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I'm trying to find places online that have good prices and I can't find anything. So, where do you buy your flours? More than one place?

Can you give me a general idea on how much you spend (price for product + shipping costs)?

Thanks!

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I'm trying to find places online that have good prices and I can't find anything. So, where do you buy your flours? More than one place?

Can you give me a general idea on how much you spend (price for product + shipping costs)?

Thanks!

Do you mean premixed flours or components to make your own? I mix my own blends from components using Bette Hagman's cookbooks, and here is where I get flours:

Rice flour, tapioca flour, sweet rice flour - Asian grocery stores carry these at the best price. I use Flying Horse brand. You should be able to get them at less than a dollar a pound.

Brown rice flour, sorghum flour, millet flour, bean flour, etc - Bob's Red Mill is one source of these, but if you order online the shipping can be pretty high. See if you can find them at a health food store or Whole Foods. Shop around - mainstream stores are beginning to carry these, and there can be big price differences. Some also carry Bob's Red Mill premixed gluten-free flour. These generally come in bags of a pound or less, and cost $4 - $6 per bag depending on what you get.

Potato starch flour for some reason is harder to find. Look at health food stores/Whole Foods, but also in the Jewish food section of bigger grocery stores. Again, $4 - $6/pound depending on where you find it.

If you're going to bake you'll need xanthan gum. This is quite expensive, but a little goes a long way. I usually see it for $11 - $14/bag, which could be less than a pound. Shop around, because it varies. You might see it with the Bob's Red Mill display at the regular grocery store, or you might have to go to a health food/Whole Foods for it. It's a very fine powder, so be careful not to accidentally spill it.

Gelatin (in many bread recipes) - regular grocery store.

Dry milk powder: nonfat dry milk is in any regular grocery store, but King Arthur Flour sells dry milk especially for bread.

As for the mixes, from what I've seen on this forum Ama_ _zon might be the cheapest place to get them in bulk.

Good luck! Baking with these flours requires patience and practice. Don't throw away your failures - make them into crumbs or croutons.

Cornstarch is in any grocery store. Costco or Sam's Club or such might have bigger containers.

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Cornstarch is in any grocery store. Costco or Sam's Club or such might have bigger containers.

Is there cross contamination issues with regular cornstarch from the grocery stores?

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I have bought flour from this site right here. This last time I cleaned out my cupboard and replaced all my baking stuff, I bought it at my local health food store. It is owned by a celiac and the prices are good. Now granted I only bought a four flour mix, sweet rice and brown rice flour. At some point I may need some others. But for now I am trying to buy on an as needed basis. At one point my cupboard was stuffed full and I never used most of what I bought.

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Cornstarch: check the box. Some of them now say "gluten-free". I haven't had a problem with any of the brands I've used.

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I buy my flour from the Gluten-Free section at BulkBarn. Good prices, and haven't had a problem yet!

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