While processed, refined whole wheat flour is NOT a healthy option for anyone (same as refined white flour), it is still a great option for baking when you make your own. What is the difference between store bought and fresh ground grain? All of the berry is included in the ground flour, not removed and sold for a higher price tag sale.
Unrefined and unprocessed whole wheat flour starts out as a wheat berry:
Steps to Making Whole Wheat Flour (from Scratch):
- Buy wheat berries, preferably from a bulk cooperative market for a great price (around $0.64 per pound). Store in an airtight container for years. I’ve had mine for over 5 years…
- Buy or borrow an awesome hand crank grains grinder…or, use a Ninja blender or, if you are lucky enough-a Vitamix blender.
- Grind. For a coarser flour texture, grind on high for about 30 seconds. For a finely ground flour that closely resembles store bought, it will take longer. If you listen, you can hear the difference in texture as it changes in the blender (crackling will turn to a quiet swishing). The cheaper the blender, the less fine flour. This is one instance where you get what you pay for. Personally, I’ve pined away for a Vitamix, but I can afford a Ninja (I use the cup and small blade).
Wheat Flour in less than 1 minute
Quite simply, put in the blender and pulse and grind away until it has the desired consistency! It’s so easy that it should come with a Staple’s Easy Button. My Ninja blender (not even the grain attachment) takes 30 seconds to a minute!
If you look closely at this next picture, you can see a darker color in the flour; that is what is sifted out of refined wheat flour and sold as bran and wheat germ. The picture on the left is after 30 seconds of blending and the right side is a much finer blend, about 1 minute.
If you want to see it in motion, click over to my Facebook page for the 30 second video!