Wheat berries and other grains are quite inexpensive when purchased in bulk. This makes grinding your own grains less expensive than processed flour.
Saving money is only one of the benefits of grinding grains fresh. Store-bought flour is inferior in nutritional value and can have added chemicals…and that’s the whole wheat varieties. White flour has the germ and bran (and their health benefits) completely removed and is bleached to suit our idea of what flour should look like.
When you are just beginning to savor the benefits of fresh ground flour, coffee grinders and blenders can sometimes be used to grind small amounts of wheat. However, the results are usually less than ideal. Purchasing a quality grain mill could be viewed as an investment in your healthy future.
If you grind your own grains, please let us know which mills work best for you and why.
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