I can mill these on request, but if you are at the Carrboro Saturday Market just get them direct (where applicable) from Red Tail Grains. Most commercial flours you buy are likely a blend of multiple varieties or at least from different farms. The characteristics of locally grown grains can vary widely from year to year and may or may not reflect what is typical for their variety. See my Flour Strength Table for some help on how to buy or blend what you need from my available supply. Grains can also be milled to varying levels of fineness. The most coarse is a cracked grain. The next most fine would what I use for my bread flour and I think what would have been termed a "graham flour" in the old days. The next level of fineness is a pastry flour and then perhaps a cake flour. Because of my relatively small stone mills, my ability to produce super fine flour is very limited, but I can do a medium or fine sift which has a similar effect. I can crack all my grains too which produces something like a steel-cut oat rather than a rolled oat shape with minimal fines. If you want the grain whole, then the discount off the quoted price is $0.75/lb. I have several grains now in-stock from Wheat Montana which are "Certified Chemical Free". They use conventional fertilizer, but no other chemicals and test it to confirm this.
2018 crop from Red Tail Grains. (they use organic methods). Spelt is similar to golden wheat in that it doesn't have the distinctive bitter tannin flavor of a red wheat, but it has a wider range of flavors. Yes, it does have gluten, but some people tolerate it in Spelt better than they do wheat. (Probably 11% protein) $2.50/lb
Baking Soda: Plain baking soda with no Aluminum or other additives
Baking Powder: Aluminum-free Rumford Baking Powder. Ingredients consist of Monocalcium Phosphate, Bicarbonate of Soda, Cornstarch (From Nongenetically Modified Corn).
Dairy (Milk, Butter, Yogurt): I currently use Homestead Creameryfor my milk (directly and to make yogurt) and cream and Costco for my butter. I used MapleView Milk Company for years until sadly the shutdown.
Dark Chocolate: I use bulk dark chocolate bars and chop them to create my own chunks or melt it for a filling. Ingredients: Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier), contains soy, may contain traces of wheat, milk, eggs, tree nuts)
Dried Fruit:My fruit comes from Trader Joe's currently. I use their organic raisins and Turkish Apricots and also their Montmorency tart cherries.
Honey: As of August 2018, I've switched to a local supplier - King Cobra Apiary. It had been a while since I had a local beekeeper able to do the amount of honey I need and Ali is very conscientious and skilled. The bees have a diverse diet with a "delicious light honey every spring and summer, and a darker, richer honey in the fall" Also "the bees are treated with only organic pest controls, and the honey is always raw and straight from the hive".
Nuts: Most of my nuts are just conventionally grown that I get via Costco.
Olives: I use a black brined Kalamata olive from Costco. It has a rich flavor and is my favorite addition to my sourdough hearth bread.
Salt: I use Redmond Real Saltbecause it is unrefined and unpolluted. I haven't noticed a significant difference baking with it versus other salts, but I can get it in bulk and has all the trace minerals of a sea salt, without the current ocean pollutants.
Starter Culture: You might see the term starter, sourdough, or even mother, but for breads they are all talking about some probably fairly unique collection of wild yeast, bacteria, and probably other organisms. I currently label mine as "Russian Starter Culture" because it was collected from the village of Palekh - two hundred miles Northeast of Moscow - by Sourdoughs International. I had a South African culture I also baked with for a while from them, but I stuck with the Russian because of the more pronounced and cheesy flavor that my customers were looking for in a sourdough. Both cultures were recommended for use with whole grains. There are lots of ways to take care of your culture and they could vary by culture, but here are my Sourdough Culture Care Tips.
Sugar: I use organic sugar with a very light golden color and good flavor. It is sourced through a family owned mill in Paraguay that has been producing the finest quality Organic Whole Cane Sugar in the world for over a century. There seems to be some debate on this, but I believe this sugar is somewhere in between the molasses content of something like Sucanat/Rapadura which has all the molasses and refined sugar which has none.
|Baked Good Example
|High sugar cakes
|Very weak soft
|Strong soft or medium hard
|Strong soft or medium hard
|75% strong hard, 25% medium soft
|80% strong hard, 20% very weak soft
|Strength needed varies widely, but probably want at least a strong soft or the equivalent in blended flours
|Very strong hard
|Breading for fried/baked items
|Rice Flour; Soft Wheat; 2 Parts sifted soft wheat/1 part corn OR Kamut (Really anything will do though in a pinch)