Update 02/25/2014: Amazon’s prices have really spiked so I’ve been looking into other ways to get my GF supplies. In some cases, it’s actually cheaper to buy at the grocery store now than Amazon. It is definitely still cheaper to make my own!
Over the last few months, I have really taken notice of the price that people are paying for gluten-free flour mixes. I was shocked that they are charging $3-$4 a pound on average, sometimes more!
I have been making and using my own gluten-free flour mix for years, and I haven’t found any pre-made mix that compares with it. So, thinking it might save you some of your hard-earned money to make your own, I am going to share the recipe I use with you!
Here’s my cost breakdown for the ingredients (with the average price that I pay)
- Brown Rice Flour $1.56/pound from Amazon (can sometimes get as low as $1.19/pound at local stores)
- Sweet Rice Flour $2.12/pound from Amazon (can get as low as $1/pound from my local Asian Food Store)
- White Rice Flour $1.82/pound from Amazon (can get as low as $1/pound from my local Asian Food Store)
- Tapioca Starch $2.34/pound from Amazon (can get as low as $1/pound from my local Asian Food Store)
- Corn Starch (I can get very cheap when combining a sale with a coupon at the grocery store)
- Xanthan Gum (I get this at the natural food store; it’s expensive, but this mix only takes 4 teaspoons, so if I buy more, it goes bad before I use it up)
Here’s the recipe:
- 2-1/2 cups brown rice flour
- 2 cups sweet rice flour
- 2 cups tapioca starch
- 1-1/2 cups white rice flour
- 2/3 cups corn starch
- 4 teaspoons xanthan gum
Mix it all together and put in an airtight container. You may want to refrigerate this if you don’t use it too quickly, since the brown rice flour can go rancid if left too long at room temperature (I read somewhere 6 months, but not confident about that).
I hope this is useful to you, and that you can save a bundle by purchasing and mixing up your own ingredients!
Final Cost: Approximately $2.19/pound if purchasing ingredients from Amazon at current prices, or as low as $1.19/pound if you can get the same low prices locally as I can at the Asian Food Store
Note: These are approximate. Math is not my strong point!
Note #2: If you are not comfortable purchasing from the Asian food store, then please don’t! Imported foods are under different laws than those produced in the U.S. We have never had a problem, but please use caution according to your family’s needs!
This recipe was given to me by a friend, Debbie Hair, and is used with permission. Thanks, Debbie!
This recipe has been submitted to:
- Works For Me Wednesday
- Gluten-Free Wednesdays
- Life as Mom Ultimate Recipe Swap
- Full Plate Thursday
- Allergy-Free Wednesdays
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