Baking has always been in my bones. I grew up with parents who loved making treats from scratch. But when I went gluten-free almost 6 years ago, I had to relearn almost everything I knew about baking, specifically how to use different flours. I was happy to find that there are tons of options when it comes to the types of flour I could use. Practically every type of grain can be made into a flour.
As I started experimenting, I realized that I was accumulating bag after bag of store bought flour. When we got our kitchen cabinets replaced a few months ago, I realized that I had not only wasted a ton of ingredients, but also a lot of money. Which is where today’s post comes in.
Did you know that you can actually make flour at home? Using the KitchenAid® All Metal Grain Mill, you can turn your favorite grains into perfectly milled flours. This means you can make only as much flour as you need for a single recipe. Plus, whole grains tend to be cheaper than purchasing pre-milled flour, so you’ll save money making your flour at home. The Grain Mill takes only a matter of minutes to turn your grains into flour, and you can adjust the coarseness to control its consistency.
To make flour at home, all you need is your KitchenAid® Artisan® Design Series Stand Mixer and the Grain Mill. Choose your grains and get started!
Start by attaching the Grain Mill to the power hub of your Stand Mixer. Then, load your grains into the Grain Mill and adjust the coarseness to your desired consistency. You can choose from “cracked” to extra fine, but for this recipe, I recommend the extra fine consistency setting for a smoother flour. Hold a bowl underneath the Grain Mill to catch the flour and turn the Stand Mixer to the “stir” speed. In seconds, you’ll see flour being made!
I ended up testing three different gluten-free grains with the Grain Mill and was thrilled with the results. Three of my favorite flours can now be made at home!
I made this Oat Flour by using steel cut oats.
I made this Brown Rice Flour by using brown rice.
Finally, I made this Quinoa Flour by using quinoa grains.
Depending on the consistency that you’ve chosen, the flour will be ready in 2 to 3 minutes. If your baking recipe requires extra fine flour, make sure to sift before using. If you aren’t using the flour right away, you can store it in a sealed container in a cool dark place or in the fridge/freezer. Happy baking!
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Makes 1 cup
1 cup of a grain of your choice (steel oats, brown rice, quinoa, etc)
Select the extra fine consistency by turning the dial on the front of your Grain Mill.
Pour the grains in the top of the Grain Mill. Hold a bowl underneath the Grain Mill to catch the flour and turn the Stand Mixer to the “stir” speed.
Leave the Stand Mixer running until all the grains have been milled.
If your recipe requires extra fine flour, sift the flour before use. Use flour as a 1:1 substitution in your favorite recipes*.
If not using immediately, store your flour in a sealed container in a cool dark place or in the fridge/freezer.
*Baker’s Note: It’s best to measure by weight when using homemade flour in your recipes, as it isn’t as compacted as the flour you purchase at the store.
*The Contributor of this post has been compensated by KitchenAid for this post, but this post represents the Contributor’s own opinion.*