A Bargain for KAF bread flour

Wonky

The grocery store where I do 99% of my shopping is now selling KA Bread flour for $5.00 per 5# bag. Yikes. I use only KAF flours, so decided to look elsewhere for a better price. The local Walmart does not sell KA flours. I called my favorite Mennonite store...and although they do not stock KA flours on their shelf, they were able to order it for me. I had them order a 50# bag for me for $28.00 or 56 cents per pound. (no shipping charge). I am really pleased with this price. I will store it in the freezer, so I am not worried about an expiration date. I am really happy to be able to purchase this flour for just about l/2 the price in the grocery store.

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reply by: KitchenBarbarian aka Zen on September 28, 2013 at 8:59 pm
KitchenBarbarian aka Zen

Next month I hope to do some stocking up - there is a Mennonite and/or Amish community about 30 miles south? west? Something like that ... there is a bulk grocery there. I've been waiting and waiting, because the only rye flour I can find is Bob's Red Mill and it's like $5 for 22 oz - not even a pound and a half! So I hope they have some dark rye, or any rye at all over there.

reply by: Mike Nolan on September 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm
Mike Nolan

The Mennnonite store in Crossville TN (I have a client there) carries 5 pound bags of pumpernickel flour. I haven't been down there for a couple of years, I can get Hodgson Mills rye flour and a 'medium rye' at another store.. I'm ordering 5 pounds of rye chops from bulkfoods.com, to see if I can grind them up in my Nutrimill.
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When I've been Whole Foods stores in other cities, they've carried KAF AP flour in 10 pound bags. The Whole Foods store in Lincoln will be opening later this year. Currently I can get 5 pound bags of KAF AP for about $4.00 at both WalMart and SuperTarget, it's about 50 cents higher elsewhere.

reply by: Wonky on October 21, 2013 at 11:19 pm
Wonky

Picked up my 50# bag of KA bread flour today. WooHoo...the bread dough should be rolling right out the kitchen door now!!! Of course while at the Mennonite store, I had to grab several (or more) other items also. Pure Vanilla, Sweet Cream buttermilk powder, two one pound blocks of yeast, yummy frozen meatballs, honey crisp apples, butter nut squash, little dumpling squash, hot apple cider mix, and....oh dear I better quit while I'm ahead. A Mennonite baking/cooking store is a very dangerous place for me to spend much time in. Wonky

reply by: frick on October 22, 2013 at 2:14 am
frick

Calling all Mennonites. Want to settle in CA? And open a grocers'? We have really great weather!

reply by: kaf-sub-rius on October 22, 2013 at 7:17 am
kaf-sub-rius

Wow. I live in NYC and I knew the prices were inflated here. But KAF's website is the cheapest way for me to get it - by far.

reply by: KitchenBarbarian aka Zen on October 22, 2013 at 11:28 am
KitchenBarbarian aka Zen

In NYC there has GOT to be a restaurant supply place where you can buy in bulk - the question is do you have room to STORE it in bulk?

Didn't one of the now-national bulk wholesalers start in NYC?

reply by: Mike Nolan on October 22, 2013 at 11:33 am
Mike Nolan

There's a Restaurant Depot in the Bronx, possibly elsewhere in NYC, but I don't know how open they are to walk-in sales or what brands of flour they carry.

reply by: KitchenBarbarian aka Zen on October 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm
KitchenBarbarian aka Zen

Restaurant Depot
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According to the web page:
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"Wholesale Cash and Carry Foodservice Supplier"
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"While Restaurant Depot is not open to the general public, anyone who operates a business or non-profit and uses commercial foodservice products qualifies to open a free membership account with shopping privileges at any of our convenient locations throughout the United States."
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Basically you need a tax ID, which in my state I can get for $7 via an online application. I think you need to look up business or tax exempt licenses on your state's web page.
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Or, you can join the Kansas City BBQ Society for $35 a year and get access to Restaurant Depot - when you go in and show your KCBS card you should be given a day pass for that day. You can do this however often throughout the year. Check the local RD to make sure they know how to handle this before you go. If they don't seem to know what you are talking about, here is the guy who can get it straightened out for you.
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Here is the latest news I could find regarding the KCBS and RD relationship. It used to be that they gave you a full membership at RD but it was getting unwieldy and weird, since there are several thousand KCBS members who wanted to take advantage of this, so they switched to the day pass idea instead. RD is set up so that memberships presumably belong to a single entity that might have a dozen employees, or 50, or even 100, but not THOUSANDS. The day pass thing seems to be working out better for them.
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Of course you could pursue getting a day pass on your own - lots of people seem to have no trouble getting one. But some people have had trouble - so it may be worth the $35 to join KCBS.
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Restaurant Depot Membership instructions
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Restaurant Depot Locations
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The nearest to me is an hour and a half away.

reply by: kaf-sub-rius on October 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm
kaf-sub-rius

That's really helpful. We don't own a car (like most people in our area). But a friend of mine does. I might be able to convince him to drive me up there if I made him some bread.

reply by: Mike Nolan on October 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm
Mike Nolan

For some fresh bread and a few goodies from their bakery, he might be willing to drive you to Norwich VT and the King Arthur Store.
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If I lived only 5 hours away, I'd go there several times a year.

reply by: kaf-sub-rius on October 25, 2013 at 7:45 am
kaf-sub-rius

Mike, funnily enough, we talk about it from time to time. A few Saturdays ago our son woke us up at about 4am. We think he had a bad dream. After a little trying we decided sleeping more was a waste and talked about going out to the local diner. Then it hit me. The car rental place that's about 10 minutes walk away is open 24-7. We could probably get a car and be on the road by 6:00am. That would give us enough time to do some shopping, visit our friends in Hanover and drive back in time for dinner. The thing that stopped us is it would cost about $250 in total. You can get a lot of shipping for $250.