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Making Wheat Flakes

albacore's picture
albacore

Making Wheat Flakes

I've got a recipe that calls for a small quantity of wheat and rye flakes and I got to thinking whether it is feasible to make these at home without a flaker mill?

My idea was to soak them and pass them through the rollers of my Kenwood pasta maker attachment on the widest setting.

However, I don't want to destroy the pasta maker in the process!

Has anyone  ever tried this or any other way?

Lance

David R's picture
David R

...the bearings or joints on a pasta maker are strong enough to even accomplish this task, let alone being durable enough to continue doing it. I can't say no, because I don't have a pasta maker and have never tried what you describe, but when you're expecting flour paste and you get hard grains instead, as a machine you'd probably be somewhat surprised. 🙂

 

Over-soaking or over-steaming the grain, to try to compensate for using the machine differently, would probably affect the final quality of your flakes. Probably don't want to end up with the "quick oats" version.

albacore's picture
albacore

I think you're right David; it might work, but it's not worth the risk of ruining an expensive mixer attachment. It's just a shame when I have a big bag of wheat grain and nowhere local to buy flakes!

Lance

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

and hit some soaked berries?  How about a brick?

David R's picture
David R

...three or four flakes, this idea is fine - but carefully and accurately whacking every individual grain when you have several pounds to do?

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Mini Oven

 https://grainmaker.com/products/grainmaker-flaker-mill-model-no-275/

I can see the problem more clearly.  How about a local grain/home brew shop.  Maybe they have one there to run a few pounds thru to flake? Or know someone who will.

Would it be futile to try a heavy marble rolling pin on a stone with a few pieces of wire for spacers, cloth over the grain to keep it in place and roll back and forth for a few minutes and see what it does?

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albacore

Double post