How to buy flour in Croatia
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.
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How to buy flour and flour types in Croatia
To solve the mystery of buying flour in Croatia, 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:
- Trgovina hrane (food store)
- Supermarket (supermarket)
- Benzinska postaja (gas station)
- Mlin (mill)
- Private food suppliers and farms
- Njuškalo – view a guide here
Prices vary between ~1,73 euros per kilogram (fine flour) and ~6,70 euros per kilogram (rice flour).
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Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.