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Bulk Flour in the UK

ClaireC's picture
ClaireC

Bulk Flour in the UK

I'm fed up of buying flour from the supermarkets, 1.5 kilograms at a time.  It just makes the bags of shopping too heavy to carry.


Has anyone got any suggestions for where to buy larger amount from?  If it could arrive on my front door step, brought by a delivery man, that would be wonderful, but where could I order it from?


I've had one sack of 16kg of Strong White Flour from Dove Farm, which my local farm shop ordered for me, and I would certainly order from them again (though probably 25kg next time, as 16kg only lasted me 6 weeks), but I'm just interested to know what other options there are and what different sorts of flour are out there.


I'm in North Yorkshire, if that makes any difference.  I haven't found a working windmill within easy reach, or I would try there, but there may be one I've overlooked, we haven't lived here for very long.


Cheers,


Claire

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larry876

It does weary. Out of whole wheat, out of breadflour, out of rye.


I thought of a freezer to store large quantities, but the humidity issues.


Then I went another way. The Amish store in north wis. carries large bags of Montana red spring, golden (lower gluten), and more.


I bought 100 lbs of wheat berries and a nutrimill.


The wheat in a fifty pound bag cost 24 yes 24 cents a pound. 24. Hell, not even online can that be touched.


The nutrimill cost 200.Ish. Online.


It works incredibly, turning out three cups of wheat in the time I would grind my morning coffee. Just warm, not hot, so the nutrients stay nice. I only store any leftovers in a small bag. It grinds oats, rye, any kind of grain, lentils-- ,I am thinking samosa--- everything but fatty stuff like peanuts.  Quiet vacuum loud, quick, easy to clean, very easy and fast to clean and set up. Nothing to it.


Now fresh whole wheat is said to have some enzymes that hurt gluten, but adding sour cream, sourdough starter and the like fix that.


Yum. The fine setting turns out cake fine flour, so my first attempt at 100%wheat was light and fluffy! really light, too light for my preferences, too hi a glucomic index for my health. The really coarse turns out semolina coarse, and the variations are continuous between.


I am getting used to the textures of the different grinds and how they work, but my breads are so flavorful with fresh ryes barly quinon millet ....  Now when I want rough corn for the pan, I grind it. And the wheat is so full of gluten, I dont use extra gluten when I add the rye.


I did add a bit of gluten for my pasta, thinking to duplicate the rare durum, and I got real al dente-- so much that it was work chewing, but they were very special for one time.


Here the pic n save started carrying wheat, 89cent lb, but stopped abruptly when it didnt walk off the shelves. Our priorities as a society are peculiar.


I recommend my solution if you can locate an amish store -- ask around, they are widespread, or maybe seventh day adventists, mormons or other non mainstream older groups.


Larry

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In search of Zion

Hi Claire,


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has canneries all over the world.  They are open to the public to go and purchase flour, both all purpose and bread flour and they have wheat berries, both hard red and hard white for you to grind yourself.  You can can it for a 30 year storage or just buy the 25 lb bags.  Here in Minnesota I pay 21 cents a pound for the flour and the hard wheat berries are about  $7.00 US for a 25 pound bag.  I mostly grind my own wheat and make all of my families bread. You have a church house in your area and they will direct you to the cannery nearest you. Here in  the US Costco/Sams Clubs sell bulk flour for 26 cents a pound. Do they have those in the UK?


Hope this helps,


Shannon

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Millstone

Hello Claire, Try


http://www.fwpmatthews.co.uk/index.php or


Costco's  16kg sack of Marriages' Manitoba bread flour £11. I phoned Marriages' they assured me the bread flour (13.7% protein) they supply to Costco is the finest available. I use it daily, never have any problems, its great.


Millstone.

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jemar

Hi Claire,  I live in the UK and have looked at Shipton Mill website with a view to ordering from them.  If you order an amount over 25 kgs I think they will deliver it free.   They have a wide selection of flours and a very good website.  I hope you find this useful.

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Patf

We used to live near Skidby Mill in East Yorks. and I once bought a large sack of flour from there.


Here is their website - evidently they still sell their flour in the shop. Don't know if they deliver.


http://www.eccles2000.karoo.net/skidby/attract-windmill.htm


ps I don't know anything about the gluten value of the flour. I do remember it being very heavy to knead, so I mixed in some strong bread flour. Pat.

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helend

Shipton Mill is fantastic - they bulk deliver for free many different sorts of flour, wholemeal and white, spelt, rye and so on - the website is cracking and the people lovely to talk to for real if you prefer.  postage is cheap even if you want smaller quantities and everything well packed.  You can visit too - although its a long way to Gloucestershire from Yorkshire.


http://www.shipton-mill.com/


Rebeccca Rayner at Glebe Farm (Huntingdonshire) is also great and again does bulk orders - slightly smalller range but just as nice.


http://www.glebe-flour.co.uk/


Both sell strong bread flour with excellent gluten content - I hand bake, my mother uses a bread maker and we are both very pleased with the results.  The finer flours are easily good enough for pasta and cake.


Both also provide wholemeal and white spelt flour and Glebe farm interesting range of gluten-free products.


I think both will deliver in 1.5kg bags and 25kg sacks.


Unfortunately I live in Leicestershire and cannot recommend any "local" millers/sellers of flour.  I was so keen to support local businesses and farmers markets etc but have been disappointed with quality and especially customer service - very strange and quite sad.


I never buy flour from the supermarket now.  This way is so much easier.


Cheers helend

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ClaireC

Many thanks for the responses.  I think I'm going to try Shipton Mill - at least this time.  Now the only decision is, shall I order straight Strong White Bread Flour, or shall be a bit bolder and try out one of their French or Canadian or Italien flours?   Hmmmmm.

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greffe

Thanks for starting an interesting topic.  I've been using Shipton Mill and enjoy their flour, especially the Canadian blend, which is great for slow-rise sourdough.  You might also like to try this Yorkshire Mill, which I used to buy in York:


http://www.yorkshireorganicmillers.co.uk/


I found it unique, as the white includes much more germ, I believe, than usual and therefore has more colour.


Regards,


Marlon