As a baker, it was difficult to buy flour after arriving in Croatia. It is certainly plentiful enough and can be found in any supermarket. The problem was that I couldn’t figure out which kind to buy.
In the United States, the way flour is classified is much different than it is in Croatia. In Croatia, the German numbering system is used. So if you don’t know what the numbers mean, you have to guess, which is how I ended up with 3 kilos of fine blend flour I won’t ever use.
In this post, we cover:
The facts are these…
To solve the mystery, here is a breakdown of what the numbers mean so you can know exactly what you’re buying.
|Croatia/Germany||France||Italy||Czech Republic||UK||United States|
|TIP 400-550||40||00||Hladká mouka výběrová 00||Patent White||Pastry/cake flour|
|TIP 550||55||0||Hladká mouka||White||All purpose flour|
|TIP 700-850||80||1||Polohrubá mouka||Light Brown||High gluten (aka bread) flour|
|TIP 1100, 1600||110||2||Hrubá mouka||Brown||First clear flour|
|TIP 1600-1700||150||Farina integrale di grano tenero||Pšeničná Krupice||100% Wholemeal||White whole wheat|
In addition to the numbers, here are some other words to know when buying flour.
|glatko||"glot-ko"||fine||bread, homemade pasta|
|oštro||"osh-tro"||coarse||gnocchi, meat covered with flour (Wienna schnitzel)|
|polu bijelo||"pol-oo bee-yell-oh"||half white||bread, cakes|
|mješavina za||"m-yesh-a-veena za"||mixture for...|
means it's a premixed flour for goods like pizza, donuts, etc. typically accompanied by a picture
|heljdino||buckwheat flour||bread, cakes|
|ječmeno||barley flour||cakes, pancakes|
|zobeno||oat flour||bread, cakes|
|proseno||millet flour||pudding, salad|
|rižino||rice flour||rice noodles, combined with other types in bread or cakes|
|pirovo||spelt flour||bread, cakes, pancakes|
Here is a list of places where you can buy flour in Croatia:
- Food stores (trgovina hrane)
- Supermarkets (supermarket)
- Gas stations (benzinska postaja)
- Mills (mlin)
- Private food suppliers and farms [Read: Croatian farms and food suppliers with online ordering and home delivery]
- Njuškalo [Read: An English guide to Njuškalo (Croatia’s Craigslist)]
Prices vary between ~13 kuna per kilogram (fine flour) and ~50 kuna per kilogram (rice flour).
Which type of flour do you use most often? Where do you buy it?
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