I have had so many questions about the basics of how to start milling grain. I have some great news! It’s easy!
Tonight I am going to give you two options and I really hope that one works well for you and gives you the opportunity to have fresh milled grain in your kitchen in short order.
Option #1 – Quick (thanks to Amazon), simple and relatively inexpensive
IF you have a Kitchen Aid mixer they have a grain mill attachment! Score! It’s just over $100 on Amazon and you can have it shipped to your door just 2 days. This is a really fantastic way to try milling fresh grain for cookies, brownies, pancakes, waffles or anything that you would use white wheat, barley or spelt for.
I would not recommend milling hard red or winter wheat in an attachment mill. I used to do it and it was always grainy and made my bread to dense. I have also heard that making whole wheat bread in a Kitchen Aid mixer will burn out the motor. I use a Bosch mixer, so I don’t know from experience, but all the “bread ladies” I knew in the early days said to keep the Kitchen Aid for things that don’t require 5min of kneading. It’s awesome for baked goods, though.
Option #2 – Commit and go all out!
If you have done your homework and just know in your heart that milling is for you. If you are excited, passionate and ready to jump in with both feet this is the option for you!
Nutramill – this is another product that you can find on Amazon and have on your door in two days for $239. I have had mine for about 6 years and it’s good as new! I use it almost daily.
Bosch Universal Mixer – this thing is a beast. It’s not pretty or classy like a Kitchen Aid. I don’t leave it on the counter top when I am not using, but it gets the job done and I love it. It ranges from $430-$475 depending on the attachments you get.
As for buying quality grain, Whole Foods bulk section sells numerous types of grain for milling. It is a great place to start if you want to try different kinds of grain or if you are just starting out with the attachment mill.
Once you are serious about milling and making everything from scratch you will want to buy in very large quantities. I have purchased up to 300 lbs at one time, which lasted more than a year. Usually I buy 2 x 50lb buckets (one of white wheat and one of red or winter).
White is for baking and red is almost exclusively for bread, but was used to make these cute little crackers also.
I really hope this helps!! Feel free to ask more questions if you need clarity or call the great people at Bread Beckers. They are very helpful and kind!
And for the cute crackers. These are a quick and fun lunch on a weekday. Simple with some raw cheese and a smoothie on the side. It’s what we ate for lunch today!! Oh and the babies really liked them too!
- 2-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 8 tablespoons cold butter
- ½ cup water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 400
- In a food processor combine the whole wheat flour, sugar, salt, paprika and butter.
- Pulse for a few times until you get fine crumbs.
- Combine water and vanilla and pour over dry mixture
- Process again for a few seconds until everything is evenly combined
- Form into a ball and roll out. I prefer a thicker, softer cracker, so I make my dough about ⅛" thick. Cut into squares with a pizza cutter and bake for 15-18min.
- Cool on a wire rack