Best over all Rye flavor & Source
I'm hoping Norm or Mike or David or anyone located here in the US who knows rye flours will respond to this question. I'm sure there are many others who like rye breads but for the most part our only option is the supermarket which carries Hodgson Mills Whole grain Rye. Yes there are some local expensive health food stores that carry other types but at boutique prices. King Arthur has a selection but again at unreasonable pricing if you do a lot of baking. So the questions are.
- Should I be looking for a good quality Medium rye flour for all around use? That is, Jewish rye and the various rye breads in Hamelmans and Reinharts books. We have extensive threads on the subject but I think it would be good to once and for all have a definitive answer to the question.
- Do you have an opinion on a particular national brand or product that is either shipped or distributed on a wide scale? I would like to buy a 25 Lb bags of the best tasting rye on Earth. If I'm going to pay shipping, let's go all out! OK if the only way is 50#'s I would do that but I'd rather not have to freeze it for storage. Guisito's is not an option here.
- Do you have an opinion on Organic Rye being better tasting? I don't usually buy Organic flours thinking the actual difference is minimal. I know some are avid "Organic Only" advocates and I respect that.
The point to this question is to try and identify the best tasting and best value flour for the job. In my own case I have found that the 5# bags of Harvest King at $2.35 produces as good or better tasting and looking loaves as flour costing 3 times that amount. I'm not trying to be cheap at the expense of quality. It's just in this particular area of food product there seems to be a lot of value placed on marketing.