Here at Gluten-Free Foodee, we strive to help make gluten free living easier for everyone so we can live our best gluten free lives. So, today we are answering the burning question that we have been asked on many occasions, is rice gluten free?
Now, you might be thinking that this is an easy question and you already know the answer, but the beginning of anyone’s gluten free journey starts with a lot of uncertainty. Gluten appears to be in everything. You now have to read every food label, and you start to question what else could possibly contain gluten that you never thought of, before. If you find yourself in this place, you may want to start by looking at some of our resources that help you learn the alternative names for gluten, and what “may contain” vs. “contains” means. You may even want to use a scanner app to help you decipher if a product is safe. Check out the other tactics and practices to avoid gluten in our Ultimate Gluten Free Guide for Beginners, and 15 Steps for going gluten free.
Even if you are not gluten free but are cooking for someone else, you might be wondering, “is rice gluten free?” A family friend once asked me if they needed to buy special rice because they wanted me to safely enjoy their home cooking. Here are 11 tips for hosting gluten free guests to help make it easier to entertain people with dietary restrictions. Also, here are 6 helpful tips for supporting the gluten-free person in your life, plus, we shared 5 tips for being a good gluten-free guest, in order to help you in any social situation.
Is Rice Gluten Free?
Yes, rice is gluten free in its natural form. Therefore types of rice like basmati, jasmine, brown rice, Arborio, wild rice etc… are in their pure form.
Can Rice Contain Gluten?
Yes, you should always read labels. Some rice might have been grown/harvested/processed with or alongside gluten-containing grains. The chance of cross-contact can be a problem for those who are highly sensitive to gluten, or are celiac. When you can, choose rice that is labeled or certified gluten free to avoid any issues.
Also, if you are buying premade or flavoured rice products, you should also read the label on the product. There could be gluten lurking in the stock used, soy sauce, or other flavourings. This is also true of restaurants, you need to ask questions to ensure your meal is safe for you to consume.
Is Bulk Rice Gluten Free?
If you are buying a large bag of rice, then yes it is- as long as you have read the label, or it is labelled gluten free.
You should avoid buying rice from bulk bins. This is because customers can cause cross-contact issues by using the same scoop for different products. Because you cannot be sure a scoop was not taken out of the flour bin and then put in the rice, the safest option is to avoid the bulk section or bulk stores.
Rice is an economical and versatile item everyone should have in their pantry. Here are a few rice dishes that you will want to include in your recipe repertoire.
- Gluten Free Rice Balls
- One Pan Gluten Free Chicken and Rice
- Gluten Free Fried Rice Ring with Teriyaki Chicken and Pork
- Gluten Free Chicken Fried Rice-Filled Zucchini Boat
- Gluten Free Pork Chops with Pan Sauce and Parsley Rice
- Vegan Gluten Free Wild Rice Salad with Veggies
- Gluten Free Turkey À La King Recipe served with rice
- Gluten Free Italian Cabbage Rolls
- Gluten Free Chicken with Mushroom Rice Recipe
- Gluten Free Asparagus Risotto
- Gluten Free Mushroom Risotto Recipe
- Gluten-Free Risotto Stuffed Zucchini Boats
- Gluten Free Rice Pudding
- Gluten Free Ricotta Rice Cake
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