Once you start baking your own bread and enjoying the benefits of healthy, homemade loaves, you'll want to try home milling your own grains into flour using a manual or electric grain mill.
When you mill your own flour, what you get is nutritious whole wheat flour where nothing has been removed. The flour retains the complete endosperm, meaning the bran and germ have not been sifted out as with white flour.
As you watch the grains go into the hopper and come out again as powdery flour, you'll know exactly what you're getting because you know what you put in it. You can be confident that you're baking and feeding your family with nutritious flour with no fillers or additives.
A wide variety of grains, beans, seeds, and nuts can be ground into flour using your home grain mill. These include: wheat, rye, corn, rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, millet, kamut, quinoa, peas, mung beans, garbanzos, and lentils.
Raw wheat berries are the hulled whole kernels. You can use these to make home milled flours, or cook or sprout them to make breads. Grains can be white, russet, purple, or amber in color. You can also find Spelt, Kamut, Emmer and Einkorn as whole grains.
You can even grind popcorn to use in bread. It provides a very interesting texture and flavor.
When you mill your own flour, the possibilities are endless! Just keep in mind that the quality of grains you use determines the quality of flour you'll end up with. So start with a good quality grain, preferably organic.
We have hand cranked and electric wheat grinders for grinding wheat into flour. Click on the image below to view the mills.
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You might try some of these whole grains for home milling your own flour.
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Types of Wheat - There are six main types of wheat grown in the United States. Within these different types of wheat, there are many varieties and substrains that offer an array of possibilities for millers as well as bakers.
Types of Flour - Flour is the primary ingredient in bread. The kind of flour used will determine the nature of the loaf. The better the flour, the better your bread will taste. In this section, we list the main types of flour that can be used to make bread.
Wheat Flours - Wheat flours are the main ingredient in most bread products. Wheat is rich in gluten, a protein that gives dough its elasticity and strength. Learn more about wheat flours in this section.
Wheat Grains - By-products of milling white flours are unprocessed wheat bran and wheat germ. They add color, nutrition, and fiber to breads. Learn about other types of wheat grains that can be used in breads.
Non-Wheat Flours - There are a number of non-wheat flours that can be used as substitutes for wheat flour in breads. Wheat-free (gluten-free) flour can also be used in breads made with wheat flour to enhance the flavor and provide unique texture.
Organic Bread Flour - If you don't want to get into home milling your own flour, try organic bread flour. It costs a little more than non-organic flour, but it is worth it! The bread baked with organic flour is better for you than most non-organic flour.
Try some of these whole grains for home milling your own flour.
Basic recipe for whole wheat bread using freshly milled grain.
Recipe for wheat-free bread flour