On 1 April 2019, the South African Treasury will implement its annual amendment to the list of products that will be exempt from the 15% Value Added Tax (VAT). This is the first time the list of food has been changed since 1993.
The group of VAT-free foods comprise of 19 basic staples in the South African pantry, and next week two more foods will join the collection; white cake flour and white bread flour.
The full list of foods that are free from government taxation are:
Cultured milk (like amasi or buttermilk)
Diary powder blend
Edible legumes and pulses of leguminous plants
LentilsPilchards/sardines in tins
Brown wheat meal
White bread flour
White cake flour
The two added items are slightly different. Bread flour contains more protein and gluten, which is described by bakers as “strong flour”. The higher gluten content makes for chewy, crusty bread loaves. Cake flour or all-purpose flour is better for baking cakes or muffins, and will help make your baking light and fluffy.
For bakers, there is a lot of room for creativity when cooking with ingredients from the VAT free list. While baking without sugar, butter or yeast is tricky – it’s not impossible.
Here’s a list of how to bake for 15% cheaper:
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