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where to buy bulk bread flour

mariacuellar's picture
mariacuellar

where to buy bulk bread flour

Where can I buy bulk bread flour online? I don't have much money, but I want to make lots of bread because I'm experimenting with new recipes. I bake bread almost every day, so I need lots of flour. I also need all-purpose flour, but less urgently.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Maria C: mariasgoldenoven.blogspot.com

bmoo's picture
bmoo

I buy King Arthur flour in 50 lb sacks from Dawn Foods (www.dawnfoods.com

My last purchase was $18.68 for 50 lbs of their Special Spring Patent flour.  From what I can tell this flour is equivalent to KA bread flour, wihich sells for about $5 for a 5 lb bag around here (central Jersey).  It's an amazing deal.  I freeze what I'm not going to use soon.

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bassopotamus

The shipping will kill you. Best bet is a restaurant supply that will sell to non businesses (ours will). King arthur doesn't have great distribution in some areas(our nearest source of 50 lb bags is 4 hours away). But General Mills stuff is widely available. We get 50lb bags of All Trumps for about 19 bucks, and 25 lbs of H&R (which is an all purpose) for around 12. These should be pretty common

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Bixmeister

Does anyone have an explanation and a cure for insects in flour bags.  I have purchased flour in multiple bags then stored it in a pantry area of my garage.

Sometimes I open an unopened bag of flour to find insects near the surface.  

I have read that bay leaves discourage the insects, so I store opened flour with a couple of bay leaves on top.  It appears to have an effect.

Can anyone enlighten me.

Bix

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sphealey

My mother grew up relatively poor in the 1930s and she used to say "weevils are cheaper than nuts and just as crunchy".   That said, neither she nor most people today care to eat insects in their flour.

I think the key word here is "garage" (and I am assuming here your house is in North American or UK/northern Europe).  Modern houses can be kept reasonably free from insects with some effort, but insect are nothing if not persistent and will eventually explore just about everywhere outside a house or in.  Most people today keep their kitchens fairly clean and the foodstuffs rotate through the shelves quickly, so the insects never get established inside.


But garages are generally not designed to be 100% weathertight or resistent to intrustion of insects.  Your garage pantry was probably intended for storage of canned and jar foods, not boxed or bagged foodstuffs that can be directly attacked by insects. 

If you do want to store the flour out there, you need a sealed metal storage cabinet similar to what was used on sailing ships to store flour and biscuit (and for the same reason).  100% metal-lined with full sealing strips on the doors.  Note that in our garage mice chewed through a plastic garbage can (plastic maybe 3mm thick) to get at a tasty bag of garbage, so a plastic cabinet probably isn't sufficient.

This all assumes that your flour provider is not shipping you flour with insect eggs in it.  I believe there are simple tests that you can find via Google to find out if this is happening.

sPh