The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Hi from Guatanamo Bay, Cuba!

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sbeddo

Hi from Guatanamo Bay, Cuba!

Hi,
I've been making our bread for a couple months now and just got my grain mill. Finding what I need while living in Cuba has its challenges, but so far I've been able to beg, borrow or steal what I need. I just attended some lectures on the wonder of freshly milled wheat and all its health benefits and I'm so excited to be doing this for my family of 5. I was SO GRATEFUL I ran into this site. The pictures are fabulous and much needed. I finally know what this stuff called dough is supposed to look like! It can only get better :)

Just a quick intro to Shannon in Cuba. Looking forward to my time with you all.
Shannon

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Sylviambt

Hi from lakeside in Wisconsin,
I've been baking artisan-like breads only since February and also drool over the marvelous loaves posted here.
I've been reading about the various mills on the market and wonder what you've got and how you like it. I look forward to hearing you thoughts.
Sylvia
In search of the perfect crust & crumb

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sbeddo

Hi,
I bought the Whisper Mill by WonderMill. It can mill 8 cups of wheat in about 3 minutes (or less I think). FYI, 8 cups of wheat yields about 12 cups of flour. It has 3 settings, pastry, bread, and coarse. They recommend using coarse for everything, however, except things like angelfood cake (then use pastry). So far I'm loving it. I know people who've had a Whisper Mill for quite some time and love it and say it's dependable. They come in 2 sizes. I bought the smaller one for $229.00. The larger is $249.00 (I think). I bought the smaller one to save on counter space and b/c it meets my needs as my family is relatively small, only 3 kids.

I'm finding my bread is MUCH moister using freshly milled wheat (due to the vitamin E I'm sure). My family loves it and even my 3 year old asks for a slice of bread as a snack now! :)

I bought my mill from BreadBeckers.com, and I buy my wheat and other "bread stuff" from them as well. So far, no complaints. I hope I don't get in trouble for mentioning them, just trying to help, not endorse any company over another. I met Sue Becker at a homeschool convention and watched her use her Whisper Mill (the bigger one) and tasted her fabulous treats (my favorite, corn biscuits with pepperjack cheese, a bit spicy but wonderful!). I didn't research any other mills, I probably should have, but if it was good enough for Sue, it was good enough for me. I figured the proof was in the pudding (or in the bread!).

Hope this helps you make a decision.

Shannon, a beginner but loving it!