There are several reasons why I mill my own flour. For my health; to be frugal; to know how to make my own bread from scratch; to store the raw wheat berries in bulk quantities; for the long shelf life of wheat berries; and to be better prepared.
Eating wheat bread and other foods from whole wheat is healthier than eating foods from processed-bleached flours.
The shelf life of whole wheat berries, if stored properly, will easily last a decade and longer.
Wheat berries will not begin to lose nutrients until you actually mill it to make flour. This is because during the milling process, the shells of the wheat berries are broken. The shelf life of milled flour is relatively short and should be used within a few days or weeks to maximize freshness and nutrients.
If you mill you own flour, this is not a problem because you will mill only what you need!
Even if you buy whole grain flour from the store (already milled), you have no idea how long it has been there on the shelf or how long it had been sitting in a warehouse before the store shelf. Milling your own flour will remove any doubts about the freshness and nutritional benefits you will be receiving. And it will save you money!
Weights and Measures
A typical 5-gallon bucket will hold 33 pounds of wheat berries after subtracting the weight of the bucket.
Wheat berries weigh 7 ounces per cup.
My bread loaves require 3 cups of wheat berries for milling. That’s 1.3 pounds.
Each 33 pound bucket of wheat berries will make 25 loaves of bread.
If a 50 pound bag of wheat berries cost $50, that’s $1.31 per loaf for the wheat.
Beats store prices!
There are 628 calories in one cup of hard red wheat berries.
There are about 75 cups of wheat berries in one 5-gallon bucket.
There are about 47,000 calories in one 5-gallon bucket of wheat berries.
This is my electric grain mill.
NutriMill Grain Mill
This is my hand grain mill. It was expensive, but it will last ‘forever’.
Country Living Hand Grain Mill