Fresh hard white winter wheat berries straight from the farm.

Fresh hard white winter wheat berries straight from the farm.

Girls Need Tools Too!

My Mama gave this to me for my birthday 2 years ago, bless her heart.  It is a beautiful thing.  Now before you groan at making your meals even harder to get together, remember who you’re talking to here.  I’m the one with the ultimate goal of making it easy.  OK?  Are you with me?

Nutrimill Grain Grinder

Nutrimill Grain Grinder

I Want Easy And Healthy

I want easy.  Yet I want healthy.  I like my treats.  Yet I want to feed my family and me as healthy as possible because I don’t want a bunch of sick people on my hands.  That does not fall into the easy category.  I want all of us to have STRONG immune systems #1.  Yet, I want to have a life. And the truth is, I completely believe my immune system is only as strong as my thought system.  So, if my thoughts are positive, loving, believing, faith-filled – then things will be fine, root beer or not!

OK.  Now that that little caveat is out of the way, let’s get on with it.

Next Step

So I called a farm and got this grain.  Yes sir,  I’m feeling real country right now even though I’m a pretty citified girl.

Bucket of grain.  Sold like this from the farm.

Bucket of grain.  Sold like this from the farm.

The Cost?

The grinder was about $240.  Yes, maybe that’s alot.  But some things are worth it.  This is one of them.  I think I drooled over it for at least 3 years.

The wheat I buy comes from a local farm, johnsfarm.com, that grows organic wheat and grass fed, healthy cows for healthy beef.  This huge container of white winter wheat cost $17.  I figured it up and the price of these wheat berries once it’s ground into flour is equal to the cheapest white flour I could buy at the grocery store.  And this is organic whole wheat!  I’m part of a local food coop (buying club) and as a group we order from this farm (and many other places too.)  (Find a similar group – best thing I’ve done in a long time!)

Why Should You Grind Your Grain?

Because it is SO MUCH MORE healthy.  And we use flour in everything.  And if we can do a good job in this area, then maybe we can slack off in other areas.  Regular flour has all the good stripped out and then they enrich it; i.e. add back stuff to make it “supposedly” healthy again.  Good grief.  Just leave the darn flour alone!  God made the grain the way we are supposed to eat it.  Stop messing with it!  And we wonder why people are getting heart disease and cancer and……….Sorry.  Can’t help it sometimes.

So once a grain kernel is milled, nutrient loss immediately starts to occur.  This is due to oxidation, heat, light, and even moisture from the air.  Freezing the flour can prevent rancidity, but does little to slow nutrient loss.  After 2-3 days, even in the freezer, the flour has lost a large portion of its nutrients.

This shows the grinder with the bin pulled out.  That is where your ground flour ends up.

This shows the grinder with the bin pulled out.  That is where your ground flour ends up.

Here Is My System

I have the grinder out on the countertop so I will use it as often as possible.  I used to keep regular wheat flour as back up, if I was in a hurry, but now I don’t even do that.  It doesn’t take much longer to grind than it does to get a bag of flour out.  But just to ease into this, I would advise starting with your backup flour around the house.  Then as you feel more secure :) you can get rid of it.

The top of the grinder with the lid removed.

The top of the grinder with the lid removed.

So you scoop out your berries from your pail.  I have found about 2 cups of berries will yield about 3 cups of flour.

Don’t you just want to hold that grain in your hand and let it run through your fingers!

Don't you just want to hold that grain in your hand and let it run through your fingers!

Are you thinking Little House on the Prairie yet?  No?  We gotta get back to the way they did a few things ladies.  I'm just saying.....

Are you thinking Little House on the Prairie yet?  No?  We gotta get back to the way they did a few things ladies.  I’m just saying…..

Then, put the lid back on.  Turn the knob to about the middle.  Not too course, not to fine.  By the way, it is quite loud.  It actually sounds like a vacuum cleaner.  But fairly quickly you will have a bin full of flour.

Voila’!

Voila'!

Other Alternatives

There are many other ways to grind grain too.  There is a hand grinder (yeah, right.)  I think I’ve heard of people grinding in their blender if it is powerful.  There are attachments to a kitchen aid mixer.  But honestly, all the alternatives looked like more of a hassle than I could deal with.  I did the research.  This is the best one.  Trust me.

Check out Youtube for “How to” videos

If you need more of a visual on how to grind your grain – though it could not be simpler – there are lots of videos on YouTube.  Just do a quick search.

Ok ladies.  That’s it for now.  Believe me when I say I thought it was possible that this might be one of those purchases that I believed was really neat initially and then it ended up in the back of some cabinet, but it is not.  I use it all the time.  My children use it.  It’s definitely an asset.  Oh and my husband can tell when we have used fresh ground flour and when we have not.  That’s cool.

Love, Allison &  God Bless ya!

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