Monday, July 30, 2012

Grinding Grains at Home ... the KEY to Gluten Free Frugal

One of the first things we did after finding out that I had celiac disease was buy a grain mill. I had seen the prices of gluten free flours at the store and knew that we could easily make back the cost of the grain mill in flour savings.
It's so easy to use! Simply place grains in the grain bin, set the dial to the fine-ness (is that a word? I guess it is now!) that you want your flour to be and turn it on. WARNING: It will sound like an airplane is taking off in your kitchen, but if you already have a blendtec blender, the sound is not that much louder.
Here is a video in which she describes how a Blendtec works and how to properly use it. She did such a nice job, that I don't feel the need to reinvent the wheel:
(Note however, that if this will be used for gluten free flours, NEVER run wheat through your grain mill, it just can not be cleaned well enough. The last thing you want to do is contaminate your grain mill!)
Let it grind for a few minutes and very soon you will have your own wonderful flour for gluten free baking and cooking!
I purchase organic brown rice, organic basmati rice, organic millet, and organic sorghum in bulk for processing through my grain mill from Azure Standard. This method makes gluten free baking significantly more frugal than purchasing flours!
And, seriously, how cool does it feel to say that you grind your own grain?!? Okay, maybe that's just my nerdiness....
This post is shared with the Homestead Barn Hop!

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