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Whole rye in chicago?

gabe310's picture
gabe310

Whole rye in chicago?

Hi everyone!  I have been enjoying this site quietly for quite a while.  

 

I was wondering if anyone knows of a source for whole rye in Chicago.  I know it must be available someone, especially with all the ethnic groceries.  But, I have not yet found it.  I have a sourdough that I am aching to try with the original whole rye but I've only been able to make it with whole wheat. 

 

Thanks! 

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Darkstar

Hiya Gabe!

 

I'm not a Rye fan so I'm only speaking from a desire to help out and not a seat of knowledge.  I personally would try any health food store you can find in the yellow pages.

If the yellow pages fail you then consider shopping online.  I found http://www.homegrownharvest.com/rye.html  by Googling for Rye berries in Chicago, IL.  Nothing came up worth mentioning in Chicago but the link goes right to several types of Rye including organic.

 

Hope that helps,

JJ

 

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gabe310

Thanks! I've scoured the heck out of health food stores.  Eons ago Whole Foods used to carry it in bulk, but no more.  And none of the local stores (I've found) seem to have it.  I find it a little perplexing.    But, the link is new to me!  I realize I might have had more luck with google if I looked for rye berries rather than whole rye.  Thanks! g 

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sphealey

Been a while since I have shopped in Chicago, but doesn't one of Dominick's or Jewel carry Bob's Red Mill flours? They have an organic whole grain dark rye that works well for me. I also order it from BRM directly in case lots.

I have never seen King Arthur rye in a grocery store [1] but it can be ordered economically in 5# bags. It is milled on nut contaminated equipment though.

sPh

 

[1] Back when I worked at Jewel the grocery manager could order essentially any product from a vendor that was on the shelf. I have no idea if that is still true, but if your local store carries any King Arthur you can ask if they can order you some KA rye.

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gabe310

I get BRM and KA rye flour in the stores all the time here, so I suppose I'm lucky.  But, I'm looking for the whole rye berry and I think BRM only carries cracked rye.  

 

You make a great point - I might ask my regular grocer might order it.  

thanks! 

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sphealey

Bob's Red Mill organic whole rye berries are product number 336.

It is rye chops that they don't have (nor does KA).

HTH.

sPh

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dulke

I've bought whole rye at Home Economist - they have multiple outlets. Rye flour I've purchased at Jewel and at Caputo's. I'm in the burbs, but I think there is a Caputo's in the city as well. Home Economist also has rye flakes (like oatmeal, but from rye), which is fun to add to breads. 

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gabe310

Thanks, everyone.  The Home Economist definitely has the whole rye berries for immediate needs (I live in the city but work in a burb some days so it can work out).  And, the Bob's red mill whole rye berries will be great for a longer term solution.

 thanks again.