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Organic Whole meal flour and Organic Plain Flour clogged sink

Rosamundwo's picture

Organic Whole meal flour and Organic Plain Flour clogged sink


Anyone can enlighten me on why using organic whole meal flour and organic plain flour, both product of Turkey clogged my kitchen sink and i had to hire a plumber to unclogged it?

Before this, i used another non organic whole meal flour with non-organic plain flour don't have this kinda of problem.

When i used my hand to make the pita dough, i felt it's way tooooo sticky till i can felt my hand lacking of oxygen.

This is my recipe for pita bread

Whole Wheat Pita Recipe
makes 12, 7-inch pitas

2 Tablespoons honey
2-2 1/2 cups lukewarm warm water, divided
4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast, (two 1/4-ounce packages)
3 cups (13 1/2-ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
3 cups (13 1/2-ounces) whole wheat flour
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus 2 Tablespoons for coating
cornmeal for dusting

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, stir together the honey and 1 cup of the warm water. Stir in the yeast and set aside until the yeast has bloomed, about 5-10 minutes. Add to the same bowl both flours, salt, 1/4 cup oil, and 1 cup of the warm water. Mix on low speed until the mixture is smooth and elastic, adding up to 1/2 cup more water a tablespoon at a time as needed. Increase the speed to medium and knead for 4-5 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a ball. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the oil in the same mixing bowl. Return the dough to the oiled bowl, drizzle the top of the dough with the remaining oil, turning to coat the dough with oil. Cover the bowl with a cloth or piece of plastic wrap and set in a warm, draft-free place to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Gently deflate the dough and let rest for 20 minutes. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough (I like to use my kitchen scale) into 12 even pieces, about 3 3/4-ounce each. Shape each piece into a ball on an unfloured area of the counter, cup your hand over it, and quickly rotate your hand over the dough, forming a tight, evenly round ball. On the lightly floured surface of your counter, roll each piece of dough into a 1/8-inch thick circle, about 7-inches in diameter; keeping the remaining dough balls covered with a sheet of plastic wrap. Set each round on a large baking sheet without overlapping. Lightly dust the rounds with cornmeal to prevent them from sticking. Cover the dough with a lightly damp towel and let them rise for 1 hour until puffy, but not necessarily doubled in size.

jcking's picture

What is the color of the organic flour? If it is very yellow it may be durum flour. From what you describe as very sticky/ sink clogging also leads me to believe the organic may be durum flour. How did the Pitas turn out? Were they a little sweeter?


Rosamundwo's picture

Here's the picture of the flour



It's not yellow, it's color is like whole meal flour. Pita is much softer, more elastic compare to non- organic whole meal flour. Sweeter? Nope


I scraped off the dough on my hands into the wastebin, then i washed my hands using the kitchen basin.. And you can see in the picture, i had a sink filter attached too in my sink.

What i saw after my plumber show me from the clogged sink was big lumps of white hardened dough 6cm x 3cm big.. 


Rosamundwo's picture


No need to apology.. its okay.

I've make pita bread 4 times and 3 times i used non-organic whole meal flour from other store. Only this time i used organic whole meal flour from nearby store. I had to pay RM50 to unclogged it.. i wasted so much to buy the expensive organic whole meal flour on top of that, i had to pay for the unclogging.. this is so sad..




Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

Dough would absorb water and ferment into a liquid and flow away when given time.   Depending on the dough, it will act like over-proofed dough so don't rush it and don't chase it with hot water, cold water is better.  Cold water is always better when cleaning up flour or dough.  Hot water sets the proteins and kills the yeast.   So something else is involved.  If hot water or a drain cleaner was poured into the sink before the dough could ferment (when first clogged) then the heat and/or chemicals might have baked the bread in the pipe.  I don't understand how a standard 1 1/2 inch pipe can clog unless a lot of flour was dumped down the sink at once or the sink was partially plugged already.  

If the sink stood open without a stopper for a month while on holiday or the sink has not been used for a long time (holiday apartment or rental) the inside of the pipes can dry and flake becoming clogged very soon after water is added.  Then it is better to pour a cup of 5% Chlorine down the pipes first followed by a cup of water an hour later to dissolve organic material.  Cover or plug to prevent fumes in the room.   Go do something else for half a day while the chlorine is working.  When I leave my house for weeks at a time, I put all the sink stoppers down and top off all the floor drains and cover them.  If I leave for months, I run special dishwasher and washing machine cleaners thru a cycle, clean their door seals and then leave their doors shut so the drains from them don't dry out.  

Rosamundwo's picture

I'm making pita bread.. so i use luke warm water to proof the yeast

I also don't understand how the plumber can extract those hardened white dough of 6cm x 3cm in size.. scary. He even use the screw driver to see what's the hardened white stuff..those stuff won't break, stay hardened 

janebakery's picture

Wasted food can be broken down very well by drain cleaners like bio-clean or pure lye, which are well-known among many families.