If you make your living selling bread, cakes, pastries, or other sweet treats that are made using flour, then you have a few things to keep at the front of your mind. For one, the quality of your finished goods, and therefore your reputation, is a product of the quality of your inputs. For another, you’re going to go through a lot of flour (and other ingredients) over the course of a year. Finally, you’re probably looking for ways to cut back costs as you scale up your operation, all while keeping quality central to the success of your venture.
One of the best ways you can do this is to buy flour in bulk. In fact, there are benefits for bakeries to buy lots of different products in bulk, but flour is one of those that comes with the most benefits. Here are some reasons you should get bulk flour and how you can store it for long term success.
Save Money over Time
Obviously, the most important factor in buying flour in bulk is that it will help you save money over time. Naturally, it will also help to ensure that you have the goods there when you need them and that you don’t run out, but first and foremost, you’ll get a better deal when you buy larger quantities.
Cut Back on Waste
However, it’s also important to keep in mind that you won’t just be saving money on the list price of the flour. There’s more that goes into production, packaging, marketing, and distribution than the actual good itself.
Recall that smaller packages of flour require more packaging and that packaging isn’t good for too much. In fact, it’s basically a waste product that gets thrown away once the package is open.
Even if you didn’t consider the fact that you had to pay for packaging, buying bulk flour helps to cut this out of the equation. Cost aside, it’s better for the environment and it’s also less waste for you to manage.
Fewer Trips to a Supplier
If you get flour in bulk and that means fewer trips to the shop or the supplier that you have to make every week, month, or year. We can’t guess how often you need to make those trips, but this much is certain. If you purchase your flour in bulk from us, you’ll save coming and going because there won’t be any coming and going. In fact, you can cut the trips out and order online and we’ll send it to you. Then you can get back to doing what you do best.
High or Low Protein?
Before you bulk up on flour, you need to know what kind of flour you are going to need. If you’ve used your flour in relatively blissful ignorance this entire time, it might surprise you that there are not only many different types of wheat that are used to make flour, but there are many different types of flour, respecting the amount of protein they contain.
Bread flour is typically made with a hard wheat flour that is high in protein, whereas cake flour and pastry flour are typically lower in protein. This is important to keep in mind because it will affect two things - the nature of your baked goods and how well it can be stored.
The protein content affects how gluten is formed and will affect the consistency of your baked goods, as stated. Regardless of the type of flour you need, keep some of the following in mind when you are storing your flour for long term success.
Keep It Airtight
Since flour is a dry good, it can be stored in airtight containers for a relatively long period of time. In fact, even large quantities of it can be stored for a while in this manner. If it is airtight, it should keep very well, but there is one thing to keep in mind - pests love flour and it is hard to keep them away from it. Therefore, while you should still store it in airtight containers, it might be worth your while to carve out some space in the freezer for it.
Better, Keep It Frozen
Keep your flour frozen in airtight containers and it will keep better for longer, not to mention the fact that the freezing conditions will help to keep most pests if not all away from it. In addition, keeping it in an airtight container in the freezer will help prevent the intrusion of moisture from ruining the flour.
Call Us if You Have Questions!
These are some of the best reasons out there that we can offer you to buy flour in bulk, but if you’re looking for more or need some more advice on how to store it for long term success, we’re your team! Get in touch with us today at 724-274-6134 and we’d be glad to answer any of your questions!