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Old 06-21-2008, 01:43 AM   #41
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I just paid $6.99 for a 5 lb. bag of KA bread flour. I was shocked. I usually pay $3.99 and when it's on sale, $2.99.
not any more!! and with the floods in the midwest, the crops are going to be far smaller than even the low yield that was already anticipated.

I fear the days of "cheap food" in the US are over. for those of you who are familiar with prices in Europe, you know they've paid more comparatively than we have for many years.
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Old 06-21-2008, 03:32 AM   #42
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I know that some of you are in my age range---post 50's and this is like the late 70's and early 80's all over again.........high gas prices and high inflation.......the prices of food were going up weekly.........please hang in there and plan accordingly y'all........don't buy a house that you can't afford is probably the nbr#1 advice I would give now........
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Old 06-21-2008, 08:01 AM   #43
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for about the past year I could get King Arthur Traditional Whole Wheat flour for $3.19 for a 5 pound bag at Wal-Mart. Last week the price was $3.99. I generally keep about 30 pounds of this flour in my freezer. Wal-Mart is a 30 minute drive one way for me and I usually only go there maybe every other month. A five pound bag of flour does not last long in my house.
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:12 AM   #44
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A five pound bag of flour does not last long in my house.
not in mine, either, Beth. But when you think how high that is, check out the cost of a loaf of bread! even the appy-cray stuff is expensive now, but ONE loaf that is comparable to what YOU bake would set you back more than that whole sack of flour around here!
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Old 06-21-2008, 03:14 PM   #45
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ChefJune is SO right. We are all saving money by making our own baked goods, AND the people who eat these wonderful wholesome, fresh, chemical-free products from our kitchens are happier and healthier. But I'm afraid you are also right, CJ, about the prices never returning to their former state. The world is changing. We must all adapt to that and make some challenging choices about how to spend our money.
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Old 06-21-2008, 06:27 PM   #46
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I look at the Teenies and the Twenty-Somethings and think, These are<I> Their</i> good old days.


I don't know if I should be amused or saddened, or both.?

Flour, two months ago KA AP , 10# bag, $5 (& change). Last I looked it was up to $7.50 ~ $8.00. Probably more today.
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:47 AM   #47
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Bread bakers are one of the oldest professions ... maybe not "the" oldest profession .. but you know what I mean.

Bread was made for 8,000 years before King Arthur flour ... bread is still made today all around the world without it.

I know for a fact that perfectly acceptable (actually quite good) bread can be made without it - using those supposedly "inferior" store brands.

Maybe as passioncook said in the title of this thread, "Cost of flour........need to switch" - it might be time to explore less expensive flours.
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:13 AM   #48
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I use different less expensive brands for my bread, it turns out fine.
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:39 AM   #49
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I can still buy the store brand for $1.19 for 5#. It may not be KA, but it makes darned good bread! I lived not far from KA when I lived in Vermont, but still preferred the Canadian Robin Hood flour, which I haven't been able to buy here in the midwest.
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:59 AM   #50
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Sure can make great food with 'inferior' flours, its just that KA is the only one I was watching and taking note of. Till recently KA was selling for the same as or less than other flours.

Last time we bought flour we got Gold Metal because of the cost but I'll be darned if I remember how much we paid.
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