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ISO White Rice Flour, Preferably in Bulk, Preferably in East/North Bay

TerriL Jan 5, 2010 09:49 AM

Anyone know where I can get my hands on white rice flour in Berkeley/Oakland or Marin? I've had no trouble finding brown rice flour, but I'm trying to make something a little more delicate. TIA

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    jsaimd RE: TerriL Jan 5, 2010 11:50 AM

    Asian groceries have white rice flour, which is usually a more finely ground than those available at whole foods for instance.

    Careful to buy rice flour and not sweet rice flour. For delicate cooking, you may need to use a blend.

    I have Celiac disease, so have to cook/bake gluten-free. I buy my tapioca, potato starch, white rice and sweet rice flour at Asian groceries. You probably have a 99 Ranch up in that area.

    For a very fine grind, Authentic food can be found online, but it is very expensive for the benefit IMO.

    1. Ruth Lafler RE: TerriL Jan 5, 2010 12:16 PM

      I believe the Food Mill has white rice flour in their (extensive) bulk section. Call to be sure.

      Food Mill
      3033 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

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        TerriL RE: TerriL Jan 5, 2010 01:08 PM

        Thanks, these are great suggestions. I'm actually using the rice flour in a couple recipes that just happen to be gluten-free, both from Greg Patent's cookbook "Baking in America." One is a type of pound cake from the early 1800's called 'Mrs. Goodfellow's Dover Cake', and the other is an almond/rum butter sponge cake.

        I've had such good success with this cookbook, which is a recreation of American recipes from as far back as the late 18th century, that I thought I'd try these 2 cakes and share them with some non wheat-eating friends. I'm encouraged that there are no other additions or binders such as xantham gum, etc.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: TerriL Jan 5, 2010 01:16 PM

          White rice flour was common in the early 1800s?

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            TerriL RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 5, 2010 01:29 PM

            Yes. Apparently rice flour was widely available throughout the 19th century.

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            wolfe RE: TerriL Jan 5, 2010 01:18 PM

            I love the precision "add one wine-glass of wine and brandy mixed" of the Dover cake recipe.

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              TerriL RE: wolfe Jan 5, 2010 01:31 PM


              Where is your recipe from? Patent's recipe calls for 1/4 brandy and 1/4 cup dry Madeira or sherry

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                wolfe RE: TerriL Jan 6, 2010 02:13 PM

                Mrs. Goodfellow's cookery as it should be: A new manual of the dining room ...
                By Mrs. Goodfellow

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            coriander RE: TerriL Jan 6, 2010 02:03 PM

            Indian grocery stores almost always have it in 5 lb. bags. I think I bought mine at the grocery store next to Vik's (and owned by the same people) in West Berkeley.

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              chezchristine RE: TerriL Jan 7, 2010 07:18 AM

              The berkeley bowl definitely has both white rice and sweet rice flour, as well as Mochiko (Japanese rice flour). They are all packaged and I'm not sure if they sell it in bulk...

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                Kathleen M RE: TerriL Jan 7, 2010 09:35 AM

                Maybe farther north than you had in mind, but Oliver's Market, in Cotati, has white rice flour in their bulk section.

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