If gluten-free baking is something you’re going to be doing long term and you’re interested in saving money, milling your own gluten-free flour is 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.
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.
The Whisper Mill is now called Wonder Mill. You can read my review here.