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How to tell difference between all purpose and bread flour

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Smokey

How to tell difference between all purpose and bread flour

Long story short - I have 2 types of flour in unmarked bags. I know that they are either bread flour or all purpose flour. They LOOK exactly the same. Any foolproof ways that anyone knows to tell the difference other than baking bread with them and tasting the difference?


Great site, thanks for your help.


 

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Mini Oven

So try this.  Measure exactly one tablespoon of each and place in two small separate bowls.  Add two teaspoons of water to each and stir.  Let sit ten minutes and stir again.  The thicker one is probably the bread flour.  Now fry them like little pancakes until done.  Let cool. Then tear them.  The bread flour is the tougher of the two and the AP will be more tender and tear easier. 

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Smokey

Hi MiniOven,


Thank you so much! I will try that today and let you know what happens!


Smokey

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Faith in Virginia

Mini you never cease to amaze me.  That answer was just too cool!  Were you born that smart or have you been working on it?


Faith

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Smokey

Hi Minioven,


I tried it twice, and used a known AP source to try and see the difference. Its not completely apparent. On the second try I've found that I have selected one of the bread flour packs, but the other isn't so readily recognized.


I tasted them, and they all taste the same. I guess the next step would be to try and bake something.!!!


Thanks for the suggestion!

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Mini Oven

Try mixing the tests thinner.  Try mixing one teaspoon flour to one (or two) tablespoon (s) water to find the boarderline where the flour sets the liquid.  If you can use a scales, even better and more exact and let the mixture stand 30 minutes before stirring  again and hot dry frying.  The AP may bubble apart when the bread flour stays together.  (Count the stirs to be equal, each rotation being "one")


I thought you had only two packs... How many do you have?

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Smokey

I have 4 packs , sorry for the confusion.