Where there’s a Mill, there’s a Way.

 “Oh, God above, if heaven has a taste it must be an egg with butter and salt,
and after the egg is there anything in the world lovlier
than fresh warm bread
and a mug of sweet golden tea?”

Frank McCourt,

I’ve heard about them before.


You know, the kind of family that homeschools [check].

The kind of family that really  doesn’t watch t.v [check]

The kind of family that makes their own laundry soap. [check]

The kind of family that … grinds their own wheat for flour?  Um, check.


Really? Yes. And it’s amazing. And we’re never going back to store bought stuff … trust me …


I mean, do you even know how flour is made? Or what is in it? Or, more importantly, what is, sadly, NOT in it?


I didn’t – not really.  I knew white flour wasn’t good for you – don’t we all know that? But I didn’t know how GOOD  ‘homemade’ flour was for you …



And so, after some research and very little persuasion on my hubby’s part, we’re now a flour-grinding-kinda family.



… it’s fascinating and wonderful to know what is in your flour …


… the grains were purchased the local organic store. We plan to buy in bulk since we bake so much and make our own bread {and all other baked items} as often as possible.

When we did some research, we couldn’t believe how many nutrients were stripped from store bought flour …. really, when it’s all said and done, there are no nutrients left … and we wonder why bread is just a filler for dinner or is cut out from the diet of those wanting to lose weight?!  *Real* bread is actually incredibly healthy.

At first, I thought the mill was too small for our family but after learning that the flour, once milled, really has no shelf life {interesting!} and that the nutrients, once ground, dissipate after 72 hours, I realized we will just grind as needed.


Taste the bread from fresh ground flour and you will notice the incredible difference immediately.


[freshly baked spelt bread]

… served with homemade strawberry jam …

I’ll get off my weird soap box now and just invite you over for some hot, steaming coffee, some homemade preserves and a slice of Abby’s incredible homemade loaf of incredible bread.


{Excuse the little torn off bites on the edge of the loaf – Lovie couldn’t resist.}

And yes, now you can lump us in with ‘that hippy crowd.’ After one taste of this delicious bread, I  certainly don’t mind …







January 12, 2013 - 9:34 am

Jenn Have you heard of the movie Hungry for Change? It is a documentary and shows importance of eating foods in the original state. In the movie, it mentions how white flour, and white sugars have all been refined from their original source and our bodies can’t properly digest them properly, and that there is zero benefit to eating these items other then to add more fat to our bodies..they suggest grinding with your own mill! 😉

January 10, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Claire I would love to more about this. Where did you get the grinder? Can you use your regular recipies and just substitute the “fresh” flour? Please tell us more 🙂

January 10, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Jill Thanks so much for sharing. One of my children is dealing with intestinal issues right now and gluten might be somehting that may have to be cut out, but we love to bake. Your post has popped ideas into my head that maybe (I will have to research) there is types of grains I can put together and make into flour that she would be able to have, so that she does not miss out.

January 10, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Robin North Love this! As a fellow laundry soap, dish soap, cleaner maker, this may be my next adventure. Thanks for sharing!

January 10, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Heather This couldn’t have been more perfect timing. Jeff and I were watching a documentary last night on clean eating and white flour was one of the big topics on how awful it is. Jeff was super curious to try “real flour”. So I’ll be showing him your fancy new grinder tonight !!! Good for you guys !

January 10, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Robin North Love it! As a fellow home made laundry soap, dish soap, cleaner maker….this may be my next adventure! Thanks for sharing!
p.s…love the grinder!

January 10, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Lauren I have been wanting to grind our own wheat for a while! What mill did you get? Electric or stone? And where did you buy it? In Canada I know our resources are more limited than the US as far as pricing goes. Would love to know more!