Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mixing and Grinding!

Mixing and Grinding!--this is a new page tab on the blog.  It will be permanent, so feel free to come back at anytime to access the information.

Currently $259.99, with free shipping.  Contact me for more details & to order.

There are many reasons to grind your own grains.  And I don't just mean wheat!!  Here at the Tueller house, we grind corn, rice, beans, barley, rye, and wheat.  I'm sure, that sometime in the future, I'll experiment further, but those are the things we eat right now.  I prefer to feed my family whole grains, freshly ground, rather than buy whole flours at the grocery store, and here's why:
All commercially made grain flours have had the germ removed. This is the part of the grain that contains healthy nutritious oils. They remove it to extend the shelf life of the grain other wise with it left in the flour would go rancid in a day or so unless it was frozen which is expensive and not something most supermarkets would be willing to do. So by removing the germ it can sit on the shelf for months or even years and still be edible. However, just because it is edible doesn’t mean it is good. Grain flours even those with the bran remove deteriorate quickly and loose a lot of vitamins and minerals. So, those flours you buy in the store while still better for you than white flour aren’t all that they could be and should be.Taken from: http://www.breadmachinedigest.com/tips/milling-your-own-flour-the-hows-and-whys.php

The four vials in the middle show what has to be removed from whole wheat to make it shelf stable!  Look at what you're missing!

Given that  whole grains are a little heavier, people tend to have less luck when baking with them.  They feel that the end result is heavy and bland.  My goal with this blog is to change that.  I really want you to see that healthy, fresh food does NOT have to be boring.  Also, whole grains need to be kneaded a bit more than all white flours, in order to develop the gluten.

For the past 7 years, I've been using and recommending the Bosch Universal Mixer with great results.  It has the ability to knead 12 pounds worth of dough, which you can easily hit by throwing in a few loaves worth of whole wheat dough.    Here's the current model:

Current price (with blender) is $499.98.  Contact me for more information or to order.

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