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January 13, 2009

Bulk Grain Order

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.

Whole Wheat Bread

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.

Bread Bear
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!


  1. Katie says:

    Oiy! That is alot of food!

    I bought a professional Kitchen Aid with the high hopes of fresh ground flour for fresh homemade bread….yet I have no grain mill. Someday….

    Good to know that it’s cheaper to get the berries direct from Bob himself.

    January 14th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

  2. admin says:

    I read mixed reviews on the kitchen aid grain mill since I have a kitchen aid too. Some folks read that it put too much strain on the motor so I bought a separate mill for $160. The kitchen aid grain mill is about $100. I use the kitchen aid to knead the bread though so it’s not a waste of money to buy them both.

    January 14th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

  3. kate says:

    Thanks for your post about making bread. Would you please post some recipes? I haven’t found a really good whole wheat recipe yet. I also would love to include any or all of these in my bread: wheat germ, wheat bran, oats, and flax seed. Thanks!!!

    January 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

  4. Saving Money by Eating Locally says:

    [...] had seen some significant savings immediately by grinding grains and baking myself and doing things like buying end of season boxes of apples and saucing them myself but the meat, [...]

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