Across Europe there are a number of different systems to identify the purity or whiteness of different flour types. The reason is to allow bakers to quickly identify that what type of flour they are about to use or buy.
We are commonly asked if we do 00 flour or 997 and the answer is yes, although we don't call them that. Traditionally in England we have stuck to words over numbers.
As a rule of thumb, the larger the number, the darker the flour.
This table it to be used as a guide for the seeing the similar variaties.
|The whole of the grain, 75% flour & 25% bran||100% Wholemeal||1600 - 700||Type 150||Intergrale|
|About 8% of the bran removed||Brown||1050||110||2|
|About 18% of the bran removed||Light Brown||997||80||1|
|All the bran, 25%, removed||White||500 - 700||55||0|
|The finest flour from the early stage of the milling process||Patent White||405||45||00|
German Wheat Flours
1700 wholemeal flour
1050 for brown bread baking
550 high gluten content for white bread
405 very pure flour for pastries, cakes,
German Rye Flours
1800 Vollkorn whole grain rye flour
1150 Medium brown rye flour
997 Light brown rye flour