Re: [penn-permaculture] Organic Whole Grain Purchases

From: Mae
Sent on: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9:13 AM
John Dorety -

Purpose: buy the bulk berries.

Milling: not labor intensive.
Mill your own: If you have a Kitchenaid Mixer, you can get a mill attachment for only $50. There are also countertop grain mills you can get that are anywhere from $50-250. I have no experience with those.

How often: Do not mill all at once. The milling process causes the natural oils in the grain to begin to decompose, so it would be that you mill your own on an as needed basis. For our house, we mill whenever the flour canister gets too empty (we do a lot of home made and baking, so I go through 10-20lbs of flour a month.

Storage: Berries require dry, cool storage. In food storage containers, with one of the oxygen removal options, they will store for 10-15 years. 
Three storage options to remove oxygen: Oxygen Absorbers, Dry Ice, Nitrogen.


If the need for me to offer milling were required, I'd have to run numbers to see how much it would cost for me to mill it (electricity and time). 




Lynn-
 Thanks! I'll add you to the list. I'll get back to you on what type of wheat as we get a better idea of if we have enough people to do both.




On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 8:58 AM, Lynn <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Mae,
 
If you get enough people together that I can buy as little as 25-50 lbs. a year, I'll be happy to chip in.
Of course it would have to be certified organic.  And please let me know if it's hard (good for baking
bread) or soft (good for baking pastries) that you will be obtaining.
 
Thanks,
Lynn
 
 

From: Mae <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, January 6,[masked]:12 AM

Subject: [penn-permaculture] Organic Whole Grain Purchases

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone was interested in purchasing bulk whole grains. We're interested in milling our own flour on a more regular basis, but we do not go through a full truck of grains. I'm not sure if anyone on this list would be interested, but the costs end up being less than store bought 'traditional' flour for what we could get organic wheat. 

If anyone is interested in splitting a truck or might have more information on the subject, I'd love to discuss with you!

Thanks,
~mae




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