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Nov 20, 2011 09:01 PM

Vital Wheat Gluten in SF or ABQ?

Looking for vital wheat gluten in Santa Fe -- has anyone seen this at a local grocer? I have checked both Whole Foods and Sunflower Markets. I'd even drive to ABQ, since it seems to only be available in bulk online.

Also, if anyone has insight into how to make the Artisan Bread in 5 Min a Day method work at altitude, I would be most grateful!

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  1. Don't know for sure, but your best bet is almost certainly La Montanita Coop on West Alameda.

    You'll find plenty of discussion on that recipe over on Home Cooking:

    For whatever it may matter, after obsessing about high altitude alterations for the first year we lived in Santa Fe, I finally just shrugged it off and started following standard recipes and everything turns out fine.

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    1. re: finlero

      I live at 5000' and wrote to the author's of "Artisan Bread in 5..." when I first got their book. They recommended adding a tablespoon of vital wheat gluten per cup of flour and that made all the difference. I've gone back to using traditional bread recipes/methods, but continue to use the vital wheat gluten. What a difference (no more leaden bricks)!

      1. re: finlero

        Thank you for the Montanita suggestions. They did indeed have VWG, and it has improved things greatly! Still not there yet, but much closer.

      2. I live at 8,450 feet in the Sacramento Mts in NM and I make bread at least twice a month. Vital Gluten is a must. I find it at the Walmart, Lowe's and Nature's Pantry in Alamogordo. Nature's Pantry is a health food store so you might try a health food store in your area.