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How bad is white rice flour?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 05, 2011 at 1:34 AM

I know it's not an ideal food and at best, something that should be used sparingly. But is it a good/decent alternative to traditional flours for someone who is trying to gain or maintain weight?

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:05 PM

Canned pumpkin (nothing added) and tomato paste can be used to thicken gravies.

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:54 AM

what about in baked goods? like muffins and breads? my mother likes to bake and she's been trying to get me to eat baked goods with rice flour; all the other ingredients are ok (a little honey, eggs, etc)

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:19 AM

Make sure you temper the egg yolk if you are going to add it to hot broth. You don't want to end up with egg drop soup.

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Depends on your context. Is it a good food* to eat by the bucket load? No. Is it ok to use to thicken a gravy or sauce? Most def. * I wouldn't call flour a food, I think that implies that you can eat it, like on its own. Steak is a food. Flour is an ingredient.

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Oh, I never heard of using egg yolk! I've just been boiling my bone broth down to sauce consistency. I'll try the egg.

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at 02:01 AM

i like egg yolk to thicken things better. I think the french gave this to paleo.

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on November 05, 2011
at 01:48 AM

You answered it yourself.

It's "not an ideal food...[but] a good/decent alternative to traditional flours."

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on November 05, 2011
at 01:57 AM

No doubt it's carby, but if you're in the Safe Carbs Are Good camp you could count them toward that allowance.

Functionally, rice flour is an excellent substitute for wheat flour in things sich as gravy. Without the guten or toxins of wheat. In fact, sauces thickened with rice flour freeze better than wheat or corstarch thickened sauces. Look for Boxes of Mochiko in the oriental section of the grocery store.

C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:54 AM

what about in baked goods? like muffins and breads? my mother likes to bake and she's been trying to get me to eat baked goods with rice flour; all the other ingredients are ok (a little honey, eggs, etc)

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on November 05, 2011
at 02:05 PM

Canned pumpkin (nothing added) and tomato paste can be used to thicken gravies.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on November 05, 2011
at 02:01 AM

i like egg yolk to thicken things better. I think the french gave this to paleo.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 05, 2011
at 02:09 AM

Oh, I never heard of using egg yolk! I've just been boiling my bone broth down to sauce consistency. I'll try the egg.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on November 05, 2011
at 02:19 AM

Make sure you temper the egg yolk if you are going to add it to hot broth. You don't want to end up with egg drop soup.

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:27 PM

I use rice flour for baked goods in addition to potato flour/starch and tapioca flour/starch.

For thickening the starch products work wonderfully but my preference is using pureed vegetables for soups, stews, etc.

I don't actually eat any of my baked goods, yeah I know but they have other outlets, the last round of pineapple orange muffins that I made using only the rice flour were a huge hit and the response was "these are the first gluten-free anything that I haven't wanted to throw at the wall." So they're tasty.

Just depends what you want to use the flours for. I totally agree that these aren't food, I'd rather have steak, potatoes and braised kale, but if you need an option on occasion I think they're great.

If you want to gain/maintain weight? Go the route of tuberville or if you're not eating tubers for some reason try adding in some winter squashes, carrots, beets, parsnips, bananas, cottage cheese..

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