I am continuing my wheat and bread series this week. This post is going to cover how to grind wheat. I even made a video showing a couple of the ways that I grind wheat.
If you missed my previous posts, you can check out how to afford wheat berries here. The reason to use whole wheat berries as opposed to white flour here. Plus a whole wheat bread recipe here.
The next few topics that I plan on covering include more recipes, how to soak your wheat, and how to sprout your wheat. But . . . . for today, let’s talk about grinding wheat.
There are many different ways that you can grind your wheat berries. Some are expensive and some are cheaper. I have used quite a few different methods over the years while saving up to purchase better gadgets to grind my wheat. I am still saving up to eventually get a top of the line wheat grinder, but what I have now works great for me.
1. If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer, they sell a grinder attachment. This attachment just attaches to the front of your Kitchen Aid mixer. You place the wheat berries into the grinder, turn your Kitchen Aid mixer on high, and grind your wheat. This is a slower method than most, but it is also quite affordable if you already have a Kitchen Aid mixer. Make sure that you grind your wheat on high or you will burn up your motor. Also, you should only grind for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you will need to turn off the mixer and wait until it cools down to restart. Most of the time when I make bread I use about 4 cups of flour, so I typically had to grind wheat twice to get enough for a loaf of bread. I will show you how to use this method in the video below.
2. Currently, I use a Blendtec. It is amazing!! My husband gave it to me for Christmas, and I love it!! We have smoothies almost everyday, so this is something that I have been wanting for a while. It grinds the wheat very quickly and it is pretty fine. I have found that it grinds the wheat more finely than the Kitchen Aid method. I will show you how to use this method in the video below as well.
3. You can use an actual grain mill. My sister uses the Nutrimill. The Wondermill is very similar as well. She found one really inexpensively on Craigslist. This will grind your wheat really fine so that your bread will be even lighter. These are not cheap, but if you grind enough wheat, it might be something that you want to save up for. I would LOVE to have one of these one day . . . but I am saving up for other things first. If I even find a great deal on one though, I will definitely jump on it. These run around $250, so like I said they are not cheap.
4. Country Living Grain Mill. These are supposed to be the top of the line grain mills. My mom actually has one of these. The wheat can be ground so fine it looks almost like white flour. It is quite expensive and manual unless you add a motor. My parent’s friend actually built a motor for theirs so that they do not have to grind their wheat by hand. It is very difficult to grind it by hand unless you are quite strong, but it does a great job and is supposed to last for a really long time.
There are many other grain mills out there, but these are the ones that I have experience with. I would definitely research any choice that you make before your purchase them. In this case, you often get what you pay for. However, there are pretty inexpensive ones that you can start out with until you can save up for a nicer one. I used my Kitchen Aid grinder for years before I got my Blendtec. You will eventually recoup the cost by making your own breads and baked goods as well. Plus, grinding your own wheat and providing those nutrients for your family can be a blessing to them.