“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Flour „
Anyone who regularly reads my reviews will already know that I buy a lot of my products from Tesco. I really do rate Tesco own brand products very highly and most of the time the quality is second to none and the price is really low. I bake a lot of my stuff, including pies, cakes, biscuits etc, and I always use Tescos' own brand of plain (and self raising) flours. They are so much cheaper to buy than say Homepride or any of the other branded flours out there.
I buy these bags of flour from my local Tesco and also from Tesco Express. The bags contains a standard 1.5kg of flour and they cost only 45p each which is a brilliant price when compared to the branded flours. The flour is very plainly and simply packaged and very much a 'no frills' design. The bags open at the top and there is usually a fine sprinkling of loose flour on the top of each new bag after it has been opened.
The flour is lovely and light in texture and very finely milled. It makes perfectly delicious pancakes, cakes, pastry and cookies and it stores well for ages after the bags have been opened. I use a little bit if sticky tape right across the top of my opened bags, just to keep the flour fresh until the next time I use it.
I really don't see the need at all to pay more for branded flour when this is equally just as good and the fraction of the price. Everything I have made with this flour has turned out well and tasted delicious (or maybe that's more to do with my own culinary expertise and I am bragging a bit here) but seriously, it really is excellent, and well worth the price.
It's a flour bag, like the one shown in the picture, except it's now Tesco Everyday Value, so the bag looks a little more cheerful with orange and maroon pictures and writing on it.
What It Is
It's plain flour, this means that there is literally only one ingredient in it, as a result there isn't any adjusting proportions to make it cheaper, it is exactly the same as any other plain flour, only cheaper. There isn't really that much that can go wrong when it comes to this.
How It Compares
My flatmate and I were making cookies together, after the second batch we ran out of her (relatively) fancy McDougalls flour. We switched to using my plain Tesco Everyday Value flour, which my flatmate didn't want to use, but we were running short of time so there was no time to get any more. We turned up at the party, my flatmate was worried that people might notice, but all was going well until -- nobody noticed. The only difference between the flours was the price tag, and the McDougalls had prettier pictures on the packaging, but I'm not willing to pay 3-4 times the price for some nice photos.
It's great value.
I make a few basic things myself, and always have both self raising and plain flour as well as eggs, milk and butter / marg. I think flour is under used, as it goes a long way and can be used to make tasty food really quickly, one 1.5 kg pack for 45 p from Tesco is good value even the brand names go a long way, but are about double the cost.
This review is for Tesco plain flour, I use it mainly for pancakes and pastry for things like quiche, someone will probably tell me I am using the wrong flour now !
When I pour the flour I do measure it, I don't really measure anything else though. I have 2 scales a cheap plastic one and a nice metal one that has a brass bowl and brass metal weights. I have the four ounce weight sitting on the left so I can make a small amount of either scones or pancakes, ( with the right flour ). Then I just pour everything else in using a cup and guessing.
This means I can make things in about 2 - 5 minutes. This means it's not a big deal to make things so I make them all the time. Some recipes I have seen are far to long and I don't even try them.
I haven't noticed the difference between Tesco flour and brand name flours, I am not exactly what you call a chef, I can cook maybe 10 recipes. I only use what works or change something of I notice a difference and that it's not quite the same, like trying all water instead of milk for pancakes, they don't fry and are basically inedible.
It contains wheat and gluten
highlight of nutritional values
3.2 g fibre, 10 g protein 0.5 g fat
Good Enough for me
If there are Brand names on sale at half price, I will probably buy one, but will pick this up if not.
The Flour good enough for my quick recipes, maybe for a trained chef he could tell the difference in the end product, but I wouldn't like to bet on it...
Flour is a really essential ingredient in cooking and baking for me so I do not want to be spending a fortune on it every time I want to bake, say, some cookies. Luckily for me supermarket value brands of flour are available in most supermarkets for a much cheaper price than you would buy branded flour from. I normally buy this Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour to satisfy all my plain flour needs.
For a a 1.5kg paper bag of flour, this will cost you 45p (obviously, from Tesco). This is enough to satisfy several recipes, so each bag will even last you quite long. This is quite cheap compared to other branded flour packages available in the supermarket, so you can save a lot of money. Though flour does not typically cost too much to begin with, I do find I get through a lot of bags of this so the spending does stack up.
