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I cannot say enough about this flour even though it easily and rightfully stands on its own without having received my praise. It’s worthy because of its exceptional quality that is favorable for baking.Not only is it suitable for cakes and cookies, it’s wonderful for yeast breads and pizza dough. When a recipe has called for bread flour, I’ve often used its all-purpose flour, instead. This takes over and still gives the bread a soft tender texture.
Hudson Cream Short Patent Flour is made from the heart of the wheat berry, from the golden wheat fields of Kansas. Its home is in Hudson, Kansas, milled at the Stafford County Flour Mills Company.If you look carefully, you might actually see fine specks of wheat as I have on occasion, fingers through it. It is sifted a number of times, more than other flours, then put through a fine sieve during the milling process. This is where it’s from-from the bread basket of the world. I’m proud to say that it’s raised and milled in native soil, from my homeland.I bake with no other unless I’m doing something out of the ordinary, like baking with tapioca flour or a nut flour, but most of the time this does it for me. I’m partial to Kansas Hudson Cream Flour, not just because of the Jersey milk cow on the package, admired by children, but it’s what I grew up with. I know it’s good flour. I’ve used other brands.My father’s mother used this flour too, my family themselves, being wheat farmers. It was the flour in the area at the time, what was available. Grandma Helen utilized the original muslin and flower-print medium cotton fabric of the Hudson Cream flour sacks when the bags were empty for coverings over dishes and food, and also for drying dishes. She probably made them into curtains a time or two, possibly even a skirt or a half-apron. My mother did that for me when I was toddler to early elementary age, so I’m thinking that she got that from her. Being Grandma’s first daughter-in-law and residing close in proximity allowed her to hand down her ways of doing things related to her resourcefulness. Every little bit helped in terms of management. Grandma never threw anything away if she could somehow reuse it or make it into something else for a significant purpose.I’ve seen a lot of pies made with Hudson Cream flour. I hope to someday tour the Stafford County Flour Mills Company since it has put such an imprint on what I do; and how my family has baked and cooked through the holidays, year round, and down through the ages. It’s close to my heart, and it has fed many.
The wheat sways across miles of field land out of the resourcefulness and careful planning of hard working hands. Read about the history of Hudson Cream Flour, and why the Jersey milk cow was chosen for their logo and packaging.
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