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Frequently Asked Questions

We would love to hear from you, if you have any handy hints or tips,
that you would like to share with us, please do send them to us!

How do you create a sourdough starter?

It is also known as mother dough. All you’ll need to make your sourdough starter is strong white flour and water. You can also subsitute strong white flour for dark rye flour. Preparation Method: Add in: https://www.carrsflour.co.uk/recipes/sourdough-starter-guide.html

Can you freeze bakery products?

If you make a large batch or simply bake too much, it can always be stored in the freezer in a sealed plastic bag. All bakery products can be frozen, including cakes, scones and Yorkshire puddings for up to 3 months. Always allow to cool on a wire rack before freezing.


Do I need to add anything else to a pack of Carr’s bread mix?

Carr’s bread mixes require water and fat. Whilst they contain all the ingredients you need to make perfect bread, they can also be used as a great base for your own ideas. Why not add some fruits or flavours to the bread mix? Have a look at our recipes for ideas. 

What is the shelf life of a pack of Carr’s bread mixes?

If stored in cool, dry conditions, it will last 6 months from the date it was made. The best before date is stated on the top of the pack.

What is the shelf life of a pack of Carr’s flour?

Carr’s Plain Flour, Carr’s Very Strong Canadian Flour, Carr’s Strong White Flour and Carr’s Sauce Flour all have a 9 month shelf life.  The rest of the range, including the bread mixes have a shelf life of 6 months.

Are Carr’s breads mixes suitable for vegetarians and/or vegans?

Yes, they are suitable. However you will need to add a suitable alternative fat to create a vegan product.

What is the best way to store flour?

Flour is best stored in the original packaging and then placed in an airtight container. By keeping the flour in the packaging, you can always be sure of the best before date. The container should be stored in a cool, dry shelf or cupboard to prevent sunlight and moisture exposure.

We also suggest keeping the flour away from any strong smelling foods as flour can absorb smells resulting in a slightly different tasting bread!

What bread machine do Carr’s recommend using?

Carr’s recommend using a Panasonic breadmaker.

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