Buying Bulk Flour and Grains
Hey there everybody. I know every once in a while people post on here about looking for larger quantities of flour or grains. I just thought I'd share an idea that some may haven't thought of but that's available to many.
It used to be that the only places that sold ingredients in bulk bins (that you'd scoop and weigh out yourself) would be health/natural food stores. They had flour, dried fruit, grains, and all kinds of other stuff. Nowadays you can find bulk bins in regular supermarkets with everything from candy to quinoa. Here it seems that the supermarkets have a larger selection and definitely lower prices than the health food stores.
Obviously these stores are buying their ingredients in large quantities to refill their bins, and they might be able to get you some for a cheap price too. Here the supermarkets charge a flat '10% over cost' for any bulk orders. They have a book that's about 150 pages thick with all kinds of items and size quantiites that I can go through to decide what I want. Brands like Giustos, Bob's Red Mill, King Arthur... are all available even if they don't stock them in the bulk bins in their store. Plus there's no shipping/freight charge because it'll piggyback onto one of their orders. If I order on a Wednesday, it comes on Friday. If I order on Friday, it comes on Tuesday.
The prices probably won't be a savings over a bakery warehouse type operation, but they should be significantly lower than what you'd see on supermarket shelves. If you don't have access to the low, low prices of a wholesaler it might be worth your while to go to your favorite supermarket and talk to the person in charge of ordering to see what you can get.