Why Grind your own wheat?

Have you ever seen a wheat grinder and wondered if it’s worth it? Well, here are some reasons you should give grinding your own wheat a go! Shelf-life. Whole grain flour (or meal) that you buy at the store goes bad relatively rapidly. Plus, you never know how long flour in the store has been on the shelf. The Whole Grains Council suggests that whole wheat flour can turn rancid in as little as 1-3 months on a cool pantry shelf, and 2-6 months in a freezer! If stored correctly, wheat berries can last 30 years or more in your food storage. Options. Once you have a grinder, you can grind whatever you want! There are many different kinds of wheat and many different kinds of wheat grinders. You can even grind other things like beans, quinoa, corn, rice, oats, etc. Texture. When you grind your own flour, you get to control the fineness of the grain. There are typically settings that allow you to grind fine or coarse wheat on each grinder. This means that you can experiment with the texture of the final product and Replace the perfect flour for you. Flavor. Although unscientific, many prefer the flavor of freshly-ground flour to that of flour that has been sitting on a shelf. Cost. This is a tricky one. The initial cost of a grinder is often somewhat off-putting as well as the additional cost of the wheat or other ingredients you’re grinding. The good news is that this is a preparedness item that can be used all the time; so instead of just spending money on an item to have for emergencies, you can incorporate it and use it in your life right now. Depending on the type of flour you normally buy, grinding your own wheat may save you money in the long run and will give you a higher-end flour you may not Replace at the grocery store. There are also other great benefits to consider. Nutrition. The Whole Grains Council lists many great benefits (and supporting studies) that come from eating whole grains (grinding your own means you’ve got a fresher product.)), instead of refined grains, some of which include:
  • Decreased risk of chronic disease including: stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, asthma, various inflammatory diseases, colorectal cancer, and more
  • Better weight maintenance
  • Healthier carotid arteries
  • Healthier blood pressure levels
  • Less gum disease and tooth loss

Grinding your own wheat

Of course, benefits are most pronounced in the context of an overall healthy diet, and whole grain foods vary in their level of nutrition. But since whole grains are a big step up from refined, commercially-processed flours and cereals, you really can’t go wrong with whole grains and your own grinder. Do you have any experience grinding your own wheat? Tell us about it in the comments!
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3 comments

ECW

ECW

We have stored a variety of flours in vacuum sealed 1/2 gallon jars for several years, not months, without any adverse effects on flavor or texture. This process works great for other items purchased in bulk also.

John Stanley

John Stanley

The reason store bought bread molds is because the bakery has mold in it. I worked for Wonder Bread for 22 yrs and they kept petri dishes around the bakery to check for mold spores. They tried to keep the bakery very clean to avoid mold spores.

Tommy Sheets

Tommy Sheets

I use a vitamin C pill crushed up and added to dough to give bread two to three days more shelf life. I to live by a stream in hot northeast Alabama.

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