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Prior to lockdown trying to get flour was hard now it's impossible. As someone who makes everything from scratch (bread, pasta, cakes etc) I'm finding this very difficult.

Don't even get me started on eggs!

rls
1 month ago
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HannahSunderlan
HannahSunderlan1 month ago

This is so frustrating! I too use a lot of flour for cooking but I am struggling to get any now. I find it frustrating because people have hoarded it and I bet most won't even end up using it.

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Mango4
Mango41 month ago

Strange that this is the new must have item, was in Asda Tuesday and they had stocks of virtually everything including what was the most sought after items Hand wash & Toilet rolls, but no flour on the shelves . Think everyone must at home be baking at the moment

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig1 month ago

We haven't had any trouble getting eggs or flour. We've been able to get them from our local corner shop or smaller supermarkets. I picked up our click and collect shopping yesterday and we got flour and eggs. I know that my Granny and mother in law have struggled to get eggs over in Northern Ireland. People are doing a lot more baking at the moment, especially parents with younger children.

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seasider71
seasider711 month ago

I've been relatively lucky and have managed to find both flour and eggs in shops in my local area. This has been a problem for many though due to the increased demands. The main area of business for flour production is large food manufactures. It is easier to keep churning out the larger bags. I know some places supply these bags for home bakers, is that something you would consider?

This is an good article if you want to read more.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52212760

Good luck and enjoy your baking (Hopefully)

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lilyflower
lilyflower1 month ago

seasider71 I was going to look for that article as I read down the chat. The egg problem is a packing one, the eggs are leaving the farm as per normal on large trays then taking to a packing facility. Morrisons are putting large trays out and you pick your own into a box @20p/egg.

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seasider71
seasider711 month ago

lilyflower That's not a bad idea from Morrissons. One of the many things that is coming out of this situation is that we are learning more about where our food is coming from and how it is produced.

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angemski
angemski1 month ago

I read a couple of weeks ago that the problem was with the packaging more than the production of the flour but your're right - eggs and flour have become the new toilet rolls. I haven't managed to get any within a delivery for five weeks and I''m using the pancake-day plain flour like a miser.

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dammy
dammy1 month ago

I bake also and it’s been hell trying to get flour

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rls
rls
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1 month ago

I hope the selfish people who have hoarded it get flour weevils

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angemski
angemski1 month ago

The saddest part is that the flour will not be used and it will be full of weevils then wasted. Everyone's turned into bakers..... crazy as there's plenty of bread on the shelves and one of the few things that gets cancelled in a delivery.

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ptenn00
ptenn001 month ago

it's funny how you always need the things that seem to have disappeared - not been able to get hold of flour for weeks now, but no problem with eggs

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ptenn00
ptenn0020 days ago

the flour situation is better now, as I was able to get hold of some last week, and they seem to have more in stock in most stores this week

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loveglitches
loveglitches1 month ago

I have ordered of amazon £16 for 16kg free delivery , it’s a lot but that’s the only place I was able to get flour from after searching for a while , got gluten free the other day from Tesco but rather use strong white for rolls

https://www.latestdeals.co.uk/deals/heygates-strong-white-bread-flour-1x16kg-amazon

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc20 days ago

£1 for each kilo.. eh, I guess it's not too bad.

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF19781 month ago

I found this surprising too but I noticed it was out of stock the last couple of times I went to the supermarket before lockdown (along with toilet roll).

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tumblespots
tumblespots1 month ago

I can't get flour but have no trouble with eggs as we live in the country and have free range chicken farms nearby. I want some flour desperately though or this will be my last batch of cakes & scones! 🐞

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Yahya
Yahya1 month ago

Corner shop brought a boat load from Aldi for 45-50p wanted to charge me £2.29 for 1. I walked out swiftly!

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CherylParry
CherylParry1 month ago

Same here and there's not many shops where I live, and every time I've tried to order from Asda or Iceland, they've sold out. I've managed to find plain flour and a recipe to make scones with plain flour, so this'll have to do for now. If anyone has plain flour, you could add extra baking powder to it.

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HannahSunderlan
HannahSunderlan1 month ago

See I can find self raising but it's plain I want! I'll swap you 🤣

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CherylParry
CherylParry22 days ago

HannahSunderlan I've said the same thing to people that have self raising 🤣

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Twollocks
Twollocks1 month ago

A lot of people aren't using flour for cooking with but to make salt dough ornaments with their children. The amount that are doing it I presume it was on the home schooling curriculum.

