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Aug 9, 2009 07:09 PM

Flour - Hard to find in Toronto?

Specifically high gluten varieties? Also looking for good organic bread, and organic all purpose flours. Wondering where the bakers in Toronto go to get their flour?

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  1. Gluten flour is available in all the Bulk Barns. Just add a little to your regular or All Purpose.
    High gluten flours are available from Arva Flours in London, Ont., they will ship, and from Robin Hood Best For Bread. You can figure out the protein content from the white nutrition label.

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    1. re: jayt90

      Thanks for the heads up. How do protein content and gluten relate? The higher the protein the more percentage of gluten?

      1. re: jump

        There is generally a strong correlation between protein content and gluten levels.
        The exception is spelt flour, high in protein (17%) and low in gluten, and difficult to rise.
        If you buy gluten flour at Bulk Barn, or elsewhere, it will be expensive, and very high in protein, close to 20%. But you only need to add a little bit to All-purpose flour for good risings.
        Thuet uses Arva Flourmills, London, Ont.
        J. Kennedy uses a red fife source near Peterborough. It is pricey compared to Arva.
        Some amateur bakers use King Arthur Flour, Vermont, but there are cross border problems and reports of poor packaging.

        Frankly, you can make superb loaves at low cost with R.H. Best for Bread, or R.H. 7 grain, or Rogers rye, all available at Highland Farms, all unbleached.
        I use Ruhlman's Ratio as a recipe guide, and a simple Starfrit digital scale, since volume measurements are not at all helpful, just misleading.

    2. The Loblaws on St. Clair between Spadina and Bathurst (Forest Hill Market) has a large organic section with a wide variety of flours. I don't do well with gluten, so I tend to go for flours in the other direction, but they do have many different organic flours there. I am not sure of the other Loblaws in Toronto have the same variety, I have only shopped at that one and it is quite large.

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      1. re: artstudent

        I was at "The Big Carrot" today on the Danforth and saw a wide variety of bulk flour including barley and quinoa. It is worth a visit.

        1. re: Smachnoho

          Barley flour is low in protein, around 10.5%:
          Quinoa is high in protein, 17% like Spelt, but no appreciable gluten for good rising in loaves.

          I guess you could mix them 50/50%, but it would be a soft loaf, no real crust, and hard to rise.

      2. when I can't get out to London to buy Arva Flour, I go here, Grain Process Enterprises
        115 Commander Boulevard
        Scarborough, ON M1S 3M7
        (416) 291-3226
        They aren't open late and I didn't get a chance to even call as there isn't always someone answering but they do have spelt flour (white and whole in large bags) but I didn't look for the high gluten flour. But I believe you will find it there. They also had organic unbleached wheat too.