Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Expandex modified tapioca starch?

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!

25 comments:

cate said...

I'm looking for it in canada too!

lindav said...

I ended up getting it from Rheinlander bakery - http://www.rheinlanderbakery.com/
$34.98 for 10 lbs of Expandex and $25 for shipping, all in US funds.

I will order from them again if there is no better option, however, I'm not seeing it on their site right now, sigh... so, I'd suggest contacting them and asking.

Did you know that Expandex tapioca is manufactured in Cambridge, Ontario? yep, just no distribution point available, sigh...

lindav said...

I was just checking again online and Rheinlander Bakery ( http://www.rheinlanderbakery.com/Item.cfm?ItemsID=169 ) - well, it's more expensive - $19.98 for 5 lbs and $35 to ship 10 lbs to Canada.

I wish there was a way to get it in Canada.

BTW, Navan foods will also ship to Canada, it's a bit more expensive than Rheinlander bakery to ship to Canada. https://www.navanfoods.com/Expandex+Modified+Tapioca+Starch

Richard said...

I live in Cambridge, Ontario so if you can give me some detail - the local processor's name, for example - I will see what I can dig up. I would like to tye it, too - the 'non-expandex' recipes in 1000 GF Recipes that I have tried seem to work quite well. Richard

Joann said...

I have been in touch with the company here in canada and at this point we can order directly from them BUT the minimun order is 4X 12 Kg bags - which is kind of too much for the home baker. The person who responded to me said he is looking into finding a Canadian distributor and he will keep me informed as to developments. I guess we could bulk buy but would need someone to organize and distribute the product

Sandra's Gluten-Free Cooking Blog said...

Hello Joann, If you read this comment, could you email me through my store pages at: http://store.sandradhalpenny.com page? Thanks Sandy

lindav said...

Hi Joann,

Darn, just ordered from Rheinlander Bakery again... you are right, that is a bit much for the average home bakery - and I plan to split my order of 20lbs with another baker.

It would be great if we could get a Canadian distributor!

I'd appreciate if you could could get that info to me... and I know of at least one store that would be interested.

BTW, thanks Richard... I think I could've been wrong about the location... CASCO makes it, www.casco.ca/about.htm

Joanna said...

So has anyone found out about getting expandex in Canada. I went in to buy some from one of the websites suggested on its site and the product was 7 dollars and the shipping (to Alberta) was get this...56 dollars. This is ridiculous. I just got Carol Fenster's 1000 Gluten Free Recipes as a gift, and I can't make any of the baked goods because I can't find reasonably priced sorghum flour, either. I am so frustrated, so if someone can help me I'd really appreciate it.

Sandra's Gluten-Free Cooking Blog said...

Joanna
I too refuse to pay that crazy price for shipping. The companies are just ripping people off for the shipping, no way does it cost that much. They still are not distributing the Expandex here in Canada. I have the same book and so far I have made recipes without it and they have worked fine. sometimes I use Tapioca starch and sometimes I use the Sorghum mix. I bury my Sorghum flour from http://www.elpeto.com/. I call and order the 2.5 kg bags.

lindav said...

If you have an Asian grocery in your neighbourhood, they usually carry sorghum flour.

Joanna said...

Thank you ladies for your help, I really appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

I found expandex at:

http://www.littlebaybaking.com/shopcart.htm

and ordered enough to get free shipping.

I'm not sure whether or not they ship to Canada. I'm in the US.

lindav said...

Once again, no shipping to Canada option... grrrrrrr....

Anonymous said...

willow bakery has expandex now and it says on their website they ship to canada. if you only order one bag, shipping could be expensive, but you can order 4 and pay the same shipping. I know I will use it, so it works for me. but if you are just looking to try it out, you may think its too much.

Anonymous said...

I find expandex 3 pounds for 42$ ship include for quebec in the site of navan food www.navanfoods.com

The difference in the baking is much better with expendex so for me it's worth the price. Good cooking

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if expandex modified tapioca starch can be substituted for regular tapioca starch in baking recipes? I've made a couple of inquiries at the expandex site but as yet have not gotten any kind of reply. I ended up purchasing more than I need to justify shipping to Alaska thinking that I would use this in lieu of tapioca starch in my baking but now I'm not sure if it's meant to be used that way. Anyone know?

lindav said...

Yes, you can always use Expandex tapioca instead of regular tapioca, I do it all the time.
The expandex is much better than regular tapioca - especially - no taste!

Anonymous said...

so has anyone figured out if this product is distributed in Canada yet or if there might be enough of us that want it to order directly from the company and then split it up?

Carol Cox said...

I live in Ontario and would love to be able to try this Expandex too. I have the same 1000 recipe book and wonder if it is worth trying it. Does anyone know of a a Canadian outlet? I am retired and don't have money to throw away on gimmicks.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
giftsofnature.net will ship to Canada. Not sure how much it costs, as I haven't ordered yet, but thought I'd share.

Anonymous said...

giftsofnature.net request a postal code (5 digits) to calculate the shipping ... So I do not know where you see they ship to Canada?

Anonymous said...

If you live near a bordering town to the US..you can order online and have them ship it to a UPS in the US and pick it up from there. They (UPS) charges 5.00 for this service.

I actually live down the road from CASCO and my buddy works there, i should call him and see if he can scoop me some. :P

Anonymous said...

WILL POWER ships modified tapioca starch to Canada. I ordered 1 lb @ $14.95. The shipping is $32 - ouch! But if one needs it there is no other choice. Hopefully 1 lb will last a long time.

Jackie said...

I just ordered Expandex from Navan Foods to Calgary AB, it was 11.00 for 2 lbs and there was not showing any shipping charges. I do not know if it was a one day only thing, but I was able to order no issues. Perhaps you should contact them. Good luck!

Sandra D Halpenny said...

Jackie, would you have an email address for Navan foods in Canada? thanks