Where do you buy your flour for breadmakers?

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Covidconfuse Tue 08-Jun-21 14:21:17

Just bought a bread maker as trying to reduce our intake of ultra processed food. Where do you buy your flour for your breadmakers? Ideally I want to buy it in bulk but I also want good quality stuff. Thanks

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LavendulaAngustifolia Wed 09-Jun-21 00:03:45

Standard strong bread flour from lidl its decent. Aldi for the wholemeal flour because for some reason lidl doesn't sell wholemeal.

ButForTheGrace Wed 09-Jun-21 00:13:53

I get my flour in bulk from


ThatLibraryMiss Wed 09-Jun-21 00:33:50

I use Allison's from Sainsburys, or their own brand of extra strong. And I add a couple of tablespoonsful of vital wheat gluten from Buywholefoodsonline.

Blondie1984 Wed 09-Jun-21 02:07:41

Marriage’s every time

Onestep2021 Wed 09-Jun-21 03:10:19

This is very good:

Plus we mix with Doves organic flour

LoveFall Wed 09-Jun-21 03:50:43

We have a bulk food store near us where we buy stoneground whole wheat, bread flour, spelt flour, and several others I use for things like pizza dough etc. I also get all purpose flour for regular baking like cakes.

I also use vital wheat gluten in some whole grain recipes to ensure a good rise and crumb.

We are in Canada so the flour names may be different. But bulk places reduce packaging and can be fresher because of turnover.


Covidconfuse Wed 09-Jun-21 04:59:58

Thanks everyone. I like the selection available at Shipton Mill, @ButForTheGrace

And the seeded one from Sainsbury’s looks very convenient, @Onestep2021 - my breadmaker has a nut dispenser - do I just ignore it in this case and put the seeded flour in all at once?

I had no idea about adding vital gluten, @ThatLibraryMiss and @LoveFall but sounds like that is the way forward for wholewheat breads, which are my preference

Do you all slice your bread by hand or do you have a slicer to get them more even? Any recommendations please?


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LoveFall Wed 09-Jun-21 17:32:43

We don't have a slicer. We bought one but didn't like it so sent it back. We do have s really good breadknife. DH is awesome at slicing bread, me not so much so I just muddle along.

The gluten does make a difference. The protein molecules create a "scaffolding" that forms a sort of support for the yeast action.

There are lots of good recipes online. We use a wholegrain recipe on the Bob's Red Mill site. Very good,

ThatLibraryMiss Wed 09-Jun-21 17:54:25

For cutting, I use a Victorinox bread knife that seems to have been discontinued but Harts of Stur have similar ones. I thought my old bread knife was good until I got the Victorinox one.

Blondie1984 Thu 10-Jun-21 01:55:21

Jono knives are great

Covidconfuse Thu 10-Jun-21 08:45:57

Thank you for the knives tips, @ThatLibraryMiss and @Blondie1984 however I think even if it's an amazing knife the bread is still going to end up wonky with me cutting it haha. I am wondering if something like this: amzn.to/3w9Nfa8 or this: amzn.to/3xenoO7 might be useful?

Off to order some vital gluten now!

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colourchanginglipstick Thu 10-Jun-21 08:52:27

We have a local bakers who does home delivery for things like flour. Maybe you have something similar nearby?

MoonCatcher Thu 10-Jun-21 08:58:18

If you're into bulk buying this yeast is very good (not necessarily from Amazon). You can keep a smallish amount in the fridge and keep the rest in the freezer.

UnaOfStormhold Thu 10-Jun-21 09:17:27

Shipton mill is great, their soda bread flour and swiss dark flour have a particularly lovely flavour. We get a few bags of those along with big sacks of malthouse and organic white, so we can mix and match.

Covidconfuse Wed 14-Jul-21 09:30:51

Hi @Onestep2021 I tried the seeded whole meal flour from Sainsbury’s but it came out undercooked, albeit very tasty. I am wondering if I used the wrong programme (menu 5). What programme do you use for it please? Or did you mix it 50-50 with another flour? Would love to try it again as it seems like a lovely flavour. Thanks

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