The packaging is really simple as what else can you expect from a Tesco Value product that costs so much less than branded ones? This flour is packaged in a simple paper bag with purple and orange design of cooking equipment on it. It says 'Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour' on it so that you know it is plain flour not the self raising kind. The paper bag is easy to open and to extract the flour out of it. To store it after opening, I would recommend that you roll up the bag after use, peg it up and then put it in a cool dry kitchen cupboard.
This Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour has many, many uses, as flour does. You can use it to make cakes, cookies, pancakes, batter, pies... the list goes on. For something that has so many uses and that I need so much of in my everyday cooking and baking, I don't want to be spending so much money on it. That is why this flour is so useful for someone on a budget or if you are just looking to save some money on simple grocery items!
I don't see why you would need to pay more for such a simple product, unless of course you needed some type of specialised flour such as wholemeal flour or bread flour. This does the job just as well as the more expensive brands, and I really can't tell the difference apart from the no frills packaging. If you insist on paying more for the pretty packaging or the brand name you are going to end up spending much more than you have to.
Altogether, I think that if you use this product instead of splashing out on more expensive branded products you could end up saving quite a bit of money on your grocery bill in... the pennies do add up! I think that this is a bargain buy for flour, and if it does the job, then why not? I would recommend this product with 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I make homemade dog biscuits which I sell to raise money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, now obviously the first thought is, it's only a dog so of course I would only use cheap flour. But the thing is, all our biscuits are made with human grade ingredients and are human friendly. In fact the owners eat more than the dogs especially the banana ones and the cheese ones, which seem to be the most popular. We also cater for those who need gluten free treats which requires special flour which costs £1.70( if we are lucky) and so it's not always about cost.
I have used a branded flour which was three times the price of this one when unfortunately I ran out last minute on a sunday night, and the dough was no better and the biscuits tasted no batter. So why pay more?
I agree with some other reviewers on here, yes the packaging isn't the most appealing, and in the picture above it certainly inst but they have since changed the packaging so it is a little better. It is now a plain cream package. If you are fussy about basic packaging giving the wrong image, you could always store the flour in a container, as recommended by someone else on here. For me personally I go through that many bags it wouldn't be in a container long enough!
If this is as good as branded flour, the composition is the same, and the results are the same, why pay more?
I do an awful lot of baking, mainly because virtually all of us have some sort of food allergy. My daughter has a nut allergy and both myself and my son are allergic to eggs, so as you can imagine I spend a lot of time in the kitchen!
I have tried all the different flours on the market, but at the end of the day, they are basically all the same. True, some seem to be finer than others, but that is just because they are pre-sifted. Tesco flour is not, but most of us will sift flour when we are cooking anyway, so I can't see why that should be a reason not to buy it.
I use this flour for all my pastries, cookies and muffins (I add baking powder if I need a raising agent) and they all come out really light. I am particularly proud of my pastry, having learned the art of making it from watching my mum when I was little. Tesco flour gives exactly the same results as Homepride flour, the only difference is the cost.
This flour is also good as a thickener for gravies and sauces. You do need to make a paste with a little water before adding it to stews to thicken the gravy or it will go lumpy. Roux sauces made with this flour always come out smooth with a silky gloss. Great for things such as cheese sauce.
A 1.5kg bag of Tesco Plain flour costs 52p. Homepride costs £1.49 for 1kg. These days most of us have to watch our budgets, so savings like that cannot be ignorred!
It is suitable for vegetarians, but obviously as it contains wheat and gluten, anyone with allergies to those things will not be able to eat anything that is made with this flour.
I never buy anything else where flour is concerned.
My daughter has just completed her GCSE in Food Tech and the ingredients I have had to but over the course have cost a small forture so I have tried the Tesco Value range where possible and I can tell you that this product is no different to the other 'named' flours you can pick up off the shelves at 3 sometimes 4 times the price.
43p for 1.5 kg why would you even think about paying anymore?
The results are no different than when using other makes of flour - I know this because as part of her course she had to experiment with different brands and report the results and also because everything she cooked she got an A* for so it cant be rubbish
They also do a self-raising flour which is same price and size and this too cannot be faulted. Proof that Flour is Flour !
I made some jam and lemon curd tarts the other day and used this Tesco Value flour because that was the one we'd got in the cupboard, I've had a look online and it costs 43p for a 1.5kg bag of plain flour and you can also buy self raising flour for the same price.
