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How is homemade flour different from flour bought in the store?

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I see people making flours in their vitamix and I'm just curious how it's different from quality flours bought in the store?

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  1. I'm sure they are buying amazing organic and local wheat so that the resulting flour is free of the toxins put in store flour by the agro-industrial complex.

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    1. re: kengk

      Oh please!!!

      1. re: kengk

        This is why my sister grinds her own flour. She says its cheaper too: whole grains last longer than whole wheat flour, absent refrigeration. She just has to make sure to store those 50 pound bags of wheat in containers that coddling moths can't get into. She lost 200 lbs. of wheat and had a garage invaded with massive amounts of them before she realized that.

        1. re: ePressureCooker

          "whole grains last longer than whole wheat flour, absent refrigeration"
          Yes, depending on how far away you live from a store it may be more practical to store whole grains. That's why my grandmother milled her own flour back on the farm (although I know she considered it a huge chore). Mormons grind their own flour too, no matter where they live - a flour mill is a standard Mormon wedding present.

          1. re: ratgirlagogo

            Well, she's within walking distance of a store, so that's not a consideration, but my sister gets a lot of her "self sufficiency", "home production" and storage information from Mormon websites. She's also fortunate enough to live close enough to an LDS (or perhaps its just LDS friendly) supply company, so she can go pick up a lot of stuff in bulk for far cheaper than it would cost to ship.

      2. OK, I'll be the first to say it.

        Home made flour?
        Really?

        time to take off my chowhound apron and slink off into the sunset.

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        1. re: KaimukiMan

          I'm just shocked that people are still making homemade flour with a store-bought mill. Homemade mill stones are the way to go. Preferably harvested from your backyard quarry..

          1. re: ferret

            Tell that to the Egyptian pharaohs, who actually had terrible, ground down teeth because they were some of the few people who could afford to eat bread baked with stone ground grain on a regular basis (small particulates of rock in the bread helped grind their teeth down prematurely).

            (P.S. I kid you not. Saw it on a History Channel documentary.)

            1. re: ePressureCooker

              so what were the rest of the people eating? i know they had bread, the bible is pretty clear on that point. I'm pretty sure wonder bread didn't have a franchise in the area.

        2. It is not nearly as good or dependable as quality store bought flour.

          1. I think you can make flours that aren't readily available - like oatmeal flour or rice flour.

            1. If you do decide to make your own flour, you should either grind just enough to use for that day's baking and no more, or put it in a paper bag and let it sit for more than a week. (Can't remember at the moment where I read that, or I'd credit it.)