7 Important Reasons to Stock White Flour
In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about the health benefits of whole-grain flour as opposed to white flour. However, I stick by my white flour and I know that it’s an ingredient to keep on hand at all times. There are so many different foods that you can make with white flour. In an emergency, you may be making a lot more food items from hand, so here is why I believe you should stock white flour. Make sure you check out these 13 Surprising Uses for Flour!
Of course, I stock wheat berries in order to grind my own whole wheat flour. It’s critical to stock both white and wheat flour if you want to learn to make bread. I can walk you through it, it’s so easy to do. You need fresh ingredients, and please store your yeast, dough enhancer, or wheat gluten in the refrigerator and the excess in your freezer.
I’ve had trouble getting my bread flour, so I had to stock up on all-purpose flour, which is okay. I still can’t find my favorite bread flour at Costco. I loaded up with enough all-purpose for the year, such is life.
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7 Important Reasons to Stock White Flour
Why should you stock white flour?
The reason you should stock white flour is that it is a key ingredient in baking. Without it, you would not be able to bake bread, cakes, pastries, and other desserts. In case of an emergency, it’s wise to have several pounds of white flour stockpiled.
1. Make Your Own Bread
Bread is one of the oldest and most popular foods in the world. It’s also one of the simplest to make. All you need is flour, water, salt, and yeast. And while there are many different types of bread, white bread is one of the most common. How To Make My No-Fail Homemade Bread
There are many reasons to make your own bread, but one of the most important is that it tastes better than store-bought bread. Store-bought bread is often made with cheaper ingredients and preservatives, which can affect both the taste and texture.
2. You Can Make DIY Dinner Rolls
Dinner rolls are a classic side dish that can be served with just about any meal. And while you can buy them at the store, they’re actually very easy to make at home. All you need is white flour, yeast, water, sugar, and salt. You’ll want to stock white flour so that you can make your own dinner rolls. Easy To Make Dinner Rolls For Two
3. Make Your Very Own Tortillas
Another reason to stock white flour is because you can use it to make tortillas. Tortillas are a staple in many cuisines, including Mexican and Tex-Mex. They can be used for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more. And while you can buy them at the store, they’re actually very easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients, including white flour. Effortless Bean And Cheese Burritos
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4. You Can Make Pancakes from Scratch
Pancakes are a breakfast favorite, and they’re actually very easy to make from scratch. All you need is white flour, milk, eggs, baking powder, and butter. And while you can use any type of flour to make pancakes, white flour will produce a lighter pancake. How To Make Chunky Monkey Pancakes
5. Homemade Biscuits
Biscuits are a delicious and easy-to-make snack. They can be made with just a few simple ingredients, including white flour, baking powder, salt, butter, and milk. And while you can buy biscuits at the store, they’re actually much better when they’re homemade. So, if you’re looking for a reason to stock up on white flour, just think about homemade biscuits. Easy Homemade Biscuit Recipe
6. Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon rolls are a delicious and popular breakfast treat. And while they can be bought at the store, they’re actually very easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients, including white flour, yeast, sugar, butter, cinnamon, and salt. I don’t know about you, but the two words “cinnamon rolls” are enough reason to make me want to stock up on white flour. The Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls or Cinnamon Rolls for Two
7. Make a Sourdough Starter
Sourdough bread is a delicious and popular type of bread. And while you can buy it at the store, it’s actually very easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients, including white flour and water. All you need to do is mix the two ingredients together and let them sit for a few days to create a sourdough starter. How To Make A Sourdough Starter + Bread
White Flour FAQs
What is white flour?
White flour is a finely ground powder made from the wheat endosperm. It’s also sometimes called all-purpose or plain flour.
Is white flour the same as bleached flour?
No. Bleached flour has been treated with chemical agents to speed up the aging process and make it whiter.
What is the difference between white flour and wheat flour?
Wheat flour is made from the entire wheat grain, which includes the bran and germ. White flour has had the bran and germ removed.
