In this little Grain Mill Series, we’ve talked about whether or not you should buy a grain mill…and if so…which one should you get and where should you get it? Now we’ll talk about which grains to use and where you can find them!
Which Grain to Use:
- I try to find organic or chemical free grain.
- My very favorite grain to use is Hard White Organic Wheat. I like it much better than Hard Red Wheat. It has the same nutritional value, but when you use hard white wheat, it hardly seems like you’re eating whole wheat at all! Hard red wheat seems to make my recipes a bit heavier.
- You can use Soft White Wheat to make pastry flour (for use in cookies and muffins) and Hard White Wheat for yeast breads. BUT I just use my hard white wheat for everything. It’s just simpler…I only have to have one kind of wheat on hand…and it just tastes good.
- I also love kamut and spelt…but don’t use them as much, usually because they cost a bit more.
- I grind my own corn into corn meal. This makes the BEST cornbread and cornbread muffins. I love freshly ground corn!
- You can grind rice and make rice flour if you like. It is actually recommended that you grind a cup or so of rice every few months through your mill just to clean it out! (I’ve GOT to remember to do that!)
Where to Find Good Quality Grains:
- First check around locally. Check out Local Harvest to find out if there is a good source of grains near you.
- I almost always order my wheat, corn and rice from Azure Standard. If you live in an area where there is an Azure Standard co-op delivery, I highly recommend purchasing this high quality grain from them. You can still order independently from Azure Standard, but shipping may be high.
- Tropical Traditions has several varieties of very high quality grains. Watch for “free shipping” days and take advantage!
- Paula’s Bread sells a few different varieties of grain on her site. She’ll ship it to you, or you can go pick it up if you live near her in Oklahoma.
- Pleasant Hill Grain happens to be right up the road from me!! I was excited to see the shipping is FREE on orders over $99!!!!
- Wheat Montana has great prices on wonderful wheat (I used to be able to get their wheat from Wal-mart for a great price). Shipping from their site is pretty pricey.
- Healthy Food Mall is worth checking into. Their costs are higher for the grain, but shipping seemed more reasonable.
- Don’t forget Amazon. I’ve never bought grain from them because shipping is high, but I keep checking there to see if there’s a reasonable option.
Grain will last for a long time. If you come upon a good resource for wheat, I say buy a LOT. It will store safely for years without going bad!
Okay everyone with a grain mill!! Share where buy your grain and where you live so that others in your area can learn from you!
This post is linked to Frugal Fridays.