For my birthday I got a NutriMill! It’s a grain grinder.
Now I can make breads and pancakes and waffles using my own fresh wheat flour. Yay! Now I can have food storage that we actually use and rotate through, too. Yay!
The NutriMill will grind all sorts of grains and beans, but I’ve only used wheat so far. There has been a little bit of a learning curve for me. The first time I used it, I didn’t have the flour bowl all the way in place and flour came flying out all over. Oops.
If you look at the photo above, the sign on the lid also says it may be a bit “sticky” and hard to open the first few times. Um, that was an understatement. It took five minutes and made my forearms bulge like Popeye’s. The flour is pretty, though, and feels very fine to the touch.
I think using fresh whole wheat flour will take some adaptation in my recipes. I tried to make orange rolls on Saturday. After adding the required amount of flour, my dough was still runny so I kept adding, and adding, and adding. Needless to say, the orange rolls were rather small and heavy. On Sunday morning I made waffles. I put in the required one and three-fourths cups fresh whole wheat flour, but added one-fourth cup white flour. The waffles turned out really well!
Is it weird that I’m bothered that my waffles are only 87.5% whole wheat?
Do you grind your own grains? What adaptations to you make for freshly ground wheat? Have a terrific day!