Book Review: Flour Power by Marleeta F. Basey — 18 Comments

  1. Joy,
    You’ve done an outstanding job on this post. It’s like reading something from America’s Test Kitchen because it’s so well researched. I committed to baking bread fourteen months ago and feel the same way about flour quality as you do. I opted to buy my flour from either from a local mill specializing in certified organic flours or from Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur. I like buying products from specialized sompanies that keep up on the research and are quality driven. In your neck of the woods, you’ve got artisan organic mills like Heartland Mills and Great River Milling. Have you ever tried their products? Looking forward to hearing what you decide and have a great weekend!

  2. Hi Joy.
    I’m so glad to discover your blog via a Twitter follow today. I have the Fidibus version of the KoMo grain mill and have used it for roughly 7 years now. I can’t speak to how it compares to the other options you’re looking at but I’ve been nothing but pleased with mine. It is certainly an investment but it’s a very well-made and solid piece of equipment. In addition to being a simple way to grind enough flour for immediate use, it provides consistent texture, is easily adjustable, has never bogged down while grinding, doesn’t “dance” across the counter when operating, doesn’t make any kind of a mess when it grinds and is really a pretty darn attractive appliance. Whatever option you pick, I hope you’re pleased with it!

  3. I’ve always kind of wanted a grain mill, but truthfully, I think adding an additional step to my bread baking would probably result in the end of my baking.

    I am so interested to see if you enjoy using your mill or if it ends up sitting in a cupboard.

  4. As I baked another sourdough bread last night, I know exactly what you mean about it being a staple in your diet. Quality and time are important reasons to consider milling at home (not in the same category, but this is how I started grinding coffee at home). As long as you have easy access to whole grains I would say go for it. I’ll keep following this to take advice!

  5. This is so interesting! I didn’t even know that such things could be done at home! What a great idea! I can’t advise you on your choise, because I know nothing about it, but I hope you will find one that fits your wants and needs 🙂

  6. First of all – wow. That’s so awesome that you are maintaining and not cutting out bread…that would make me sad. I’ve always contemplated buying a mill, as well. But really, I don’t know where to start. I look forward to hearing your decision and how it works out for you!

  7. This is so fascinating to me but I have to agree with Candace that another step would mean less baking (not that I’ve successfully made bread anyway…). I remember when I was doing the Eat it Real challenge last year someone mentioned a flour mill and it never occurred to me that folks milled their own flour. Although I have to admit I do have my eye on some pasta makers. 😉

    Thanks for writing up the post, Joy!!

  8. Great post, Joy! I’m so excited you’re finally going to take the plunge into home flour milling! I bet you’re going to fall in love with your own flour. You will be telling all of us that we have not yet tasted home baked bread until we make it with our own freshly ground flour!

    Do you already have a local store/source for buying the whole grains which you will use to grind your flours? That would be a deciding factor to me, as well as the shelf life of the whole grains. Do they go rancid quickly like flax seeds? Or are flax seeds so quick to spoil because of their high omega fat content compared to other seeds/grains?

    I’m so excited for you! lol

    • My understanding is that whole grains don’t go rancid — you can still bake bread from the wheat that was buried with the Pharaohs! Once the grain is ground into flour, then it can go rancid quite quickly.

  9. very interesting post. I have not considered grinding my own grain. heard that people do it, but I think I would do it once or twice then put it away. I look forward to reading more about this adventure.

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