Monday, September 14, 2009

Whole Grain Adventures

This looks like a mild mannered cabinet. Perhaps some 10th grader's first woodworking project?

Opening up the top reveals evil grinding stones!

These stones punish the innocent hard red wheat berries...

... and turn them into flour for my bread.

The boy balked at my idea of a buying a grain mill, insisting that his folks had one we could "borrow" somewhere in their garage. Well, after telling me this for 13 years, he found it.

I think this is a homemade grain mill because it has some scary features that can take skin off if you're not paying attention, like the overpowered electric motor with its exposed shaft that made me jump back 10 feet when I flipped the switch. It's also scary loud. Subsequent motor runs have involved earplugs and a long handled spoon. It's like a grain mill on steroids.

Now, we can have flour that is freshly ground. Sadly, my bread starter won't be ready for duty until tomorrow morning, so I'll have to wait to see if this flour makes a huge difference in taste. I'll report back.

1 comment:

  1. Ok, now that is cool. I made bread several times a week, but never thought to make my own flour. I'm the lazy housewife version - through the stuff in the bread machine and get it out in time for breakfast.



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