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cat_8's picture
cat_8

flour supply

hi,


as i go through a loyt of rye flour and bread flour iwas wondering, if there is low price online supplier .  know, in germany , you could order directly from a mill .


we live in CHICAGO , IL

SulaBlue's picture
SulaBlue

are you paying per pound now?


I buy it in bulk and I think it's around $1/pound? I know stone ground whole wheat is 99 cents and spelt is just over $1. I buy in bulk at the local hippy-dippy store.

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Lorenzo

The price of flour at local markets is way over priced. I have been a an Artisan Baker for 20 years, go to you local artisan bakery ask then if they will sell you flour at their cost plus handling. We are currently pay $16 for 50 pounds of non-organic bread flour, expect to double that or more for organic. Having owned 2 bakery's I stongly support home baking.


Lorenzo

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cat_8

hi,


we are buying in wfm.i think, the store brand ap flour is 3 dollar for 5 lbs. the rye flour is is 2 lbs for 2.80. i just thought , there might be a better option. what is hippy-dippy store ? the green one  like wfm?

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SulaBlue

If WFM stands for Whole Food Markets, then yes :) I shop more at Sun Harvest (which is owned by WFM now) as it's much closer, and somewhat less expensive than WFM for some things, though they have a much smaller selection at the store closest to me.


I get my flour from the bulk section - it's usually cheaper than the packaged stuff and some stores allow you to bring in your empty container and fill it rather than wasting a plastic disposable container, thus cutting down further on waste.

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janij

You can have them order anything in their bulk bins in large packages.  I got a 50#bag of AP flour from them.  They say just call or go in and ask and they will get anything they seel for you in bulk and you get like a 10% discount.

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cat_8

hi,


do you remember for how much you got the flour in the bulk section. i think, 25 lbs should be good. especially ap and rye flour.


thanks

janij's picture
janij

I got 50# of AP organic for under $40.

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hoek59

Here is a web link to a place that will ship your entire order to anywhere in the U.S. for $4.99     http://www.honeyvillegrain.com/


I haven't tried it yet, but have heard good reviews about it.  Hope it helps.

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BreadHound

Hi.  Just noticed your inquiry.  Have you tried bulkwholefoods.com


They offer larger quanties as well as smaller.  I got some awesome organic rye from there and they also have white whole wheat.  King Arthur Flour website is another source.


Breadhound

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bmoo

I got a 50# bag of King Arthur Special Spring Patent flour for $17.09!   I keep telling my husband, that's like *free*.  This flour is one of KA's professional flours, it's 12.7% protein IIRC made from hard red spring wheat. 


I got mine at Dawn Foods. I believe they have a nationwide network of distributors.  We had to drive to the warehouse and pay cash.  Well worth the trip!

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Dhaus

I can get KA bread, AP, WW and white WW in 5 lb bags for $3.76 at one of our local grocery chains.  KA website and their catalog sells their 5 lb bags of bread and AP for $4.75 not including shipping.  That doesn't make sense to me.


The only rye I can get is Hogson Mills and for some reason it's cheaper to buy their 2 lb boxes at Walley World rather than their 5 lbs bags anywhere else. 


That's about the only decent flours available here in Pensacola.  All the online sites that I've run across will eat you alive in shipping for bulk orders. 


It would be nice to find an alternative.


 Darren

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Newfieguy

I am also in Pensacola, any follow up on where to get local flour here in bulk that does not break the bank?


 


Cheers!


 


newfie

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Lorenzo

I purchase non-organic bread flour from local bakery, $17 for 50 lbs. Whole wheat and rye are higher, you can double the price for organic. Make friends with local artisan bakery, even ask if you can work for free to learn aboutbaking.


My sister-in-law lives in Pensacola we are ino and out a bit.


Lorenzo - retired Artisan Baker


 

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Dhaus

I checked out the honey village link posted above. 


I am no familiar with their unbleached brands that they sell.  Has anybody had any experience with them?  If, so, how do they compare with KA's products?


Darren

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ToddT

Have you tried Sam's Club, Costco, or GFS? I just got some bread flour for .30 per lbs. for a 25 lbs bag from GFS. About the same from Sam's. I don't think they have rye though.


Todd

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BreadHound

2 lb. bags of organic whole grain rye flour is available from bulkwholefoods.com but then the shipping is UPS and that only works well when you have a med to large order together.  I also noticed that you can order the whole berries thru the honeywillgrain website and shipping is a max of 4 something it says for all orders.  I can grind small amounts of berries in a coffee/spice mill. Takes a little more time but it works! Hope this helps.


Breadhound