Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bulk Flour

Since my home is a part-time gluten-free and lactose-free environment, and since I love to bake, I am frequently looking for stores that sell non-wheat/non-gluten flours in bulk (more than 2 lbs at a time). Most stores rarely have any decent selection; in fact, the store I would think would have the best selection (considering the number of bulk bins they have filled) actually doesn't.
In Ohio, my mother has a bulk food store in Amish country, and she often loads up on stuff for me before coming for a visit -- and sometimes she even mails it to me (of course, once when she did I got a call from the Post Office regarding a package leaking white powder...) -- it can actually be cheaper for her to purchase and mail it than for me to buy it myself, which is amazing, considering she ships around 5 pounds at a time -- or more.
I've been in the Pioneer Valley for about 6 months now, and this is all I've discovered:

Oat Flour: Maple Farm Foods (Hadley), $1.89/lb (recently went up)
Rice Flour: Maple Farm Foods, $1.89/lb (recently went up)
Brown Rice Flour: Whole Foods (Hadley), $1.99/lb (organic)
Corn Masa Flour: Maple Farm Foods, $3.49/4.4lb bag

You can find spelt flour at Whole Foods, but I don't know the price, since I can't use it. And you can purchase rye flour in nearly every well-stocked grocery in ~5lb bags.
Also, Ocean State Job Lot in Palmer often has Bob's Red Mill flours at prices a little bit cheaper than the regular stores (but there again, small bags).

Finding this kind of information online can be difficult, so if you, too, are a gluten-free baker and know of other places in the area where such flours might be bought in bulk (or where the grains might be ground into flour), please add a comment!
What I'm looking for:
Corn starch
Soy flour
(Tapioca flour)
(Bean flour)


Kirbell said...

Hey, how are you? I like your blog. Belchertown looks beautiful. Didn't know you were lactose and gluten intolerant.

emily said...

Luckily, I'm not the intolerant one -- thank goodness -- I love my bread and ice cream! The "significant other" would be the one with food allergies. I'm learning to cook and bake with them pretty well -- yesterday I made killer chocolate cupcakes!

Judy said...

Hey Emily. Enjoying your blog. I know of Northern Lights; let's meet @ their next venue. This is the Brookfield whole food store's edress: tiptoponline.us. Follow link to tiptopcountrystore.com for co-op info. You'll want to check out their bulk stuff; lots of flour plus arrowroot in 2# bags. Become a member and SAVE. I'm a frequent buyer and got a ~$10 credit this winter. Let me know how you make out. PS: went to the Tractor Supply store this AM. PS#2: Save me one of your killer choc. cupcakes the next time you bake 'em :) judy

emily said...

Thanks Judy -- I took a look at that store site and am definitely going to delve more deeply into it. Looks like it has a lot of useful things.


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