Frequently Asked Questions

Does Flour Expire?

Yes, flour does expire. Shelf life depends on the specific flour type, so check the ”best before date” on the package. Optimal flour storage is in an airtight container, placed in a dark, dry, cool area. Avoid storage in the freezer or refrigerator, as moisture can seep into the flour and affect baking outcomes. Cup4Cup flour blends, if stored properly, will not expire for approximately one year, though we recommend deferring to the “best before date” that is printed on the packaging.

How to make flour tortillas?

To make flour tortillas, whisk together 2 cups Cup4Cup flour + 1⁄2 tsp. baking powder + 1⁄2 tsp. salt in a bowl. Using your fingers mix in 2 Tbsp. vegetable shortening to the flour. Add 1⁄2 cup water to the mixture and stir with a wooden soon. Add in more water 2 Tbsp. at a time until the dough holds together and is damp but not wet. Knead dough until smooth then cover with plastic wrap. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Line a tortilla press with a plastic bag, dusting the bag with extra flour. Roll about 2 Tbsp. of dough into a ball and flatten using the press. Cook on the skillet until lightly brown, then flip and cook on opposite side. Cover cooked tortillas with a towel; repeat.

How to make self rising flour?

To convert 1 cup of Cup4Cup to self-rising flour, whisk together the following: 1 cup Cup4Cup flour + 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Is All-Purpose Flour Self-Rising?

All-purpose flour is not self-rising, but you can create self-rising flour with all-purpose flour by adding pantry leavening agents – 1 teaspoon of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt for every cup of all-purpose flour.

Is Flour Gluten Free?

Not all types of flour are gluten free. Flour derived from wheat including all-purpose flour, cake flour, bread flour, pastry flour and whole wheat flour are not gluten free. Spelt flour, semolina flour, barley flour and rye flour also contain gluten. Flours that are gluten free include white and brown rice flour, corn flour, almond flour, coconut flour, sorghum flour, teff flour and of course Cup4Cup’s chef-crafted flour blends.

 

We suggest reading all flour packaging to ensure products are gluten free.

Is Rice Flour Gluten Free?

Yes, all varieties of rice are naturally gluten free, meaning that they do not inherently contain the protein gluten. However, if rice or rice products are processed on shared equipment with wheat or other gluten-containing grains, there can be cross-contamination. Be sure to check food labels for the ingredient listing and allergen statements.

Is rice gluten free?

Yes, all varieties of rice are naturally gluten free, meaning that they do not inherently contain the protein gluten. However, if rice or rice products are processed on shared equipment with wheat or other gluten-containing grains, there can be cross-contamination. Be sure to check food labels for the ingredient listing and allergen statements.

What is Bread Flour?

Bread flour is a high-gluten flour derived form hard wheat with a protein content of about 13-14%. The bread flour is specially formulated to enhance gluten elasticity, which results in a stretchy dough and a chewy texture. Bread flour is commonly used in conjunction with all-purpose flour to make breads, rolls and pizza.

What is Cake Flour?

Cake flour is a bleached, finely-milled wheat flour with a protein content of about 8-10%. It has a lower protein content than all-purpose flour, which is about 10-11% protein. The lower protein provides a softer and lighter texture, making the flour suitable for use in cakes. The bleaching of the cake flour provides fuller, more controlled structure by allowing the flour molecules to bind more effectively with fats, repel liquids and retain gas bubbles produced by leavening agents.

What is Gluten Free?

A gluten free diet is one that excludes gluten. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat and related grains like barley, rye, spelt and titricale. A gluten free diet is used to treat celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and sometimes wheat allergy. Celiac disease is caused by an abnormal immune response to gluten which causes inflammation in the small intestines and can prevent essential nutrients from being absorbed. Therefore, for people with celiac disease, eating a gluten free diet helps control the symptoms and complications of celiac disease.

What is Pastry Flour?

Pastry flour is a finely-milled, soft wheat flour containing higher levels of starch and lower levels of protein than all-purpose flour. With a protein content of about 9%, it contains more protein than cake flour (typically around 8%) and less protein than all-purpose flour (typically between 10-11%). Like cake flour, its low protein content softens and lightens the texture of pastries and other baked goods. Pastry flour can be used to make scones, tarts, cookies, cakes, muffins and even gnocchi.

