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How to clean/fumigate wheat before grinding?
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ted webb    Posted 03-27-2002 at 02:00:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anyone out there tell me what needs to be done to wheat before grinding? I'm finding health food shop wheat very expensive. My plan is to buy bulk wheat from a farmer, farm co-op or produce market. Can I use wheat from such a source to grind for flour? How must it be cleaned and/or fumigated? I appreciate any and all information.


Neel    Posted 06-09-2004 at 22:32:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You can very well wash the Wheat before grounding, but the wash procedure is required only if the pesticides had been used while irrigation and plantation. And normally farmers use the pesticides to save it from the insects and for a better crop. So it is always advisable to wash it before grinding. Wash it, Dry it and then grind it.

Tyler(WA)    Posted 03-27-2002 at 11:07:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ted, you don't need to fumigate grain unless it's infested with bugs. Commercial elevators use gas like methel bromide to treat infested grain but you can't lay hands on that stuff without permits. Be glad for it too because it will kill you before you can tell someone what it smells like.

You can grind wheat right from the combine and I've done it several times. I use a fan to winnow the schaff left by the combine but that's all.

There are two basic families of wheat. For bread, you need a high gluten wheat like hard red. For cookies, cakes and anything that doesn't use yeast for a rising agent, you need soft white. All purpose is a mix of both and best at neither.

If you have a source to buy wheat from the field, GO FOR IT!!

To store the wheat, I use cleaned out fry oil jugs from our grocery story deli. These are like HUGE milk jugs and hold about 5 gal. Make sure they are dry and fill them with wheat. When full, wrap a golf ball size chunk of dry ice in a paper towel and drop it in. Leave the cap on loosly and tighen it after the dry ice has melted. The Co2 will fill the container and push out the lighter air preventing any bugs from spoiling the grain. You can store grain like that for decades and it will be ready to go when you open it again.

Hope this helps.

ted webb    Posted 03-28-2002 at 19:29:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Thanks for that information, veeeery helpful! I didn't understand the part about "winnow the schaff", probably don't need to. Probably buy my wheat from the feedstore. I'm a Texan living in Australia, I know what "dry ice" is and my wife (Australian) says I can get it here. So sounds like we're set. So the wheat requires no washing at all?



big fred    Posted 03-29-2002 at 07:29:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
The chaff is just the remnants of the wheat husk, it has no nutritional value (well, maybe fiber) and won't break down into flour very well so it will clog any sifter. You can remove it by pouring the wheat from one vessel into another through a stream of air from a fan. The fan blows away the chaff and the wheat, being denser, falls through the airstream.

Hogman    Posted 03-29-2002 at 03:09:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Re Your last item,last thing You want is to get it wet. NO WASH !!!!

ted webb    Posted 03-30-2002 at 00:31:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Copy that NO WASH! Thanks you very much.


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