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Flour is a necessary component in baking. You need it to make cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes and other assorted baked goods. It also makes a great non-stick surface with which to roll out pizza dough. This versatile powdery substance acts as a thickening agent, and is made by grinding and sifting the meal of a grain, such as wheat. Flour is a main ingredient in pastry, cakes, cookies, and muffins. Therefore, those who need large quantities of flour at once, such as a bakery or restaurant, may need to buy from a manufacturer. Distributors typically offer cheap bulk discounts, so buying more at once saves money in the long run. It has gluten in it, so due to rising incidences of allergies to gluten, there are gluten-free flours available to purchase. Other types of flour include spelt, bleached, semolina, rice, and self rising. There's even almond flour available, ideal for use in nutritious low-carb and gluten-free baking recipes. Corn flour is ground from dried corn, similar to cornmeal. Most people are familiar with traditional white bleached flour, a staple of every baker, for white breads and cakes. Consumers can find flour anywhere baking products like sugar are sold, from supermarkets to convenience stores. Whole food markets and dealers may carry some of the more obscure, all natural, or organic brands, such as potato, rice, almond, wheat, and spelt flour. Many online sites carry a variety of flours, too, so don't panic if your local grocery store only carries one kind. In addition to baked goods, flour is also a main ingredient in many foods, such as tortillas, bread, pasta, and crackers.
Flour can be found through dealers that work with a company to promote the product and looks for grocery stores, bakeries, Italian restaurants, or other companies that want to buy flour at a cheap price. Whether you are looking for semolina flour to make pasta with or grain for a whole wheat dish, you will find stores that offer you a discount when buying in bulk. White, self-rising, gluten-free, unbleached, and bleached versions can be found by calling different companies and asking if they sell it. You can look online or on the internet to find a dealer near you and a phone number for their customer service department. If you are looking for corn, rice, or a grain variety that will give you soft white or hard white bread, you can also ask if they have anything for you. If not, they may have some suggestions for what you can use or a different company that offers what you're looking for. Of course, if you are making a cake or pastry that requires a specific type of flour, you will need to find a company that could sell it to you for a discount due to making a large order. Whole wheat, whole grain and all-purpose or plain varieties will often be called in different types of recipes. If you're looking for a cheap price, call more than one company to compare prices on the product you're interested in and see who offers you the best deal.