Do you use gluten-free flour quite often? My husband finally found a gluten-free sandwich bread he likes. His favorite is my Gluten-free Oat Bread Made with Expandex®. Expandex is not the healthiest choice, as it is processed, but it is gluten-free, and that makes me happy. I enjoy my regular Gluten-free Oat Bread Recipe. Oat flour is not an inexpensive flour, neither is most gluten-free flours. I figured out a way to buy them cheap…buying in bulk!
You can purchased 25 lb. bags of flour through Bob’s Red Mill website (see links below). The potato starch is $29.04, the tapioca flour $26.42 and the oat flour $31.52. I did not need any oat flour just yet, so just purchased the tapioca and potato starches. Shipping to California cost me $31.38. Therefore, the final cost per pound is as follows:
Tapioca Flour: $1.68
If I were to have purchased a total of 50 lbs., but one of them were oat flour it would have cost me $1.89 per pound for the oat flour.
Not bad at all, huh?
The usual prices per package are:
Potato Starch 24 oz. (1.5 lbs.): $3.35 ($2.23 per lb.)
Tapioca Flour 20 oz. (1.25 lbs.): $3.45 ($2.76 per lb.)
Oat Flour 22 oz. (1.5 lbs.): $5.59 ($3.73 per lb.)
Bob’s Red Mill only sells Expandex in their stores, not online. You can find Expandex in bulk online at Rheinlander Bakery 5 lbs. at $19.89 ($3.98 per lb.), and elsewhere by visiting Where to Buy Expandex.
I plan on going to Smart and Final and purchasing their 22 quart storage tubs that sell for a little over $13 each, $17+ if you want a handle. I can store these on my pantry floor easily enough. Our home is air conditioned and since the flours do not contain any fats it should last a long time without being refrigerated.
Just as a side note, ingredients such as almond flour, flax seed meal, or other flours containing fats should be refrigerated to prevent them from going rancid.
Well, if you bake quite often or if you have a large family, buying in bulk is something to consider.