My mum makes sure there's always flour in and she doesn't stick to one brand so I just use whatever is there and I wasn't bothered that it was the Value one because flour is flour! lol
There are 2 differences between this one and the McDougalls plain flour we just finished, I can compare them because I used McDougalls for the jam tarts and when the bag ran out used this Value one for the lemon curd tarts. The differences are that the Value flour is a lot dustier and there are more clumps in it so you should sieve it before using it. I don't always bother and it wasn't a stress, it's not like the flour is that lumpy that you're going to get bubbles of pure flour in your pastry.
None of these things make it a bad flour though and it's LOADS cheaper than the big brands so I don't mind putting up with a bit of dust coming up when I'm stirring! lol
Like I said the jam tarts came out wicked, I watched my mum using this flour for the dumplings when she did the stew last night as well and they were as delish as ever! She sieved them for that and the flour looked like it was going through the sieve quick, once she'd done that she got a pretty fine flour and it deffo looked better than when I used it without sieving! lol
Recommended..... if you like making your own biscuits or pastry then this is a wicked bargain and shows you don't need to spend mega money on the bags of big brand flour!
When you are looking for flour i do not understand why you would look any further than Tesco Value flour.
Flour is an essential part of many dishes and any baking which you do around the house. The best thing about this flour is that it is cheap! It is around 43p for 1.5kg which is very good for this amount of flour. At this price you are not concerned if you make any mistakes and have to use more flour. It also encourages you to do more baking around the house and perhaps get your kids involved in the act. On my supermarket.co.uk it shows us that value flour is 43p while the tesco brand flour is 72p. The same amount of flour is almost half price! you would be mad not to buy this one.
One thing about this flour is that the packaging doesnt look great, but at the price you are paying you can invest in a cheap flour bin to store it meaning you dont have to see the packaging and you have a nice athstetically pleasing way to store your flour.
Down to the actual taste of the flour, not that i am much of a flour connoisseur but it tastes just the same as any brand of flour on the market. Whether you are using it in a cake, using it for a pastry or any recipe which require flour this one wont do you any wrong. You could cook 2 identical recipes with just changing the flours and i guarantee you would not be able to taste any difference.
Choosing this flour is a real no brainer for me, there is no reason why to choose a more expensive flour, this one will do exactly the same job but for a fraction of the price.
Plain flour is a staple ingredient for home baking and a good supply should always be kept in the cupboard. Tesco Value Flour is the logical choice if you are watching your spending, as it costs about half the price of most alternatives. Personally I have never been able to tell the difference in the results of my cooking whether I use Tesco Value flour or a more expensive variety - as a result I will always buy Tesco Value if it is available. Whilst I do always consider it important to use good quality ingredients in my baking, and tend to use more expensive ingredients if I am baking for a special occasion, flour is the one ingredient that I see no point in spending more on when the results and taste of different brands are identical.
My only complaint is that Tesco only include ordinary plain and self raising flour in their value range (or at least that is all I have ever come across), so if I have a recipe requiring strong or wholemeal flour the price comes as a bit of a shock!
Tesco Value Flour
Description: Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Baking Aids.
Anyone who has read some of my earlier reviews (thanks so much, I really appreciate all the reads, rates and comments!) will know by now that I am a big fan of the supermarket ranges which save me money by spending less on posh packaging.
There was a time when I would walk past the "cheap looking" brands, assuming that the ones with fancy packaging would be better. Since then, I have been pleasantly surprised by how good some of the items in these ranges actually are. The packaging only gets thrown in the bin, so does it really make sense to spend extra money on it?
Of course, there have been things that I have tried which have been disappointing, but there have also been some really great buys, and in my opinion, this flour is one of those products.
Plain white flour is a staple in most cupboards and can be used for a massive range of recipes. This 1.5kg packet will cost you just £0.45 which is almost half the price of some of the competing brands.
Like all items in the Tesco Value range, this flour comes in plain white packaging with red and blue writing.
Now in my opinion, plain white flour is one of those products which is almost always the same and this one simply confirms that belief for me. It works just as well as any other brand that I have used and tastes exactly the same. Given those facts, I can see no reason to spend money on a more expensive brand and will definitely continue to purchase this one from now on.
This is another excellent way to save money on the products that you regularly buy, it is great value for money and great quality, 5 respectable Dooyoo stars from me!
I love cooking and baking. I adore making cakes and new creations. The problem is sometimes the ingredients add up to be a little bit of money and it works out cheaper if you kind find cut price ingredients, but of course you don't want to compromise the quality or taste of the cake.
