We’ve got an entire month between chocolate-covered-holidays! Time to clean up our act a bit. These days there’s a huge surge in gluten-free living. So many people have an aversion to gluten, and the symptoms so awful, that even normal folks are tapping in. Even my Mom’s into it, and she’s got some crazy, self imposed, diet restrictions. Sugar-free, Lactose-free, Gluten-free…I don’t know what she actually eats?! Gluten-free, like most specialty diet items, means ‘very-expensive’ and ‘hard-to-find’. More recently, they’ve become easier to find, but wow $8.00 for a little box of flour. Geez. I’m so glad I can still tolerate regular flour. Last year, I saw a tiny article in my Food&Wine magazine from chef Silvana Nardone… and her version of Gluten-free flour to be made up and used like a standard all purpose. Great! I sent the recipe over to my Mom and she immediately set about making, and using it. She loves it ! And since I care, I’ll share it with you too.
Gluten Free Flour
(11 cups worth!)
Gather together these slightly pricey items. Now, if you’re gluten intolerant, you probably already stock the little gems.
6 Cups White Rice Flour
3 Cups Tapioca Flour (aka: Tapioca Starch)
1 1/2 Cups Potato Starch
2 Tbl Xanthan Gum
1 Tbl Salt
Combine in a large bowl. Whisk together. Store in a large, air-tight container for up to a year.
I cut this in half, because I have so many kinds of flour – I was running out of space! At one time, I had the calculations of what it would cost to make this and it was much cheaper than the pre-mix from the stores and online. Although, that was then, and that note is missing from my file. I’m simply too lazy to figure out what that big bottle of Xanthan Gum cost per tablespoon. Ugh – Trust me, this will save you money. Speaking of saving money, I’ll have to give a shout-out to my favorite online health food site, www.vitacost.com Super good prices, free shipping deals, not to mention fast shipping too. My stuff always arrives at least three days before it’s supposed to. In fact, I think I’ll make that cookie recipe printed on their box…and make it gluten-free, of course.
I’ll be posting some recipes soon that’ll include this new favorite, of my mother’s. She even ‘feeds’ it to her sourdough starter! Gluten-free sourdough? Really? OK, if you say so.
So be healthy – another chocolate covered holiday is right around the corner!