If you’re a regular reader, you may remember my review of Ryze Gluten Free Flours, both their blue and yellow bags. I’ve figured out their recipe and how to improve it. There’s one thing that I’ve learned developing recipes for manufacturers is that they usually need to cut costs to make a good profit margin. So, I provide you with the same recipe, using only two ingredients and also how to easily improve it. You’ll save yourself some money by making it at home.
What does the Blue Bag contain?
This blend is perfect for anyone who is avoiding starch such as cornstarch, potato, tapioca, and arrowroot. The blend is also free of gum. It literally is made up of two types of rice flour, white and brown, one of which is ground to a superfine texture. However, the majority of the blend is made up of plain old brown rice flour. So, you’ll save a ton of money making it at home.
What can I make with the Blue Bag?
If you’re unfamiliar with Ryze Flour, the blue bag is promoted as being good for heavier recipes such as cookies, pie crust, pastries, and biscuits, where structure is required to prevent the baked good from collapsing.
Does this homemade blend work the same as Ryze?
Yes. This homemade version works the same as Ryze Blue Bag Flour Blend. I tested out one of their cookie recipes. While they are the same, I really prefer a heavier flour than the Blue Bag. Therefore, if I were to make the cookies again, I would use more superfine rice flour or gum in the recipe to make them denser. I missed that dense, chewy texture you get from the use of gum and starches. If you use more of either, it brings the cost up a little bit, but it should make a better flour blend. Try using equal parts of each flour and slowly increase from there.
Of course, if you are intolerant to gum, avoid it at all costs. This was the original intention of developing this blend, to make a flour blend that is gum free. I’ll play around with this recipe again and add an update to this page. I’m very curious how the same cookie recipe would turn out if they were made with a much higher ratio of superfine rice flour at least. Superfine rice flour is costlier. So, they may have chosen a higher profit margarin versus higher quality product. You just don’t know.
If you use Ryze flours because you wish to avoid potato and corn and/or other starches, add a comment to the bottom of the page and I’ll test out the addition of gum (xanthan (corn-based) or guar gum (legume-based) in this recipe as well. Just let me know what you cannot tolerate (xanthan gum due to corn, etc.)
How much money will I save?
Here’s the math:
On Amazon, a 4-pound bag of Rzye Blue Bag goes for $9.99.
The cost of this blend is as follows:
3 pounds brown rice flour (by Bob’s Red Mill) – ($2.79 for 24 oz) x 2 = $5.58
1 pound superfine rice flour (by Vitacost) – ($7.65 for 3 lbs.) / 3 = $2.55
TOTAL COST FOR 4 POUNDS HOMEMADE: $8.13
I don’t have any other intolerances besides gluten. Should I use another flour blend?
If you don’t have any other intolerances besides gluten, I highly recommend this gluten-free flour blend. It can be made with tapioca flour or cornstarch.
Ryze Gluten Free Flour - Blue Bag
- 3 cups brown rice flour Bob's Red Mill
- 1 cup superfine white rice flour Vitacost
- Gum see suggestions in instructions (optional)