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Nov 23, 2010 06:33 PM

Grainstorm: fresh ground organic grains

I saw this website, and was wondering if anyone has tried their products? The shipping seems really reasonable, so I am going to try a few products- any recos?

Thanks for the feedback- always trying to make good food choices, just want to be sure the money I am spending is for great products : )

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  1. I bought their Ancient Grains Muffin Base a couple of weeks ago but haven't tried it yet. I usually bake from scratch, but was intrigued by the product when I saw it at The Healthy Butcher. Will likely give it a try soon.

    1. Gimicky, pricey and mostly reproduceable from available recipes and grain products. No dice, sorry.

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        @Kagemusha, I think that's a little unfair. Pricey, yes, for sure. I only buy them once in a while as a special treat. Gimmicky? OK, albeit there are lots of other companies doing the same thing.

        But reproduceable at home? Unlikely: It would take a fair amount of time and labour to source the various grains and grind them yourself at home.

        I've used a couple of the muffin mixes and the cookie mix. They make hearty and flavourful baked goods. The muffins do have a lot of texture and bits -- i.e. you will find shreds of hulls in them. These aren't fluffy muffins, but they are tasty and substantial and they are whole-grain, which is the whole point.

        The cookies are good too, more in line with a conventional cookie, versus the muffins' grainy texture. I haven't tried the pancake/waffle mix. As I said, I consider them a special treat once in a while, given the $6+ price tag.

        BTW, if you live in Toronto, you can buy them at a few shops, thus saving on shipping. Rowe Farms in the Beaches carries Grainstorm mixes.

        1. re: AverageJo

          They're extremely coarse textured, judging from the ingredients, and, no, I don't care for added chaff in my whole grain baked goods. Red Fife in high percentage in flour mixtures can produce a tough, leaden product: about 25% is tops in my experience. Seems like poor value for what's really a feel good product. And yes, you can source DIY ingredients without breaking a sweat. Just another boutique product with a cute back story.

            1. re: AverageJo

              Just don't like my cookies tough 8^)

          1. re: AverageJo

            The company is also sourcing locally grown organic grains from Sean McGivern of Grass Roots Organics Farm. This in itself means a whole lot to many people, including me. But if I remember correctly from previous posts, Kagemusha is totally anti-locavore.

            1. re: Tatai

              I source as much as I can locally. I don't like value-added middlemen who kite prices and I don't buy hype, which isn't in short supply in the locavore herd.