Why is white flour bleached?
Bleaching agents are used for speeding up the aging process and making the flour whiter.
What are the benefits of white flour?
White flour is higher in gluten than wheat flour, which makes it ideal for baked goods that need to be light and airy, such as cakes and pastries. It’s also less expensive than wheat flour.
What are the drawbacks of white flour?
White flour has been stripped of many nutrients, including fiber, iron, and B vitamins. It can also contain harmful chemicals from the bleaching process.
Can you freeze flour?
Yes, you can freeze flour. Store it in an airtight container and keep it in the freezer for up to six months.
What is the shelf life of flour?
The shelf life of flour depends on how it’s stored. Flour kept in a cool, dark place will last for six to eight months. If stored in a warm, humid place, it will only last for one to two months.
As you can see, there are many reasons to stock white flour. So, if you’re looking for a reason to add it to your pantry, just think about all of the delicious things you can make with it. May God Bless this world, Linda
15 thoughts on “7 Important Reasons to Stock White Flour”
Hey Linda! Another great post! You can make gravy to go with your biscuits, too. We have a lot of flour on hand. We use some almost every day. LOL Larry use it to bread his chicken when he fries it. He’s such a good cook! I also have cornmeal stored. I have these thing stored in 5 gallon buckets and sealed jars. We have a 5-gallon bucket with rice, and one with pinto beans as well. I’m planning on getting more for pasta and other items. I did get some Mylar bags for storage as well.
Hi Deborah, oh my gosh, now I want to make some fried chicken!!! LOL! I’m sure I use flour every single day as well. Life is good when we have flour stored!! Linda
Great article. But I have a suggestion for storing your flour. Before actually storing it in your bucket take and put it in the freezer for about a week to make sure there are no critters in it. That way you can sift them out when you put it in your bucket.
I know a lot of people will say yuck when you say to do that but our ancestors did that and they didn’t have the advantage of a freezer which makes it so much easier to do. When I put my flour into the bucket I use a really large 2-2 1/2 gallon bag that is made for food and put the flour in that in the bucket. Then I put a couple sage leaves in the bucket and the bag on top of that. It prevents re infestations of the critters.
Hi Jackie, that’s a great recommendation. I buy 200 pounds at a time and those bags do not fit in my freezer. I’ve been lucky I have not had an issue with bugs. I’m careful where I buy my flour as well. Linda
There is also a higher natural oils content to whole wheat flour, which, though addressable, lends to easier spoilage.
Hi Jordan, you are so right. Once the wheat berries are ground the whole wheat flour will go rancid very quickly. I store my ground wheat in the freezer for the bread I will make that month. White flour has a little longer shelf life, much longer than whole wheat. Linda
Flour was one of the first tings to disappear from the shelves during covid.
That should tell ya something. Don’t forget the lessons it gave us
Hi Matt, I remember those shortages. I remember standing in line at Costco and a couple had a flatbed with flour on it. I said, wow, you must make a lot of bread!! They said they had never made bread. They only bought it because they heard there was a shortage. Yeah, Linda
I wonder how much hardtack they made trying
Hi Matt, I know, right? LOL! Linda
Matt, this recipe works, Linda. I just added it to the post, thanks for reminding me. https://www.foodstoragemoms.com/make-hardtack/
All the things that you mentioned, I make using white, and wheat flour. I prefer to use white flour over corn starch, for thickening gravy.
You can also use white flour to make paste.
I like to store it in the bags it came in. Put a bunch of bags in a storage tote. Then you can use them one at a time.
HI Eileen, I had forgotten that flour makes a paste, thank you for the reminder. It’s been a very long time since I made paste with flour, thank you. I love hearing how you store flour, that’s a great idea. Linda
Where is a good place to purchase flour in large quantities? 200lbs? 100lbs? 50 lbs?
Hi Mickie, it depends on where you live. I buy 25 or 50-pound bags of flour from Costco. I know Amish communities have it but I don’t live near one. Only buy what you will use in one year. Linda