How to grow and make your own wheat flour

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The process of of making your own flour is a lot easier than most people imagine. Before the advent of the modern flour mill, grinding wheat or corn into flour was a laborious task. For that reason, most Americans still assume flour is made with some sort of magical machinery in a factory somewhere. In actuality, wheat is one of the easiest crops to grow, even if you have limited space. Once you’ve grown it, you just need to cut an arm-full, flail it a bit to remove the grain, blow the chaff off the grain, and use a device like your blender to make the flour. From there, the cookie, bread, pasta or pancake recipe you use is up to you!

Freshly ground wheat flour has a high vitamin content; vitamins that degrade all too quickly when exposed to the air. The whole grain flour that we buy from stores is often quite stale and may have significantly reduced vitamin content when compared to freshly ground.

Grow your own wheat:
(from Planting a plot approximately 10 feet by 10 feet will, when all is said and done, yield between 10 and 25 loaves of bread. To begin, find a nice backyard plot and choose the type of wheat you wish to plant. In the United States two varieties are grown, white and red. Red wheat is more common. Red wheat also produces bread with a much more intense flavor. Consider the advantages of growing winter wheat as opposed to spring variety.

Winter wheat can be planted from late-September to mid-October. It is the preferred variety because it tends to be more nutritious than spring wheat, protects the soil in the winter, and has less competition from the weeds in the spring. Try to plant early enough to get a good root system growing before winter dormancy sets in, but not so early that flies and pests become a problem. Spring wheat is planted in early spring and is most commonly found in the northern reaches of the country where the intensely cold winters create problems for winter wheat.

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  • Jeremy

    Wheat, oats, and rye all look very similar to grass. They are all in the grass family. More than likely you do have wheat growing. Be patient and once it sets seed you will have something to dry and grind into flower. Good Luck.

  • Edward J. Edmonds

    I’ve seen that some traditional cultures roast the wheat grains before grinding it. I’ve seen Ethiopian wheat farmers do this. And after pound it with a wood block or limestone. Is there any literature that describes this process?

  • Ang

    ooooh . . . fun!

  • Fajas Reductoras

    Thanks for the tip. Can’t wait to try it…

  • James

    Wheat IS a grass, looks just like it when its young.. have patience 🙂

  • Joshua

    I am currently working on a book connecting the role of bread in my family and breads role in history. War, peace, faith, and love are all things bread has played a major role in. So I decided to plant some wheat of my own~ trying to get to the very basics of bread, but I have to tell you looks like all i really have is grass growing in my field…my neighbor assures me that it is wheat that i am growing but i am not as sure as he.. any suggestions