With gluten-free foods rising in popularity, we're also seeing higher prices on gluten-free goods at the grocery store. It's difficult to find a way to actually save money and stay on a gluten-free diet. But if you suffer from celiac disease or gluten intolerance, this is a necessity and you want to try to limit the hurt on your wallet.
According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that harms the lining of the small intestine wall and hampers absorption of nutrients from food. Though it's a disease that affects only about 1% of the population, many people have warmed up to the idea of at least limiting gluten in their diet.
Enter the idea of making your own gluten-free flour. Think it takes a lot of work to do? Think again.
My recipe for homemade gluten-free flour
It's super simple to make your own flour at home, and it is a fantastic money saver if you do a lot of baking in the kitchen. All you need is a high-powered blender and some rice. Brown rice is preferable, and can be purchased in bulk at wholesale clubs for a pretty good price.
Costco Wholesale where I live is now selling a 6 lbs. bag of Texmati Brown Rice Organic for $9.39, which works out to be about $1.56 per pound. (That's the same price as Walmart’s regular brown rice.) Of course, prices change all the time. So if you're a Costco shopper, be sure to bookmark my Organic & Natural Price List.
Without further ado, here's my recipe...
1. Blend up 1-2 cups of rice in a high-powered blender for about 2 minutes.
Wait, that's the only step? Yep. Once you've done that, you've got some fantastic rice flour to use in your gluten-free baking. If you do use wheat instead -- for those of you without gluten allergies -- you'll need to do a second step of sifting the flour through a simple sifter.
Now that's a flour that my wallet likes! If you plan to make a lot of flour long-term, it's probably a good idea to invest in a good grain mill as this can eventually run down the motor on your blender. But for the occasional baker, blenders are a good option for making rice flour.
Like this post? Be sure to also read my prior stories on 10 Ways To Save Money on Gluten-Free Food and 10 Gluten-Free Whole Grains You Probably Weren't Aware Of.
Crystal Collins, a Savings.com DealPro, is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog at NaturalThrifty.com.
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