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Gluten Free Resources

Hi, I’m Nicole, and I write this blog and the Gluten Free on a Shoestring cookbooks. Here I’ve included Resources for commonly requested gluten free products and information.

Expandex Modified Tapioca Starch for recipes in Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread (For full information on resources related to the Bread Book, please see this post on gluten free bread resources):

  1. Gluten Free You and Me (affiliate link) sells Expandex online at amazon.com. This resource was not available when my bread book first came out, but it’s by far the most convenient source now.
  2. Montana’s Gifts of Nature: As of 12/14/13, Montana’s Gifts of Nature has 800 pounds of Expandex in stock available for purchase. You must order over the phone at 1 (888) 275-0003, but they are generally available to take orders 7 days a week. If you don’t get an answer, Larry said to leave a message and he will call you back. Montana’s Gifts of Nature supplies Nature’s Market (see #2 below) with the Expandex that they sell (as well as many other retailers).
  3. Nature’s Market: This is a health foods store in Washington State that carries Expandex. They have Expandex in stock and they keep it in stock (it is their best seller in their online store). They also carry NOW Foods brand whey protein isolate, if you want to get those both in the same place.

Better Batter: I am working on getting Better Batter (the gluten free flour company) to carry Expandex. They have expressed interest, but I am waiting for more details. They have told me that they should also be able to ship to Canada through their Canadian distributors. Stay tuned! If you are anxious for this to happen, please make a request directly to them and maybe it will speed things up!

Ultratex: Ultratex is another type of modified tapioca starch that is sold online at amazon.com in two strengths: Ultratex 3 and Ultratex 8. Ultratex 3 is not as strong as Ultratex 8, but both are considerably stronger than Expandex modified tapioca starch. At times the link above (to amazon) has the product listed as out of stock. If that is the case, try willpowder.net. Neither the Expandex people nor the Ultratex people can or will tell me the relative strength of Expandex and Ultratex 3. I have been experimenting with Ultratex 3 and I have arrived at a formula for building Gluten Free Bread Flour to use in the recipes in Bakes Bread. It is as follows (please pay careful attention, as all 3 percentages have been changed):

1 cup (140 g) Gluten Free Bread Flour Using Ultratex3
105 grams all purpose gluten free flour
30 grams unflavored whey protein isolate
5 grams Ultratex 3

Gluten Free Flours: everything you need to know about how to build your own gluten free flour blend that you can use in all of my recipes—including detailed instructions on how to build copycat versions of popular blends like Cup4Cup and Better Batter.

Gluten Free Blog Network: Looking for other gluten free blogs? This is a whole network created by Sharon of What the Fork Food Blog!

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