Rice Flour vs. Sweet Rice Flour: What’s the Difference?
Rice continues to reign supreme amongst all grains in the United States.
According to the latest statistics, Americans consumed around 5 million metric tons of rice in the fiscal year of 2020/2021.
Rice flour is a milled version of rice that is fine and powdered. It can be used in a variety of cooking and baking dishes.
However, most people often get confused between rice flour and sweet rice flour and wonder if the two can be substituted for each other. Here’s a guide on how the two options are different.
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Let’s delve into the differences between rice and sweet rice flour.
Organic Rice Flour
Organic rice flour is simply the grains of rice that we use in our pantry, ground to a powdery texture.
It makes for a great gluten-free alternative in baking recipes that require all-purpose flour and wheat flour. While some people may be intolerant or allergic to gluten, it isn’t a very healthy option altogether and has no nutritional value.
Rice flour can be made from organic white rice or brown rice, both. In either form, it’s power-packed with nutrients including protein, fiber, and choline.
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Organic Sweet Rice Flour
Sweet rice flour is also milled from rice, but not ordinary rice! It’s made from sticky rice which is used in making sushi.
Many people call it ‘glutinous rice flour’, but don’t let that name scare you! It contains no gluten, whatsoever and neither is sweet.
Organic sweet rice flour is sticky and chewy, hence, the name. It makes for a great thickening agent because of this quality!
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What’s the Difference?
Organic rice flour and sweet rice flourare both gluten-free alternatives that also happen to look similar.
The major difference lies in their consistency because of their parent-form. As sweet rice flour is extracted from sticky rice it is best used to make dumplings and can substitute potato starch or tapioca starch.
On the other hand, anything made from rice flour will have some hold to it, much like cakes. Hence, it's commonly used as a wheat flour or sorghum-flour substitute.
Whether you wish to purchase rice flour or any other product, always go for organic options which are USDA and CCOF-certified.
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