Well that might be a slight overstatement...but seriously I was pumped when I learned
I could grind my own flour.
And not with a fancy grinder mind you with my Vita-Mix.
I was tweeting with Janae of Bring Joy and she said making her own flour was as simple as a few seconds in her Blendtec.
Well my excitement mounted because I was really not wanting to spend tons of money on oat flour, millet flour, chickpea flour, rice flour...you get the picture.
So when I got home last night I put her simple words to the test.
And you know what?
She was right, it is easy.
I took a cup of white rice (I happen to have a 15 lbs bag of organic rice from Costco on hand...doesn't everyone?), and it made this:
Beautiful fine powdery flour.
Next up were some dried chick peas that I had on hand.
I was a little concerned that these might be a little big to grind up.
Nope not in the least.
Out came this beautiful pale yellow flour (now it did make an awful lot of noise in the blender at first...but the monetary savings are worth it).
I haven't decided what I am going to do with my rice flour, although I think I am going to make Silvana Nardone's gluten free all purpose flour mix. I would like to experiment with a little more with gluten free foods.
As for the chickpea flour I have had my eye on socca for quite a while. And not just any socca...this socca from Laura at Sprint 2 The Table.
This weekend it will be mine (hopefully it turns out ok and doesn't get stuck to the pan). Pray for me please.
Just as an aside 1 cup of chickpea flour has 10 grams of dietary fiber and 21 grams of protein...holy smokes!
So have you ever made your own flour (please don't let me be the only person who didn't know you could do this)?
Do you bake gluten free...any recipe tips or suggestions?