November 28, 2017 at 8:24 am #9933
As a lot of us are finding that we need to order some of our specialty baking items and products because they are not sold locally, I am starting this thread so we can list those places. I live in a rural area now, so I do even more online ordering than previously: Here are mine:
King Arthur Flour–For me their Bakers Bucks program makes sense, but it probably doesn’t for everyone. They do have various specials, so it helps to be on the email list. It’s where I go for special clear flour, regular pastry flour, Vermont Cheese powder, espresso powder, durum flour, semolina, medium rye flour, and yeast. I also use a lot of their parchment.
Penzey’s Spices–If you are on their email list, you will be notified of specials, as well as freebies with an order. Shipping is free over $30, but they run a lot of $20 shipping specials. (See S. Wirth’s note about current vanilla special.)
Bob’s Red Mill–Here again, it pays to get their emails, as they have sales throughout the year. Shipping is free for orders over $50, but that does not include 25 pound bags. It does include cases with multiple bags, and there is a discount for cases. In addition to flours, they carry whole grains I’ve not see elsewhere, coconut, dates, beans. Their unbleached cake flour performs well, as does their Artisan bread flour. I like their vegi-soup mix of dried split peas, lentils, and barley. I also like their long-grain brown rice, golden couscous, and oats of all kind.
Kitchen Krafts–the only place I’ve found online for buying ClearJel (not the instant stuff), and also some canning tools. I’ve not found their shipping prices to be particularly good. They do have various specials, so it pays to be on their email list. Their return policy is cumbersome.
Fancy Flours–a good place for some specialty cookie cutters, springerle molds, wafer paper, and some specialty flavorings (where I found strawberry a few years ago). The topper for our wedding cake came from here. Their emails sometimes have specials.
http://www.fancyflours.com/November 28, 2017 at 9:33 am #9934November 28, 2017 at 9:59 am #9935
In 2015 I ordered a case (1000) of plastic gusseted bread bags that were 5.5 x 4.75 x 19 (.65 mil thickness) from International Plastics With shipping they were under 5 cents each.
The stock number was BR-HI1019L The only bread I’ve baked that didn’t fit in them was the celebration Challahs I baked last fall, as those were about 20 inches long.
It’ll probably take me another year to use up the rest of the case, but I think next time I’ll order the slightly thicker BR-HI1019 bag, which should add less than 2 cents to the cost of each bag.
Side note: I’ve moved this thread over to the ‘Sources’ category.November 28, 2017 at 10:25 am #9937
I mill my own whole wheat flours, so I’m always on the lookout for places to buy wheat berries in bulk.
I used to be able to get Wheat Montana hard red spring/winter wheat in a 25 pound bag at the local WalMart or Hy-Vee, but both have stopped carrying it.
This summer we stopped by the Wheat Montana bakery/store in Three Forks MT, and I could have bought wheat berries in 50 pound bags, but didn’t have space for them in the car. So I bought some 5 pound bags of wheat berries (at a much higher price per pound, sadly.)
My Nutrimill impact mill came from Pleasant Hill Grain, which sells wheat berries and other whole grains in 45 pound buckets. (I recommend also ordering the screw on Gamma Seal lid.) Their website has a pretty wide variety of things, and is a dangerous place to browse. I ordered my Bamix stick blender from them. (Bamix invented the stick blender and makes an industrial strength but home kitchen sized one, it’s not cheap but it’s durable, I went through 3 or 4 cheaper stick blenders in a few years.)
WalMart’s online store has 26 pound tubs of Wheat Berries for a pretty good price.
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