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After my friend Michele told me about her wheat grinder and how she grinds her own flour from wheat berries, I started looking into wheat grinders and discovered that something that I already own – my Blendtec blender – can do this!!
I found this chart on the Blendtec site that explained how to grind wheat berries and other grains (I use soft white wheat berries) into flour. (I have also heard that you can do this with a Vitamix, but I do not have one so I haven’t personally tried it).
How to grind wheat berries into flour
- Add 3 cups of wheat berries to the Blendtec
- Gradually turn the speed up until you hit high (speed 9)
- Blend for 50 seconds
That’s IT!! I couldn’t believe it was so simple. A few things to note:
- Use the fresh ground flour within 3 days if storing at room temperature (I just grind what I need right before baking)
- If you have extra leftover, store it in the freezer
- This creates whole wheat flour, so if you are making bread, check out this post about how to use whole wheat flour in a recipe that calls for white flour
- The MOST IMPORTANT note: Fresh ground flour in the blender has a lot more air in it than store bought flour, so a cup of freshly ground flour will contain less flour than a cup of store bought flour, since it hasn’t been packed down into a bag.
- When I made bread, it wasn’t that big of a deal, because you keep adding flour until you get the right consistency, rather than a volume measurement. But if you are making something else, like cookies, it would be better to measure by weight (if you have a food scale) than volume. If a recipe I am making only has volume measurements and I want to use fresh ground flour, I measure out store bought flour (ex: 2 cups) and weigh it on my food scale. Then, I will know what weight of fresh flour to use for that recipe.
- Why use fresh ground flour in the first place? Some people tend to not like whole wheat baked goods, because of a subtle bitterness that store bought whole wheat flour tends to have (because it has been sitting around for awhile). This is why fresh ground flour tastes even better in whole wheat recipes! No subtle bitterness :).
If you want to try baking with fresh ground flour and are looking for a recipe – how about some homemade bread?