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Coronavirus Quarantine: Where To Buy Flour For Baking

With so many people stuck at home, many basic supplies can be hard to get. While we can be thankful these things aren’t necessities, they are still things that will make our lives a bit more pleasant during our collective coronavirus quarantine.

On of the main things we’ve been hunting for in our household is wheat flour. It’s been sold out in all our local stores since early March, which means getting creative if you want to bake during your extended time at home.

We were desperately searching for flour during the early days of quarantine. As avid sourdough bread bakers, our existing stocks of bread flour, rye flour, and whole wheat flour didn’t last long. While we don’t normally buy food products from Amazon, this seems like the perfect opportunity to stock up… but Amazon’s stock of flour, King Arthur flour in particular, have been zeroed out for weeks.

So, where do you get flour if local super markets and the “everything store” are both sold out? Keep in mind that perennial favorites like Bob’s Red Mill and King Arthur have been entirely sold out and are the first places people turn to, so getting something from either has proven to be impossible for many of us. Our preferred online outlets, like Thrive Market, have been sold out as well.

Update (May 4, 2020): Flour has been a bit easier to get over the past week or two, but it’s still not that easy, especially if you want King Arthur. I was able to place a great order with Sunrise Flour Mill, making for the second time I’ve ordered from then since the start of quarantine. They seem to have a good amount of stock now and have been very quick to update on status and ship out flour. The flat-rate shipping is quite appreciated as well.

Central Milling Organic Flour

I’m a big fan of Central Milling flour. This Utah-based company makes all sorts of organic flour that’s perfect for both professional and amateur bakers. Central Milling is best known for their famous Red Rose Flour, but they make many other varieties of malted, sprouted, whole wheat, all-purpose, and other flours. They sell specialty flours as well, like an “00” flour that is perfect for homemade pizza.

Central Milling is also handy because they have sprouted grains and whole grain cereals, like wheat berries and cracked 9-grain cereals.

And interesting fact is that Central Milling actually makes a number of the Whole Foods flours under the 365 brand, so if you fall in love with their stuff, you might be able to buy it locally. Central Milling sells flour at Costco as well, but under their own brand name.

One downside of Central Milling is that their shipping can get quite expensive.

Sunrise Flour Mill

A lesser known, but still excellent, resource is Sunrise Flour Mill. We placed a good-sized order from here in mid-March and it worked out perfectly, with fast, cheap ($9) shipping and some very nice flour. Sunrise is, responsibly, placing limits on order sizes but is still a great place to order from.

We’ve been using their Heritage Whole Wheat Flour and Turkey Red Heritage White Flour, but there are many other interesting products, like a breakfast cereal bundle and 7-grain cereal mix.

The main downside of Sunrise is that the do not produce organic flour at this time.

Anson Mills

I’m a huge fan of Anson Mills‘ Carolina Gold rice, Sea Island red peas, and other products, but I hadn’t had a lot of experience with their flours. Having done a recent order which contained white bread flour, red fife flour, and a few other things, I can say their flour is quite nice.

Anson Mills is a place we regularly order from — primarily for their mainstays — and while it won’t become a flour go-to for us, I’m glad they came through during quarantine.

Downsides for Anson Mils are primarily their high-ish prices and expensive shipping. Their quality and customer service are both excellent, plus from what I know of the company it seems like a great place to support.

Your Local Baker

At one point it dawned on me that my local bakery could have huge quantities of flour as well as a steady supply from her industry wholesalers. I called them out and asked, if it wasn’t too much trouble, I could place an order of flour and cookies for pickup… and it worked!

My local bakery was happy to sell me 10 pounds of all-purpose flour at $2 a pound and then, a few days later, 10 pounds of bread flour. They were happy to sell the flour (they said I was in no way putting them out) and I was happy to support a local business.

If your local baker isn’t selling flour, you can get more creative. Try a local pizzeria, pasticceria, or the bakery counter at a local supermarket or high-end deli. A nicer local restaurant could work as well.

Other Flour Mills Online

While we can recommend the top four options from personal experience, there are other places where you can get flour online. Here are some we’ve tracked down but have’t yet tried.

Please note: While I do sometimes make money from Amazon links, I don’t have any affiliate with the above brands.