The Holiday giveaways continue! I have one more scheduled giveaway after this one, so stay tuned! One of my sponsors, The Urban Homemaker has given a very generous item for this giveaway-the largest giveaway item this season for my blog- a Wonder Mill Grain Mill! This baby is worth $259.99. Not only that, but just for entering into the giveaway you can download a free ebook (value $9.99) full of information on baking bread. Read more below.
When I was around eight, my mother got her own grain mill and bosch mixer. On a regular basis she starting turning out homemade whole wheat bread. One of my most fondest “food” memories from my childhood include waiting impatiently for the bread to get done (the smell of homemade baked bread would fill our house) and then slathering on butter and homemade strawberry freezer jam on warm bread and savoring every bite.
It was so good that even I, as an eight year old, knew that something was dramatically different about it compared to store bought. One big reason it tasted so delicious was because my mom milled her own wheat in her electric grinder. It doesn’t get much fresher than that!
Later I learned a few interesting facts about grinding your own grain.
* Freshly milled flour contain more nutrients. Until grains are milled the nutrients are kept relatively safe. But after they are milled, the nutrients can start to lose value quickly. I even read that they could lose up to ninety percent of some of the nutrients in 72 hours (though I was unable to find a study to back that up). Store bought flour can be fairly old and therefore not as nutritious.
*Freshly ground flour won’t go rancid. There is nothing worse than rancid bread, truly. And rancid flour is not good for you either. Whole wheat flour is much more likely to go rancid because it still contains the germ oil, so whole wheat flour is much more perishable than white flour. One more reason to grind it at home.
*Freshly milled whole wheat flour contains more phytase (which is what reduces phytic acid in your bread). According to Amanda Rose’s Ebook on phytic acid one study showed that the phytase levels of flour was higher in freshly ground flour when compared to stored flour. Since reducing phytic acid in bread is important, this is a consideration for home bakers.
I have long been a fan of home ground wheat flour, though I haven’t had the greatest success with my own grinder (it’s a Jupiter), so I wouldn’t want to give that model away. (By the way, am I the only one who has had trouble with the Jupiter grinding the flour really coarse? The flour isn’t workable at all for some projects! I don’t know if it’s the grinder or me). So I was thrilled to give away a better rated grain mill, though it once again left me in the position to be jealous of the prize! I find myself being in the position of needing a new grain grinder, so this grinder is on the top of my list of considerations!
Read this great description.
“For whole grain enthusiasts wanting a slightly quieter grain mill, the Wonder Mill also can mill a wide variety of grains grains and dried beans into high quality, fine to coarse consistency flour, a bit more quickly and more quietly than other electric grain mills.
Since the grain mill separates from the 12 Cup capacity flour canister you can store the flour canister directly into the freezer or on a shelf.
* Six year limited warranty and Lifetime warranty on the milling mechanism.
* Adjusts from pastry-fine to cornmeal texture.
* Size: Milling unit 8”d X 12”h; Flour canister – 8”d X 7.5” h.
* Formerly known as the Whisper Mill. Made in Korea.
* Marilyn’s personal favorite grain mill. I have had mine for 14 years!”
Did you notice that this mill is Marilyn’s favorite? Coming from someone who sells a wide variety of grain mills, that speaks a lot to me.
We won’t be having a coupon code because Marilyn has this mill on sale right now! If you buy before 12/24 you will save 20 dollars. But just for entering into the giveaway contest, you get to download Marilyn’s ebook on baking, which is worth $9.99! This book is full of recipes (At the end she shares how to use the “soaking method” for breads, but the recipes aren’t soaked. You will have to adjust them), information on grain mills, instructions on how to knead and shape bread and more! I thought that was really generous of her.
And now for the giveaway! To enter into the giveaway contest and to receive a free ebook (value $.9.99), click on the link below. You must live within the US to enter this giveaway. My apologies to everyone else! By the way, if you can’t see the link make sure that you don’t have an ad blocker on in your browser. Turn it off on your browser preference menu.
This contest will end on December 16th at 11:59 PM PST. The winner will be chosen via random.org, and will be announced on December the 17th. You must live within the United States to enter this contest. Emails entered into this giveaway will be added to Marilyn’s (not my) newsletter, which you can unsubscribe from at anytime. If you win, you have 48 hours to contact us once we have tried to contact you or the winner is announced.
Like all of the giveaways done with my sponsors I will be receiving a small compensation for hosting this giveaway.
One more thing, if would like to check out her new electronic catalog, go here.
A big thanks to Marilyn Moll, The Urban Homemaker, for a great giveaway!