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Grandma x 12

KitchenAid grinder and ordering/storing grains

Hi y'all,

For Christmas last year I received a KitchenAid grinder attachment, which I haven't used yet. I am a single person and have an older frig w/freezer on top. I understand that ground grain goes rancid quickly. I only want to purchase minimum amts. to grind because I can't put too many 5# sacks in the freezer.

I use old-fashioned oats, as is, for oatmeal breads. The local health food store carries a large line of Bob's Red Mill products in 24 ocs. pkgs. I have a pkg. of Bob's Red Mill steel-cut oats in the freezer, unused.

Another consideration is my limited counter space ('60's rental hse) is already taken up w/salvaged Tupperware cannisters w/sugars, AP flour, white whole wheat, etc. I froze rye for over six mos. as here in East Texas, it is too hot nine mos. of the year for stouter breads and turning on the oven LOL.

I suppose the routine would be to grind only enough for 1-2 makings?

I have the [i]King Arthur Flour Baking with Whole Grains[i] as my guide.

Is it worth the time and money w/shipping to order direct from a mill, and what do I ask for specifically?

sorry this is so long, and thanks for any input!

Leslie
leslie.writerider@gmail.com

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Ramona

You can purchase in bulk and save money, by storing them in 5 gallon buckets with lids that have gaskets.  I buy my grain in 50lb. bags and pour that into these type of buckets.  The lids unscrew easily to get more grain, when I need it.  I also use a Kitchen Aid mill and am pleased with it.  I do freeze a loaf or two at times, but not for more than a couple of weeks, because we use alot of bread in my house.  I only grind what grain I will use in a 3 day period and put it in the refrigerator.  I like to use the flour right after I grind it, but sometimes I need to grind ahead of time.  I buy my grains from local health food stores.  If health food stores don't carry what you want, most will special order and usually without additional charge.  Ordering over the internet is not worth it, because the shipping cost are ridiculous. 

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Grandma x 12

Ramona,

Thank you so much for the detailed info!

Where do you get the buckets from and how much are they?

Leslie

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KipperCat

If your local grocery has any sort of deli, you might try asking there if they throw away any food buckets.  They would be food safe and free.

As far as that goes, Mcdonald's used to get pickles in 5 gallon plastic buckets.  You might try asking at fast food places as well.  I'm still hunting for mine.  I'll only pay if I have to. 

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subfuscpersona

LOL, I thought I was the only one who cozied up to deli owners in order to get their trash. I have a number large glass jars (with the lids) that are great for smaller amounts of grain (4-5 pounds ?) I think the capacity of the jars are one gallon (? maybe 2 gallons?). Anway, the jars originally contained pickles, if I remember correctly.

 

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KipperCat

I love those large glass jars!  I only have one.  I think I bought pickles in it at a warehouse store.  I bet they're all plastic these days.

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subfuscpersona

QUESTION What would be the effect (if any) of high temps 9 months out of the year on bulk storage of grain? Would it affect grain quality or shorten the time grain could be stored?

I noticed Leslie, the original poster, may be considering purchasing grain in bulk. She mentioned that " here in East Texas, it is too hot nine mos. of the year".

I don't know the answer but thought I'd ask this question on her behalf (Leslie - hope you don't mind) 

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goetter

Taken together with E TX's high humidity (oh, the humidity!) and abundant insect population, the temperature seems a valid concern.  Some sort of desiccant (http://www.survival-center.com/foodfaq/ff17-oxy.htm) is mandatory, as are Ramona's tightly sealed containers.

My home in E WA is nice and dry.  I right now have 150 lbs of grain in my dry, cold basement; certainly that grain needs tight storage containers to keep out rodents and insects, but it's not the pressing immediate-action concern that it might be in the E TX that I remember.  I'll get to it some time this month.

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Ramona

I am able to buy mine locally, but before I knew that I located a place on the internet to acquire them.  It is www.pleasanthillgrain.com           I did buy my really nice stainless steel loaf and jelly pans from them.   The buckets are 5 gallon and the lids are called Gamma Seals.  I live in very hot conditions as well, so I do not store my buckets outside in sheds or barns or such.  I put mine in our home in various out of the way places.  So the temperature doesn't get too hot or cold. 

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JimG

I live in SW Florida.  Hot and jumid a good part of the year.  I store my grain in 'seal a meal' plastic bags.  They work great.