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King Arthur Flour is it available at Trader Joe’s?
When Trader Joe’s decided to discontinue offering King Arthur Flour and switch to a store brand, it undoubtedly created quite a stir. This past weekend, we purchased a bag of the brand-new Trader Joe’s all-purpose flour after spotting it for the first time on the shelves. It’s time to test it out!
We must admit that this flour appears to have potential after reading the box material. We like that the flour is unbleached. There are no particularly ominous ingredients.
The fact that this flour is labeled as having four grams of protein per 1/4 cup (or about 13.3%) actually places it above King Arthur Flour in terms of protein content (which has a protein level of roughly 3g per 1/4 cup or 11.7%), which caught us off guard. Four grams of protein per serving indicates that this flour will produce gluten extremely quickly. Protein content provides some insight into how rapidly gluten will be formed when using this flour. This is unquestionably at the top end of the range for what may be labeled all-purpose since high-protein bread flour normally contains between 4.5 and 6 grams of protein.
We made a batch of no-knead bread using the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes method as our first test run. If we use a lower-protein flour like Gold Medal, we sometimes have difficulties getting enough gluten to fully establish the crumb of this bread because there is no kneading required. In the past, King Arthur has been quite helpful to us.
The mixing and rising processes went without a hitch. The flour moistened immediately, and as we mixed the dough, it seemed normal in consistency. We immediately cooked one loaf and refrigerated the remaining dough for future baking.
We immediately prepared a loaf, and it turned out fantastic. The crust developed a uniform golden-brown hue and set up wonderfully. The middle of the internal crumb had entirely set (which has a tendency to sag with this no-knead bread and then tear when cut). The bread tasted gentle and even little sweet. We were unable to taste any odd flavors.
A few days later, I cooked a second loaf, and it was even better. As enzymes converted the starches into sugar during storage in the refrigerator, more of that sweet flavor came through, and the crumb was wonderfully compact.
Overall, we believe that the Trader Joe’s flour’s initial test was successful. Both loaves turned out well, and we believe this flour will be a solid option moving forward for breads. We’re interested to see how it does with fast breads, cookies, and other baked items since they don’t necessarily require a lot of gluten formation. We’ll keep you updated on our findings!