October 18, 2014
Well, I finally found Expandex in Canada, thanks to a note from "lilmac_d". I purchased it online at a company in Toronto called: http://www.qualifirst.com/en
The total cost for 1kg bag was $43.37. It was 29.95 less 15% for my first order, shipping, plus tax. They shipped it UPS and I received it in 1 day. Plus received a couple of free gifts. Great service.
I have tried it once. I used a new bread recipe and added 1/4 cup Expandex to my 2-1/2 cups of flour that the recipe called for. The bread rose all over the pan and all over the oven. I am not sure if it was from the Expandex or from the recipe. I am going to try it again with a tried and true recipe and I will keep you updated. I moved the bread dough to a bigger bread pan and re-rose it for about 25 minutes and the bread did rise again but not as high. The bread seemed to have lots of air bubbles and nice crust.
Expandex modified tapioca starch, what the heck is that?
It is a new product that is used in the book 1000 Gluten-Free Recipes by Carol Fenster. I wrote to the author and this is the email I received back.
Sandra, Go to www.expandexglutenfree.com to see where to buy it. You may have to mail-order it. There is no substitute, but you can make every recipe in the book without (except Graham Crackers) by following the directions for using Carol’s Sorghum Blend instead of the Expandex. --Carol Fenster
The drawback on this book is as far as I can tell Expandex is not being distributed in Canada. I would like to try it, to see if it is even worth it, but this is the problem that I have run in to.
I did find an online place that will ship to Canada. For 16 oz, the retail cost is $4.99, good price, but get this, the shipping is $20.00. I thought well maybe I could save on shipping and order 10 packages, well then the shipping goes up to $35.00. And I am not even sure if it works yet or if I will like how it works. Also, I know it does not cost that much to ship to Canada, so who is making a big profit on this.
The recipes so far that I have made without it seem to be working OK. On one of the recipes I substituted sweet rice for the Expnadex and seemed to work well.
If any one finds a Canadian source for this product, please let me know!