I’m one of those people.
I grind my own grain and make my own bread. After five years of doing it, I’m convinced it is the way to go. We’ll never go back to store-bought baked goods.
I couldn’t do it without my Bosch Nutrimill Grain Mill 20-c. I love, love, love this thing! Here are a few of the reasons why:
- It’s SO much healthier! Fresh-ground flour is SO much better for you than anything you can buy in the store…even store-bought whole wheat flour! You see, a grain of wheat (wheat berry) begins to oxidize and lose its nutrients the second it’s broken open and exposed to the air. Within 72 hours, up to 98% of the nutrients are GONE! How likely do you think it is that bag of whole wheat flour sitting on the grocery store shelf was milled less than 72 hours ago? They “enrich” it by adding back in four of the twenty-six original nutrients…but the synthetic forms of these four are actually detrimental to our bodies. I firmly believe that over consumption of refined grains is a major factor in the epidemic of wheat and gluten intolerance we see today. I could write a whole post just on the health benefits, but I’ll stop there for now.
- It’s cheap! I can make a loaf of bread for pennies! Sure, I could buy the cheapest loaf of bread in the store for about the same price, but I refuse to have my family ingest that ingredient list of unpronounceable chemicals, preservatives, and rancid grain. And the cost savings of making my own cookies, pancakes, muffins, and other baked goods is even more significant. I’ve recouped the initial cost of my investment many, many times over.
- It’s incredibly versatile! The Nutrimill can grind whole grains into the finest flour or the coarsest meal. It can also grind a wide variety of grains and beans. I can grind basic wheat berries, most beans, rice, popcorn (which makes FANTASTIC cornbread, btw!), or even lesser known grains like kamut and spelt.
- It’s super easy. People seem to think that grinding your own flour and baking your own bread must be an inconvenient, time-consuming process, but nothing could be further from the truth! It’s as simple as pouring the grain in the hopper and turning the dial. By the time I’ve assembled the rest of my ingredients, I have a bowlful of fresh ground flour waiting to be added. I can have five loaves of bread and two trays of dinner rolls ready for the oven in less than thirty minutes, start to finish.
- It’s delicious! The taste just really blows anything store-bought away! My kids turn their noses up at store-bought bread…it tastes bitter in comparison, even the more expensive brands of whole-wheat. It’s kind of like eating cardboard. And yes, it is possible to make delicious cookies, cakes, and other baked goods using whole wheat…if it’s fresh ground! Store-bought whole wheat will produce a heavy, dense, finished product…not so with fresh flour!
- Unique features. This mill has a couple of really great features. First, it can be turned off and on in the middle of grinding if you need to say, answer the phone or deal with a screaming child. Most other mills can’t be turned off while there is still grain in the hopper or they will jam…once they’re on, they’re on. I love it’s large capacity which allows me to grind a large amount of flour in one batch. I also love that the bowl sits directly under the grinder, making for a smaller footprint on my counter.
- I can’t end without mentioning the great warranty the Nutrimill has or the stellar customer service I’ve received! The mill has a lifetime warranty…how can you beat that? I’ve had to send mine in twice in the five years I’ve had it (both times were pretty much my fault…) and I don’t think I’ve ever encountered better customer service than I received. They truly went above and beyond! They even upgraded my machine with a couple of new and improved features while they were repairing it, then sent me a gift as an apology because it took longer than estimated! And no, I’m not receiving any benefit of any kind for plugging the mill or the company, I’ve simply been highly impressed with the level of service I’ve received and don’t mind telling others about it.
So, my mill and the ability it gives me to produce a huge variety of healthy, delicious, quick and easy, cost-effective baked goods is definitely a thing I love!
Keep watching…in the near future I plan to post a tutorial of how I make bread from start to finish, with pictures.
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