I am interested in purchasing a home mill for milling wheat, but I am particularly interested in purchasing a mill that will mill not only hard wheat but also soft wheat. From looking around on the internet, it appears that hand-cranked mills, even the Diamant, are not really suited to milling soft wheat, which apparently tends to clog them. I suppose that leaves me with electric mills? If so, will some electric mills mill soft wheat and some won't? Any recommendations?
I am looking for someplace local to buy soft red wheat. I am located north of Cincinnati, Ohio. The only 'local' place - at a farmer market, that has soft wheat wants like $7.50 for a 5lb bag! Okay, this just seems a little high to me considering I can get a 25lb bag of hard wheat for $12 and 5lbs isn't going to last me very long.
I can mail order from http://www.weisenberger.com for $2.10/5lb bag, but shipping really starts to add up when you get 20+lbs.
Since I have a wheat grinder and lots of wheatberries (hard red, white and soft), I want to grind my own all purpose flour - not buy it in the store. I have been searching and searching for a real recipe on how to grind your own all purpose flour for baking (not bread baking). So far I have found out that it is a mixture of soft wheat and hard winter white wheat. Is it 50% / 50%??? Can someone share their recipe? And do you then sift out the bran with a hand sifter to make a lighter flour for pastry and cake?
Thank you so much!
WOW! Made my first hand-milled loaf... and my arm'd tired but we are HOOKED on the taste!!!
Well, always looking for a challenge, I'm now wondering if I dare work hand-milled into the family THanksgiving I'm hosting (I know, nothing like last minute planning). I'll be doing French bread with the appetizer, which I usually make with KA all-purpose flour... anyone made French bread with hand-milled? Should I use hard white wheat? Would it make more sense to mix hand-milled with store-bought?