00 flour in Evanston IL
Does anyone know where I can buy 00 flour near Evanston?
King Arthur sells a variety of flours, and claims their "Italian-style flour" is "an American clone of Italian 00 flour". They sell King Arthur flour at Whole Foods. If they don't have this particular product there, you can order it from the King Arthur website at www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/ki... It's also likely to be very fresh when bought from their website, since it won't have been sitting on a store shelf for any length of time.
Depends on what you want to do. The 00 flour in Italy designates a degree of milling fineness, whereas the protein level of the flour is a different matter.
King Arthur sells a 00 that is too low in protein to perform well in wood-fired pizza ovens. I frankly don't even know why King Arthur sells that flour. It will give a cracker-like crust for pizza; I've tried it. KA probably sells it at that protein level because most Americans don't have proper ovens.
My understanding is that 00 higher-protein flours will only perform well for pizza in ovens that top 700 FH.
Look for Caputo flour. Here's a thread from a pizza-obsessive site re: Chicago: