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1 lb. SAF Instant Yeast source in Atlanta

LBKexile's picture
LBKexile

1 lb. SAF Instant Yeast source in Atlanta

Just wanted to make a note that Atlantans can find the 1 lb bag of SAF instant yeast at the glorious (if smelly) Dekalb Farmers Market for $2.69 as of 02/10. I was resigned to having to order this online again (with no free shipping deal from King Arthur Flour like last time), but thought I'd check here as a last resort. I think I literally sang a little bit under my breath when I came upon the familiar red and white bags on the shelf. I had done lots of fruitless driving and Google searches trying to find a local brick & mortar source, and read that you can find this at Sam's, BJ's, etc, but I thought I'd put this out there for non-wholesale-club members like me. :)

siuflower's picture
siuflower

You can also get it at the Belford highway farmer market for $2.69/lb, Atlanta, GA.


 


siuflower

LBKexile's picture
LBKexile

You mean Buford Hwy? I've heard of that one, that it's competitive to Dekalb's, but never been. Thanks.

mrfrost's picture
mrfrost

Also, check out their great selection of grains and flours.


Spices and dried herbs too; most of which are very inexpensive. Referring to Dekalb here.

dwhite0849's picture
dwhite0849

you can buy 1 lb saf instant yeast at Leach's Meats and
Sweets on 31st st sw in Barberton for 2.69

roxbakes's picture
roxbakes

Thanks for letting us know! :)


I am still looking for a good place to buy unbleached white or unbleached artisan flour in larger quantities. Any tips on that?! We live in Gwinnett.

LBKexile's picture
LBKexile

I live in Gwinnett too and have no idea about sources for large quantities of good flour. I've been working with the 25 lb bags of bleached all-purp my dad gets for me at Sam's. If I recall correctly, in those quantities they only have bleached all-purpose and bread flour (bleached or not I don't know, but I don't think I've ever seen bleached bread flour---is there a reason for that?). Oh, and Publix had *several* bags of Gold Medal bread flour on their clearance shelf a couple months ago, so I bought 30 lbs for $8 which I'm still working through. I would love to find a reliable local bulk source. Whenever I've gone looking online the prices are really hard to believe. I guess I've been looking at "premium" flours, because they cost out to be much more than just buying Gold Medal or whatever in 5 lb bags at the store!

Frequent Flyer's picture
Frequent Flyer

Smelly is right.  :)  I'd gladly drive into town to find a good source of flours and yeast in bulk.  Thanks for the thread.

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

I live right around the corner from Dekalb.  Just in the last 8 months or so, they have started carrying a lot of organic flour in bulk.  I buy a lot of their whole wheat ($.79/lb).  Great quality but I've found it to have a lower gluten content than I would like for bread baking.  They do have a wide selection including teff flour, oat flour, high gluten bread flour, spelt, multiple colors of corn, and even semolina and farina flour.


 


What kind of flours do you all usually get and where do you get it?  It would be great to do some price comparison without driving all over town.  I would be happy to get all the Dekalb flour prices the next time I go...


 


dsoleil


 


 

LBKexile's picture
LBKexile

See my post above. Trader Joe's now carries TJ brand white whole wheat flour (strongly suspecting it's still KAF making it though they officially ended their partnership with TJ's) for $2.99/5 lbs. I'm working through some of that now. Whole Foods has the bulk bins stocked with rye and other oddball flours for pretty good prices, though I don't have hard numbers on those. Hah, I was dazzled by all the Dekalb FM flours when I went a few months ago and bought some whole wheat pastry flour which has been used about once. Oops. Any good recipes for that? I never even come across recipes using plain white pastry flour.

mrfrost's picture
mrfrost

I usually buy at least one tub of "mystery" flour whenever I go there too. I bought a tub of the ww pastry flour about 6 months ago, not really knowing what to do with it.  I keep it in the freezer. I usually mix a little in with the dough whenever I make cinnamon rolls, scones, or cookies, which is not very often. In their latest blog, KAF has a recipe for ww scones. It will probably work well there.


The last time I went, a couple of months ago, I did the same thing in buying a tub of the spelt flour. I really had no idea what I was buying there, and guess I did not really even take a good look at it. In my dimly lit basement where my extra freezer is, I had decided that it was probably white spelt. When I decided to use it and brought it up, I realized it was whole grain. It made a delicious 50/50 mix with bread flour for a loaf of bread. It bakes up soft and fluffy as compared to whole wheat, but otherwise is similar.


As far as KAF and Trader Joe's; KAF does not mill it's own flour. Trader Joe's probably realized it has enough buying power to purchase directly from the same type sources as KAF. 


