A bag of whole wheat flour on a table

Anyone Need Bread?

Flour and yeast! Something I just took for granted. Well flour since I don’t use a lot of yeast. When this whole covid-19 started to hit us, I did not realize my white whole wheat flour was getting low. Nor did I ever expect this to last so long! Goodness I am going into week 9 of working from home.

Both Amazon and King Arthur website was out of flour. But finally on Amazon I did find a four pack of Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour. It was in stock and took two weeks to deliver. Now it is out of stock. When we went shopping the other week, Tops had 3 precious bags of King Arthur Whole Wheat flour so I grabbed one. I cannot tell you how happy I was! How is your flour and yeast supply? Did you have plenty when the stay at home orders started? Or were you like me? On an adventures trying to find flour.

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This week I noticed three bags of King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour pushed all the way to the back of the shelf! Almost missed it! And it is my favorite flour! Plus plenty of yeast. My daily stalking of websites looking for flour is over – at least for awhile.

During all of that my Red Mill flour arrived!! Typically I make a recipe more than once before posting so I will go through the flour. I am working on a no yeast bread recipe but was out of flour. The first batch came out good but still needed improvement before I can post plus provide some tips based upon what I learned. Below are a few tips as it relates to flour.

A Few Tips

  • Whole Wheat Flour
    • A lot of people do not care for whole wheat flour since it can produce a “heavier” baked good. White Whole Wheat flour is a great option.
    • But you can always take 2 parts of whole wheat flour mixed with 1 part white flour to gain that lighter texture. (Assuming you can find both types of flours!)
  • King Arthur Sourdough Starter
    • King Arthur website has a complete guide for making Sourdough. Initially I was going to go through the process to share with everyone. But I could never top what they put together!
    • One concern with making the sourdough starter is you have to discard some of it to keep the starter healthy. Well King Arthur provides recipes you can use with that discarded dough instead of throwing it away! The recipes look fantastic so I may just need to make the sourdough starter!
    • If you don’t have any sourdough starter, like me, they provide another option: Divide the total weight of discard in a recipe by half, then mix that amount of water and flour together as a quick but slightly less flavorful replacement.
  • King Arthur Baking Mixes
    • King Arthur has Baking Mixes that might help you out if your flour supply is low or you are out!
  • King Arthur Baking Boxes
    • King Arthur provides Baking Boxes that includes all your ingredients to make a wonderful dessert! I have not tried them but they look yummy!

6 comments

  1. With me having flour issues, I will be looking somewhere different after work this evening and seeing if they are selling any plain and self-raising flour. But I am not getting my hopes up.

    1. I got lucky with Amazon and at Tops Supermarket. Luckily a couple of bags were pushed far back and you would not see them walking by. Good luck!

  2. I’ve been a huge fan of King Arthur Flour products for years and never imagined I’d have trouble restocking. Crazy! I finally had to settle for any flour that was available on the shelf. I think I’ll give bread making a try this summer when I have access to a full sized kitchen.

    1. It is crazy how the flour is almost gone!! Initially our bread was completely gone. For a couple of weeks. Worst than a snowstorm. Now we have bread but no flour!!

  3. I’d been searching for weeks for whole wheat flour (finally found a small bag of bulk at the health food store late last week). Was even prepared to add wheat bran to plain white flour to make some up but no bran here either. I’ve gone to 7 different stores and they all look at me like I asked for a kidney when checking to see if they have yeast. *sigh* Who’d have thought this pandemic would impact the simplest things in life? Nearly two months and counting but I have learned patience and how not to take things for granted during this time.

    1. You are so right. Patience and not taking things for granted. I don’t know if you like to order from Amazon, but it is a hit or miss but they do at times have those items. For me it was pure luck to find the flour at the grocery store. The White Whole Wheat flour was literally pushed to the back of the shelf. It was on a lower shelf. I am 5’2″ and did not see. I have no idea why I looked down but I did.

      I hope you can find some flour and yeast. Then make something special!

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