Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday’s Last Spoonful: Sweet Rice Flour

A neat Japanese food item
Look for the white boxes of Mochiko Blue Star Brand sweet rice flour at your favorite Asian foods market or Hmart. Koda Farms mills this special flour from their Sho-Chiku-Bai Sweet Rice. This sweet rice flour serves as a neat substitute for cornstarch and shares a similar consistency and appearance. Mochiko rice flour works as a great thickening agent for homemade sauces and gravies. We also recommend this rice flour for breading and coating food ingredients for golden-brown frying. Koda Farms in San Joaquin Valley, CA has produced sweet-rice flour since the 1920s, which makes for three family generations. This ingredient is also suitable for people on wheat, rye, oat, and barley gluten-free diets.

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