 

roxbakes's picture
roxbakes

Hi there, in case you still have that pastry flour, this recipe of biscotti is really a keeper! I love them with fresh coffee in the morning. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/honey-pistachio-biscotti-recipe/index.html

jannrn's picture
jannrn

I usually get 2  1 pound bags at BJ's for a little over $3!! I have also looked at Costco for it....but instead of getting the yeast at Costco...I get 20 pounds of white wheat flour at Costco for a little over $7!! I love it!!

Macgyver54's picture
Macgyver54

The yeast I bought was for use in my bread machine but its says that it will work in all rapid rise recipies . Can I use this type of yeast in making the honey whole wheat bread ? I've always used my bread machine but I don't like the way it bakes my bread when I use it so I am looking for a different way to make bread and bake it in my oven . I live in Springfield , Ohio and I don't have a farmers market or any place like to get my yeast like the lady said she found in Atlanta. If I need the type of yeast she was talking about where can I get it from.

mrfrost's picture
mrfrost

Yes, you may use your "bread machine yeast" for any type of baking.


Bread machine yeast = instant yeast. I'll even dare say that nowdays, even "rapid rise yeast" is the same as these others. I have used Red Star Quick Rise in envelopes, SAF Red Instant in bulk, and Kroger brand bread machine in the bottle(jar).


They all performed virtually the same.


It's so sad too. At the store in question(Dekalb), right next to the 1# SAF Red is a 4 oz jar of Red Star Bread Machine yeast for $4.xx(could have been $7.xx ?).


 

Macgyver54's picture
Macgyver54

Thank you very much for your help I really appreciate it . I love to cook and bake and I'm  trying to learn how to make bread and other things without using my bread machine . This will help making baking even more enjoyable and fun forme . So again I say thanks . 

Frequent Flyer's picture
Frequent Flyer

Our BJ store has a very limited supply of flours (all bleached, I think) and I didn't see any bulk yeast.  Do others in the Atlanta area have a better selection?

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bob3rd

Anybody have an idea where 25# bags of KAF unbleached white flour can be purchased in the Kansas City area? I've just come to baking in the last couple of years and as my ability improves, I'm getting more and more frustated having to buy 5# bags. Thoughts? THX!

LBKexile's picture
LBKexile

Thought I'd piggyback on this slightly related thread to let Atlantans without a good unbleached flour source know that at both Ingles and Kroger this week, Gold Medal All-Purpose Unbleached 5 lbs bags are going for $1.50. I believe the regular price is around $2.69. This is definitely a stock-up price for me. I mean that comes out to $0.30/lb, or  $13.45 for 25 lbs at regular price vs. $7.50 at sale price! Sorry...I'm a little addicted to costing things out. :D

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

Hey All,


I just stocked up on flours at Sevananda.  For those who are not familiar with them...


http://www.sevananda.coop


They carry Arrowhead Mills organic whole wheat flour in bulk for $1.19/lb.  


Organic spelt flour is $1.59/lb.


Organic rye flour is $1.59/lb.


They also have an extensive bulk selection of grains including white wheat berries, red wheat berries, rye berries, rye flakes, whole spelt, amaranth and others.  


I was most excited about the high quality organic whole wheat flour in bulk.  Hard to find good quality organic stuff at that price.  

mrfrost's picture
mrfrost

Additional costs; ie, coop membership?

mrfrost's picture
mrfrost

How does the AM organic ww compare to the ww flour(organic?) from YDFM that you mentioned a few posts above?


Thanks.


 

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

Sevananda has no membership costs or additional fees.  If you want, you can buy a $120 one-time membership and get 10% off one shopping trip once per month.  


 

mrfrost's picture
mrfrost

Thank you.

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

Just to be clear, you don't need a membership to shop at Sevananda but it is available for those who want the discounts.

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

My first loaf with it is proofing right now.  From the nutrition info, it has a slightly higher protein content than King Arthur.  So, I am hopeful.  I will post the results soon...

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

Just got back from Whole Foods.  They have a 360 brand organic WW flour at $4.69 for 5 lbs.  


Also, it looks like the Arrowhead Mills flour will work great.  High protein content...

mrfrost's picture
mrfrost

I would not make a special trip for this, but if you happen to be in a Publix store, GM flours are on sale for $1.49 for 5lb bags. Some of the Better for Bread packages, have a hot pink, "save .55 now" sticker/coupon affixed. I found three such bags at the Cascade Crossing store, and bought all three.


