008 Grind Your Own Flour With Erin Alderson

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On the eighth episode of the Root Simple Podcast we speak with Erin Alderson about milling your own flours at home. Erin is the author of The Homemade Flour Cookbook and blogs at naturallyella.com.

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In our conversation Erin mentions that she uses WonderMill Grain Mill.

We also discussed where to get unique grains.  Erin mentions a few sources in her book:

Bob’s Red Mill
Arrowhead Mills
Nuts Online
Jovial Foods (source for Einkorn)
Lundberg Family Farms

I’ll add that if you’re in the Los Angeles area you can buy flour and grain at Grist & Toll in Pasadena.

After my conversation with Erin I briefly mention my purchase of a flour mill, the KoMo Classic Mill.

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  1. I haven’t bought any exotic grains for grinding, but I shop at my locally-owned health food store for 25 pound sacks of wheat and rye. They order them for me and then give me a 20% discount for buying in bulk, so the price is probably competitive with any on-line price. Plus, the nice young man at the store puts them in the car for me (yes, they actually weigh less than a full super of honey, but I’ll take the help anyway).

    If I needed anything unusual, they’re the first place I’d check.

    • That is a great idea, I’ve been wanting to start grinding my own flour but I’ve never seen the whole grains for sale anywhere. I’m going to ask the people at the organics shop I go to. Thanks!

  2. I buy hard red and hard white flour in bulk from those preparedness devotees extraordinaire: the Mormons. Your area probably has a Bishop’s warehouse that you can schedule to visit, even if, like me, you are not a LDS member.

    I make flour in a VitaMix for convenience, but I also have the mother of hand-crank mills, a Country Living Grain Mill. What a beast! And what a good upper-body workout, whew. Best wishes.

    • I know what you mean about the upper-body workout. We have a Danish-made Diamant, a 60-pound cast iron behemoth which grinds like a champ. They’re crazy expensive these days, but we bought ours in 1982 when it was $300 plus $16.00 shipping – still a lot for a young couple with an infant, but one of the best kitchen equipment investments we ever made.

      I meant to add to my comment above that when I get my sacks of grain home, I store the wheat or rye in 5-gallon buckets which I’ve fitted with the twist-on/off Gamma lids – MUCH easier than fiddling with one of those lid opening tools. Because I’m concerned about leaving foodstuffs in contact with plastic, I use a clean, old, white pillowcase as a liner in the bucket to keep the grain off the plastic.

    • Thanks for the tip on the mill. And I have some Gamma lids too–they are indeed much better than struggling with bucket lids.

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