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  •  I grind red wheat (1+ / 0-)
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    concernedamerican

    as I need it, haven't used white flour for years. Since the germ is removed as well as the bran from white flour, I don't know how you'd get it at home. But you can set your mill to grind coarse or fine, and if you run it through 'fine' more than once, it's good for pastry or cakes.

    Mostly I use my mill for corn. Grow Indian and blue corn. Which so far isn't GMO but any big lot may contain transgene contamination. Corn pollen can travel on the wind for miles and contaminate fields. I still can't believe they were allowed to create these and turn them loose on the world indiscriminately. Transgenes are promiscuous - are DESIGNED to be promiscuous - and do get around.

    •  Wheat, or wheat berries? How does it come at (1+ / 0-)
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      Joieau

      the health food store?  (No other way to get it where I live.)  I'll have to find out.

      Thanks!!!

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 09:11:20 AM PDT

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      •  Comes already threshed, (1+ / 0-)
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        as berries. You'll get germ in your flour, but little to no bran. You can order whole organic grains over the internet, there are lots of dealers and a range of prices. But then you've got to pay shipping, which can make it much cheaper at the health food store in small amounts.

        My region has several buying cooperatives for hard staple items. That's a group of people who get together and order enough bulk to get the volume discount and free shipping. Getting that volume takes awhile, so you shouldn't be in a hurry.

        If there's a Co-Op near you, members can sometimes add a bushel to the outlet's order for grain and get it at a significant discount plus Co-Op overhead. Wheat's averaging $6 to $8+ a bushel on the commodities market, and a bushel of wheat is 60 pounds. Average price of wheat berries retail is more than a dollar a pound from organic outlets (sometimes double that), so $20-$30 for 60 pounds is a very good price.

        But for many it's just more convenient to buy already ground grain. Bob's Red Mill and King Arthur both have certified organic lines available in most good-sized grocery stores. If you put the stuff in jars and store in the freezer, it'll keep well for as long as it lasts.

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