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May 17, 2008 08:38 PM

MSP: Unusual Flours and Grains

I've recently become a big fan of Heidi Swanson's blog and her cookbooks. Many of her recipes call for unusual flours, such as mesquite flour, quinoa flour, teff flour, and amaranth flour, to name a few. She also lists exotic grains such as red quinoa and red rice.

Do you know of any place in the Twin Cities were I could find these particularly unusual ingredients. I know that Bob's Red Mill produces many of the unusual flours. I saw quinoa flour at Byerly's today. Do any of the co-ops carry such ingredients - especially in their bulk sections? I didn't see them in the bulk sections of Linden Hills Co-op, Fresh and Natural Foods, or Valley Natural Foods.

I'd love to be able to get these ingredients locally rather than buying online.


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  1. I've seen several unusual flours at the Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis and the Mississippi Market (the big one at Selby/Dale) in St. Paul. Check the shelf with pre-bagged flour as well as the bulk section.

    When I was on a quest for spelt flour (for whole-grain popovers), I found it at the Wedge.


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    1. re: AnneInMpls

      I second Anne's recommendations for Mississippi Market (I know they have teff flour) and the Wedge. Personally, if I were trying one of Heidi's recipes and were looking for something specific and were not at MissMarket or the Wedge routinely, I'd just call ahead and ask so I didn't waste a lot of time driving around town. Just in case. :) Also, Whole Foods is a good stand-by for this sort of thing as well--I know they have the red quinoa.

      I love Heidi's website as well as her cookbook, but mostly, I confess, just for looking and wishing I'd cook some of her stuff. Please report back on which place turns out to be your best source in the end. And, if you wouldn't mind, I would love hearing about your cooking exploits on the Home Cooking Board, too!

      Have fun!


      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        One other thought if you can't find what you are looking for at the places suggested above - you might try looking at ethnic groceries - it looks as if your search has been concentrated in the south metro so far. I wonder if some of the indian grocers that are so prevalent down in that area would be a source for the amaranth or possibly the teff flour?

        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          Confirmed--MissMarket has teff flour and quinoa flour (among other things) --also, buckwheat floiur.


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            You know, I also saw chestnut flour at MissMarket (I just remembered). Just in case anyone is looking for that. Also, they say they will do special orders you might check with your co-op to see if they'd do the same.

            The different Whole Foods Stores carry different things (I learned that when I was looking for Fromage Blanc), but they do list all of the grains and flours you are seeking on their website. It's possible you could special order from them, if they don't carry what you need, as well, though, I've never tried ordering anything through them, so, I don't know how well it works with them.


      2. I was at Whole Foods on Excelsior today and looked at the flours. They have Bob's Red Mill teff and quinoa. I did not see amaranth or mesquite. I could have just missed the amaranth? I didn't know there was such a thing as mesquite flour but a web search led me back to 101cookbooks and I see the appeal.

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        1. re: MplsM ary

          I think amaranth the grain is easy to find at MissMarket, the Wedge and the co-ops, but amaranth flour not so much...