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Sperry Extra Fancy Durum Flour

Desiderio's picture
Desiderio

Sperry Extra Fancy Durum Flour

Hello,

Before I go ahead and have my local supplier special order 5-50lb of this flour(minimum order), which I can't find anywhere else to try, I wanted to ask this wonderful community. Is there anyone here that has tried this flour, any thoughts?

Thank you in advance for your input :-)

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Lechem (not verified)

or working with extra fancy durum flour in general? 

Desiderio's picture
Desiderio

This particular one. I generally use farina di semola rimacinata, but since I can't find it in stores here in the US, I was hoping to find a supplier without have to pay a ridiculous amount on shipping fees. The semola rimacinata I buy is the Caputo on Amazon.

Thank you :-)

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Lechem (not verified)

Never used this brand but if it says extra fancy durum wheat and from what I've looked up it claims to be of high quality and good for pasta and bread then it seems like it's worth a try. 

The only thing which jumps out at me is that it seems to be enriched. Can't remember if other brands are and if this means they're trying to improve the quality of what would otherwise be less.

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Desiderio

Good point, and that is why I wasn't too sure about purchasing it. But I I'll report back if I decide to buy it, working in a kitchen gives me the opportunity to buy this for a very great price.

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IceDemeter

the flour - it just indicates that a mix of vitamins and minerals have been added to the flour to meet government requirements.

If you check out their website at https://www.generalmillscf.com/products/category/flour/durum-and-semolina , there are actually 2 choices for this flour - one enriched and one not.  You can see by the ingredients list on their specification sheet what was added:

enriched: https://www.generalmillscf.com/services/productpdf.ashx?pid=57602000

untreated: https://www.generalmillscf.com/services/productpdf.ashx?pid=53324000

I haven't tried this particular flour, so unfortunately can't give you any other information about it.  Hopefully you get a chance to chat with someone who does use it before making that kind of purchase commitment!

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Lechem (not verified)

I wasn't sure as I use very good quality durum which I don't think is enriched. 

Desiderio's picture
Desiderio

Thank you, I'll check that out. 

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suave

Sperry is one of the General Mills brands.  Their flour is typically superb.   Caputo's prices on Amazon are pretty ridiculous, my local store has it for around 3.50, so the wholesale price is probably way less.

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Desiderio

I wish I could find it in stores here! In Italy every grocery store has at least one or two brand of semola rimacinata, and of course semolina. I agree the prices online are ridiculous, and that is why I was looking for the wholesale route, without the also so ridiculous shipping prices most place charge for it. $24 for 50lb is very good, but 250lb on my conscience is a little daunting. I suppose I will be baking every single week for the cafe and maybe even sell some bread from there (We are inside a museum so flow of people is dictated by what exhibit we have and if kids are in or out of school).

Anyway, thank you for your help.