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We all have that whole foodie friend in our lives – the one who puts kale in everything and grinds their own flour before baking. Their lifestyle is admirable and something to be commended but seems a little far out for the average household.
There are many reasons why milling your own flour is the best way to go. If you don’t already do it, it’s something you should look into – it’s not only for your foodie neighbor.
What is Just-in-Time milling? Say goodbye to buying stale bags of flour that have been sitting on a shelf for who knows how long. Now you buy whole grain einkorn berries and when you are ready to bake, you throw the berries in your mill and the fresh flour comes out and is ready to be used for all your baking needs right when you need it!
Don’t have a flour mill? Keep reading to the end of this article to see an incredible deal we’ve put together for you!
So why would anyone take an extra step to grind their own flour when there are so many companies who would gladly do it for you? We’ve milled our at home flour for years, and it’s simply a way of life for us, and we love it.
Turns out, there are way more pros to grinding your own flour than cons.
It really comes down to four main things: taste, quality, health, and cost.
Freshly Milled Flour Tastes Better
Gratefully, I grew up with a mother who ground her own wheat. We didn’t use anything as healthy as einkorn, but even so, I was spoiled. I remember eating wonder bread sandwiches at friend’s houses and going “What is this stuff holding the sandwich together? It tastes like soggy cardboard.” Luckily my mother had also managed to teach me some tact, and I never said anything like that out loud.
But it was clear to me. Whole wheat bread has so much more deep and complex flavor than white bread and einkorn bread has even more flavor than that.
Some of you may be thinking, “Ok fine, but why do I have to grind it myself? You can buy whole wheat flour if it means that much to you.” True. However, have you ever had this experience?
You make something delicious for dinner. Your senses are reeling and you are so excited when you realize there are leftovers! The next day at lunch you are so ready to have more of your masterpiece, but, for some reason, it just isn’t quite the same. It’s still good, but the freshly made flavor is gone.
Flour is the same. A lot of flavor is lost as flour sits. This is because it is susceptible to oxidation and rancidity. There is just something about freshly ground flour that tastes better.
It’s a noticeable difference. Dr. Stephen Jones, who is the director of The Bread Lab at Washington State said, “There are real flavors that are lost within a short time. We’ve done informal blind tastings, and the difference between flour that was freshly milled and flour that had been stored for a while was clear to everyone.” (Fresh Flour Power)
Try as they might, no flour company can match the outstanding flavor that comes into your baked goods when you grind your own flour. Even if you choose to sift your flour for better texture, you are going to retain so much more flavor than if you bought flour.
Just-In-Time Milling Improves Quality
Some people would like to bake with whole wheat flour but feel like, when they do, something in texture is lost. This is because, when grinding your own flour, you remove nothing. The bran, which is removed from all-purpose flours, is coarse and sharp and tends to cut through the gluten strands so that the bread becomes denser and less fluffy.
This has never been a big problem for us, but if you want to minimize that effect, you can sift your flour so that some of that is removed without removing everything that gives the bread flavor and nutrition.
When you grind your own wheat or einkorn, you can also decide how fine you want your flour. It can be anywhere from cracked wheat to a very fine powder. So you don’t have to sacrifice beautiful light breads, but if you’re looking for coarser flour or cracked wheat for hot cereal, you have that option without buying another bag of flour.
Freshly ground flour, because it hasn’t been sitting and compacting, is the absolute best in terms of bread-making quality. If you have any experience with baking from scratch, you will be able to tell that the quality of bread made from your flour is leaps and bounds ahead of commercial flour.
Freshly Milled Flour is More Nutritious
This is the no-brainer when it comes to grinding your own flour. Einkorn grain especially is packed with nutrients. Grinding your own flour is the way to get all of those nutrients into your body.
The minute berries are ground into flour, the loss of nutrients begins, and the longer it sits, the greater the loss. For maximum nutrient density, it’s best to grind flour as you use it. It only takes a few minutes to grind what to need and the benefits are unbelievable.
Commercial flour companies enrich their flour so you get some of the nutrients that they removed back. If you grind your own flour, you get these nutrients in ratios that are naturally occurring and your body is equipped to process.
Nutrients that are processed in a lab and then added to your flour can never take the place of the nutrients that are in the flour you grind yourself.
Not to mention, you get to control what is removed. A little sifting for texture does not remove nearly as many nutrients as are removed from processed all-purpose flour. Trust me, it makes a huge difference.
Milling Yourself is Cheaper
Eating healthy very often costs more than we’d like, but in this case, it actually doesn’t have to. Generally speaking, whole berries cost less than flour because there is much less processing required. For our einkorn, that is definitely true. If you can grind your own flour, that means you can store berries instead of flour. Since berries store so much longer than flour, you can buy berries cheaper in bulk and store them until you’re ready to grind!
Choosing Your Flour Mill
And now some of your are saying “But I don’t have a flour mill, and those aren’t cheap.” Often that’s true but to make your adventure into milling your flour all the more enjoyable, we’ve arranged a special opportunity that you may want to consider.
Wolfgang Mock is a flour mill engineer located in Germany. They are big supporters of “Just In Time Milling”. We arranged with the folks over there for a very exciting opportunity to get you started with your own home flour mill at an affordable price.
They call it the Mockmill…
And you can use your Mockmill for milling more than just einkorn. The Mockmill can also be used to mill quinoa, corn, rye, oats, rice, barley and many more.
Milling your own flour is exciting when you consider all the possible creations.
We tested the Mockmill in our kitchen. It produced a nice, fine flour and it didn’t heat up. This stone mill is great for anyone who wants to mill their flour at home, and has an KitchenAid mixer.
Normally this stone mill attachment retails for $199 but the folks over at Wolfgang Mock agreed to offer an 25% discount on the Mockmill between now and the end of the year. You can click here to get it for just $149 if you order before end of day January 1, 2017. The shipping is just $10 and it will arrive within 1-3 days via USPS Priority Mail.
I really like the versatility and compact aspect of the Mockmill. It’s easy to clean (if you ever need to do that), and small enough to put on the shelf, out of the way.
If you don’t have a KitchenAid, these are also high quality and dependable mills to consider (below).
Blendtec Kitchen Mill 60-Ounce Electric Grain Mill – Built to last, durable construction. This stainless steel mill is made from solid-state electronics, a self-cleaning stainless-steel Micronetic milling chamber, a 10 amp direct-drive motor, permanent lubrication, and a design that won’t overheat.
KoMo Mill – German-engineered with small, 13.25” profile so it fits in your kitchen. High production, 3.5 oz/minute grinding capacity for even the finest flours.
Ultra-hard ceramic and corundum millstones.
Flour Sifter – 8 cup capacity. Sturdy stainless steel.
Milling your own einkorn flour at home is a great idea if you plan to make einkorn a regular part of your life. Hopefully this information has been helpful as you embark on the journey.
If you have any questions or additional insights about milling flour, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.