I have bought and tried a lot of Tesco Value products in the past and the vast majority of them, I have been very happy with. When I saw Tesco Value flour, it was an obvious choice for me to try it. I made sure I first used it in a cake that wasn't for a special occasion, so that if for some reason it wasn't very good, I wasn't left desperate and in the lurch! There would be a lot of unhappy people in my family if I turned up without cake after having promised it!
I made sure I used it first in a simple sponge cake, adding baking powder to make it rise. and other basic ingredients like butter, eggs, and caster sugar. I noticed no difference in the making of the cake, the weighing, the mixing, the colour the texture or the appearance. I then put it in the oven, the smell smelt the same, and the cake rose as I would expect. Of course though, the real test was in the taste. I tried it, and as I knew there was a different ingredient I was really looking out for a difference, but couldn't find one at all.
I then tried more of a blind test, I gave the cake to my family members without telling them anything was different. I quizzed them afterwards about the cake and they said nothing was different, even when I owned up that I had used much cheaper flour.
In short this flour is as good as any equivalents I have tried. It is much cheaper and just as good. I will ONLY be buying this type of plain flour from now on!
There are a lot of things that I firmly believe should never be skimped on but when it comes to flour, well flour is flour is it not?
I can now confirm that yes, flour is flour after using the budget Tesco value brand flour which at only 43p is as good as the home pride stuff or any other I have used which cost at least twice as much.
You get a 1.5kg bag and granted the bag looks and feels cheap but it is strong enough to do its job so why does it matter what it looks like?
It is the nice white colour that flour should be and I have absolutely no complaints about the stuff whatsoever, Tesco also do a self raising version of the flour too and having used both for various things I can tell you that it is well worth its tiny cost and you will never spend more on brand named flour again.
In our kitchen, I have a cupboard dedicated to baking. It's not that I am the world's greatest baker, but I do dabble from time to time, making little buns or sauces etc. and I always make sure I have a ready supplyl of both plain and self raising flour. Although my husband is a bit of a brand snob, I am not, so am always prepared to try out the Tesco value range on a product - some have been great, others terrible.
One which has been great and which is always in my baking cupboard is the Tesco value plain flour, costing a very reasonable 43p for a 1.5kg bag. Like most of the Tesco value range, the packaging is not particularly attractive. This bag of flour if red and white with the Tesco value logo at the top corner.
On the front of the packaging it states that this plain flour is 'ideal for pastires, shortbread, batters and sauces' and it also states that it is suitable for vegetarians. The only other vital piece of information on the side of the product, is for those with allergies, as it staes that this product contains wheat and gluten, not really a major surprise. There is even a recipe of 'shortbread biscuits' on the other side of the bag.
I have used this flour countless times when making sauces and shortbread, and found it to be terrific. Previously I had tried some of the other better known brands, and I honestly can't really see or taste much difference. It does the job that it is meant to do when I am baking, it makes the sauce/biscuit etc very tasty, so why would I want to pay dearer for a branded product which does the same thing.
All in all, this is a great storecupboard essential and is certainly one of the good products amongst the Tesco value range. As I said, I also use the tesco value self raising flour and find it to be just as good. So unless you are brand snob like my husband, who wouldn't even contemplate lifting a Tesco value item, you would be mad not to give this flour a try.
Probably the most basic of all cooking ingredients has to be Plain White Flour, it is used in hundreds of recipes, whether it be baking of biscuits, cookies or pancakes or as part of the recipes of soups and broths. It is an ingredient that 99% of households will have a supply of in their kitchen cupboard all the time.
The are many different types of flour available, whether it be plain white flour, wholemeal or brown flour. There are also different versions of these different flour types, for example plain, self raising or bread flour and of all these there are also different brands available, Tesco own brands being the more obvious, which can be further sub-divided into Value and Non-value branding, as well as the main stream brands available such as Homepride and Hovis.
The cost does vary enormously amongst the branded and the non-branded products, but to give an idea the Tesco value flour comes in one size only being a 1.5kg packet which currently costs 43p, but the non-value brands will set you back 75p for the same size pack, however there is a small size of 500g for 39p. The branded products such as Home pride cost £1.19 for a 1.5kg packet.
Overall, this flour is, in my own opinion, just as good as any of the other brands of flour and I can see no difference between the value brand and the other streamline branded products. I see no reason why I would ever choose to buy any other type of flour given the savings in cost by using the value brand, therefore I will continue to buy this one for the foreseeable future and would recommend it to others who want a decent plain white flour for a cheap cost. I will give this product a Dooyoo rating of 5 stars out of 5.