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shericyng

Pittsburgh

Hi all you fellow bakers....my Daughter is moving to Pittsburgh, PA. She has questions about where she will be able to find great bread flour and whole grains to grind. Also how do you store your flour w/ the humidity. So thought I'd put the question out there...can you pass along what you've found all you Pittsburgh folks....thanks, as always I turn to you for guidence

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breadbaby

I live near Punxsutawney, Pa, about 1.5 hours east of Pittsburgh, and I get my flour and whole grains at the Amish bulk food stores that we have around here.  I am not familar enough with the Pittsburgh area to tell your daughter where to shop, but if there are Amish bulk food stores near her, that is the place to go, because they can order just about anything she might want.  I get KA Sir Lancelot and other flours in 50lb bags, 50lb bags of whole grains, beans, etc, and the prices are great.  As for the question about humidity, I keep my grains, flours, etc in the basement, up on a pallet, and when the humidity gets high, I run a dehumidifier, although the flour still absorbs quite alot of humidity from the air...just a feature of our beautiful area.  But all the trees and wild flowers make dealing with the humidity well worth it.  So tell you daughter I said welcome to beautiful Western Pennsylvania...I hope she likes it here.

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shericyng

Thankyou so much....I love KA too. The humidity has it's pro's and con's. I live in Utah and its very dry.

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jtdavies

When I want to try a new grain I go to the East End Food Co-op. Lots of interesting stuff to try there - http://www.eastendfood.coop/


When I want large quantities I go to Frankferd Farms - http://www.frankferd.com/


They supply some of the grains to the Co-op but it's less convenient.


My house is air conditioned, so I don't have much trouble with humidity. For long term storage I use plastic food grade buckets with oxygen absorbers.

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shericyng

thankyou so much....she lives in Los Angeles right now and I am proud to say has adopted my passion for baking. Your info sounds wonderful. I live in Utah and can't wait to visit her new area when she moves this summer. I just might be jealous of what there is to offer!!