Making and Using Rice Flour
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.
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 a lot 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 bought rice flour?
Cost for 1 cup purchased, pre-ground rice flour = About $0.58
White Jasmine Rice 25lb – $26.75
Cost for 1 cup = About $0.27
In general, making your own rice flour will save you about 50% off the cost of store rice flour. Not a bad deal if you plan on using it often!
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