Gluten Free Flours using The Country Living Grain Mill
For our family of six, we used to buy a lot of Gluten-Free flour. I mean a lot. I bake often and have gone through phases where I was baking daily.
Purchasing Gluten-Free flours can be expensive.
The cost of purchasing these flours began adding up especially as food prices increased. We decided it was time to look at grinding our own flours.
Not all Grain Mills are alike. Which one do we purchase?
I researched for months and asked friends who milled their own for mill recommendations. One friend, Jeni, swore by the Country Living Mill she was borrowing. As she and her family live without gluten, she was milling the grains I would be once I had a mill. I had seen their website so went back and read it some more. The detailed explanations of their mill and why they designed it intrigued me.
I had previously shown the mill website to Jonathan. He asked me to keep researching.
Flour mill is high on our priority list.
After our fourth baby was born, we were deciding what on our “wish list” would be purchased with our tax refund. A mill was high on the list for me. I wanted to save money on Gluten-Free flours.
The Country Living Grain Mill is our mill of choice.
We finally decided to call the company one day. We spoke with Joel, one of the owners of The Country Living Grain Mill, who answered our questions. He said it would be no problem to test the mill with rice instead of wheat (as this option is mentioned on their website). He asked if we were local to him. We were about two hours south. He said he was happy to ship it to us or we could go pick it up and test the mill ourselves.
We drove up right then and there. We tested our mill with rice. We chatted about Gluten-Free grains and how the mill handles them.
We set it up when we got home. We have not looked back or regretted it.
Gluten Free Flours using The Country Living Grain Mill at Home
When specific flours gets low in my Tupperware™ Modular Mates, I grind some more. Usually, I add the grain and Jonathan makes sure it gets milled. He is great about turning on the mill first thing in the morning. The mill is as quiet as one would expect from a mill grinding grain. It is now white noise for me most of the time.
You can taste the difference between freshly milled flours and ones which have sat in a bag on a shelf for months.
Oh, one of the best parts of getting my Gluten Free Flours using The Country Living Grain Mill is I have total control over how fine or how coarse of a grind. I can have coarse cornmeal and then (after cleaning out the mill) can do super fine brown rice flour. (Super fine does take longer to grind due to the finer grind.)
Now, when gluten-eating people mention “I don’t taste any gritty flour – are you sure you used rice flour?”
I just smile and say, “Yes, I did using my Country Living Grain Mill.”
I would love to hear what grain mill you use to grind your own Gluten-Free flours. If you do not have a grain mill, have you considered it?