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delicious homemade flour and breadOnce again, before living at treetops, we hadn't given much thought to homemade flour. But, over time, we came to realise that flour was going to play a part in our journey towards self sufficiency. Our first step in the journey was to switch from white flour to whole grain flour. At the time, our motivation was to improve the nutritional quality of our food. Story over, or so we thought!

However, it turns out that store bought whole grain flour (organic or conventional) has lost a great deal of it's nutrition by the time that it gets home. We had no idea. Long story short, we decided to purchase a grain mill and learn how to make flour.

Now, there are many choices when it comes buying a grain mill. In the end, we decided to buy a manual stone grinder (the Schnitzer country manual hand mill). We decided that, for our family, the decision would allow us to get the highest quality flour in a way that wouldn't require electricity! Now, as noble as this might sound, the choice of a manual mill should not be made lightly. For example, our standard weekly requirement of 12 cups of flour takes a full 2 hours to mill by hand. Something to think about! And, as much as we enjoy this task, we will most likely also buy an electric mill (and flaker) at some point in the future...

Of course, our decision to produce homemade flour also meant that we had to learn how to source and store wheat (in grain form). To learn more about this topic, please read our article on bulk food storage. Enjoy!

Posted: 7 years 1 month ago by Ben #6
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I fell in love with the idea of grinding flour by hand when we were talking about doing it. I still love the final product, and the food we have produced from it. I love the fact that it uses no electricity. I have to warn anyone considering this though... It is NOT easy. 12 cups of ground flour takes circa 2hrs (for an unfit guy like me anyway), and a good few liters of water to keep me hydrated. Would I agree to it again? Yes, but for me the food value of fresh ground four is more important than the energy saving. Consider a good electric mill first, then get yourself a hand cranked jobbie as a later project.