Are you looking for an inexpensive corn and gluten-free flour alternative? Learn How to Make Rice Flour, an easy and frugal allergen-friendly flour substitute and find some delicious recipes to use it in!
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 have also learned that it’s much cheaper to make your own. It’s very easy to make too, 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.
–Learn more about How to Deal With Food Allergies On a Budget.
How to Make Rice Flour
Making your own rice flour is simple, just grind about 1 – 2 cups of uncooked rice 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 your homemade rice flour 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).
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So how does the cost of homemade 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 the store-bought rice flour. Not a bad deal if you plan on using it often!
Recipes that Use Rice Flour
Rice flour is very similar to wheat flour and can be easily used in recipes to make them gluten free. It can also be used as a thickening agent and as a coating if you’re looking for an allergen-friendly way to fry something as it browns up nicely.
Rice flour can be made by using several different types of rice. Each has it’s own unique characteristics that make it better suited, depending on what you are using it for. If you want a basic rice flour, use regular, long grain white rice. It is the most versatile and can be used for any of the recipes that call for rice flour.
Brown rice flour is made using brown rice and is overall a slightly healthier flour choice. You can compare the amounts when you purchase your rice, but overall, brown rice typically has higher protein and fiber than white rice and fewer calories. Brown rice can offer a slightly sweet and nutty taste compared to white rice (which is tasteless) so it’s great for cookies and other baked goods but may make them a little heavier, similar to the effect of using whole wheat flour.
Sticky, sweet rice is short-grained rice that can be used to make a more glutinous flour alternative. It does not contain gluten, but it is starchier and therefore mimics the glutin in regular flour. This type of rice is especially good as a thickening agent.
How do you store your homemade rice flour?
Rice flour doesn’t have a long shelf life, especially brown rice flour. For maximum freshness and to extend the shelflife, you should store your rice flour in the refrigerator for 4-6 months or freezer for up to a year.
Here are some yummy recipes that you can make using your DIY Rice Flour:
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Have you ever made your own Rice Flour before? What are your favorite recipes to use it in?
This post on How to Make Rice Flour was originally published on Little House Living in January 2012. It has been updated as of January 2020.