All Purpose Flour
Unbleached All-Purpose Flour from Wade’s Mill is stone ground from soft red winter wheat, like their Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, but most of the bran and germ get sifted out. This makes it a versatile pantry staple that can be used for most baking needs, or whenever you see a recipe calling for “plain” flour.
Contents: 2-pound bag of flour
Producer: Wade’s Mill
Location: Raphine, Virginia
Wade’s Mill, originally called the Kennedy-Wade Mill, is the oldest continuously operating commercial grist mill in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. John and Karen Siegfried purchased Wade’s Mill in 2016, with the commitment to preserve and continue the family-owned and operated stone-ground milling tradition. The Siegfrieds work with small local and regional farmers growing non-GMO grains. John stone-grinds the grains in a cold milling process, meaning the stones never move fast enough to heat up the grain and that all of the natural nutrients in the grain are retained. (Compare this to roller milling, the method of big grain processors, which uses high speeds to crush the grains, stripping them of nutrients which are then added back by “enriching” the grain.) Each bag is measured, filled, and packed by hand, to order. Every product is 100 percent natural, with no additives, preservatives, chemicals or bleaches.
Nutritional value: This sifted flour retains about 20 percent of the germ and bran and is much more nutritious compared to industrial and roller milled white flours (high heat during processing burns off nutrients).
Serving suggestion: Use in baked goods like cookies, pie crusts, quick breads and muffins, or wherever you’d like a lighter flavor than whole-wheat. This flour also makes an excellent thickener for stews, sauces and gravies, and blends well into batters for frying.
Although this flour is sifted, stone-milled flour in general contains more oil and is more perishable than refined products. Keep in a cool, dark place at room temperature for about two months, or in an air-tight container in the freezer for longer storage. The product won’t harm you if kept longer, but it is in danger of going rancid.