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Whole Grain Bread Improver

RichieRich's picture
RichieRich

Whole Grain Bread Improver

I have a recipe that calls for 1Tablesoonn of King Arthur Whole-Grain Bread Improver.

All I can find locally is  "Bob's Red mill Vital Wheat Gluten" Are these two products interchangeable/do the same job?

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hreik

KA bread improver.  I looked at comments.  Someone asked what was in it and was given no real answer.  There is soy flour in it.  Very odd

David R's picture
David R

Since there apparently aren't answers forthcoming about what's in the improver product, I suggest avoiding it. That's purely because I dislike the idea of making something myself and still not knowing what's in it.

I do understand that one way for a business to make money is for them to sell a useful product that's difficult to duplicate, and presumably that's the reason they won't tell. I believe that KAF is not being sneaky or dishonest at all, that they are "good guys" who simply have a trade secret to protect, business is business, etc. I still want to know what's in the things I make. 🙂

You have lots of options:

  • Mail order some of the improver
  • Leave it out completely
  • Replace it with something else
  • Use a completely different recipe
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OldLoaf

are available on the respective KA product page.  Just click "Nutrition + Ingredients".

The KA whole-grain bread improver does contain Vital Wheat Gluten, as well as a few other ingredients.  Using Bob's VWG in place of KA-WGBI will probably work, but you may not get the same results.  Never hurts to experiment....

Jeff

 

David R's picture
David R

I apologize for my mistake, thinking that the ingredients were hidden when they're not.

RichieRich's picture
RichieRich

Thanks for all replies.  I Guess I'll end up trying both.