Milling Your Own Gluten-Free Flour

Today I am republishing one of the very first posts I wrote on this blog.  My Whisper Mill is still working beautifully today.

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If gluten-free baking is something you’re going to be doing long term and you’re interested in saving money, here’s something for you to consider.

Buying a grain mill is expensive at the outset, but it will pay for itself before long. I bought a Whisper Mill, which is now called WonderMill, soon after I was diagnosed and have been very happy with it. There are other brands out there which I’m sure are very good also. Don’t be fooled by its name, the Whisper Mill is not quiet, but it is not as loud as some.

Whisper Mill

Here is a picture of the mill with white rice in the hopper, and another picture of the flour. I turned on the mill, filled the hopper with rice, mixed up some frozen juice while it was milling, and about the time I finished the flour was done. It couldn’t be easier.

So let’s talk about money. The Whisper Mill will cost you $260. How much money you save on flour depends on how much you use and how much you pay. This week I bought a 10 pound bag of white rice for $5.99. That’s only 60 cents a pound! I bought some brown rice in smaller bags for $1.37 per pound. If you look at how much you are paying per pound ($4 for white rice?) plus shipping, it’s a lot of savings.

So far I have only used the mill to make rice flours including white rice, brown rice, white sweet rice, and brown sweet rice. The brown rice flours I keep in the freezer. If you have a mill and use it to make other gluten-free flours, I’d love to hear from you.

Since writing this post, I have begun milling sorghum. You can read about it here.  And I now mill millet too.

question markDo you use a grain mill?  If so, what kind do you own and what grains do you mill?




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  1. The Happy Housewife says:

    I never thought of milling rice! What a great idea! It is so much cheaper to buy rice in bulk rather than the flour. Thanks for sharing this one!
    Toni
    http://thehappyhousewife.com

  2. Great to know. I’ve been wondering about milling gluten free flours. I don’t have a grain mill yet but have been contemplating soem for awhile. I’ll be anxious to hear about other ventures in milling gluten free.

  3. Tamara (AK) says:

    I have a Nutrimill that I use for gluten free flours. I have done rice, sorghum, millet and corn as well as beans. Definitely worth the investment!

  4. Anonymous says:

    How fine does it get the rice flour? I’ve been using either the Authentic Foods superfine white rice flour or superfine white rice flour from a Middle Eastern store near me. They’re both much finer than the Bob’s Red Mill. Almost as powdery as wheat flour.

  5. On the finest setting it is somewhat powdery. Definitely finer than most rice flour. I usually set it a little above that, and I don’t have trouble with baked goods being grainy. I think adding sorghum improves the texture also.

  6. Great idea! I’ve never milled my own flour and it would be great to be able to control the consistency.

  7. I Am Gluten Free says:

    I have a different brand of grain mill (can't remember the name) and I use it to grind my own brown rice flour. It is fantastic and so easy to use. I'm always amazed when the brown rice turns into finely milled flour!

    ~Ellen

  8. rvtraveller says:

    I've been making flour out of anything that is made of beans or rice or legumes. It works great. I do have problems with fava beans and garbanzo beans. They seem to get stuck going down. I break them up in a vita mix first then grind them. Have you tried these beans and have you had any success?

  9. I have heard that beans can be milled, but have not tried it myself because I don't use the flours. We don't digest them well, and my husband especially doesn't like the taste. If you like them though, I think they give a nice texture to baked goods and add protein.

  10. cooperkelly4 says:

    I am just looking into getting a grain mill for gf purposes. I also have a allergy grocers in town and I am wondering if price-wise it is still cheaper to grind the flour yourself? I would love to know what you think with that comparison. I don't have to buy flours on line and I am not even sure where I would buy my rices, sorghum, and millet to grind. Help! Kellyc =0)

  11. cooperkelly4 ~ I have had my mill for so long that I haven't done price comparisons recently. Sorghum I buy from Twin Valley Mills. I pay more for shipping than I do the actual grain, but it's still pretty cheap I think. Millet I'm still looking into. I recently bought some at a farmer's market and their supplier said it was not processed with wheat. Rice I usually buy a the grocery store.

    In addition to cost savings, I think whole grains are healthier when freshly ground. Not that I always use it immediately, but I think it's still probably better.

    I hope that helps.

  12. cooperkelly4 says:

    well, I just purchased a vitamix that mills grains and so much more! Thanks for you input. =0) Kellyc

  13. stayathomemyheart says:

    I also have a Whispermill and I love it! I've ground rice, millet, sorghum, and even tapioca! The tapioca balls are hard on the machine – I found I had to do half rice mixed w/ the tapioca balls and then the machine ran fine.

    However, my homemade tapioca flour was a bit different than store-bought and seemed to require more liquid in recipes. When I discovered tapioca flour for dirt cheap at the Asian markets (we live in a big California city) I decided to just buy tapioca.

    Thanks for your blog, it's very helpful to me as I come around again to being gluten-free. My rash is gone, my digestion is much improved, my energy levels are rising – I think I need to be a lifelong gluten-free gal!

  14. Very cool. I actually hadn’t heard of a grain mill. I just use my spice grinder, but the mill probably gets a finer grind.

  15. I never thought of milling my own flours. What a great idea! Thanks for the tip.

  16. There are many more gluten free flours you can grind in the WonderMill grain mill, which I have and love. Check out http://www.willitgrind.com to see most everything it will grind.

    A WonderMill can grind things like:

    Oat Flour
    Tapioca Four / Starch
    White & Brown Rice Flour
    Sweet Rice Flour, or any rice flour
    Quinoa
    Corn Flour
    Bean Flours
    Millet Flour
    Sorghum Flour
    Teff Flour
    Buckwheat flour
    Cornmeal
    Soya flour

    For the smaller items like teff you will want to feed into the mill slowly or use there small grain adapter, I just pour it in slowly. The hand mill made by WonderMill can even mill almond flour.

