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Anyone ever do this?? Do I need a mill, or can my food processor handle it? Any help would be great! Thanks!
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I've used a food processor than moved that course ricemeal into a coffee grinder to make it finer. That has worked for me! It will not get as fine as the flour you could buy, but it worked fine for my purposes. You can buy a cheap coffee grinder at a place like walmart for under $20. (Very worthwhile buy imo!)

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Thanks! Can you tell me exactly what you did? Just raw rice, in the food processor?? And then the coffee grinder??

I dream of owning a mill one day...
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Just as you described. I've done it w/ br. rice and gf oats. I've also done it w/ grains I sprouted then dehydrated (including buckwheat, quinoa, rice, amaranth, etc...). Worked just fine for me! I also do this w/ seeds to make seed flours as well (pumpking and sunflower and flax--although the flax I throw straight into the coffee grinder). It takes a bit of time to get them all finely ground in a little coffee grinder though.

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I use my vitamix. I actually have a grain mill, but i HATE using it, too messy and loud and it just doesn't work for me. I like to grind as needed, so I never want to do more than a few cups, and my vitamix takes less than 30 seconds to give me a bowl full of flour. Not sure if you'd need or thought of a high power blender, but i'm selling my grain mill after using it for flour, it's too easy and quick
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Thanks! I titled the thread "rice flour" but I'm interested in making other flours too.
I'm excited about this! I'm not gf, but we're doing this for dh. I think it might really help him.
I'm off to google to see what a vitamix is.
I'm scared to put this stuff in my food processor...!
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We grind our GF flours on an old carona mill. Often you can find them at thrift stores for under 20 bucks. We took the dremel wire brush to ours to try to eliminate any gluten partilcles. It all comes apart in metal pieces similar to a meat grinder. It is SERIOUSLY hard work! We dream of a good mill one day, but in the meantime it does the job... or WE do the job!!! It takes a little over an hour a week... a very sweaty hour!... to grind enough for the week. We have made brown and white rice flour, quinoa, millet,buckwheat, and bean flours ( mmm.... toasted mung bean) with ours. It saves us about 50 dollars or more a month in flour. For example we were buying 10 pounds each of brown and white rice flour per month. That equals about 60 bucks. We can grind our own for about 15 dollars. Plus we get the variety of the other flours that we couldn't usually afford to buy for a fraction of the cost. I think that quinoa flour can go for almost 8 bucks for a one pound bag here.It is a teeny bit grittier than the storebought, but the family quickly got used to it.
When we were really broke I tried the food processer and coffee grinder combo. It worked but took so long... too long when the whole family is GF!!

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I use my vitamix. I actually have a grain mill, but i HATE using it, too messy and loud and it just doesn't work for me. I like to grind as needed, so I never want to do more than a few cups, and my vitamix takes less than 30 seconds to give me a bowl full of flour. Not sure if you'd need or thought of a high power blender, but i'm selling my grain mill after using it for flour, it's too easy and quick
I use a Vitamix too. It is my favorite appliance ever. THough very expensive initially, we use it, if not daily, 4-6 times a week.

I just throw the raw, uncooked rice in and blend away. It takes less than 2 minutes. (I swear, I should be a Vitamix salesperson.)

And thank you Lisa Marie. I went back & forth whether to get a mill or the vitamix and decided on the latter b/c of the versatility. I have been very happy, but in the back of my mind wondered if I was missing any "fineness" from a mill grind. Question answered.

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I use a Vitamix too. It is my favorite appliance ever. THough very expensive initially, we use it, if not daily, 4-6 times a week.

I just throw the raw, uncooked rice in and blend away. It takes less than 2 minutes. (I swear, I should be a Vitamix salesperson.)

And thank you Lisa Marie. I went back & forth whether to get a mill or the vitamix and decided on the latter b/c of the versatility. I have been very happy, but in the back of my mind wondered if I was missing any "fineness" from a mill grind. Question answered.
yep I totally agree. And i bought the nutrimill i think it is, it's in the garage somewhere LOL. It is suppose to be the fastest/quietest (Oh dear GOD it's loud) and do the finest, but it doesn't do cracked grains or coarse AT ALL. I can throw some in the vitamix and pulse a few times and perfect cracked grains every time.

And blender pancakes/waffles!! I should be a salesperson for them too LOL. I literally use mine a dozen times a day. and nothing could be easier to clean.

And on a side note, I NEVER peel fresh tomatoes anymore!! Just throw them in with garlic/herbs and turn on, cook a few minutes and your done.
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A grain mill would be the best for making really fine rice flour. I have tried using my blender and a coffee grinder but the rice flour is never fine enough for making breads. I do use the coffee grinder to make "rice meal" to make short-cut congee. But if I want to make bread I have to use my Retsel grain mill. It grinds the rice grains into real flour, just like what you buy from the store. The only blender that will do a fine enough job is the Vitamix. It's expensive but if you cook a lot, it's a very good tool to have.
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Uh oh, I really want a vitamix now.... I love the videos on their website!
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how finely can the vitamix grind the rice? Like, how well compared to rice flour I'd buy at the store? Just wondering - I don't *neeeeed* another appliance, but how do I really know? I mean, if it can grind it just as finely, then... hmmm. maybe I do?

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how finely can the vitamix grind the rice? Like, how well compared to rice flour I'd buy at the store? Just wondering - I don't *neeeeed* another appliance, but how do I really know? I mean, if it can grind it just as finely, then... hmmm. maybe I do?
I've never purchased rice flour, but every grain I have ground has come out (in my eyes) like store bought consistency. I make waffles & muffins w/ rice floour w/vitamix & they are good!

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You can get powder fine flour if you want. it's FABULOUS!
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Hi, I know this thread might be very old, but just reading through and I feel the need to comment and hope it helps someone.

I'm new to making rice flour, just made my 1st batch tonight. I thought I would need a mill and pay too much for one.

But as it turns out, you can get a Burr Mill for under 40$ at Canadian Tire or Wal-Mart and I was happy with how my brown rice flour

turned out. No need to pay so much for a mill or a vita mix for that matter, you can get a ninja blender for under 100$ at canadian tire.

Some people have returned their vita mix for the ninja to save some money. It does work well:)) A close up of the flour I just made with the Burr Mill.

And a pic of the little beast underneath. A little messy but it's all good:)

 

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