds, and as I'm not either a budgie or a vegetarian I can't say definitively what type of seeds they are sorry! The 400g loaf has approx 12 / 13 slices, which are slightly smaller than an ordinary sliced loaf in size. There is a thick, chewy crust which also has seeds in it.

      The seeds aren't rock hard, instead they are nice and soft (I'm guessing due to the baking process and the moisture of the loaf) so there aren't any nasty surprises when biting down into a slice. As farmhouse type breads go, it's not too heavy in its consistency but nowhere near as light as weight watchers bread which is basically bubbles surrounded by a crust. I think the dough's consistency is just right and very more-ish. I prefer mine with either ham and cheese or jam on, but every now and again I'll have some on it's own with just butter. You don't need too much butter on the bread as it is already nice and moist. It lasts quite well for about three days, after which the quality of it drops off. To re-invigorate mine I sprinkle a few drops of water onto each slice then put two slices at a time in the microwave for ten seconds (I read that tip in a book and it works well!).

      For 70p a loaf, it is a little on the pricey side considering that you can get an 800g loaf of Sainsbury's Fresh for Longer Sliced Wholemeal bread for just 75p. However, as this is an instore baked item, I've often seen them on the reduced shelves for about half price. When I've seen them this cheap, I've always bought a couple and frozen some as they defrost perfectly well.

      I'm not a fan of toasted brown bread so can't comment on how well it toasts. Overall, this is a very tasty bread but at 70p for a small loaf I feel it is a little overpriced so award it four stars. Thanks for reading.

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        24.03.2010 13:09
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        A lovely bread.

        I usually buy this and a white loaf from the sainsburys bakery. They are usually on offer 2 for £1.50 or boy one get one free, so it's always a good deal.

        I used to only buy Hovis seed sensation but the price just keeps going up and I find this bread better now as I can have really thick slices.

        The bread is pretty crusty on the outside so when you toast it, you do get very hard crusts, which aren't too great but for sandwiches and with meals it's lovely.

        You can also get a larger one, but I find this sized one is perfect for the two of us.

        There are lots of various seeds in this bread and I'm not entirely sure what they all are, but I would say the main one is sunflower seeds.

        I think this bread is freezable, but it never lasts long enough in our house, especially if you can get it just after it has been baked in the supermarket. We usually go after work so it's been out a while by then, but it's still quite fresh.

        I would say if you like seeded bread to give this a go, It's cheaper than other brands, but it's baked in store and you can cut whatever sized slices you like. You can get it sliced in store, but I always find they cut it a bit too thin.

        This is a good bread for sandwiches and just fresh, and it's ok lightly toasted, but as a piece of toast the edges do go a bit hard so watch out for that, but all in all a great tasty bread.

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          12.01.2010 17:10
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          Very nice bread

          I am sure that anyone who has spent some time in either France, Spain, Italy, just to name few, but the list is much longer, would agree that there is a huge lack of bakeries in UK, and, what I find even sadder, even those who are out there, do not sell anything which can compare with the bread you have in so many countries in Europe.

          I found that in the end it is supermarkets which actually are able to come up with decent bread. I like the baguettes of Waitrose, and I like the breat at Sainsbury's more than the one at Tesco.

          The bakery section of my local Sainsbury's is actually comparable to a medium sized bakery these days, and it is always an area of the supermarket with a good bunch of clients.

          They produce this bread either in 400 gramms or 800. I would not mind getting the larger one, but the weather and dampness of our island are not the best friend of bread, and I know that after one day, the bread is already not as good as the day before.

          In fairness this bread comes with normally 3 days of life, but realistically after 24 hours any bread becames soggier.

          I do not like my bread to be sliced, but this is something they can do if you want. Those 400 gramms will last me 24 hours, nromally cost around 67 p, and I really enjoy and look forward to having this bread, it is not just something i put ont he table, but I eat with no enthusiasm.

          I recommend this bread if you like good bread.

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            09.02.2009 01:41
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            superb bread

            sainsburys Harvest grain loaf, the first time I tasted it, took me back to my childhood when my mum made her own bread. Dad was fanatical about brown breads and wholegrain this that and the other. The absolutely delicious smell of this bread even before it is tasted is mouthwatering. I usually get a couple of these at a time or we all end up fighting over it. Its just sooooooo homemadish!!! I absolutely love it. I personally think its probably the best that Sainsburys do. That is a big statement as their bakery does the most divine varieties of bread and rolls etc.
            Another wonderful way to serve is toasted as the result gives an almost malted taste to the bread.
            Harvest grain can be purchased both in a small and large sized loaf. Beautiful on its own with just butter or with both sweet and savoury fillings as sandwiches. But best of all! In great big slabs, covered in butter and dipped into a good homemade soup! Yummy!!!!!!!

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              08.06.2008 17:18
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              Delicious, filling, makes great sandwiches, great toast, or just as it is with butter.

              With the price of bread increasing in leaps and bounds, I think it is important to know that what we are buying is nutritious, tasty and good value for money.

              In a larger Sainsbury's store, you can smell that delicious bakery aroma as soon as you walk through the doors, even if the bakery is way over the other side of the shop. Sainsbury's provides a wide variation of on-the-premises freshly baked pastries, cakes, rolls, savoury pastry snacks, and of course their delicious fresh-baked bread range.

