Bread flour - own brand variable quality

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Tompeters

Bread flour - own brand variable quality

I usually buy the own-brand strong flour for making bread in my Panasonic but I am finding that Morrisons and Tesco own-brands are very inconsistent. Sometimes I get a bag that makes highly-risen loaves, and sometimes a bag that are unacceptably poor. I'm satisfied that only the batches of flour cause the variability and have never had the problem with Alinsons or Waitrose very strong Canadian. But there is a huge price premium.

Has anyone else noticed and can anyone recommend a good-priced own brand that is consistent?

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JAMES

Flour.

Never had a problem personally, but I won't shop in either Tesco or Morrisons. Sainsburys one is always fine, as it the Waitrose one you mention.

Never bought Allinsons, did not even think they were still going!

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Thistledo

Flour

Allinsons is a good old reliable producer of flour and I use it whenever I can. Thought I'd give Asda a go this week with my on-line groceries. Hate their website and do they do a granary flour? No they don't.
On another subject: I cannot get a bacon hock for love nor money, in any supermarket. Very disappointing as I really want one to make a pea and ham soup. Nothing else will do - you just have to have the hock so you get the flavours from the bone. Grrrrr!

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Tompeters

Bread flour - own brand variable quality

Thanks, James, though Morrisons and Tescos dominate near me. I can try Sainsbury's. I'll use up the other flour for bread rolls as they are less critical and I can prove them for as long as needed outside the breadmaker.

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Tompeters

Bread flour - own brand variable quality

Thisledo, my favourite wholemeal flour is Hovis granary. The flour, not the pre-mix, they make both. You can only buy it in fairly small bags but the bread is sublime.

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Thistledo

Flour

Oh yes, I use Hovis granary flour (for breadmaker and the oat & cheese loaf). However, no sign of anything granary in Asda, unless I want a bread mix, which I don't. Back to Tesco or Sainsbury's on my next grocery on-line order.
Asda don't do venison either, be it fresh meat or sausages. What's the matter with 'em?

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Tompeters

Bread flour - own brand variable quality

It Asda be a down-market store, I think.

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Tompeters

Bread flour - own brand variable quality

Badly off topic but if in Morrisons do try their Port, Cranberry and Orange mincemeat. It is smashing. Made a batch with sweet butter pre-made pastry the other day and they are possibly the best I've ever tasted. Lovely flavour, zing but not too tart or sweet. Adults only, I imagine.

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Thistledo

Flour

Tompeters. Going further off the track, that mincemeat sounds great & a shame we can't get to a Morrisons or receive deliveries. As for the sweet pastry, together with sweet filling - yuk, can't be doing with that. Sorry!

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Tompeters

Bread flour - own brand variable quality

You might be surprised. We don't like over-sweet things. This was the JusRoll sweet butter. With the mincemeat it was well balanced and if anything on the less sweet end as mince pies go.

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Essex Girl

Best Bread Flour

I always use Allinson premium very strong bread flour, together with Allinson easy bake yeast and they work brilliantly for me.

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John S.

Bread flour

Ever thought it could be the yeast causing the prolem.

Now for the pea soup, why not buy a ham with the bone in, eat most of the ham leaving enough for the soup, take all remaing ham off the bone then boil the bejesus out of the bone for a few hours with added onion, carrot, a few black peppercorns and a chopped stick of celery, strain, then make your soup with the stock, it is just as good if not better than using a hock, less fat too.

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Tompeters

Bread flour - own brand variable quality

Essex Girl, I have been using the Alinsons Premium recently and as you say it is excellent. Waitrose Strong Canadian is even better, at least in my Panasonic.

John S, pea soups sounds good.

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Welshcookie

Ham hock

Most ham for boiling/baking in the UK is sold without a bone.

Thistledo will just have to visit a proper butcher if she wants a ham hock. Use 'em or lose 'em.

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Tompeters

Bread flour - own brand variable quality

"Use 'em or lose 'em"

Funny you should say that. I have for years bought my fish and meat from Morrisons, Tescos or Sainsbury's but recently the fish on their wet fish counters has been, frankly, gross. Smelly, sunken and dull eyes, dull gills and so on. We haven't had our favourite, Lemon Sole (can't usually afford Dover) for months as they are all too small and/or too stale. So yesterday I tried the proper fishmonger in town and was most impressed. I treated myself last night and it was out of this world. I always saut&"233;e it coating with S&P seasoned flour, but have taken to searing the outside both sides then reduce heat to a low level for the proper cook. It works well, with the thicker fish.

So yes, the fishmonger will thrive and the supermarkets will very likely close their wet fish counters round here. Nobody shops at them anyway as far as I can see. Just Muggins, until yesterday.

Nothing whatsoever to do with bread but someone famous once said something like "Man cannot live by bread alone". Who said that? Was it John Lennon?

 
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