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Deliciously Organic: "You what?"

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

"You what?"

This is the question people ask me when they hear that I grind my own grain.  Now you may be laughing and thinking, "Who has time for that?"  Let me explain  . The wheat grinder is about as big as an ice cream maker and within a minute of pouring in the grain and turning it on I have fresh ground flour. Doesn't sound so crazy does it?  The next question I usually get is "why?" First, I think by now we all know the benefits of whole wheat versus white and without getting into to much science, my question is, "What happens when you add water to flour?" It makes a imagine what it is doing inside your body. Also, when wheat is freshly ground it contains many nutrients such as: B vitamins, vitamin E, calcium, zinc, copper, manganese, potassium and fiber. When whole wheat is turned into white flour these essential vitamins and nutrients are stripped away and what you are left with is a tasteless powder better used for paper Mache than to bake with.

Have you ever gone to the store on a “health kick” and bought a bag of whole wheat flour only to be greatly disappointed when your muffins or bread came out hard as a rock?  When wheat is ground into flour it has an amazing lightness to it because all of the oils are still alive.  Once the ground flour has been at room temperature for 24 hours, these oils oxidize or "die" so you are left with flour that will turn out a very dense loaf of bread and isn't as nutritious. So this is why freshly ground whole wheat flour is great to bake with because you will be able to get the same lightness that you have always been used to and it also tastes amazing.

For those of you who may not want to buy a wheat grinder, I have good news.  At many stores like, Whole Foods and Central Market, you can now grind wheat in the store and take it home with you.  That may not excite you, but the first time I saw this in the store I was with my Mom and grabbed her arm and said, "Don't you understand how amazing this is?   Now everyone can have their own fresh ground wheat!" She didn't quite share my enthusiasm...but by now I am used to others not being as excited over new organic products as I am.

I completely understand if this is something you aren't ready for.  If so, try and buy flour from a store that has a high turn over and store your flour in the freezer to keep it fresh.  If you are going to the store to buy grain or are going to get some freshly ground, always use soft wheat (also known as whole wheat pastry flour) for all baking (excluding bread) and for bread baking use hard wheat. So, go to the store, grind some wheat and give it a try. I dare you.


Blogger Kristen said...

Yeah for grinding! So, we've just about used the last of our grain and just wish we could go buy more grain somewhere rather than order and wait. Got any ideas?

January 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger LibertyRidgeRanch said...

So may we please have your best recipe for whole wheat bread? (Most of mine still have bread flour or white flour as well.) I know you don't use a bread machine, but for those of us that still do, do you have a bread machine recipe? How about a recommedation for the best wheat grinder? Thanks!!

March 3, 2009 at 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you ever soak your grains and flour?

October 1, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

I always soak my oats and also my flour when making bread. I haven't posted any recipes with soaked grians b/c I am still trying to come up with recipes that really taste great and aren't to intimidating for the average cook. Are you looking for recipes with soaked grains and such?

October 2, 2009 at 4:34 AM  
Anonymous Denise @ Creative Kitchen said...

Awesome!! A fellow grain mill owner. I had a feeling when reading and commenting on your pancake post, but since you didn't mention it in that post I couldn't be sure.

Aren't they wonderful? It revolutionized our lives. I am always quick to let others know how easy it is, and 2 of my friends jumped on the grain mill bandwagon.

February 13, 2010 at 7:54 PM  

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