I posted a few weeks ago about a great recipe for whole wheat bread that some friends shared with me. This bread has become a staple in our household. Not only have we been enjoying freshly baked bread, but it is being made with freshly ground wheat! Now I know what you're thinking..."Who in the world grinds wheat these days!?!" When I first heard of the idea I had pictures in my head of large stone contraptions, perhaps a wheel of some sort, and maybe a mortar and pestle. Really I had no idea what even to picture. After only a small amount of research online, I found out that grinding wheat in this century is really not much different than running a mixer or a blender.
I had never considered the benefit of freshly ground wheat before, and I am definitely no expert on it, but from what I've read, eating the entire wheat berry (bran, germ, and endosperm) is exceptionally nutritious. I am often a cheapskate, so the fact that it is less expensive than good wheat bought at the store, wins me over too! For a few months I had been buying freshly ground wheat from a friend, but I recently decided to take the plunge and buy my own grinder! I decided on the Blendtec 52-601-FLP Kitchen Mill.
The process of using it is so simple. Once it is assembled, all you do is dump your wheat berries in the top opening (you might need to add more as you go if you are grinding a lot), turn the dial to how fine you want the flour, and turn it on. It is very noisy, but it really grinds the berries quite quickly. The flour comes out into the bottom bucket and is ready to use as soon as all the berries on the top have been ground and the machine is turned off.
If you do not use your flour right away, it is good to keep it in the refrigerator. The nutritional value of the flour decreases with time and keeping it cool slows down the loss. From my experience, you can use fresh ground wheat just as you would any wheat flour, but if anyone has greater expertise, I'd love to know more!
This is a new experience for me, but so far I am loving grinding wheat and providing wholesome food for my family in this way.
Do any of you grind your own wheat? What are your favorite things to make with it?