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Contaminated or not? Bulk Almond Flour

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 30, 2012 at 5:22 AM

Hey guys,

I've been looking into buying bulk with the ridic prices at places like Whole Foods and how little it really is when you use it all the time for cooking. I found a really cool restaurant supply store that sells things in bulk. The product in question is the almond flour. For 17 bucks, I can get a 3 lb tub of almond flour (and coconut flour, too), but on the warning label it says "May contain soy, wheat, peanuts..." among other not so paleo things (because of where it was manufactured). Do you think the contamination would make much of a difference? I'm not sure how sensitive I am at this very moment, but I do have eczema and runny nose issues when I have gluten. Have they compromised it and I should try to find another brand/online place to get it? Where do you recommend for getting almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil, etc. that is a decent price for a recent college grad?

Thanks in advance.

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on July 01, 2012
at 02:33 AM

I'm living in Los Angeles atm, so I the opportunities here are a little unrealistic compared to most places. It's called "Surfas" in Culver City- Here is the site, but the shipping costs are around $10 and might not be worth it to order online http://www.thesurfasgroup.com/

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on June 30, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Can you get flour this way, or is it more of a meal. I would think that there's a fine line between flour and almond butter.

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on June 30, 2012
at 03:15 PM

If you ask they may be able to tell you where the almond flour is coming from and that could give you a better idea on quality and such. Also it will need to be kept cold - freezer or fridge so factor that in as well due to the bulk size. Overall Trader Joes is a killer deal for almond flour and coconut oil as is what @Kitzu mentions below. Good luck!

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on June 30, 2012
at 06:22 AM

It could be that they put that warning label in the bulk package because the plant the flour was milled in also mills other things. For example, Bob's Redmill's gluten free products are milled in a completely gluten free facility, and the rest of its line in a separate facility. Basically, they're letting you know it could be shared on machinery with possible allergies. Also, any respectable company cleans every machine between items being milled.

Also, they could be letting you know that if it is then packaged in the store, there could be a chance of contamination by customers and of employees. I work for a co-op and our deli makes gluten free cookies but we don't label them gluten free because the kitchen is a shared kitchen. I'm one of our certified gluten free specialists and we are backed by the GIG as a gluten free retailer.

I always bought out of the bulk bins in the past with no problems. But, only you can decide if it's your path.

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on June 30, 2012
at 08:45 AM

Almond flour $5 for just under a lb at Trader Joes. Coconut flour and oil- Vitacost and iHerb. Vitacost oil is $21 for 54oz.

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on June 30, 2012
at 02:55 PM

I make my own almond flour by blanching almonds to slip the skins off, then running them through the food processor. I get three pounds of almonds for $10 at Costco. Since you aren't sure what your reaction would be, I wouldn't risk have a huge amount on hand that causes you possible health distress.

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on June 30, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Can you get flour this way, or is it more of a meal. I would think that there's a fine line between flour and almond butter.

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on June 30, 2012
at 06:48 PM

If you want to buy bulk - these guys have a good deal and there is no fear of contamination

http://nuts.com/nuts/almonds/flour.html

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on December 15, 2012
at 01:45 AM

I just have to say that TJ's sells Almond Meal...not Almond Flour...big difference as I learned the hard way...;-/

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on June 30, 2012
at 06:57 AM

If you're using it A LOT for baking, why not just try getting one tub and see if you have any flareups? It seems more like a disclaimer than real presence of the stuff, and it seems like a significant saving if you were to switch to it overall. Maybe you could ask to sample some? I'm disgustingly jealous that you've found almond/coconut flour in bulk so maybe I'm biased, but I would definitely give it a try.

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on July 01, 2012
at 02:33 AM

I'm living in Los Angeles atm, so I the opportunities here are a little unrealistic compared to most places. It's called "Surfas" in Culver City- Here is the site, but the shipping costs are around $10 and might not be worth it to order online http://www.thesurfasgroup.com/

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on June 29, 2013
at 01:36 AM

Only you can determine whether possible trace contamination matters. Try going entirely, meticulously, celiac-level gluten-free for a month, then consume a really tiny trace quantity of something you know to have gluten in it. Like, a tenth of a gram of flour or something. Repeat a few times on different days. If you don't get sick, you can probably ignore those "produced in a facility..." warnings.

It's a bit of a hassle, but if you don't have a reaction then you'll make shopping drastically easier for the rest of your life.

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on June 28, 2013
at 08:22 PM

Try here - just almonds and $3.75/lb. http://www.goldalmonds.com/store/

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