Firstly let me tell you, I believe I have finally successfully
So home we went to make a worm farm. Found what we needed....
and lots of worms!!
If I can judge by all the bottoms in the air, I'd say it's a hit, wouldn't you?!
Hubby made them a great feeder for their wheat from bits and pieces!
A lovely local lady has organised a group purchase of 'real' free-range chicken. I was happy to jump on board. You wouldn't believe how different it tastes to supermarket free-range! Makes you wonder, doesn't it?
and added water and herbs to make yummy stock. We've enjoyed a roast and have heaps of chook in the freezer for other meals.
So I've finished telling you all the fun bits we've been up to. Now, the flour! I first saw a flour mill in action during my permaculture design course. After watching how it worked, we were served an afternoon tea of cake made from freshly ground wheat. The flavour was amazing and it had a texture to it like no cake I had ever eaten! There was a slight crunchiness to it and it tasted so ALIVE!
I was sold! We bought a wheat mill from here. I'm very happy with it. It does make quite a bit of noise but it only takes a minute to grind enough flour for a cake so I don't really mind. Flour that has been freshly ground has all it's nutrition still intact. I only grind what I think I will need so that we can get the maximum benefit. I make muffins from the flour and use it half and half in bread and cakes. It makes a beautiful pastry and we make wholemeal pizza bases some of the time.
I would like to make cakes and bread solely from the wholemeal flour but I just haven't mastered a completely wholemeal cake yet! I know it can be done but mine always end up gluggy in the middle. Any recipes or tips would be greatly appreciated! As for the bread, I find it is too heavy if I don't add unbleached white flour so I have accepted that I will just keep making it half and half.
I just remove the lid, pour the wheat in the top and turn it on. The lever at the side moves the stones closer or further apart. That's so you can grind different things but, apart from playing with coffee beans once, I've only ever ground wheat. That's only because I'm busy and sourcing different grains isn't high on my list of priorities. One day!
I buy my wheat from here. They usually sell smaller amounts than I would like so I ring and order a 25kg bag when I know I'm headed to that part of Victoria. It's biodynamic wheat and I'm very happy with it. I store it in a food safe bucket in the pantry.
Still, I am hoping to change where I buy my wheat soon. I have a friend who buys wheat from a more local source. It's not certified organic, but from a commercial grower who puts aside a crop, which is not chemically treated, for his own use as well as for selling to a few people that buy from him. I like the fact that it is more local and LOVE the fact that if I buy from him, I'm actually helping to create a new organic grower. Imagine if he found so much business he decided to move away from chemically treated crops altogether! How cool would that be!
My friend will give me some of his wheat to try out sometime soon. I can't wait to make bread and muffins with it!
So if you are interested in finding wheat, do some investigation. Talk to people everywhere you go. It makes sense to buy it as close to home as possible. If you can't find anything locally and need to buy organic wheat through the shops I have found that the prices vary incredibly so do google well or ring around.
I hope I have covered the main points and that you find the information helpful. Happy baking!