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If you’re ready to dust off your best baking cap to usher in fall—or anytime, really—you’ll need flour, yeast, sugar, and other baking essentials. Don’t risk a run to the store if you don’t absolutely have to. Instead, use our list of the best places to buy baking ingredients online.
With COVID-19 cases spiking (yet again) across the country, it’s not hard to imagine a scenario in which we’re once more in a form of lockdown in U.S. cities and states—just as we were a few months ago (*stares blankly out window*). That could also mean shortages on certain household ingredients that were in high demand with all of us in quarantine the first, second, and third time. (Surely you remember the baking bonanza and subsequent flour and yeast shortages of spring 2020?).
Even if you do live in a place where the virus is under control, you might be looking for more options when it comes to baking supplies, so we took it upon ourselves to round up some of the best places to find baking ingredients online. Specialty retailers like Baker’s Authority have a number of hard-to-find flours, sweeteners, and mixes, with bigger retailers like Target perfect places to stock up on the baking basics like yeast, sugar, and all-purpose flour. We advise strongly against hoarding baking supplies, as they don’t last forever and there should be plenty to go around. But if you’re sooo over that stuffy, crowded, foggy glasses, face-masked trip to the market, these are the best places to buy baking ingredients online.
This Queens, New York-based supplier of baking supplies managed to keep their inventory of over 5,000 items mostly in stock all through the early stages of quarantine, so you can bet they’ll be a reliable source now and in the future. Flour? They got them. All of them: Pastry flour, all-purpose flour, nut flour, and other specialty flour from big name brands and smaller producers alike. BA also has a huge inventory of spices and seeds, sugar and specialty sweeteners, and plenty of premade bread cake and other mixes to keep things super simple.
Need baking tools? They’ve got a wide selection of those too—mostly made by the brand Winco—including sheet pans, bread pans, measuring cups, and cake decorating equipment. If it’s required for baking, you can bet this comprehensive marketplace has it, save for the oven. Oh wait, they have those too.
Thrive is a membership-based online marketplace, but if specialty ingredients are something you seek out, this could be a good place for you to shop. Similar to Trader Joe’s, Thrive Market sells everything under its own label so you save a few bucks on the traditional retail markup. Thrive has lots of harder-to-find baking ingredients like organic cassava flour, lemon extract, and potato starch, but also the usual suspects you’ll need for everyday cakes, bread, pies, and other baked goods. Memberships start at $5 per month when you sign up for an entire year, or opt for a $10 month-to-month situation, where you can cancel anytime.
I likely don’t have to introduce you to the King of flour, but you may not have considered buying your baking ingredients directly from the kingdom itself. King Arthur’s website actually has a fairly comprehensive inventory of baking ingredients. That includes the signature flour, of course, but also spices, yeasts, thickeners, and premade baking mixes. You can even find storage containers to house all that messy flour.
If you’re interested in supporting a smaller operation for quality flour, try Janie’s Mill. The Illinois-based farm and mill uses regenerative and organic practices to make all their many flours, grains, wheat bran & berries, and more. Try the Pantry Pack Sampler with four types of flour for just $20.
For the very basics, Target has most of what you’ll need to get your baking operation off the ground. Expect to see a lot of what you would in the supermarket, but when shelves start to go bare again you might be glad to see supplies lingering online. Find staples like Good & Gather organic all-purpose flour, butter, and packets of Fleischmann’s dry yeast, along with an array of baking tools to keep the sourdough production steady. As you have already expected, Target has heaps of bakeware too, like bread & loaf pans, cooling racks, and the like.
This kitchen and cookware retailer might not be your first thought for baking ingredients, but they’ve actually got a healthy supply. For specialty flours, baking mixes, and decorating tools Williams Sonoma is a good secret weapon when in-store supplies get low.
When all else fails, head to the retailer with everything. Walmart is not going to carry the small brands or specialty items of a Baker’s Authority, but when you need flour, yeast, baking soda, or vanilla extract in a pinch, the big-box retailer is likely to have some in stock. Plus, while you’re there you can add anything from a beach ball to a fishing rod to your cart.