Also noticed that King Arthur flour prices seem to be slowly falling since the beginning of the year. They are on sale for $3.29 for 5lbs at Publix.


LBKexile's picture
LBKexile

Thanks for the heads-up. I'm a big fan of combining great sales and coupons. I'll have to look for those. And $3.29 really isn't bad for KAF at all!!

Royall Clark's picture
Royall Clark

Wish I could get KAF at a better price here. Most of the time it is $7.00 for a 5# bag. It did go on sale a couple of time during this last holiday time.


Aloha,


Royall

fsu1mikeg's picture
fsu1mikeg

I'm also in Atlanta and frequent both Dekalb Farmer's Market and Sevananda for my bread baking needs.  Aside from the flours mentioned already, DFM also carries an amazingly cheap kilo bag of doppio zero flour.  They don't always have it in stock however.  I think it's only like 1.89 a bag.  Brand is Delverde.  I have made focaccia and pizza with this.   Both DFM and Sevananda are a great source for those who like to grind their own rye, spelt, and wheat berries as well.  Also, both have a lot of seeds and grains you can purchase in bulk.

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

Thanks for the tip on the doppio zero flour.  I will keep an eye out the next time I am there.  I live very close to DFM, so that is good to know.

fsu1mikeg's picture
fsu1mikeg

I live about a mile from Sevananda and just a few miles from the DFM myself.  By the way, if the doppio zero is in stock it should be over by the SAF yeast and other packaged items.

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

Nice to have other baking experts around.  I'm in the process of finishing an earthen oven in the backyard.  I'll let you know when we have the first firing.  You can bring some dough!

fsu1mikeg's picture
fsu1mikeg

I'd love to check out your oven some time.  I even have an unopened bag of that doppio zero flour from the DFM.  Maybe I'll save it for the christening of your oven?

Frequent Flyer's picture
Frequent Flyer

I do most of my shopping at Publix food stores here in town.  My Publix stores did not reduce prices on Gold Metal flour as the ones in Atlanta did.  I talked with the manager of one and put in a plug for keeping more flours available for bread makers.  They currently keep a ton of self-rising flours in various quantities and all brands for the biscuit makers down here, but only 2 brands of bread flour, and one brand of whole wheat.  I like the guy, but I think it'll take more effort to change that than he's willing to put into it.  

roxbakes's picture
roxbakes

I just purchased 2-3 days ago few bags of King Arthur's WW Flour and Bread flour from Kroger for $3.49 or $3.59, I cannot recall the exact price. For bread flour I am usually using White Lily, but just wanted to see if there is a difference with KA.


Dsoleil, thanks for posting the information for Sevananda! Good to know! :) 

Postal Grunt's picture
Postal Grunt

The local Kroger affiliate here in Leavenworth, KS, Dillon's, has KA AP and Bread flour on sale for around $3.89/5#. The store requires you to use their store shopper card to get the sale price. The sale usually lasts for about a month and isn't advertised. Since they're the only market in town that carries KA flour, KA fans go there anyways. The usual price is about $4.99/5#.

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

Another tip I just got from the Dekalb Farmers Market.


DFM sells all Heartland Mills Flour.  Most all of it is organic.  Here is the website along with all the stats on the flour, i.e. protein and ash content, etc.


http://www.heartlandmill.com/


 


 

roxbakes's picture
roxbakes

I guess I'll have to take a trip there and check it out! Sounds like good stuff!

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

Just picked it up today at Dekalb Farmers Market...


 


$1.89 per kilo.  It is labeled Farina 00 and is in a white package near the bulk flours.

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

Just got back with organic whole wheat flour from DFM.  It's now $.69/lb!  That's no typo.  And it's organic.  Unbelievable price.

mrfrost's picture
mrfrost

Is this also (relatively) lower protein stuff that's not so great for making breads?


Thanks.

LBKexile's picture
LBKexile

Thanks for the price update. It's been too long since I made it over there, I'll have to go next week before my dinner party and see what other goodies I can justify splurging on. ;)

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

A while back, I actually talked to someone at DFM who gave me the source of their flour.  It's good quality stuff.  Let me see if I can find the web site... 

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

Here it is again.  I forgot I posted it above...


 


http://www.heartlandmill.com/

ryeme's picture
ryeme

Tipo 00 flour for pizza is available at both Toscano and Sons in downtown Atlanta and at E. 48th St. Market in Dunwoody (which also has authentic NY heros and other food).


And for anyone looking for white or light rye, Rainbow Natural Foods in Decatur has it.


