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Purchasing Flour In Bc

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I am justwondering if any one can tel me where they get all there Bulk items from.. I got some flours from the grocery stores and they are TINY and probably could onlu use them twice and they are expensive. I am interested in buying larger quantitys but b/c I am new at this I dont know where to go.

Also, I am not a bread person to begin with. The only baking I am interested in doing is: Muffins, Pancakes and Waffles,cookies, scones and maybe bread. What types of flours should I use in these (ie....rice, potato, tapicoa flours..)Do I have to have a bunch of different ones or a few and always use the dame ingredients??


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I am also in BC. My DH has DH (lol - ok that just is confusing...) Our household has been gluten free about a month now - after a firm talking to from a dietician that got my husband on the gluten-free lifestyle bandwagon.

I am from the Okanagan and we shop at Simply Delicious, Natures Fare, Safeway and Superstore. All these stores carry gluten free flours. I would say Simply Delicious is probably has by far the most selection and best prices for 'safe, non cross contaminated' flours. They are also very knowledgeable there. Natures Fare is good too, but I find their gluten-free products less and flours more pricey. Safeway carries some Kinnickinick brand gluten-free products. Also, Superstore and Safeway both carry Celimix brand baking mixes, flours, pastas etc. If you are looking for alternative flours like chickpea or pea flour, you might be lucky in the international foods aisle of Superstore as well. You can find chana (chickpea) flour in a big bag for a pretty decent price but I am not sure of exactly where it is processed/manufactured and not sure if its going to be cross contaminated or something.

I am not really sure where you are in relation to the Okanagan, so I don't know if you have access to these types of stores.

Natures Fare stores: http://www.naturesfare.com/storelocation.cfm

Simply Delicious: http://www.downtownvernon.com/index.php?op...83&Itemid=7

I have never been to Squamish but are you near any bigger centers like Vancouver? If so, I can imagine that there would be MANY places there that you could stock up on flours to use and just keep them in the freezer and they will last. Alot of stores will special order things for you and many do mail order services too.

I probably am not the best person to answer your question about which flours to use as I have not done a ton of experimenting with baking yet. However, what the dietician told us and what information I have read, it is recommended to use a mixture of different types of flour to get the best result. Here are some suggestions we received from our dietician:

5/8 c. white or brown rice flour + 1/3 c. potato starch flour = 1 c. wheat flour

1 c. soy flour + 1/4 c. potato starch flour = 1 c. wheat flour

3/4 c. rice flour + 1/4 c. cornstarch = 1 c. wheat flour

Hope that gets you started!

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