“Did you grow that wheat? Or buy it, uh, recently thrashed?? I get this pic of you with this grist mill with a big stone wheel run by a windmill grinding wheat like I saw in GSMNP -- how exactly do you do it?”
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For the last 3 years we have been using this: http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_FP%20M560_A_name_E_Wonder+Mill+Wheat+Grinder
Before that we used a unit that sounded like a jet engine, the Kitchen Mill Grain Grinder. It ran beautifully for about 10 years and then died.
I have two places to get wheat.
1) at http://waltonfeed.com/cart/all.html#8
. We coop with our church to get the shipping costs down (17¢/lb).
2) if you want to cut the cost of a 25lb bag from $22 down to $7, let me know and I’ll let you know of another coop that’s based in your area on “who you know” in Florida. It will take some phone calling on your part and maybe a 3-6 month wait for the wheat to arrive. Then you will have to drive to one of 4 centers in Florida to pick it up.
It’s a whole new world--- grinding our own flour like our ancestors did (with electricity of course!). mmm, I’m eating a chocolate chip cookie right now whose flour was just freshly ground 10 minutes before putting it in the batter.
Also, when you start cooking with fresh-ground whole wheat flour and/or use honey instead of sugar, there are some minor adjustments that need to be made to white-flour recipes so the result will still come out good.
Just something to think about … <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />