I store almost all hard white (winter) wheat. I can use it in almost all baking with not much difference in the final product. When I bake with flour from hard red wheat, it's noticeable.
We grew hard red this year, and I stored 300lbs of it, so I need to start using it more. We're growing hard red again for next year's harvest, so I'll probably keep back even more. I did have Hubby plant some of my hard white wheat to see if it would grow well here. If it does, I'll ask him to plant a good strip of it.
What kind of mill are you considering? I have a Whisper Mill (that company was sold, and I believe NutraMill is the name that corresponds to my electric mill). I also have a Back-to-Basics manual mill. It used to be my only mill; now it's my backup. I love mills, though, and still dream of getting a Country Living mill with all the "bells and whistles" someday.
I have done a little research and thought about the Back to Basics mill, but then I wonder if you shouldn't have both. That was going to be my next question! I would love the Country Living Mill but oh my goodness they are expensive! Dh is still a little put off by the costs but I think in the scheme of things it will be worth it! Besides, I'm working off and on so I've been saving up for this!
The Back-to-Basics mill is a nice, little mill. It's not very fast, and it has a small hopper, but it does mill a nice flour -- as well as cracks grains for cereals. For the money, it is a very good mill, IMO.
I am thrilled to have the Whisper Mill. Hubby ordered it for me, and I originally thought it was an extravagance (and it's anything but whisper quiet -- sounds like a jet taking off in the kitchen!), but I quickly came to love being able to grind large amounts of flour so quickly.
If you have the money set aside, an electric mill is really nice to have.
I think that I will order a Back to Basics grinder and then continue to save up for an electric. Probably the Nutrimill. I read about them at Pleasant Hills wheat and grinders. Thanks for your insight. I just feel like it's time to get this ordered!
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