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emkay

Central Milling Artisan Bakers Craft Flour

My husband and I were in Point Reyes yesterday. Petaluma is not too far from Point Reyes so I was hoping to swing by Keith Giusto's to get some flour, but unfortunately they are closed on Saturdays.  Imagine my delight when I spotted a pallet of Central Milling Organic Artisan Bakers Craft at the San Francisco Costco today.  

It was a 25 pound bag for $14.99.  I've looked for CM flour at other Costco locations in the SF Bay Area including the SF location, but I have never found it. I guess my timing was never quite right, until today. Now I just need to figure out where to store all that lovely flour. :)

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dmsnyder

KAF sells a plastic flour storage bin that holds 25# bags. I haven't seen that particular item elsewhere, but I haven't looked either.

Happy baking!

David

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emkay

David - I looked at the KAF site and I realized that I already have a Cambro container that I could use to hold all that flour.  I used that container for brining turkey during Thanksgiving many years ago, but I don't need it for that purpose anymore since I have switched over to dry brining. Thanks for helping me remember that I had it. 

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dabrownman

if milled by the supplier.  I usually end up with several, say 10, bags of #5 each. In the bulk freezer they go.   As far as I can tell, they last forever in there if the power doesm't fail.  I just wrap  them in Cosco Stretch Tight plastic wrap :-)   we did have a 25# bag of flour in there once though.

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BäckerAmmerStiefel

The Richmond Costco has it too if you're ever over in that direction.

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emkay

BäckerAmmerStiefel - Thanks for the tip about Richmond. I'll keep it in mind if I'm in the area.  I checked South SF and Mountain View recently and neither had it. 

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BobSponge

The Redwood City Costco carries it... 

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emkay

Good to know RC carries it too. Thanks Bobsponge.

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carblicious

The Mountain View CostCo and just recently the Santa Clara CostCo also carries it.  Glad that it's becoming more widely available.

At Mountain View CostCo, it's in the organic section.  If you look for it in the flour section, it's just ConAgra.

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emkay

I had no idea it was in the organic section instead of the flour aisle in Mtn View.  At the SF location it was right next to the ConAgra. 

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genehill

My Costco shows that central milling organic artisan flour has been discontinued.  Can this be confirmed by anyone? is Costco planning on a substitute product or is it now "gone".

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Wild-Yeast

Which location? Costco is pruning any products with low turnover.

Costco has a history of baiting and failing to carry products. On the other side of the coin manufacturers use Costco as a way to broaden the customer base and/or introduce new products. Costco has been addressing the "organic movement' by "corraling" an island of different organic products in an attempt to ferret out the "high runners" - and dropping those that fail to produce an adequate profit margin. Unfortunately the real loser in this situation is the Costco customer who is left scrambling to find a replacement - gas is now prohibitively expensive even at the Costco gas pump (another Costco "hook" for "bringing them in"). 

Costco also uses their own in-house generic brands to replace high volume popularly selling name brand products to increase their profit margin. The problem with replacement products is that they have a very patchy quality reputation and the buying public knows it.

So the miracle of having Central Milling flour at Costco may be a fleeting one suggesting that Central needs to address this problem or face losing a dedicated legion of bakers...,

Wild-Yeast

P.S. All retailers have a formula. At sometime in the life of the company that formula fails and so does the company.

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jeffy1021

I was unable to find the flour at both the Fremont and Richmond locations.  Richmond for sure used to carry it and the Fremont has the 2 x 10# of Organic Central Milling All Purpose but no Artisan Baker's Craft.  Does someone have the Costco Item number handy?  You can call them and they can tell you which warehouses still stock the item assuming it hasn't been phased out completely.  

If so, it look like I might be making a trip to Petaluma some time in the near future.

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jeffy1021

So I answered my own question.  I was able to find the Costco Item number in another thread, it is 475605.  I called Costco and they said they are phasing the product out since it did not sell as well as they hoped.  As of now the only Bay Area locations that have remaining stock are Tracy, San Jose (Almaden), and SF.  I should be able to hit up one of those locations but the next time I will need to make the trek up to Petaluma.  Oh well, it was good while it lasted!

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Maverick

I wish I had known about this earlier. It seems that the only Costco that has any left is Tracy. At least the "Beehive" (even though it isn't labeled as such) is still around over here.

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baybakin

IIRC trader joe's and whole foods 365 label flours are both supplied by Central Milling, so there is always that option as well.

I get my central milling flour from a local bakery, which tacks my flour onto their order every few months.  I usually break half of the 50# sack into 1 gallon zip-lock freezer bags, leaving the other half in the paper sack (duct taped off) untill I run through the gallon bags, then split up the other half.

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jeffy1021

Would you mind sharing which bakery you buy from?

And yes, the CM Beehive is being carried by Costco and most locations it seems.

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Maverick

I knew about whole foods 365 but not Trader Joe's. I don't believe either are the artisan flour though. I think the protein content is high in those though and might try them sometime.

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baybakin

I'm sure they wouldn't want me just spouting off their name, as they are not really in the flour distribution buisness, but we'll just say they are a small bakery in Oakland, however I have had a similar agreement with a bakery in the SF mission district as well, so if you just call around, it shouldn't be that hard to find a bakery that would agree to such an arrangement