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Today we're shipping orders for in-stock items placed August 31. Despite higher order volume, our amazing shipping team continues to ship orders quickly. Recently we opened an additional shipping line that’s reducing processing time, and we've hired 15 new team members in the past 90 days! If you need to contact us, EMAIL is better than phone and if you have questions about your order please check our FAQ page before contacting us. Our phone volume is so high that it’s literally impossible for us to answer calls live now, or return calls quickly. The Hampton showroom is temporarily closed. We greatly appreciate your business as we do our very best to serve you!

Pleasant Hill Grain Baking Glossary

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Vanilla Extract – Vanilla extract is a solution primarily containing vanillin, but also hundreds of other compounds. Vanilla extract is derived from the Vanilla species of orchid flowers. Vanilla pods from the orchid flower are softened in liquid and then percolated in a solution of ethyl alcohol and water to produce vanilla extract. Most vanilla extracts today are produced in Mexico, Tahiti and Indonesia. Vanilla extract is used to flavor baked goods and to add a pleasant scent to perfumes. It is also used in aromatherapy. Coumarin, a compound derived from the tonka bean, is sometimes mixed with vanilla extract to lower production costs. Coumarin smells and tastes much like vanilla, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned its use because it causes liver damage. Imitation vanilla extract contains only vanillin, usually of synthetic origin. (See our coumarin-free Mexican vanilla extract.)

Vital Wheat Gluten – A substance with flour like consistency made from hydrated wheat flour and then processed to extract the gluten apart from the wheat starch. The gluten is then dried, and ground back into powder. Vital wheat gluten, when added to bread dough, will improve the gluten development, which makes the dough more elastic. Vital wheat gluten is especially helpful when baking bread with flours of low protein content, such as rye flour. (See our vital wheat gluten.)

Vitamins – Molecules essential in small quantities for life, which cannot be synthesized in adequate quantities by the body. Vitamins must be consumed through diet from nutrient-dense food or by synthetic supplements. There are currently 13 known vitamins needed by the human body, four of which are fat-soluble (only usable within the presence of fat), and nine of which are water soluble (only usable within the presence of water).

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