As part of my goal to buy 85% of our food from local sources this year I ordered a grain mill, then realized I didn’t know where to get local grain. I had one source for spelt but we don’t really use spelt yet so I panicked and ordered some things from www.bobsredmill.com. I had to keep the bread rolling!
My order came today and I nearly threw my back out carrying in the box with the two 25 lb bags of wheat berries (soft & hard).
What a boon to anyone trying to save some money on their grocery bill right now! Granted Bob’s Red Mill is just outside Portland, OR so shipping was fairly cheap to me – I could not believe how inexpensive this stuff was directly from them! Compared to the prices I normally pay at the store for these same items, some of which I have a hard time finding the Organic versions of and the expiration dates sometimes are a little too close for comfort.
I spent $100 including shipping to get all this mostly organic stuff to me. For that I got enough grain to make us 75 loaves of whole wheat bread, 32 whole wheat pizza crusts (http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/001506.html), months of muffins and scones, oatmeal and flaked unsweetened coconut for granola, barley and rye berries, malted barley flour for breadmaking (too lazy to sprout, dry & grind the barley to malt it myself), 1 pound of non-aluminum baking powder, and 24 oz of flax seeds to grind myself rather than buying the oil.
This makes it WAY less expensive to buy the organic foods we want to eat then it would be to buy the cheap refined foods so easy to find at the supermarket. In fact, my grain mill will have more than paid for itself in less than a year.
Of course I still have to mill the flour and do the baking but it’s been really fun. Last week I made 6 loaves of bread, cinnamon rolls, muffins, and several rounds of pancakes. The kids are loving it. Chicken Little & his friend ate a half loaf of whole wheat bread in one sitting! And toddler’s little cheeks are plumping up again. It’s good to see such hearty appetites.
Chicken Little is really enjoying working with his hands to create food and taken an interest in all things kitchen (especially helping me make chocolate pudding from scratch Fri night!). He made a bear and a letter T with the dough I gave him here. Here’s hoping I can keep making enough bread to feed these guys!