Rene and I have been reading about how flour loses 45% of its nutrients just 24 hours after being ground, and by 72 hours it has lost 90%! So that stuff you're buying at the grocery store, isn't much more than starch, even if you're buying whole grain.
Some interesting and alarming info about the making of flourhere
We decided we wanted a grain mill, and budgeted our tax rebate to include enough for a mill and some grain. We got the nutrimill online, and our wheat berries from Hyvee, at $16 a 25lb bag.
It is so easy to use, and the flour smells wonderful. Really, I didn't know flour smelled of anything! But freshly ground flour smells great!
I haven't actually made bread with it, because we've had a lot of bread from foodnet. But I've used it to make strawberry shortcake, cakes, muffins and pancakes.
The food is denser than when you use store bought flour, of course. But the flavor is incredible! Truly delicious. Full, rounded, almost nutty flavor. I'm so pleased with it! It's no louder than a vacuum cleaner, or a blender or whatever. I make enough flour to last a few days and I store it in the freezer, to preserve nutrients.
I'm like a kid with a new toy at Christmas. I'm loving the flour and I'm loving baking with it. And it's good to know that my baked goods pack a punch in terms of nutritional value, instead of just adding more empty, starchy carbs. And they're yummy.