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nlavon

Buying High Gluten Flour Retail

Outside of ordering online (and I really don't want to do that) any ideas on purchasing retail now hard to get high gluten flour in the Washington, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland area?

Thanks!

 

Neal Lavon
Takoma Park, MD
USA

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dmsnyder

Hi, Neal. 

I can't testify to your local Whole Foods Markets, but mine carries Guisto's high gluten flour in bulk. 

If you get it, be carefull. If you make bagels with this stuff and boil them for more than the minimum, you will have great teething rings!

David

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Susan

http://tpss.coop/

OR

http://www.gmflour.com/gmflour/findyourrep.asp

In your area only, contact denise.dibattista@genmills.com and ask her for a distributor near you. You can probably buy from the distributor, or the distributor will point you toward its customers, if you truly do want to buy retail.

OR

Contact any milling company whose flour you are interested in and ask if it has distributors in your area. For instance, Wheat Montana, ConAgra, Bay State, to name a few. They all have websites.

 

Susan from San Diego

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nlavon

I didn't expect such a fast response. I was going to check out the Takoma Park Co Op (I actually live in the place) and see what they had. We do have a Whole Foods in nearby Silver Spring, so I can check that, too.

Thanks for the tip on the bagels, that is what I want to do. David and Susan, I really appreciate the tips.

Neal Lavon
Takoma Park, MD
USA

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nlavon

I checked out my local health food store in Takoma Park for high gluten flour but they did not carry any.

The web site for Whole Foods says they carry a "gluten flour" which they define as, "white flour mixed with concentrated wheat protein."

They say there is 12 grams of protein for one-quarter cup. Just making a quick calculation of the weight of a quarter cup of all-purpose flour (31.25 g) would this make the flour have 38.4 percent protein? (12/31.25). That's pretty high isn't it? Or is my math way off?

Neal Lavon
Takoma Park, MD
USA

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LindyD

Neal, our local grocery store stocks Bob's Red Mill vital wheat gluten flour. I have a bag here (it's pricey) and it is rated at 23g protein.

That flour is available in stores near you. Just visit The Bob's Red Mill site's store finder.

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Susan

Neal, I do not believe you want Whole Foods' Gluten Flour. It is an additive. I checked the Whole Foods website and did not see any Bread or Hi-Gluten Flour listed. However, you should check your local store. If you don't want to buy a 50-lb bag from a distributor, or even call a distributor to find out who their customers are in your area, then I suggest you go to a pizza shop that makes its own crusts and ask if you can buy some of their hi-gluten flour.

BTW, I generally use GM's All Trumps, which is a hi-gluten flour. It has 14.2% protein. I suspect the TPSS Co-Op would have it, or would order you a bag if you asked. Did you check them out?

Susan from San Diego

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dmsnyder

Hi, Susan. 

If that's what I bought, it would explain my results, for sure. I will read the label more carefully.  

David

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Susan

From the Whole Foods site: Gluten flour is white flour mixed with concentrated wheat protein. Add to bread dough to increase leavening: 2 TB per cup of flour in whole grain bread; 1 TB plus 1 tsp per cup of flour in white breads. Also add to breads with extra bran, raisins or nuts. Increase kneading time to activate extra gluten.

I have a suggestion for your next career:

Dr. David's Toothsome Teether. Teeny-tiny bagels. I've got a teething niece, so let me know when you start production and I'll place an order.

BTW, your baguettes are beautiful.

Susan from San Diego

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dmsnyder

Hi, Susan. 

Sorry, but the product I have is not "gluten flour" but "High Gluten Unbleached Bread  Flour."  Here's a link to the product description:
 http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prmenbr=132201&prrfnbr=176824 

Too bad about the teething bagel option, though. Anyway, it would never pass the FDA. 

David

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nlavon

I did e-mail the distributor for General Mills but haven't heard back yet. The TPPS did not have it; I was there Tuesday. I did not ask about ordering, that's a good idea, thanks. 

 

Neal Lavon
Takoma Park, MD
USA

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Susan

You will enjoy the hi-gluten flour if you ever find any.

Susan from San Diego

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Wild-Yeast

Some Costco stores are carrying Organic Red Winter White Whole Wheat Flour from Central Milling Co., Logan, Utah. It's an excellent flour and is comes in two, twenty pound bags.

Central Milling is now owned by a consortium made up of Wheatland seed, Giusto's Vitagrain and Bay Bread. The acquisition brought the business of organic milling to Central Milling. Hope your store carries it because the best part is the price...,

Bonne Cuisine,

Wild-Yeast

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nlavon

Thanks for the tip on Costco, there is one not far from us and we have been members for some time. We did buy a big 20-pound sack of flour (all purpose) not that long ago, so when we go back, I'll check to see what they have. BTW, what is "white" whole wheat flour? A lighter whole wheat flour?

Also in this area is the Whole foods store, so I'll check that out as well. I do remember the warning from Dave :-)

 Neal Lavon
Takoma Park, MD
USA

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Robin20878

Neal - did you ever find a retail store to buy hi-gluten flour in Maryland?  I live in Gaithersburg and am looking to buy some for making pizza.  Thanks, Robin

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Wild-Yeast

That should be two - ten pound bags.

Oops!, Wild-Yeast

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Maryland Bob

KAF sells their Sir Lancelot in a 50# bag which you can only buy from them in their retail store in Norwalk VT. It's not that expensive. Another source in MD would by George R. Ruhl and Son in Baltimore. They are a bakery supply company but they serve walk in retail customers during certain times. I suggest you call ahead.

KAF-SL is supposidely the highest protein gluten flour made. I use it for bagels and they are out of this world. I go to VT a couple times a year there are several food coops throughout the state that sell it in bulk. I'm thinking about $1 a pound which is a whole lot less than their 3# sack you can order by mail.

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Faith in Virginia

Big Spring Mill in Eliston VA has high gluten flour in bulk.  That is where I get mine.

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Howard27

Hi, I never post comments to these type of forums but can relate on locating High Gluten Flour in the Maryland area.

Okay, are you ready, the Pennsylvania (Pa) Amish Market in Annapolis! They have 1lb to 5lb bags, they also have several fresh bread mixes in bags. Today was my first time there and this place is amazing. Cheese, bread, meats, bakery, restaurant, etc. just go to go. 

Also, check their website for their operating hours, only open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and even Sunday. Hours vary. Right off route 50 and route 2. 

You can also go to Syso Foods outlet store and order a bag, but most likely it's going to be a 50lb bag. If you're baking a lot it's worth it, you have to order it, they don't stock this at the store. They have some cheap cutting boards in stock, cutlery, pots and pans, worth stopping by if you're in the Jessup area. Not the giant Sysco warehouse, but right down the road on Rt 1, Washington Blvd.  Good luck and notice the difference when using HG Flour in yrecipes pies.