I recently started to look into buying rice flour. Rice flour can be a good alternative to wheat or corn flour. After doing some digging I discovered that rice flour isn't really that expensive but I also learned that it's much cheaper to make your own. Plus no special equipment is needed!
Going gluten or corn free is hard enough without having to deal with the expense of buying new grains and new foods that you will have to change over. Grinding your own rice flour is easy and can be much more cost effective than buying the pre-ground rice flour at the store.
To grind up rice flour it's simple, just grind about 1 - 2 cups at a time in your blender! Your blender should be able to grind the rice into a fine enough powder to use for baking. Another great tool to use (if you have one) is a Magic Bullet. I also use my Magic Bullet to grind turbinado sugar when a recipe needs a finer grade sugar.
The only downside to grinding in a blender is that grinding harder food products (such as rice) will wear down the motor faster than if you just use it for smoothies. If you plan on grinding alot of rice flour you will either want to consider a high quality blender with a good motor or a grain grinder (or grain grinder attachment).
So how does the cost of home ground rice flour stack up against store boughten rice flour?
Bob's Red Mill White Rice Flour, Organic, 24-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4) - $13.81
Cost for 1 cup = About $0.58
White Jasmine Rice 25lb - $26.75
Cost for 1 cup = About $0.27
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