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CHEF - Montana

I am very pleased to find this web page and have enjoyed reading all the blogs that have been posted.  Most of them seem to have one thing in common and that is concern about their grain mill and flour over heating.  I have ground grain for many years and have learned that moisture in the grain can be the most common problem.  I had problems with some wheat that I had purchased from a local farmer. I noticed that when ever I tried to grind it the grain mill became hot easily and the flour was moist. The grain mill would become glazed and stop. My Father noticed this and since he had raised wheat and other grains all his life he reminded me that the problem was that there was too high of a moisture content in the grain.  I realized that he was right and I put some of the wheat in a shallow pan and put it in the oven on warm for about an hour and then I stired it and let it stay in the warm oven a little longer. I then turned the oven off and let it set until it had cooled down.  I then put it in an air tight metal container. I was pleasantly surprised when I went to grind it the next time as it went through easily and I was able to grind what I needed plus more and the grain mill was warm but not hot.  If you notice that your flour sticks together more that normal when you are using your grain mill, this could be your problem. It might take a little time to dry your grains but it will be worth it to have your grinding process go faster.

I have a website that features kitchen and cooking supplies.  My goal is to bring a "Kitchen Supply Store" to those who live in rural areas where shopping is limited and to those who like to shop from home.  If you like to look at fun and useful items, you might enjoy browsing around on the pages and the blog.  For those of you who like to bake, you will find grain mills, mixers, speciality pans and many more useful items. 

Thanks for looking- THE CHEF IN YOU



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