Luckily I live in a city where most every ingredient is a walk or train ride away. I urge you to support local farmers’ markets whenever possible, many carry more than just produce—mine sells spices, grains, flours and more. Here are some great mail order sources that can help fill in the pantry gaps so cooking from scratch can be an effortless and fun endeavor.
If you have BJ’s wholesale club nearby, they carry the all-purpose flour at an amazing price—only $5.99 for a 10 pound bag at my location. King Arthur is also stocked at many health and natural food stores. My brother-in-law orders 25 pound bags at a time and keeps in it bins. Choose the flours and sizes that work best for your recipes and available storage.
Ignore the dull website, but consider this a valuable resource for all your mail-order spice needs. And remember to always store spices in a cool, dry place. My apartment runs very warm, so the fridge is an ideal place for them.
I’ve been never been disappointed with any of their products. In fact their vanilla bean paste inspired me to make my own—a key ingredient to my homemade vanilla yogurt (recipe coming soon!). The vanilla powder is especially important for packing homemade buttermilk pancake mix to give away as gifts. Bonus: all of their products are gluten-free.