|It still amazes me how different people are from each other just over state lines. Utah has a huge Mormon population and they teach as part of their doctrine to store food. It is partly in preparation for the end but I also think it is because the religion is so young they haven’t forgotten their hard struggle to establish themselves in this part of the country. As a result storing and preparing food from scratch is part of everyday life.
I have always been very big on not using packaged foods as much as possible…but it is not that easy to do anymore. All the stores have is processed food....even the flour doesn’t have any nutritional value. Out in this part of the world, the demand has created a market for better quality foods. Don’t get me wrong you still have to search for it, but it is at least attainable.
I have read and seen enough movies to be extremely grateful for not having to spend my entire day just preparing and cleaning up after my three meals …but at the same time the convenience has cost us nutrition and I have no doubt part of the reason we are living longer is because we consume so many preservatives. So I have been trying to take it a step farther and start making my own flour.....yes, really..... and I am quite aware that it is mainly because I have the time since I am not doing the 9 to 5 hell anymore. I bought a grain grinder. It is totally manual....Bernie’s favorite part....because we may be in situations where we don’t have the electricity to spare to grind our wheat (I do believe Bernie is more than willing to take that chance and will probably buy the motor for it soon). I researched and bought the one everyone said was the easiest to use and needed the least amount of muscle!
I got a bread recipe from the family we are working for and cranked my grinder for my fresh yummy good for me flour. It is a bit of a workout but believe I could use it ….doesn’t take too long since I only needed 3 cups (glad there are only 2 of us). I haven’t made anything requiring yeast since I was a teenager…..needless to say I am still in the middle of my learning curve. I have made solid wheat bread 3 times so far… and I have yet to get a nice pretty high and round loaf (came close the 2nd time but I bumped it putting it in the oven and it totally caved). They end up looking like bricks but still taste fabulous and we have no problem eating it all up. I have talked to Marci about giving me a bread lesson.I really just need to know what it is supposed to look like....or at least that is what I am telling myself. On a happier note I made French bread and it turned out perfect….covered with melted cheese floating in a bowl of homemade French onion soup mmmMMM….man that was yummy. The French was made with store bought (organic) white flour which really doesn’t have any nutritional value but it isn’t toxic either so it is a wash but if I butter it then I am getting some calcium right?
While I was writing this I am baking a new batch of French that is half fresh ground wheat…..I hope it works….it looked good but ……
Wow... it is YUMMY!!!!!!! Bernie almost volunteered to grind all of it!!!!!