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Old 03-02-2011, 06:38 AM   #21
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When using a Foodsaver to vacuum pack flour (particularly lighter finer flours), some precautions must be taken to prevent migration of small amounts of the flour into the vaccum pump.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:55 AM   #22
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And I figured it had to be cheaper than the town grocer,

but at 11 miles per gallon... lol.



I sometimes by 30 pounds of flour at a time and store it in the freezer. I seem to be doing a lot of driving these days, so it is not hard to be going by a Wal-Mart...or to a WM for medicines or kitty litter
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:13 AM   #23
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The only things i order direct from KA are the specialty flours. The KA AP I can get just about anywhere, usually Walmart and The Good Food Store has the bread flour for <$5 for 5 lbs.

I am now participating in a KA bake off/survey with Flax seed. I was sent two 1/2 lb bags of flax and have to bake something with it soon.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:54 AM   #24
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The last time I bought AP flour I bought 5-5lb bags, but it takes me so long to use up that amount I think maybe the last bag or two were beyond their shelf life... if there is a shelf life for AP... I read here recently that there is for self-rising and for baking powder, so my thoughts are not to buy so much of bread or regular flour either.
Ideally I'll keep my stock up when I am in Walmart or the "real" grocery store, but for those times I am out and need some quick, the town grocer will have to do. And that was the basis of me wanting to know the differences (or not).
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:59 AM   #25
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Whatever flour I use, I only buy what I need in the immediate future because it's the freshest. I never understood buying lots of flour just to let it go stale later on until I finally get to it. Fresh flour is too easy to get and keep on hand to have to worry about maintaining warehouse space to store it.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:02 AM   #26
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During the holidays, we bought two 5-pound bags for $5.00 on sale. The normal price is far less than $5.00 a pound.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:00 PM   #27
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Well, I did have to run into the city for something, so I did pass wally world, and I did have a list of staples on my need soon list... so I stopped and did some shopping. King Arthur flour was $3.22 for a 5 lb bag for both AP and bread. Pretty big difference from the town store. Not worth a separate flour run, but worth it if I am already there for other things. Pretty consistent with Beth's prices.
I'm looking forward to trying it out, since I'll bet my slightly dense loaves (lately) are due to old flour.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:22 PM   #28
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Let us know what you think of the results.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:37 PM   #29
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I will Frank.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:34 PM   #30
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I will Frank.
Yea! I'm glad you were able to go the KA route!
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