Benefits of Milling Your Own Flour
Often times I am asked why I mill my own flour. Well, there are several reasons why I mill my own flour. I can you that my very first reason that prompted me into action was that I got tired of paying anywhere from $4.00 – $5.00 for a loaf of bread at the grocery store. I also got tired of waiting for the 5 lb. bags of flour to go on sale. I wouldn’t purchase a 5 lb. bag of flour for over $3.00 a pound. I thought that was crazy! At a price of $53.48 for 50 lbs. of wheat berries, including shipping, you can mill your own fresh wheat flour for about 80 cents per loaf.
Another reason that made me research other alternatives was the health aspect of whole wheat. Eating wheat bread and various other whole wheat products is supposed to be so much healthier for you and your family. The actual whole wheat berries, if stored properly, will last for 8 to 10 years. The wheat berries will not begin to lose nutrients until you mill some to make flour. This is because during the milling process, the shells of the wheat berries become broken. This is the reason why you should use freshly milled flour within a few days. The longer you let the flour sit, the more nutrients you will lose.
Why not buy wheat flour at the grocery store? Very simply, milled flour should be used in a few days and keeping it refrigerated will help keep it from going rancid sooner. The main point is that the sooner you use the flour you mill, the more benefits you will obtain. When you buy whole grain flour from the store, you have no idea how long it’s been there. How long was it sitting it a warehouse? Was it refrigerated after being milled and packaged? Was it refrigerated during transit? Milling your own flour will remove any doubts about the freshness and nutritional benefits you and your family will be receiving. And it will save you money!
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