This morning while I was walking to work…
Brown rice flour is a commonly used gluten free flour alternative. It can also be fairly expensive. For example, organic brown rice flour from here will run you almost $20 for about 3 cups. Now if you haven’t caught on yet…I am incredibly cheap when it comes to making homemade alternatives to store bought products. Part of this is necessity, the rest is almost a challenge I feel – can I do it easier, cheaper, and make it taste
awesomer more awesome.
So tonight I bring you “quicker than driving to the store to buy it” Homemade Brown Rice Flour. I’m not kidding. This takes MAYBE five minutes. And that’s including extra time to find the Mason jar lids…which are always mysteriously hiding.
Step One: Locate your brown rice. Mine was in the pantry. We buy this brown rice at Costco. I can’t remember how much it costs – but I’ll check for you next time I’m there!
Step Two: Pour 1.5 cups of brown rice into your VitaMix. *Please make sure your vitamix is DRY before adding the rice!! *I don’t think the blender could handle much more than 1.5 cups of rice at a time *I don’t know if this would work without a VitaMix or similar high powered blender. I tried my food processor. It didn’t touch it. But if something else works please let me know!
Step Three: Blend! Using the same method we used when we made cashew milk, turn the blender on variable, and slowly (about 2 seconds on each speed) move up to speed 10. Then up to high for about 5 seconds. Now turn the blender off, open the container up, and stir it around a bit. Repeat step 3 until you have a fine powder (one or two additional times).
Step Four: Put the rice flour into some type of air tight container and put it in your fridge unless you are going to use it immediately. The brown rice flour will be rather hot from the blender, and will spoil quickly, or even burn itself if you do not get it cooled down. If you are making a recipe that is heat-sensitive, you may want to cool it off before using it anyways. *I store mine in the fridge as well, to keep it fresh!
Now what can you do with the brown rice flour?
Tons of stuff! But mainly these waffles. Seriously. Make them now.
Speaking of the waffles…I’m currently, as we
speak type, making some. I used the cashew milk from this weekend AND I added frozen blueberries. The blueberries are making them a tad bit messy, but delicious!