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If you are wanting to start milling your own flour at home, you have come to the right location! In this post, we are going to explore:

WHERE are you going to source your grain?

HOW to store your grain?

WHAT to look for in a grain mill.

Disclosure: Some of the links shared are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, I will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.

My Story

If you’re new around here, I’ve been using sourdough my whole life. My starter came from my great grandfather. He was a cowboy in the Owyhee Mountains in Idaho. He took his sourdough starter through the ranges wherever he went.

One Christmas, he gave my dad a sourdough stater and cookbook. He didn’t have much money that year, but little did he know, all these years later what a beautiful gift and legacy he had given us.

Since sourdough is in my blood and it’s my culture, I try to create the best recipes. And in doing so, milling my own flour is a great way to have the most nutrient dense flour available for my sourdough baking.

Do you want to start sourdough and haven’t yet? Head to my shop and grab a sourdough starter today! SHOP HERE

WHERE TO SOURCE YOUR GRAIN

I don’t know about you, but my local grocery store doesn’t have wheat berries or bulk grain for sale.

Rather, I need to order in my grains or drive 3-5 hours to a closer Mill and distributor.

Instead, I purchase the bulk of my bulk grains from azurestandard.com

Azure has a wide variety of grains available in bulk (25 & 50 pounds) to smaller trial sizes (ex. 33 ounce soft white wheat berries)

The most common wheat berries you will find are:

  • hard wheat: great for bread that needs structure like bread, bagels, pretzels
  • soft wheat: great to use for pastries, muffins, quick breads

I love the ancient varieties of grains like

You may be interested in milling other grains like:

I could keep going but I think you get the idea.

TIP: BAKING WITH FRESHLY MILLED FLOUR

Maybe you’ve tried mixing bread before and it “just didn’t perform” like store bought flour. Here’s your baking tip: for sourdough especially, Mix your freshly milled flour and water/liquids and allow it to rest for at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours BEFORE combining the rest of your ingredients. Freshly milled flour, soaks up liquid at a different rate than that of store bought. You can see the difference in the hydration when you just let it rest. If you mix everything together, you might think it needs more water and you end up with an over hydrated dough.
If in doubt, let it rest.

you’ll notice this bag is Wheat Montana. I was able to snag 25# of wheat berries at our local grocery stores case lot sale for $15. You can shop amazon for their wheat berries, but you’ll be shocked at the price!

Now you can see why I shop Azure a lot or snag these at the case lot sale.

Storing your Grains

I store my bulk grains in 5 gallon buckets and mylar when needed. I buy my 5 gallon buckets, mylar bags and oxygen absorbers from Wallaby Goods.

and great news! you get a discount when you shop at Wallaby Goods. Just use code SOW5 in the discount code box at checkout from wallabygoods.com

Bulk grains, like wheat berries, will store indefinitely and there’s no need to Mylar or add oxygen absorbers if you dont want to. The berries are fine in a sealed bucket.

If you wanted to mylar, I would use the gallon sized gusseted bottom bags.

Wallaby Goods is also available on Amazon.com however my discount doesn’t apply here but you can still shop through THIS LINK.

Grain Mills: WHAT TO LOOK FOR

If you’re looking to start milling, the grain mill I have is the Wonder Mill. I absolutely love it. I am able to grind a variety of grains into course, bread, or pastry flour. I recently made a loaf of Ezekiel Bread where I milled: barley, wheat berries, beans, and lentils at one time and this mill handles it like a champ!

ok but the noise?! The noise of my grain mill is actually not all that bad. Surprisingly it’s noisiest when the hopper is empty and not when it’s grinding.

There are a variety of Grain Mills on the market and they all have pros and cons. I love the Wonder Mill and would definitely buy it again.

Other things to consider when shopping for a mill:

  • hopper size
  • can it handle a diversity of grains
  • do you want to be able to grind a diversity of grains, beans, and legumes
  • flour grind settings (i.e. course, bread, and pastry)
  • do you need a separate bowl for milling or one that attaches to the mill

TIP:

If you ground too much flour for what your recipe called for, the best way to store your freshly milled flour is to place it in the freezer and do your best to use it up within the week.

What you should never mill

I get it! You have something in its whole form, like flaxseed and you need ground flax. Should you run it through your grain mill?!

I’m going to say, be on the safe side and don’t do it!

Here are some items that my grain mill suggests NEVER milling:

  • Sugar
  • Sunflower Seeds and Nuts
  • Dried Fruit
  • Seasame Seeds
  • Flax Seed
  • Coffee Beans
  • Peanuts
  • Tapioca

Here’s what I would us instead:

I hope that you have learned one new tip from this post. I would love if you took the time to comment with what you learned.

Thanks for being here!

Happy Milling, BOOTS

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Disclosure: Some of the links shared are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, I will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.

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