Being gluten-free in Jamaica and not having easy access to affordable gluten-free flour alternatives, you tend to get creative. On the other hand, you may be interested in making your own flour blend from scratch. If that is the case, then this is a vital step in making your own blend, and that’s making flour from rice.
First, don’t make the same mistake I did. Be sure you have a blender or grinder that can hold up. I broke my Ninja blender attempting to make white rice flour, which came out gritty, it was a sad day :(.
After I broke my Ninja blender, I had to brush the dust off my Hamilton Beach blender and take old faithful for a few spins around the block. Old faithful did her job until my sister got me a Blendtec, (gasp! I know right!) I was in love from the first push of a button *heart eyes*. My new love destroys rice grains in no time *grins*. However, if you don’t have one of these bad boys, I suggest utilizing patience and don’t overwork your machine. I made the mistake of not doing that and I had to retire my Ninja, permanently. All machines may not produce the same quality fine flour, but I believe with patience, all machines can produce flour.
Below are the steps I take when making rice flour. This method can be used for both white rice and brown rice. The soaking of the rice is crucial when using a blender to make rice. Soaking softens the grains to make them manageable for the blender.
Choosing the rice, so far I’ve been using long-grain white rice and brown rice. I’m quite satisfied with the quality of flour these kinds of rice produced. If you have suggestions or recommendations on the types of rice you’ve used or that is better for flour, please share in the comments section.
Makes about 8 cups of flour
- 5 cups of rice, rinse and soak overnight or for 6 hours.
- Pour off water and spread rice on a towel on a flat surface. Allow rice to dry damp, about 1 hour or so. Rice should be flakey and not stick to your hand when you take up a handful.
- Blend 2 cups at a time or a manageable amount for your machine
- Sift first round of flour. Any remaining grains can be placed in the machine to make more flour.
- Repeat the process.
- Store brown rice in the fridge or the freezer, as it has a short shelf life. White rice can be stored in the pantry has it as longer shelf life.