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Where To Get Baking Supplies To Feed Your Sourdough Obsession

20 spots in San Francisco and the East Bay to stock your pantry with yeast, flour, sugar, and other baking essentials.

We’ll go out on a limb and guess that you’ve probably made bread while in quarantine - or at the very least, you know someone who has (and by someone, we mean your entire Instagram feed). Everyone is turning their kitchen into The Great British Bake Off and going through yeast and flour like it’s toilet paper. Lucky for you, these 20 bakeries and restaurants are offering essential supplies like flour, yeast, and butter, so you can keep testing chocolate chip cookie and no-knead bread loaf recipes without having to stop by the grocery store.

San Francisco

Your local grocery store hasn’t seen demand for flour this high since paper mâché was in. Their shelves have been empty for weeks, so you need a back-up plan. Head to Acme. Their Ferry Building location is offering 2-pound bags of their wheat flour for pick-up. Check their Instagram for updates.


It took a state-mandated stay-at-home order for you to make pasta from scratch for the first time, and it was surprisingly easy. So now you’re channeling your inner Mario Batali every night and could use all the flour you can get. Causwells is selling Bayview Pasta’s hand-milled flour in 2-pound bags, available for pick-up and delivery. Stop by or call 415-447-6081 to place an order.


You’ve done extensive research on the King Arthur Flour website, and asked your bread-making friends to walk you through the starter-feeding process on FaceTime - and now, you’re emotionally prepared to become a sourdough parent. (Congrats!) Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is offering $25 bread kits with everything you need to keep your starter going. They also have scone, cookie, brioche, and garlic focaccia kits. And they’re delivering nation-wide, so you can send one to a friend.


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The Mill

$$$$4153451953
Hours:TUESDAY7:00AM to 7:00PM
Perfect For:BreakfastBrunch

You recently acquired sourdough starter, nicknamed it Bergen, and then realized that you actually have to keep it alive. The first step is making sure you have enough flour to feed it. If your supply is running low, The Mill is offering their fresh-milled flour (rye, bread, whole grain white, and whole grain red) in 2- and 5-pound bags. (They’re also giving away starter, if you ask). But in case Bergs doesn’t make it past a week, just pick up some of their excellent bread.


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Pizzeria Delfina

$$$$415-437-6800
Hours:TUESDAY11:30AM to 10:00PM

Your quarantine partner made the weekly run to the grocery store and forgot to get you flour (again), thereby foiling your plans for a carb-heavy week of sourdough popovers, focaccia, and homemade pizza. Before you ignite WWIII, head to Pizzeria Delfina. They have 3-pound bags of flour for pick-up and delivery from their Pacific Heights and Mission locations. Place an order online.


Impending summer means cherry season is almost here, so it’s the perfect time to make your first cherry pie. But if you just used the last of your flour to lightly dust the top of your sourdough loaf, making a homemade crust isn’t going to happen. Pick up a par-baked pie shell from Three Babes Bakeshop, and just focus on the filling.


Le Marais Bakery

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Busting out your KitchenAid was a big enough first step in your baking journey. So it’s safe to say that attempting homemade croissants is doing too much, too fast. If you’re not ready for butter layers and laminating, leave it to the professionals at Le Marais. They’re offering $45 croissant kits that come with 12 ready-to-bake croissants - all you have to do is let the dough proof overnight.


Your baking expertise level is picking up a log of Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough from Safeway. So if you’d like to continue with this easier form of baking (a.k.a. turning on the oven and setting a timer), order scone or cookie dough from Noe Valley Bakery.


You have everything you need to make bread: flour, salt, and even a Dutch oven. The only thing missing is 1/4 teaspoon of yeast, and it’s impossible to find. Stop by The Dark Horse Inn - they’re offering instant and active dry yeast (and also flour) for pick-up.


If your stand mixer’s been working overtime (and you show no signs of slowing down), stock up on baking necessities at Perbacco. They’ve turned their bar into a marketplace with an extensive inventory that includes eight different types of flour, yeast, and sugars. Order online for pick-up.


A freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie and a glass of milk is the perfect snack to eat while you spend the night playing online Catan with your college roommates, again. So ordering the cookies and milk kit from Canela is the way to go - all you have to do is mix everything together and bake. The kit makes two dozen cookies.


Thorough Bread and Pastry

Two months ago, you knew nothing about kneading or rising times. And now you’re an elite baker, ready to level up and get your very own linen basket for proofing. Order one from Thorough Bread And Pastry - they’re also selling flour, yeast, sourdough starter, and more for pick-up on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.


East Bay

You may have recently entered the honeymoon phase with your Dutch oven, but that doesn’t change the fact that you’re running low on stuff to make bread. You can pick up flour, yeast, sugars, and sourdough starter from this breakfast spot in Alameda - they’re selling it Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-1pm, cash only. Check their Instagram for updates.


Firebrand Artisan Breads

You got your housemates on board for a decorate-your-own focaccia garden night, and then realized you only have half a cup of flour left. All is not lost just yet - Firebrand in Oakland is offering 5-pound bags of flour, as well as yeast, butter, sugars, and even chocolate chip cookie dough. Pick-up is daily between 8am-2pm.


If you’re starting to get lonely, make a frog bread. It doubles as a quarantine pal - and also a delicious dinner. To do it, you’ll need some flour and yeast, which you can pick up from Bartavelle (Fridays only). Order here.


Beauty’s is selling flour, milk, and yeast - for when you finally run out of the year-old packet you were carefully rationing. And if you’re feeling ambitious, you can use the ingredients to make your own bagels, topped with everything seasoning, which is also available to-go.


Baking is a science, which means there’s not much you can do when you’re short half a cup of flour besides get more flour. Make a run to Sequoia Diner in Oakland to stock back up. They’re offering all-purpose, whole wheat, and bread flour in 5-pound bags. Order ahead by calling 510-482-3719.


If you’ve gone down the Google rabbit hole researching different types of flour, and now know more than you needed to about protein content, put this information to use. The Rare Barrel has a few different types of flour that you can stock up on, as well as yeast, sugars, and other baking necessities, available for pick-up.


Here’s hoping that the flour from Crispian Bakery in Alameda will somehow help us make bread as good as theirs. They’re offering pantry items like flour, yeast, and pancake mix for pick-up on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Order ahead here.


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