What is Self-Rising Flour?

Self-rising flour is a wheat flour that contains baking powder and salt. You can make your own self-rising flour by whisking together 1 cup all-purpose flour with 1 teaspoon baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt.

What is the best way to store Cup4Cup Original Flour and/or Wholesome Flour?

You should store our Cup4Cup Flour Blends just like you would store regular flour. For best results, we recommend storage in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark area not to exceed 80° F, such as your pantry. If stored properly, the flour will last approximately one year, though we do recommend using the flour by the ‘best by date’ printed on the bag.  We do not recommend storage in a refrigerator or freezer as these are moist environments that can be detrimental to the flour’s performance.

What is the weight of 1 cup of Cup4Cup Original Flour?

1 cup of Cup4Cup Original Flour weighs 140 grams or 4.9 ounces.

How is Cup4Cup Wholesome Flour different from Cup4Cup Multipurpose Flour? Does it perform the same?

Wholesome Cup4Cup is heartier and healthier than our Cup4Cup Multipurpose Flour.  Wholesome Cup4Cup contains natural sources of fiber, whole grains, omega-3s and antioxidants which are contributed by the brown rice, flaxseeds and rice bran in the blend. Wholesome Cup4Cup flour’s taste, texture and performance are similar to whole wheat flour, resulting in hearty, nutritious, and denser baked items. You may use it cup-for-cup for regular flour in any recipe. However, due to the high fiber content, recipes may need to be adjusted slightly by adding a bit more liquid or fat, just like you would adjust recipes made with whole wheat flour.

Can I make bread with the Cup4Cup Original Flour?

The Cup4Cup Original blend is most similar in composition to all-purpose or pastry flour, making it suitable as a replacement for regular flour in recipes for cakes, cookies, muffins, pies, biscuits, quick breads, sauces, in pasta dough and as a coating for frying. We do not recommend Cup4Cup as a gluten-free flour replacement in bread recipes that require yeast. This is because Cup4Cup lacks the structure and composition to mimic the rise and texture of yeast-based wheat breads. With that, making bread with Cup4Cup is not impossible; it’s just that the recipe will require some modifications and experimentation. For example, we have been able to modify a brioche recipe and develop Brioche Rolls using Cup4Cup. If you would like the recipe for our Brioche Rolls please visit our Recipe section.

Is Cup4Cup produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility?

All of our Cup4Cup products are produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility. Our products meet the strict standards to be certified gluten-free by the Celiac Sprue Association.

Do your products contain tree nuts, peanuts and/or soy?

No. Our products and facility are devoid of any contact with tree nuts, peanuts and soy.

Why do some of your products contain dairy?

Each ingredient in our products has been specifically chosen to perform an important role. The milk powder adds to the tenderness of the baked goods made from Cup4Cup.

Which of your products contain corn?

The following products contain corn:

Cup4Cup Original Flour Blend
Cup4Cup Pizza Crust Mix
Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix
Cup4Cup Chocolate Brownie Mix

Are your products Kosher?

The following products are certified Kosher (OU) by the Orthodox Union:

Cup4Cup Wholesome Flour Blend
Cup4Cup Chocolate Brownie Mix

The following products are certified Kosher-Dairy (OUD) by the Orthodox Union:

Cup4Cup Original Flour Blend
Cup4Cup Pizza Crust Mix
Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix

Is the cornstarch used in your products non-GMO?

Yes, the cornstarch used in our products is made from non-gmo corn.

How do you convert Cup4Cup to self-rising flour?

To convert 1 cup of Cup4Cup to self-rising flour, whisk together the following: 1 cup Cup4Cup flour + 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Can I use Cup4Cup as a replacement for cake flour?

Of course, replace the cake flour called for in your recipe with an equal amount of Cup4Cup flour.

Can I get Cup4Cup in bulk to use at my restaurant or bakery?

Yes, we offer our Cup4Cup Original Flour Blend, Cup4Cup Pizza Crust Mix, Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix and Cup4Cup Brownie Mix in 25 pound bulk bags. Please visit our Foodservice Page for more information.