Western Foods specializes in gluten-free and allergen-free rice flours, ancient grain milling, blending, packaging and distribution for the B2B and the B2C market segments.
White Rice Flour
White Rice flour is often used as a healthier alternative to wheat flour because it is easier to digest and richer in fiber. It is a popular substitute for wheat flour with the addition of other flours, starches, gums, and enzymes to help mimic a gluten matrix.
Brown Rice Flour
Brown rice flour is gluten-free, so it can replace wheat or other gluten containing flours. Successful baking with brown rice flour composites requires incorporation of starches and gums to strengthen the dough network.
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Pre-gel Rice Flour
In gluten-free baking, pre-gelatinized rice flour can increase baked product volume by increasing dough viscoelasticity. Studies indicate that it acts as a binder that improves the dough capacity to retain water, thus increasing viscosity and helping to retain gas cells within the gluten free system. In cake applications, the batters need to be sufficiently viscous to trap the air bubbles during mixing and baking in order to produce a voluminous and fluffy texture. Pre-gelatinized rice flour can increase viscosity.
Sweet Rice Flour
Sweet rice flour is neutral when it comes to taste and color. While the addition of transglutaminase or hydrocolloids is important when using it in products that need higher volume or water absorption, rice flour does bring good gelling capabilities to the table.
Ancient Grain Flour
Feeding an every growing population used to be the top priority for many centuries. As a result, modern grains with a higher crop yield super seeded ancient grains. However, our ancestors never had the chance to select their grains based on taste, they never had the luxury to do so. Fortunately, we can now revive those almost forgotten grains and cultivate them exclusively based on their exceptional taste.
Chickpea flour won’t alter the flavor dramatically but will seriously boost the nutritional value, a boon for finicky eaters.
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Western Foods take an innovative approach to developing gluten-free specialty and functional ingredients by utilizing the many benefits of rice, ancient grain and legume flour.