I want to tell you about my new favorite thing....grinding my own wheat.
WonderMill sent me one of their electric grain mills and we have been putting it to work!
You wouldn't believe how quickly you can make your own fresh flour......
....it really is as simple as a flip of the switch and pouring in your wheat (or any grain for that matter).
So why mill your own?
The longer flour sits, the more nutrients it loses.....did you know that? A wheat berry will keep all of it's nutrients until it's turned to flour. So when you are using your flour right away you are getting ALL the nutrients the grain has to offer.
"Once the bran has been damaged or cracked open, the inner elements are exposed to oxygen, which destroys the vitamins and oils in just a short period of time. Within twenty-four hours of grinding or cracking wheat, forty percent of the nutrients have oxidized. Within seventy-two hours of processing (just three days), ninety percent of the nutrients have been destroyed. From this point on, the flour still maintains its mineral content and (of course) its caloric value, but the life-giving vitamins and oils have been essentially destroyed—over twenty-five of them! By immediately using the freshly processed flour or grain, you are consuming and reaping the health and flavor benefits of these essential vitamins and oils." [source]
And fresh milled flour just tastes better--you can even smell the difference.
See? So easy a kid can do it!
So what are you going to do with that fresh milled flour?
Make waffles of course.
Whole Wheat Waffles
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 can (about 2 cups) coconut milk1/4 cup raw honey or pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups freshly milled whole wheat flour
1/4 c ground flax seed1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
We are still playing around with our mill so give me your ideas....
1/2 c old fashioned oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Mix oil, eggs, coconut milk, honey, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients, and stir just until everything is incorporated--don't over mix. Batter will be thick.
Ladle into preheated (and greased) waffle iron, cook until golden brown.
Serve with yogurt, strawberries, and real maple syrup.
Do you mill your own grains?
What kinds of flours are you making?