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#1 of 16 Old 01-30-2009, 06:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I need to seriously cut some pennies over the next few months. I usually buy unbleached all purpose and bread flour for nearly $4/bag.

I cook everything from scratch and as such we go through a LOT of flour. Usually 4 bags of bread flour and 2-3 of all purpose, though this past month we've used even more of that.

We have a memberhsip to Sams club and can get all purpose and bread flour in bulk. But it's bleached.

It will save money for us to buy bulk... I've been holding out for a Costco membership because I hear they have unbleached flour. But that wont happen for a while and we'll need flour very soon.

Would you go with bleached for a couple of months to save money, or keep puttng the money out on smaller bags? Is the bleaching process horrible enough that you wouldn't switch temporarily?
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I need to seriously cut some pennies over the next few months. I usually buy unbleached all purpose and bread flour for nearly $4/bag.

I cook everything from scratch and as such we go through a LOT of flour.

Would you go with bleached for a couple of months to save money, or keep puttng the money out on smaller bags? Is the bleaching process horrible enough that you wouldn't switch temporarily?
Would it work to go half and half?
The other thing would be to see you have a natural foods store nearby that iether has or can order 50 lbs sacks of flour for you.
We only use whole wheat and splet, and grind them ourselves.
We got them from our co-op, but we might start ordering from Azure Standard, since we can order more often. The prices are very low, and they carry ground and unground.
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we buy 25lbs bags from our co op too. But I think if it was only for a few months I probably would, but the quality is different. I know if i'm somewhere and they only have bleached and I use it, I feel like stuff doesn't taste right yk?
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I would be hesitant to although take that with a grain of salt because I know next to nothing about the process. However, if I needed to cut my budget for a few months and that was the one place I could do it without creating too much of an impact, then yes I would.
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i also have a membership at sams and have bought the white flour there before.i usually just buy ww at the grocery store but i don't bake as much as you do. i liked the other persons idea of ordering through your natural food store if possible. azure standard is something we are about to try for our flour. they will set up a delivery(drop off point) if your order is 50$. so that could be another option.

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I buy cheaper flour for stuff like playdough and papier-mache, but use WW for baking.

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I would be hesitant to although take that with a grain of salt because I know next to nothing about the process. However, if I needed to cut my budget for a few months and that was the one place I could do it without creating too much of an impact, then yes I would.
Ditto.

FWIW, I am able to buy the 5 pound bag of Unbleached AP Flour from Wegmans (Wegmans store brand) for $1.69. I forgot to see where you are from if you are in Wegmans territory or not.

Also, I am able to get Pillsbury Unbleached AP Flour from WalMart: for a little over 2 bucks a bag.

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Yes I would. I don't know it off the top of my head but the Super Baby Food book has ways to add nutrients to flour. I'd do that.

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I don't know what state you're in, but my local WinCo has a bulk section, and they have unbleached WW flour for less than prepackaged white flour per pound.
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Well, yes, but my situation is probably not like yours. I bought a bag of bleached white flour at Kroger today because it was the cheapest. DS and I aren't eating flour, anyway. I use it only to make bread and cookies for DH (and company). DH couldn't care less if his flour was bleached. He probably prefers it bleached.

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I've bought the bleached flour when pinching pennies. Sometimes you gotta compromise, and it's only temporary.
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Hey - I'm making cinnamon roles tonight for the morning . .. . and just realized that the recipe called for "unbleached" flout . . . .how : that I never noticed there was a bleached v. unbleached flour before???

OK - so what IS the difference - or more so - the cause for concern with bleached . . . . (just the word sounds gross re food!)

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Before I went gluten-free, I'd accidentally used bleached flour a few times. It doesn't taste as good! It gives a "processed, powdery" flavor to all baked goods IMO.

I'd take a look at ALL your flour options. You may be able to find unbleached flour for less than $4 per 5lb bag. Do any of your local stores have unbleached flour in the store brand?

If you do decide to try the bleached flour, I'd go with a single package from Sam's Club (maybe just get the all purpose rather than AP plus the Bread Flour) and see if it makes a huge difference in flavor that you can detect.

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I don't know what it is like where you are, but here the store brand of flour has the same price for bleached, unbleached and whole wheat flours in 10 kg bags. It might be worth scouting out a few discount grocery stores to see if you can find one that does this.
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I have had to be very careful with my money as well. I used to use only unbleached white and whole wheat flour, sometimes spelt. With money being tight I have been buying whatever is at Aldi, I am sure it is bleached. We have not died yet. I did start adding whole wheat flour to it though, it makes me feel better lol

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I also buy unbleached flour at my local grocery store, usually in the store brand. It usually runs about $3 a bag.
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