I’ve been wanting to grind my own flour for a very long time. I know . . some of you are rolling your eyes. It is funny though when you make homemade stuff. Once when Chad was younger, he was visiting his dad for a couple of weeks in the summer. He called me and he was whispering . . Mom, can you please send me some soap? They use storebought soap! He was disgusted with the thought of using storebought soap! I’ve quit making soap and we now use storebought soap and he’s gotten used to using it.
I was looking at one of the blogs that had the “7 Weird Things About Me” and I asked Vince and Chad what what was weird about me. Neither of them had a problem coming up with a dozen or so ideas but Chad’s first one was you make your own bread!
We do use a lot of flour. King Arthur is my favorite and I either have to mail order it or buy it in Joplin. When I go to Joplin, I usually buy all they have on the shelf and then ask for more which they usually don’t have but offer to get for me.
There are several reasons, which I won’t go into here, why I want to grind my own flour. My friend, CJ, is real knowledgeable about this kinda stuff and she’s given me lots of information. She recommended the Country Living Grain Mill, which is pretty darned pricey.
I don’t mind paying for it at all . . if I know I’m going to use it. My dilemma today is whether to pay $350 for this one or buy a cheaper one just to see if we’re going to like bread made from fresh ground flour. My thinking is . . if I buy a cheaper mill, the flour may not be ground too coarse and then we won’t like the flour. Grizzly has this one which looks pretty small but it’s $22.95. The health food store in Joplin said they’ve seen it and it looks pretty substantial . . probably meaning that it’s cast iron and will last a lifetime.