 


 

fsu1mikeg's picture
fsu1mikeg

So I checked out Rainbow Natural Foods in Decatur based on this recommendation, but they didn't have white rye.  They didn't even seem to know what I was referring to.  They just had whole rye.  Do you remember if it was sold in their own bags, or maybe it was frm Bob's Red Mill?  They carry a lot of Bob's products, but they didn't have white rye the other day.

ryeme's picture
ryeme

It's in their own bags, labeled organic rye flour. When I called just now, they told me they have it in the cereal aisle (near produce section, third aisle from the door), bottom shelf. It's $1.04 a pound.


It sounds as though the person you spoke to just wasn't that familiar with what they carry.


 

fsu1mikeg's picture
fsu1mikeg

So what they label "organic rye flour" is actually white rye?  I did inspect the bags and they didn't look much different than the whole rye I purchase from either the DFM or Sevananda.  They're labeled whole rye, and are just as finely ground as what I found at Rainbow.

ryeme's picture
ryeme

I haven't bought rye from DFM or Sevananda (and I've always thought of whole rye as rye chops rather than the entire grain, ground, but I could be wrong about that).


All I can tell you is that the rye I got from Rainbow gave me the same results as the white rye I've bought in other cities


 

fsu1mikeg's picture
fsu1mikeg

I have substituted whole rye for white rye in formulas because I've never been able to find a local source for white rye and I'm not obsessed enough to order online.  I get good results, but I have no basis for comparison.  It just seems sort of obscure for a store to sell "white rye" instead of the usual ground whole rye--although I guess with rye there is no real standard in the U.S. (or so I've read).

ryeme's picture
ryeme

Having bought Sevananda's rye flour today and compared it to Rainbow's, I believe you're correct that both are ground whole rye.


I confess that I have not found rye flour actually labeled white or light rye anywhere in the Atlanta area.


If this is important to you, I wonder if sifting out the bran from whoel rye flour would do.


 

mrfrost's picture
mrfrost

Sifting Hodgson Mill whole rye to get a light(er) flour works fine.

fsu1mikeg's picture
fsu1mikeg

It's not important to me at all.  As you pointed out, the stuff we can get locally produces a great tasting bread.  I just remember back when I first got Dan Leader's book and I wanted to stick to the formulas for his Eastern European breads that I couldn't find any white rye.  So when you mentioned that white rye was available at Rainbow it gave me an excuse to check that place out.  I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to get any.  I just wanted to report back that they don't actually sell white rye, if anyone else was looking to purchase some there.

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

For those looking for bulk flour, I just picked up a 50 lb. bag of their organic whole wheat flour for $25!  

mrfrost's picture
mrfrost

Where are the bulk flours(50# bags) located? Do you know what other bulk(25/50# bags) they have?


Last time there, I looked for some and did not see any. It was probably right in front of my face though. Just like I almost missed the Delverde 00, but it was right there. It didn't register(with me) how small the kilo bag would be.


Thanks.

Frequent Flyer's picture
Frequent Flyer

 I went up yesterday and picked up 1 to 2 lb quantities of various flours, seeds and grains.  I love the selection and the prices are very good.  I have not seen large quantities of anything other than rice.

roxbakes's picture
roxbakes

Do you know if they have the subject in larger quantities, too?!

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

At DFM, you will need to ask for a 50 lb. bag.  I believe you can buy large quantities of any flour they have that is in their signature clear plastic containers.  You will need to ask someone or you can walk into the back of the store past the spices.  Just tell them what you want and they will take your cart and load you up!

Frequent Flyer's picture
Frequent Flyer

That's great!  My interest would be in the whole wheat flour also, but what about long-term storage?  The 50 lb quantity would last me about a year.  I sure don't have that much fridge space.

roxbakes's picture
roxbakes

That's great to know! Thanks for sharing, it's a great deal; I'll take a trip for that! :)

dsoleil's picture
dsoleil

I believe you can get a 50 lb. bag of any bulk flour that DFM sells.  As for storage, that is an issue.  We have a deep freeze with plenty of room at our house.  I keep the extra in there.

fsu1mikeg's picture
fsu1mikeg

I've never seen "bread" flour at the DFM.  The only wheat flours are whole, all-purpose, high-gluten, and a pastry flour.  I don't know how much weaker the gluten is in their AP to a comparable name-brand bread flour like King Arthur or coversely how much stronger their high gluten flour is.  I usually just substitute AP for any formula calling for bread flour though.

roxbakes's picture
roxbakes

From what I know the bread flour has a higher gluten content so probable the high gluten flour would make it, it's just hard to find in larger quantities that is unbleached.