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Feed Wheat ok for grinding?

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Nick Sorenson's picture
Nick Sorenson

Feed Wheat ok for grinding?

I've seen feed and seed wheat pretty cheap. Curious if this is ok to use? I'm sure it's not FDA approved but I'm mainly just wanting to find out if it's ok.

I'd guess things that could hurt it are pesticides and pests in it. But I'm sure that could be on any wheat.

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dabrownman

wash the grain before milling and grain that is soaked and then nearly dried actually grinds better.  I think Song of the Bake used some field grains with no problem.  If you start growing horns iIwould stop eating it - even if it tastes and performs great :-)

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Crider

They're often treated with fungicides or other somesuch chemicals. Organic seed wheat isn't treated, though. But it is often more expensive than food-grade wheat. 

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Cob

Y'know, it's often said the pigs and chickens eat better than us.

I suspect it's true, our food chain is filled with offal. As to the original question, sorry I'm no help.

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metlboy

Often the grain that's sold for feed is of lower quality than what's sold for human consumption. It may be perfectly edible, but the baking results you get could be really unpredictable. Frequently grain that has begun to sprout or shows other signs of damage making it unsuitable for milling will be sold as feed.