In my area people have managed to get some from bakerys

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angemski
angemski22 days ago

Tom I was grateful for this post and ordered flour and other supplies. The latest from Asda and Morissons is that they are selling flour from their in-store bakeries - they bag it up for 50p - 60p 1kg. They are also selling yeast 50g for 20p.

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johnpizzey
johnpizzey22 days ago

Makes more sence to buy flour than loo rolls.why was so many people crazy about buying as many loo rolls as possible.you cannot eat or drink loo rolls.it would have made more sence to stock up with food and drinks

You can allways wash your backside.i was puzzled by it.

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap22 days ago

It was my sons 4th birthday during lockdown and I couldn't make him a cake till week after. Flour and eggs are real problem. I was hoping to start making my own bread again

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgold21 days ago

The struggle for flour is real! Iv not needed flour during lockdown as still had a little in the cupboard, but it's my sons 18th birthday next week & I want to bake some cakes. Went into town today, couldn't get it anywhere. One lady in Home Bargains told me a local newsagent had some, rushed there to find they'd just sold out too. OH in the end managed to get me some from another local newsagents 😁

Now I'm struggling to find caster sugar.

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Golfforall
Golfforall21 days ago

Plenty around now , you can get the 16kg bags from Amazon for about £16 and its coming back into the supermarkets again in the smaller bags .

Same problem as with other "imagined" shortages the intellectually challenged hoarders scooped up all the stock (thinking they were being clever !) along with bread, frozen food . loo rolls pasta etc .

Of course not thinking of the elderly and vulnerable who couldn't get their weekly bag of flour for their Yorkshire puds and cakes .

The big flour mills then prioritised bulk deliveries to the large bread producers (to keep bread on the shelves ) .

Now the hoarders have chucked out their rotten bread and have run out of credit on their cards there are no shortages - Of anything ! - There never was ! - Just the Distribution system couldn't keep up with the mindless idiots clearing the shelves of everything Facebook told them too !

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lilyflower
lilyflower20 days ago

If anyone lives near a Herons store try them, my local has loads in Plain and SR. Local Morrisons had a limited amount.

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Nino786
Nino78620 days ago

Not been able to find it no where for the past few weeks in Essex. Only have the 9KG bags, What am i going to do with that much Flour? Bake the whole street cakes?

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Golfforall
Golfforall20 days ago

Why not ? I'm sure they would appreciate the gesture and probably return the favour in kind .

I have loads of rhubarb and asparagus from my garden that I give away to neighbours .

Guess what was waiting on my doorstep tonight when I returned from my 12 hour shift …….. 4 Rhubarb Crumbles which I love but never have the time to make .

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit20 days ago

I’ve been asking this from the beginning of lockdown. What on earth are the hoarders doing with that much flour? None anywhere at all & fed up of looking & never finding

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angemski
angemski20 days ago

ivenailedit Go to your local Asda or Morissons bakery - they will bag it for you for 60p a kilo.

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Golfforall
Golfforall20 days ago

Plenty on Amazon - and have been for the last 3 weeks -£14.99 -£16.99 (free delivery ) for 16 kg - 16 kg is a lot of flour ! Too much for you ? Share it with friends , or swap some for a pack of Loo Rolls .

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Dennab
Dennab20 days ago

Morissons are doing a few types whereas Asda are just selling plain flour I believe.

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit20 days ago

angemski great to know as will be going to both later this week & praying no queues

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit20 days ago

Golfforall thanks but have seen this advertised on either LD or another site, alas much too much for my household & too far to travel to share with loved ones. Loo rolls are no longer sacred

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit20 days ago

Dennab Morrisons it is then. Have you used their flour & might sound silly but is it same quality as Homepride & McDougall's?

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Dennab
Dennab20 days ago

Sorry no I've not used it. I read info about the types via a local newspaper so double check before you commit. This is flour they're using in their own bakery products so it must be fairly decent.

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit20 days ago

Dennab thanks so much & very true must be OK, as buy their bakery products & good. Very informative article & you were correct as lack of flour not the problem. Anyway, they've had more than long enough to sort it out

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc20 days ago

Beats me, but we make bread in an oven and it comes out beautiful. Sorta like if you'd buy it at a store.

Not my photo though it gives you an idea:

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It's always a good idea to take out the ashes so they don't mix with the bread and get 'em dirty.

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