              The Harvest Grain Loaf is very dense and substantial, yet it still manages to retain a fluffy lightness which is very pleasing and digestible. There is a large selection of different grains in each loaf, and the mixture provides a very pleasant, nutty, almost rustic flavour.

              Packed with the goodness of multi-grains, this bread tastes delicious with a good quality slightly-salted butter, and strong cheese of your choice (I prefer a powerful Cheddar, or Swiss Emmanthal). It slices well, and thus is excellent for sandwiches, especially thick, "doorstop" ones. The flavour-burst of the multi-grains blends well with all cold meats, seafood, eggs, salad, different cheeses, and is heavenly with a good quality fruit jam, honey, or lemon curd.

              The bread also toasts very well, especially when it's a couple of days old. The toast comes up crispy and light, and is superb thickly spread with butter and marmalade, or covered with tinned spaghetti, baked beans, or melted cheese, and is ideal for a traditional ploughman's lunch with lots of pickles.

              The only thing I would warn is, that if the loaf is still warm when you place it into your shopping trolley, make sure it's on top of everything else, otherwise if it has even something light resting on or against it, the whole shape will go all squishy.

              The only complaint I'd have about the loaf, is that it's so very nice, you could be in danger of eating almost the whole thing just by yourself.

              Enjoy!!!

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              15.05.2008 11:07
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              It's very moreish!

              I love bread but I am very fussy! None of these processed ready packaged loaves for me! - I like my bread baked fresh from the bakers! However, it probably won't have escaped your notice but there are not many actual bakers shops around anymore! (the same as the butchers, the greengrocers, the fishmongers and so on!). So the next best thing is to go to Sainsburys and buy from their in store bakery which is really just as good!

              The instore bakery bakes a multitude of different loaves which come in all shapes and sizes, but my favourite of all has to be the Harvest Grain loaf. This is one of those lovely granary ones which comes with all sorts of different seeds in it and it tastes delicious.

              Now when I go to Sainsburys on a Saturday, the bakery area always seems to be very busy and I'm sure that this is at least partly due to the fantastic aroma of freshly baked bread. You can also see over the other side of the counter the bakers hard at work and busy making the bread and putting it in the ovens. My daughters always like to watch what is going on! When the bread is baked it is wrapped and put on the shelves. Sometimes you can tell that it must have almost immediately come out of the oven because it is so warm to touch. If you want to, you can ask to have your bread sliced, which I normally do as I am so hopeless at cutting. This is great because they have one of those machines that slice very evenly and it will definitely make the loaf go further. However, if the bread is too fresh, and you can normally tell this by seeing how warm it is, don't have it sliced because it will just go all squashy. It is sometimes nice to cut your own though, and there's nothing better than bringing home a fresh Harvest grain Loaf, cutting a chunky 'doorstep' and spreading it with butter straight away so that it is warm enough for the butter to melt! Delicious!

              The bread tastes absolutely wonderful which is a bit of a problem for me because I want to keep eating more! The bread is a nice lightish brown with a plentiful mix of seeds which give it a very interesting, subtle taste. Now unfortunately, the instore bakery does not list the ingredients used on it's labels. It doesn't state that it uses nuts but also it does not say that it doesn't so it's probably best to steer clear if you are likely to have a problem. I do think that this is an oversight on the part of Sainsburys and it would be good to know the actual ingredients which are not listed on the website either.

              The bread generally has a use by date two or three days in advance and it does seem to keep its freshness pretty well. However, you can also freeze it which we do, and I have to say that when you defrost it, it tastes as good as if you were eating it straight away.

              The bread comes in two sizes - 800 grams which costs £1.09 and 400 grams which costs 67 pence so the larger size is much better value. Also, these prices do seem to have risen quite steeply lately but they are still very much in line with the prices charged for Warburtons of Hovis loaves.

              The other thing to say about this bread is that all my family enjoy it including my two young daughters. This is very good because it means that we don't have to be buying all sorts of different bread to suit all tastes. Also, I think if you can encourage children to eat the healthier type breads at an early age, hopefully they will not object later on.

              So overall this loaf is excellent. It's very tasty, comes fresh from the bakery, keeps well and will even be sliced for you! What more could you ask for?

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                07.05.2008 19:41
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                Get Sainsbury to open a store in Inverness area and I will be a happy Harvest loafer

                This is a loaf I really miss as I am now not near a Sainsburys store and really wish they would bring one up to the Highlands as we could do with one near Inverness.
                I remember it well though and although this is a passing memory of this loaf I feel I can justify writing a small review about it.

                The loaf is like most others oblong in shape and has a crusty topped outer. Made of wholegrain it has a knobbly feel to it.

                On cutting a slice or two after getting it home you get a sense of homemade from it as the smell of freshly made bread invades the kitchen. I butter the sliced bread and taste it as if for the first time and yes I remember it well, soft but nutty textured and a wholemeal flavour invaded my senses and I was a young girl all over again. Sitting at my mothers table after she had finished baking that day expectantly waiting for what was to follow.

                It was that good.
                I know you can't wax lyrical about bread but I felt it was good enough to get steamed up about.
                Made good sandwiches and as you can fill them with practically anything these days the world is your oyster. I liked it as toast too as it really bought out the flavour as it intensified the grainy texure somehow.
                I haven't so far found a loaf to match it and I have tried some pretty awful attempts at it.

                The Ingredients are as you would expect wheat whoelgrain yeast and the usual nutrients, I don't know what Sainsbury do that is different but what ever it is keep it up.

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