Have seen that there are several different methods to assess flour protein quality Which one gives the most meaningful results
There are indeed many ways to assess the quality of protein present in flour. Since they are all related to some aspect of baking performance they will all give meaningful results but because they all have a different basis for assessment then it can be very difficult to compare data from one test to another. The other common problem encountered is that almost without exception the methods are not based on the same formulation, mixing or processing conditions that are now in common use in baking. Indeed the basis of many of the flour quality tests originate from the days when breadmaking using bulk fermentation was the norm. Today, no-time doughmaking processes dominate and so this means that the outputs from flour quality tests need a degree of 'expert' interpretation in order to obtain the most meaningful results. Over a period of time experts can readily extrapolate from protein quality data to end product quality and so comparison between flours can be readily achieved.
Some of the protein quality tests commonly used are given below:
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