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Bread flour question

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Hi all, I am currently planning my Tesco shop online and I have a question. I buy the usual Tesco strong white bread flour which is about £0.55 per 1.5 kg, which I get 3 loaves out of. The strong wholemeal bread flour is £0.97. Can I use the wholemeal plain or self raising flour instead for making bread in a bread machine, only it is only £0.45! Or do I have to use the strong stuff?

I know the difference between £0.97 and £0.45 isnt much but verey little helps!

Thanks in advance!
Kirsty, Taunton, xxx
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  • LoadsabobLoadsabob Forumite
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    Recently a lot of people have been saying the bread rises more if you don't use the strong stuff, so go for it! I've yet to try, but I use organic, and the strong is in fact cheaper as it's in larger bags...ho hum...
  • Thanks loadsabob - anyone got directe xperience of this? Would love it to be true that I can buy the cheaper flour!!
    Kirsty, Taunton, xxx
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    (Squeaky does!...)
  • squeakysqueaky Forumite
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    He sure does after an earlier tip put him wise :)

    Own brand plain flour in my Asda is 29 pence. Other own brands are similar in price.

    It works fine and tastes fine :)
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  • fazer6fazer6 Forumite
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    I've started using any old flour and the bread still comes out fine, plain, self raising, I just bung anything in. I've mixed strong and plain, plain and self raising, used all plain and all self raising.

    Tesco value flour is only 21p so that's what I use now. I don't know whether there is a difference in quality of flour so I always only ever by value stuff. Also it takes up less room in the cupboard only having a bag of plain and one of self raising.
  • Thanks guys that has put my mind at rest - I wont be buying the expensive strong stuff in future then - £0.21 Tesco Value plain flour all the way!! I knew I could count on you guys!!!
    Kirsty, Taunton, xxx
  • kingshirkingshir Forumite
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    I've only ever used Sainsbury own brand plain flour (cost about 25p a bag) and all the bread recipes come out just fine!
  • kingshirkingshir Forumite
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    fazer6 wrote:
    I've started using any old flour and the bread still comes out fine, plain, self raising, I just bung anything in. I've mixed strong and plain, plain and self raising, used all plain and all self raising.

    Tesco value flour is only 21p so that's what I use now. I don't know whether there is a difference in quality of flour so I always only ever by value stuff. Also it takes up less room in the cupboard only having a bag of plain and one of self raising.


    I've learnt something today, I didn't know you could make bread with self raising flour. Thanks for the info :D
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    This is something I've been meaning to try myself...will have to give it a go this weekend.
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    I think that if you are happy with the results you get with soft flour or value/cheap flour you might as well stick with it.

    In my experience (years ago when I worked in a flour mill) the highest quality wheat went into the strong/bread making flour. The lower grade wheat went into the soft/biscuit making flour and the rest went into dog biscuit flour.......but the dog biscuit flour had more stringent testing and limits than the flour for human comsumption.:rolleyes:

    I've watched a master baker evaluating loaves baked from different grades of flour. It's only by lining up several loaves that you can compare the colour, size, shape, texture and taste of different grades of flour.

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