Mill grains at home: In your blender!

If you own a home-sized mill you’re already one step ahead. But if you’re just starting out, you can start out by milling at home in a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec. We used a Vitamix to mill the flour for all the recipes in this issue.  Vitamix suggests you purchase a special milling canister if you want to mill flour as the plastic canister can scratch, but we decided to risk it.

A blender will heat the grains quite a bit as they get ground up, so it’s best to mill exactly what you need for a recipe––usually about two cups for these recipes. Just add the grains, and start blending! For best results, we blended on high for about 45 seconds, shook the canister to redistribute the flour and then blended again for about 30 more seconds. This yields a fluffy, nutty flour with a slightly gritty feel. If you want a finer flour, mill only one cup of grain, or less, at a time.

Want more whole-grain goodness? Read on!

Going With the Grain 

Tips for Success

The Hardwick Loaf

Finding Your Perfect Flour

Recipes

Blender Pancakes

Cheddar, Black Pepper & Chive Bread

Walnut-Pear Cake

Whole-Grain Chapati