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Baking Supplies in the Bay Area

Bay_SF Feb 20, 2008 11:17 PM

Hi all, wondering if any fellow foodies can recommend a good baking supplies store in the Bay Area?

I am new to this hobby, and have been amazed at what little assistance stores like Wholefoods, Costco, Andronico's, Molly Stones etc.. give to the home baker.

The sort of products which I am trying to buy locally are:

1) 50 pound bags of good quality flour - King Arthur Sir Lancelot, All Trumps, Caputo 00 etc...

2) 1 pound bags of Instant Yeast, ie SAF Instant Yeast.

3) Diastatic Malt

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    santoku45 Feb 25, 2008 10:56 PM

    The Costco business center in Hayward has commercial restaurant supplies in larger than life quantities, and they also deliver if you have a commercial address (not zoned residential.) Any Costco member can shop there. Not sure if they have the brands that you seek, but they might be worth checking out. Take the A St. exit off of 880.

    22330 Hathaway Ave.
    Hayward, CA

    1. pastryqueen Feb 25, 2008 07:01 PM

      The Food Mill carries Giusto's flours which are wonderful. I am not sure how they would handle a bulk purchase order but I am sure they would be very helpful . .they always are and it's always fun to check out all the different flours they carry. They also definitely have diastatic malt and other interesting bread making ingredients.

      I find that sometimes the flours at Smart and Final are beyond their prime.

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        oaktowngirl Feb 25, 2008 04:34 PM

        Costco in Richmond today had 3 kinds of organic flour in 50lb. groups- looked like 4 12lb. bags saran wrapped together. Not King Arthur, but definitely differentiated, like bread vs. baking flour. Also had organic sugar, and big thingamabobs of yeast.

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          riceandwheat Feb 25, 2008 04:12 PM

          i just went to smart and final in the richmond over the weekend and while they were out of KA flours (10lb sacks), they had 1 lb bags of SAF instant yeast. they also had a 2 lb bag of active dry. they also carry giant (25lb and 50lb) sacks of 'chef's review' flour, both all-purpose and bread... anyone have experience with this brand?

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            gal4giants Feb 21, 2008 12:22 PM

            http://www.sfbi.com/baking_supplies.html for the tools for artisan baking. Take a class there too if you're really serious...great people there!

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              gal4giants Feb 21, 2008 12:19 PM

              Not sure if they have them in the Bay Area but Cash & Carry (owned by Smart & Final) is a restaurant supply store....they have 50 lb bags of King Arthur here in Oregon but who knows. Also are you sure you want 50 lb bags? You really need to go through the stuff, you don't want it just sitting around...25 lb bags might be better. Cash & Carry has yeast, & malt too. Alot of the great bakeries in the Bay Area use Giusto's flour which you can order 5 lb bags online. Don't bother going to a bakery to ask to buy a bag,...it's just a hassle on their end. They should have pallets delivered monthly but they might tell you the distributor. Call the distributor & see where they deliver for home use.

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                chemchef Feb 21, 2008 11:43 AM

                Costco (Richmond) had some very good flour during the holidays... organic, etc. Malt powder I usually get at Rainbow Grocery in bulk.

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                  SteveG Feb 21, 2008 11:25 AM

                  Smart & Final carries big sacks (10 lbs?) of King Arthur flour at an excellent price. I don't know if they also carry larger sizes.

                  Otherwise, I recommend popping down to 18th & Guererro to look in the window at Tartine and at the dough annex for pizzeria delfina, both of which go through 50 lb bags of flour at a great clip. It might not be King Arthur, but it will certainly be excellent quality and available on a local basis.

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                    Doodleboomer Feb 21, 2008 08:56 AM

                    try restaurant depot, out on evans...it should have what you are looking for

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