Sunday, August 19, 2012

Almond Flour 101

Questions are raised all of the time about the cost of almond flour and where to purchase it. It is significantly more expensive than regular flour and when you're replacing a cheaper staple item with a more expensive one, it's important to find ways to cut costs. Well... the best price I have found is in bulk online. You may want to make sure you like almond flour and know you're going to use it all the time before going this route. 

The first time I purchased it was just to try it, and I bought a 5lb bag for what seemed like a good deal. Once I found out I LOVED it and knew I would use a ton of it, I moved on to a 25 pound box.


Oh yes. That's right. 25 pounds... Crazy, I know. BUT when I added up how much I would be saving with less shipping costs, plus the savings of buying in bulk, it was worth it. Like $13 per 5lb bag savings worth it! 

I ordered it through Honeyville and even read in the reviews that someone with celiac disease (absolutely can not have any sort of products when gluten at all) checked to make sure nothing else could possibly be in it, and they assured her that it was 100% natural almonds. Nothing else was processed on that machinery. 

Side note: Around holidays, Honeyville runs a sale that usually offers a 15% or 20% off any product on their website. This is when I purchased our almond flour. Also, shipping is always $4.49 no matter how much your order weighs! 

Other side note: I promise I am not advertising for Honeyville. I found this product on my own and have reviewed and tested it on my own. No one paid me or sent me product to write this. ;)


You might be thinking... What on earth does someone do with 25 pounds of almond flour??? Good question! You store it in ziplock bags and freeze most of it for use later on!

Here's how I do it...

I get out my trusty scale, a big bowl, and label a freezer safe ziplock bag with the date, Almond Flour, and # of lbs. (I do 3lbs per bag because...well... it just seemed to work best.)

Then I ZERO my scale! I don't ever forget, because I NEVER make mistakes and wouldn't want to have a random 2.47# bag. ;)

Then I scoop out my 3# into the bag of my ZEROED scale. ;) 

I try to get as much air out of the bag as possible because I want to take every precaution possible to preserve the $ I spent. (Air in freezer bag= higher chance of freezer burn. Yuck.) I use the fancy shmancy straw method. (Yes, I know. I know. Shmancy is not actually a word.) You put the straw in the corner of the bag, zip the bag up with the straw in the corner, and suck the air out. Then pull the straw out and close the bag the rest of the way. 

It may take a couple tries... I even had to go back and reseal bags and get more air out of them.

It will be worth it in the end when your freezer is stocked and you don't have to worry about almond flour for several months!

So, if your willing to take maybe 30 minutes to bag your own flour, it's totally worth the $ saved if you want to start using almond flour! 

Here's the link to where I purchased mine... Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour

(Ends up being roughly $19 per 5lb bag shipped to your door if you buy it on a sale day. If you go to the grocery store, it's around $10 per 1 pound bag. That's not a typo. $10 for ONE pound.)

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