Costco sells 25 lb bags of bread flour. People look at you funny when you leave there with a huge bag of flour and your kids in tow. I know. I bought one. People looked at me funny. I even heard the jokes about how many cakes I must be planning to bake. I guess only businesses buy those bags of flour. Maybe so, but the $7.19 price tag won me over.
I never before thought we went through so much bread flour! I had previously been buying my bread flour at Albertsons - three 5lb bags at a time for $1.99 each. That was the store brand and was the cheapest I could find (Walmart was the only other store in this area that carried a generic bread flour).
Buying it that way, in 5 lb bags, it didn't seem like a ton of flour, but when you add it up over the course of several months, it is. About 12 weeks after I purchased our first 25 lb bag, out supply had dwindled down to only about 2 pounds. It was time to get more.
To make things easier, use a jar funnel to fill up your jar.
Each half-gallon jar holds at least 2 1/2 pounds of flour - more if you spend time tamping it down (which I didn't do. That means, for one 25 lb bag of flour, you would need ten jars.
I only had eight jars available but I also had to fill up our main container in the kitchen.
|These containers are made by Snapware. They have silicone seals to keep them airtight. These are the older models with the flip top. I absolutely love them!|
Once all the jars were filled, I capped each one and rotated them through the deep freezer for a few days each to discourage any bugs. I've heard a bay leaf can accomplish the same thing but I haven't tried it and I didn't have any bay leaves on hand.
Since I knew we would use up this flour within about 3 months, I didn't bother prepping it for long-term. If it will take you a long time to use up your flour, you may want to place a couple oxygen absorbers in the top of each jar before sealing them.
This may seem like a lot of work just to save a few dollars, but over the course of a year, saving a few cents or a few dollars here and there with multiple products really adds up to a lot of money!