FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of some of the most commonly asked questions from customers.

Are there other names for Einkorn?

Yes, because of it’s ancient origins, einkorn is known by many names across the world: Triticum monococcum (Latin, scientific name), einkorn (German), small spelt (Italian), farro piccolo (Italian), engrain (French), Le petit épautre (French), tiphe (Greek), siyez (Turkish), and sifon (Hebrew). Learn more about the other names for einkorn here.

Where can I learn more about the nutritional benefits of einkorn?

We’ve summarized some important facts about Einkorn nutrition here.

Do you sell einkorn flour?

Yes, we offer two types of einkorn flour:

  1. Organic 100% Whole Grain Einkorn Flour (Freshly milled in our stone mill)
  2. Organic All-Purpose Einkorn Flour

Our Einkorn All-Purpose Flour is comparable to a “white einkorn flour”, only most white flours have additives (such as bleach and other chemicals).  Our flour does not.

Our 100% whole grain einkorn flour is freshly milled in our stone mill.  It ships the same day it is milled.

Both flours are available for purchase at our online store, here.

Even though we offer flour, we actually prefer and recommend that you grind your einkorn flour at home.

Here’s an article about why and how.

In short:

  • It’s more affordable (in the long run) to mill your flour at home because einkorn berries are less expensive than flour.
  • Properly stored, einkorn berries (unmilled) last for years, making it more affordable to stock up.
  • Flour oxidizes and loses its nutrients over time.
  • If not kept properly, flour will go rancid.
  • Milling einkorn flour at home is easier than ever, thanks to modern electric countertop mills.

What is the best grain mill for making einkorn flour at home?

Einkorn berries can be ground into flour with almost any counter top mill.  We recommend using the Mockmill countertop stone mill to produce the best flour.

We wrote a post about it.  In the post, you’ll find some helpful tips for selecting a mill and discount coupons to use if you’re serious about getting your own mill.  Click here to read it.

Plus, if you’d like to sift your freshly milled flour to remove some of the bran, and make more of an all-purpose flour, here is a flour sifter you may want to consider…

81VujMzmnkL._SL1500_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.

Can I use these einkorn berries for seed?

Einkorn Wheat Kernels in the Hull

Einkorn grows natively in a hull that does not separate from the kernel during harvest.  To prepare einkorn for food, we use a dehulling process to remove the hull from the kernel.  The result is einkorn berries ready to be ground into flour and used for baking.

This makes einkorn very unique among varieties of wheat.  Experts say the hull protects the kernel from disease and rot.  As a result of this dehulling process, however,  some of the berries do not sprout as well as they would if they had been left in the hull.

If you plan to use the einkorn you purchase from our website as seed, you should first test a small amount to verify that it does sprout according to your expectations.

At some point in the future, we hope to offer einkorn seeds for sale. For now, they are so rare that it’s impractical to offer them for sale.

Where is this einkorn grown and is it organic?

The einkorn we offer is grown by our partner organic farmers in the western United States & Canada, and yes it is organically grown in accordance with our USDA organic certification.

How many cups of flour does 1 cup of einkorn berries make?

One cup of einkorn wheat berries will make about 1.5 cups of flour, depending on how finely you grind your flour.

Do you offer pricing for wholesale or bulk orders?

Yes, we are seeking wholesale partners who can offer einkorn in their local areas.  Please complete the bulk and wholesale application, and we’ll get back with you with pricing and wholesale requirements.

246 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. Lisa

    Can the berries be soaked to reduce the phytic acid content prior to grinding? If so, would you provide instructions? I’d like to try flours made from both soaking and sprouting the berries. Thank you!

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    1. Admin

      Hi Lisa, Soaking the berries is what you would do for sprouting. They can be ground but only after they are completely dry. We use a dehydrator for that. Soaking refers too soaking the dough or batter with something acidic like lemon juice, yogurt, or kefir for a few hours before baking. Both reduce the phytic acid.

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    1. Admin

      Hi Alyson, we sometimes have seed available but, because of the demand for einkorn this, we don’t have any to spare. Feel free to check back next year if you’d like.

