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Unbleached Untreated Wheat Flour

I am trying to make a copycat recipe of Whole Foods' Seeduction Bread - I have the ingredients from the label, which are all self-explanatory except for "unbleached, untreated wheat flour". What exactly is this? Is it something I can buy in a store? I always buy unbleached flour but I'm not sure what "untreated" refers to, and am hitting a road block on the internet. Thank you!

asked by Ashley Marie over 3 years ago
3 answers 3789 views
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added over 3 years ago

I'd just go with unbleached AP flour like King Arthur's. You could call WF and ask them, but hopefully our boulangere will weigh in. She is very knowledgeable about bread baking.

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Trena Heinrich

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added over 3 years ago

Sometimes the word untreated has to do with pesticide use by the manufacturer, in this case to the wheat. I'd assume they want you to use organic flour that has been untreated with pesticides...just a hunch. Good luck to you.

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added over 3 years ago

"Untreated" likely means unbromated, in other words, not treated with potassium bromate. The latter helps the gluten in flour better form a network of pockets which trap carbon dioxide, a byproduct of fermentation, both of which cause dough to rise. Un-bromated flour will certainly reach the same point in the fermentation process, albeit a bit slower. Look for such a flour in any good natural foods store's bulk bins.

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