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Bread flour in San Diego

Señor Andy Apr 11, 2009 10:11 AM

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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    migriky Jul 11, 2009 07:35 PM

    Bought KA yesterday at the Henry's in La Mesa.

    1. geekyfoodie Apr 15, 2009 11:21 AM

      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
        SDGourmand Apr 15, 2009 11:28 AM

        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
          stevuchan Apr 23, 2009 01:14 PM

          Henry's in PB had the blue lable.

          ConAgra = Evil

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        Ela0427 Apr 14, 2009 09:58 PM

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

        1. cgfan Apr 11, 2009 11:07 PM

          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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            Josh Apr 12, 2009 09:47 AM

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

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              sdnosh Apr 12, 2009 12:06 PM

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

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                Señor Andy Apr 14, 2009 03:02 PM

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

              2. re: Josh
                Señor Andy Apr 14, 2009 03:04 PM

                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
                  cgfan Apr 14, 2009 03:40 PM

                  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
                    Señor Andy Apr 23, 2009 11:56 AM

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

            2. sbritchky Apr 11, 2009 12:31 PM

              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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                keena Apr 11, 2009 08:04 PM

                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.

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                  Josh Apr 12, 2009 09:47 AM

                  Why would you use bread flour for a cake?

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                pickypicky Apr 11, 2009 12:18 PM

                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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                  Cathy Apr 11, 2009 08:27 PM

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

                  I have not tried it yet.

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