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    1. Admin

      Hi Gloria, I don’t know enough about her case to say for sure. It depends on what it is about wheat that she’s allergic to. If she has a gluten sensitivity, it’s very likely that einkorn won’t give her any problems.

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  2. Roberta

    What is ideal hydration “bakers math” percentage for sourdough bread consisting of only whole grain einkorn flour ,salt, starter, and water? I know how to test modern wheat flour to find the ideal percentage of water for simple 4 ingredient bread but I know Einkorn is different. I have read it generally requires less hydration, like in the 60s , so what is the ideal hydration of whole grain in simple bread?

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  3. Donna

    When were the wheat berries in the superpails that are currently on sale harvested? Are they also in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers? I want to use this in my long term food storage. Any information you could provide woul be greatly appreciated.

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    1. Admin

      Hi Donna, Our current stock was harvested in Fall 2019. We store the berries in the hull as long as possible to maintain freshness. If you buy a super pail, it will bepacakged with a mylar bag and oxygen absorbers. Thank you!

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      1. Sarah

        Do you de-hull them right before shipping? How long should the super pails last if stored under the right temperature and humidity conditions? Also, once the pails and mylar bags are opened, can they be resealed or can the lid be reused? Or do you need to transfer the berries to a different storage container?

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        1. Admin

          Hi Sarah, the berries will last for years if stored cool and dry. The lid can be reused but not resealed. We don’t dehull it right before shipping but we dehull larger amounts as needed, so we do store most the berries in the hull until we need to dehull a new batch.

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  4. Lindsay

    Hello, I am very interested in buying in bulk, however, I need to know if there is a possibility of cross-contamination with other grains in any of the growing, harvesting, storing, or packaging process. We have a daughter with celiac and have to make sure there is no cross-contamination with modern wheat or other modern grains containing gluten. Thank you so much for your time. Looking forward to being a life-long customer.

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  5. Doug Shattuck

    Why is the 26.5 Super-Pail of Einkorn at a cost o $4.57/lb when we can buy a 25lb. bag of Einkorn @ $2.90/lb.? Is there a difference in the grain, or is the pail and liner that much more costly for those materials and shipping? Thanks

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    1. Admin

      Hi Doug, thank you for the great question. Yes, the packaging is most of it. The pail itself costs more than a bag, but there is also a mylar bag and oxygen absorber. It is then sealed. So the materials and extra labor contribute to the cost. The grain is the same. If you are wanting to keep your grain in a bucket but aren’t interested in all that, I’d suggest buying a bucket yourself and transferring the grain into it once you get it in the bag from us.

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  6. Mary Rose

    Do the berries need to be looked through before grinding? I have a nutrimill and just purchased 48 pounds of berries. I’ve never looked through my other wheat berries before but wanted to be sure. Thanks!

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    1. Admin

      Hi Mary, I don’t look through mine. There shouldn’t be a problem. Sometimes, you may find little black seeds. It’s just a weed seed that made it in, but it’s harmless and won’t do anything to the mill. If I happen to see one, I’ll take it out, but I don’t bother to look through it to find them.

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    1. Admin

      Hi Bethany, it should just be a few weeks. We have all the equipment now and are just in the process of assembling and testing. I’d be happy to notify you when it’s available for purchase.

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        1. Admin

          Hi Bethany, I have you on the list to be notified when the all-purpose flour is back in stock. Is that what you mean?

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  7. Ramona Johnson

    Interested in using this product to make bread, rolls, etc. I wonder if purchasing a small all purpose bag would be a good thing to try? Can I use a grinder or food processor to mill flour? Thank you,

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    1. Admin

      Hi Ramona, the all-purpose flour is currently out of stock but you can absolutely use a grinder to mill the berries into flour. If you want something that more closely approaches all-purpose flour, you can do some sifting. I haven’t tried milling berries in a food processor, but we do have customers that use a high power blender. It won’t be as fine as what you can get with a grain mill, but it will work.

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