What is flour?

  • (noun): Fine powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a cereal grain.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Flour is a powder which is made by grinding cereal grains, other seeds or roots (like Cassava). It is the main ingredient of bread, which is a staple food for many cultures, making the availability of adequate supplies of flour a major economic and political issue at various times throughout history. Wheat flour is one of the most important foods in European, North American, Middle Eastern, Indian and North African cultures, and is the defining ingredient in most of their styles of breads and pastries. Maize flour has been important in Mesoamerican cuisine since ancient times, and remains a staple in much of Mexico and parts of Central America. Rye flour is an important constituent of bread in much of central Europe.

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Some articles on flour:

Schech Mill
... The mill produced cornmeal, rye buckwheat, wheat flour, graham flour, and whole wheat cereal, which was sold in Caledonia and Houston, Minnesota ... weekends which include an authentic flour grinding demonstration ...
... The main ingredients of Thekua are wheat flour, chasni (melted sugar)and ghee ... are made of refined vegetable oils and have more of a special type of Flour, maida - which is actually roasted Wheat flour ...
Letheringsett Watermill - Current Operations
... The mill produced 2½ tonnes of stone ground wholewheat flour produced every week, which was sold both to the visitors of the watermill and to local businesses ... Today this thriving mill produces many types of flour including whole wheat and spelt flour ...
Flour - Products
... many cakes, and many other foods are made using flour ... Wheat flour is also used to make a roux as a base for gravy and sauces ...
Slugburger - History
... butchers, which included potato flakes and flour ... Sometime before 1950, soy grits replaced the potato and flour and has remained the primary extender ... In Tupelo, Mississippi, slugburgers are known as doughburgers and often contain flour and egg rather than soy grits ...

More definitions of "flour":

  • (verb): Convert grain into flour.
  • (verb): Cover with flour.
    Example: "Flour fish or meat before frying it"

Famous quotes containing the word flour:

    I wol bistowe the flour of al myn age
    In th’actes and in fruit of mariage.
    Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?–1400)

    Strong be thy wallis that about the standis;
    Wise be the people that within the dwellis;
    Fresh is thy ryver with his lusty strandis;
    Blith be thy chirches, wele sownyng be thy bellis;
    Riche be thy merchauntis in substance that excellis
    Fair be thy wives, right lovesom, white and small;
    Clere be thy virgyns, lusty under kellis:
    London, thou art the flour of Cities all.
    William Dunbar (c. 1465–c. 1530)

    Mathematics may be compared to a mill of exquisite workmanship, which grinds your stuff to any degree of fineness; but, nevertheless, what you get out depends on what you put in; and as the grandest mill in the world will not extract wheat flour from peascods, so pages of formulae will not get a definite result out of loose data.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895)