You can imagine my excitement when I recently learned that the folks who made my juicer also make a flour mill attachment for their incredible machine! Annette and I bought our Champion juicer over 20 years ago and it has not missed a beat. This juicer is basically a 1/3 HP motor with a bracket which allows you to attach various juicing tools to the shaft. It is quite powerful. I figured their flour mill attachment would have no trouble at all with hard red or soft white wheat berries. I was right!
For quite a few years, I have been systematically going back to the roots of food preparation. I am always looking for ways to set my cooking apart from the mainstream. It probably started back when I lived up in the Blue Ridge mountains of north Georgia, up near the Tennessee border. It was a very beautiful place to live. Very secluded and peaceful. However, a trip to the grocery store back in those days was about a 1 1/2 hour round-trip journey. We didn't just run out to the store for a gallon of milk in those days. This taught me to become very resourceful. It also helped me to appreciate the quality of foods that don't come out of a package. When the kids wanted pizza for dinner, there was no delivery or parlor nearby. I had no other choice but to make the pizza myself. I even made jam each year out of the wild huckleberries that grew all around! I planted a GIANT garden and preserved much of what we grew. Needless to say, I got pretty good at this sort of thing.
There are a few advantages to milling your own flour. Perhaps the greatest advantage is that you know EXACTLY what goes into your flour. The flour that you buy at the store has been "enriched". This means that in order to get flour to have a stable shelf-life and avoid rancidity, modern flour mills remove the germ and bran from the flour. This leaves only the fluffy white endosperm of the wheat berry. This process also removes nearly all of the nutrients from the flour. As a result, B vitamins and minerals must be added back into the flour. Sure it works okay, but something tells me that the vitamins the wheat berry was born with are superior to the stuff that gets added back in later.