Looking for a Gluten-free Option? Try Waxy Sorghum

waxy sorghum flour

There’s no doubt, consumers are moving from looking for gluten-free products to finding gluten-free products that taste good! Many flour substitutes often leave gluten-free options tasting bland or low on substance. So, bakers are on the lookout for ingredients that improve product quality and nutrition. One option: waxy sorghum.

Sorghum is an ancient grain, first grown in Egypt and now the third largest cereal grain in the U.S. By grinding the plant’s kernel, a powder is made. This flour is gluten-free and has high levels of unique phenolic compounds—good sources of antioxidants. When used with gums and starches, this sorghum flour makes for a solid gluten replacer.

Waxy Sorghum vs. Regular Sorghum

There are now waxy sorghums available on the market that offer more advantages to simply sorghum flour. The waxy form has a thinner bran layer, lower gelatinization temperature and 100% amylopectin.

This makes it excellent for binding water, retaining moisture, opening cell structure, improving freeze/thaw stability and reducing moisture migration. It’s also ideal for clean label, minimizing the use of gums and starches and labeled as “whole grain sorghum flour.”

Helping with Viscosity

Tests have found waxy sorghum increases viscosity of dough and batter, more so than regular sorghum flour. Nulife Market conducted the following test:

“Waxy whole grain sorghum flour and regular whole grain sorghum flour were tested on a Rapid Visco Analyzer (RVA) to measure the resistance of a flour and water mixture while being stirred with a paddle. Cold viscosity, which indicates the resistance before heating, shows the state of the viscosity in a batter or dough format. As explained by the graph results below, the waxy whole grain sorghum flour (1.75 RVU) was found to be more viscous than the regular whole grain sorghum flour (1.08 RVU).”

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About the Author:

Earl Roemer
Earl Roemer created Nu Life Market in 2007 to bring specific grain sorghums with unique quality and chemistry characteristics to the food industry. He is a 4th generation farmer and has held leadership roles in both the state of Kansas and national sorghum industry. The company is located in the largest sorghum production region in the US and is vertically integrated to achieve the highest quality of sustainable, allergen free, Identity Preserved sorghum grain. They control all aspects of milling to produce a custom particle size, from whole grain to fine bakery flour. Nu Life Market can support the development of many applications such as extrusion, batch cook, and bakery with the ideal sorghum variety and specification.

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