Saturday, August 13, 2011

Grains Part 2 ~ The Grains, Storage, and Uses

The storage paper says wheat.  You got the wheat, now what?!  What is the difference between red and white and hard and soft?  What on earth are LEGUMES?  What are you going to do with that dry corn (dent or popcorn)?  How do you get from hard dry grain in a bucket to something delicious on the table?  We will get you started in the right direction. 

Come and learn about the storage options for your grains and legumes.  Learn about the storage conditions that are best and the dry ice storage method. 

We will cover the basics of bread making, tortilla making and sample some soups.  We will cover the different grain and legume preparation methods and even provide you with recipes and tips on how to find more recipes on the internet and in cookbooks!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Grains Part 1 ~ The Equpment and the Results

In this class we cover the different types of mills on the market.  We do not have every mill, but we do have a variety of different types.  We have a cereal mill, cheap $20 mill, mid range $70 mill and a $400 mill.  There are pros and cons to each.  The goal is not to tell anybody how much they must spend, just to discuss these pros and cons so that when you decide on the mill you will buy, you have an idea what benefits and limitations you will experience.  We allow you time to walk up and crank each of the mills with wheat in it to experience the differences in the amount of effort required for each mill.

If you must use your mill, you are under stress.  The last thing you want under stress, is to involve yourself with more work than is needed.  Learn the different fineness of flour that you can get from each of the mills and the different applications for each of them. 

Consider cracked wheat cereal (fineness 1,2,3), cream of wheat (fineness 5,6) and flour (fineness 8,9,10).  They are all produced by milling wheat ..... but they are not all used in the same ways.  Each fineness has it's own uses, we explore those uses to help you and your mill work smarter instead of harder.  We have a fineness display which allows you to touch the different flours and experience the levels of fineness for yourself.