    • That’s a great list, and thanks for the link. When I first bought my mill I specifically remember reading that it said not to put tapioca in the mill because it was too hard. I pretty much mill all the flours I use except for the starches.

      • I wouldn’t mill tapioca in the old Whisper Mill, but the latest model of WonderMill has a way more powerful motor and can handle it, the willitgrind website recommends pouring it in slowly also to prevent overloading the motor because it is small and goes though to quick. I think it says in the manual not to do it but you can in the new WonderMill.

  17. Oh, I have this mill, but hadn’t thought to use it for gluten free. I had purchased it before going gf. How can I get it cleaned out after grinding wheat with it??

    • Laura, I’m not sure it’s possible to get it cleaned well enough. I bought mine after going gluten-free and never looked into cleaning one for that purpose.

  18. Christine says:

    I’ve used the Wondermill for 6 years. I mill chickpea flour (garbanzo beans) in mine, along with white/brown rice, millet and a few others. DISCLAIMER: the chickpeas need to be cracked into smaller pieces, you can’t put them in a wondermill whole or you’ll have trouble. I use an old KitchenAid grain mill to crack them into smaller pieces and then finish it off into fine flour using my Wondermill.

    Tapioca could be cracked into smaller pieces and then milled in the wondermill. Hope this helps!

  19. I grind nearly all of my own flour. I use a Vita-Mix. I’ve ground:
    Corn, Rice, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Teff, Oats, Garbanzo Beans, Black Beans, Quinoa, and Millet. The only thing that I haven’t ground that I use is tapioca and soy flour.

    • Catherine says:

      Katie,

      I know its been a while since you wrote this post; but I’d like to ask a question. I want badly to purchase the new Vita-Mix I hear it grinds, makes soups and a whole lot more. However with all these plastic problems. I am reluctant to purchase it.

      Do you know of any site that has done a complete test on the plastic they are using for the jar. Did you get that information before you purchased it. I hate to be 6 months down the road and they say it’s bad for you. I know this is the norm these days, but I like at least trying to find out.

      Thanks

      • Catherine,

        From their website the container is “BPA Free Eastman Tritan® copolyester”. I think its safe. Most people who own a vitamix are very health conscious people so I’m sure if it was unsafe there would be a lot of screaming around the internet and I’ve never heard anything bad about them. These containers aren’t cheap plastic. The Vitamix is constructed very well. We don’t do a lot of plastic, but honestly EVERY thing you eat comes in some form of plastic during it’s route to you…unless you are growing all of your own food. We go out of our way to purchase things that aren’t in plastic, but it still amazes me at how something so young as plastic has taken over the market place. Hope that helps.

  20. I have the K-Tec kitchen mill. I’ve used it for years for flour and now I’m going GF. My daughter and I nave itchy dry skin in patches.
    I wondered too about cleaning mine, since it’s been used for wheat flour for years. I’m going to try blowing it out with canned air and a brush. I have had my machine apart before and the “teeth” it uses to grind don’t actually have any build up, so I think as long as I get the case and the container clean, I’ll be ok.
    My GF issue isn’t as critical at Celiac disease, however. So please ask your doctor or nutritional specialist about cleanliness.

  21. I have a swiss grain mill – I read that they grind the flour for their bread in hospital fresh each day to get more nutrients and thought Yup, that sounds like what I need. I grind urid / urad lentils for all my baking – a creamy coloured mild flavoured lentil used in south india. It means I never use any gums/ gelatins/ pectins etc to hold my foods together. I have used it for rice and corn too. The flour isn’t much more expensive ready ground, but the whole lentil keeps better.

    • Lois, that’s interesting. I don’t like bean flours, but I wonder if I wouldn’t mind lentil flour. I might give it a try some time.

  22. My daughter has celiac disease, but is OK with oats, so we get GF (Bob’s Red Mill) rolled oats. One day I thought about how to make flour from them. Tried the blender…no good (though a vita mix does a GREAT job…if you wish to own a $400 blender). Then I tried the food mill for my hand mixer…not too bad but still not a fine flour. At last I thought to use my COFFEE GRINDER. Believe it or not, it does an amazing job!!! 3 cups of finely ground flour in 2 minutes.

    Anyway, I just tried rice. It took quite a bit longer than the oats, which was expected. Not the finest grind, but not terrible. The best results came from filling the grinder to capacity. Each filled hopper took about 3 minutes to grind. 3 full hoppers made 2 cups of flour and the flour made some decent GF sugar cookies.

    The grinder also makes really good almond meal/flour in very little time, and the grind rivals or surpasses what I’ve found in the store.

    So the upshot is, this is not for everyone. If your whole household is gf, and you do a lot of baking this would be laborious (at least for rice that is). But since we only need it once in a while to make goodies for our daughter (she is away at college) it works well. At $20 each, I can burn out 13 of these before reaching the cost of a whisper mill.

    NOTE: If you have an Indian or Asian market near-by, you may be able to get bulk rice flour for just a little more money than wheat flour in a general grocery store. I recently paid $3.75 for a 5lb bag – regular flour at Kroger is $3 for 5lb.

  23. Shannon says:

    I have gone dairy free since having my son and I found that in the process of making a quart of homemade almond milk that I end up with ~2 cups of almond meal/flour. When I strain the milk through a cloth I take the pulp, spread it out on a cookie sheet and place it in the oven on warm. After about 30-45minutes it should be dry and I just break apart any large pieces. So two products from one process :)

  24. With these different flours can you freeze them like regular white flour or can you only just mill what you are going to be using within the next couple days?

    Thanks

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