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Apr 11, 2009 10:11 AM

Bread flour in San Diego

Living in the Golden Hill / South Park area, I've found it remarkably difficult to locate quality bread flour. Anyone know of somewhere to get the good stuff, like King Arthur? Gold Medal just doesn't cut it.

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  1. I've bought King Arthur (and other good brands) from Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Henry's, even Ralph's and Von's. I can't testify to how fresh the bags are, though.

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    1. re: pickypicky

      Trader Joe's now has its own brand and stopped carrying KA.

      I have not tried it yet.

    2. King Arthur is everywhere, as pickypicky notes, but what is it you don't like about Gold Medal? I don't know about their high-protein bread flour, but they sell a good lower-protein flour that Pann's in Los Angeles uses to make the best biscuits in Southern California.

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      1. re: sbritchky

        My Italian MIL made her 4 egg cake (famous and loved by us all) with KA flour a couple days ago and it was not the same. Way too dense and no crumb. So KA is great for breads and doughs, but some things do well with the old Gold Medal.

        1. re: keena

          Why would you use bread flour for a cake?

      2. The King Arthur Bread Flour (blue label) is very hard to find in my experience. Usually if there's a sighting, it'll be for their all-purpose or for their whole wheat flours.

        However several, if not all, of Henry's Market's carries the KA Bread Flour (blue label). Hope there is one close enough to you!

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        1. re: cgfan

          I bought my KA bread flour either at Henry's or at Whole Foods in Hillcrest. Not sure now which it was.

          1. re: Josh

            King Arthur has a web site where you can buy flour and a whole lot more.

            1. re: sdnosh

              Yes, but that's a pain in the arse.

            2. re: Josh

              I'll check Henry's. I've not seen it in any WF. I've also seen KA in Ralph's, but never the blue label bread flour.

              1. re: Werdna

                I only buy the KA blue label bread flour, and I've always found it at my Encinitas Henry's. Good luck!

                1. re: cgfan

                  Henry's seems to be the place. I picked some up from the Park Blvd. location.

          2. My Ralph's (North County) always has KA bread flour, the blue bag. I usually buy 2-3 bags.

            1. Ralph's in Hazard Center (I think that's the name of the strip mall), which is in Mission Valley, carries it.

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              1. re: geekyfoodie

                They sell 25lb bags of con agra mills bread flour at costco in carlsbad. Don't know if it's a good quality or not but it's only about 7 bucks.

                1. re: SDGourmand

                  Henry's in PB had the blue lable.

                  ConAgra = Evil