Thursday, March 31, 2011

Think About It Thursday: Wondermill Grain Mill!!!







I am so excited to announce that our family has began to mill our own wheat and grains to make all of our own breads. This journey towards wanting to mill my own wheat started about 2 years ago at my local state homeschool conference when I came across a woman's booth who had some nice smelling back goods set out. At the time I didn't think much of what she was selling you know just famished and digging into the free samples while I continued to shop the exhibit hall. lol! But this woman had given me a free audio CD called " Do not Eat the Bread of Idleness" I popped it in while in the car one day and I have to tell you it changed my life. She went into the whole history of white flour and why so many health problems are related to this so called bread most of us are consuming. I was all hyped up and set to by a bread mill and a bread maker and all the other gadgets. But of course my husband pulled me back in off the edge. He had a habit of telling me when he thought I was being fanatical. So I backed down and forgot about it. It wasn't until this pollen season that just started that the idea of milling our own wheat came back up.

Since the first inspiration 2 years ago my husband did let me get a bread maker and he has made our pizza and biscuit dough. So some things did change. Just not fully the way I wanted to. But you know God works in his own time. We were still using store bought flour and although it said whole wheat I now know that to not be true. But this allergy season really got me back to thinking that we need to make that change cause for the first time in my life I felt like I had pollen allergies. And my little one(2yr old) nose just wouldn't stop running. I mean over all we have pretty good nutrition so the only thing I could point out as the culprit was all that store bought bread sitting on the counter top and in  the freezer. So I went and looked up the company from the homeschool conference from 2 years prior. By the way they are The Bread Beckers down here in Woodstock, GA. Low and behold they had some free live stream videos of some of the nutrition classes that they teach over at there store and my husband and I spent two days watching these pretty lengthy videos till he became convicted as well. So we planned for Monday(this Monday) to take the hour drive out to Woodstock and purchase our grain mill and 2 7gallon buckets of Hard Red Wheat(breads) and Soft White Wheat(pastry). I highly recommend you get the free audio CD from The Bread Beckers and to watch or read as much of the information as possible about milling your own wheat at home. This is something that I feel not only is a blessing to our health as a family but it is also an economic blessing and it adds to our self sufficiency and Preparedness Storage.

So something I think we should consider on this Thursday is rather or not we should be Milling our own Grains and Making our Own Breads.

Here are some pictures of what we have made so far.

Spelt Banana Nut Muffins

 Hard Red Wheat Buns or Rolls

Zucchini Bread

11 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, these look delicious!!!!!!!! I bet your family really enjoyed those.
    This week we are coming off wheat (for a few weeks only) to see if my kids have any sensitivities to it (elimination diet). But if we don't discover anything major, we like that idea of grinding your own wheat. You know what's in it when you do it yourself.

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  2. Well I must tell you that most folks who have a gluten intollerance have know probelm with Fresh milled wheatberries. Cause its in tact. But if for some reason you are still sensitive to it when you try it dont throw out the idea of a Wondermill cause you can make gluten free flour in it as well. Gluten Free breads can cost an arm and a leg but you can make your own with the Wondermill for pennies. You can make Rice flour, Chickpea Flour, Quinoa Flour, etc.. Also Spelt and Kamut Flours are the original non hybridized grains that you can use in place of wheat. Most folks dont realize that wheat is not bad its just that it is in everything and its the wrong kind. Just like High Frutose Corn Syrup. Its everywhere. Corn is not necessarily a bad vegetable but when you genetically alter it and process it down into some unatural sugar and put it into everything then yeah it causes major problems and sensitivites.

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  3. I think I'm about to be sold on this Wondermill! You are right- those gluten free breads (even flours and mixes) cost way too much in places like Whole Foods. I have wondered how to get the prices down on that-- and I had no clue about milling your own grains. You are such a resource. Once we move into our house and get settled (again!) I may actually purchase that mill. I'll let you know when I do.

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  4. Thank God for Homeschool Conferences. If it wasn't for the Bread Beckers booth I would have never discovered milling my own grains either. I mean I have traveled in some heavy duty health nut circles and no one made mention of the breads. Now they got me preaching the Real Bread Gospel. lol!

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  5. Very nice Erin!! I'm inspired. I have a whisper grain mill but have not used it. I even have 50 lbs of wheat berries stored up from Y2K...that I never used.(somewhat embarrassing) I heard that if grain is stored properly it will last for many years. Blessings, Anne

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  6. No need to be embrassed. The grain if properly stored I think can last somewhere between 30 years to a lifetime. So it should still be some good. There are neighbors of mine who still have y2k stuff in the basement.lol!

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  7. I feel like I just met a 'kindred spirit'! I am making my way through baking recipes, too as I compile my own family recipe book. I love reading about your endeavors in the kitchen. mmmmm banana bread....

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  8. Thank you Eve. I am building up my recipes slowly but surely.

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  9. Hello. I enjoyed your video on the Wondermill. Will this Grain Mill mill will no problem large beans like large lima or fava? Thanks so much,
    Wayne

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    1. I have done navy beans in it before but I had trouble with chickpeas/garbanzo beans. I have also done popping corn to make cornmeal but it doesnt do dried corn like for grits and polenta. I think it might do fava cause even though its big its flat. The hand mills/ non electric ones can defintely handle all size beans. That might be the better investment if you have to do more bean flours. It does rice, oats, and quinoa as well. Just no nuts and seeds cause of the high oil content. Hope this helps.

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    2. Erin,
      Thanks so much for your advice! Yes. I plan on doing more bean flours and some rice. In that case, I may get a manual mill as you suggested; possibly one that has an adapter for a power drill of sorts. Thanks again,
      Wayne

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