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The Death of my Kitchen Aid

by Kelly Bair on 09/18/17

Well, I said goodbye to an old friend this weekend. I killed it. My KitchenAid has been a workhorse. Together, we explored a lot of new adventures, from pureeing fruits and slicing vegetables in my canning projects, to making pasta and stuffed ravioli, to our latest adventure of grinding our own grain for pasta and bread making. But that is what killed it! I followed the directions carefully for the new grain mill attachment. I did not grind as much grain as it said I could do in one pass. I let it cool down between rounds. But at the very end of the last bit of work of grinding up some dried corn for cornmeal, the poor old gal finally tuckered out and kicked the mixing bowl. After doing a little research, I found that I can purchase a new model with higher wattage, but I am now a little apprehensive of using the grinder attachment for more than very tiny jobs! Luckily, my Grainmaker No. 99, "real" grain mill should be arriving soon! I ordered this beautiful beast and it has a lifetime guarantee and is an heirloom that can be passed down to my kids and grandkids, so I will save the big grinding jobs for the new Grainmaker and me and the new KitchenAid will stick to making pasta, cake batter, and pureeing fruits and veges. Onward and Upward!

To Grain or not to Grain

by Kelly Bair on 08/28/17

I've been researching growing our own organic wheat and how to grind it into our own flour. Boy, I've learned a lot in a short time! I found where I can get good, organic, nonGMO, nonirradiated seeds. This means they have not gone through radiation that prevents them from sprouting! This is what is wrong with people's health and why we hear more about things like celiac disease and people needing "gluten-free" breads, etc. It is not the gluten causing your distress or your disease! It is a combination of the genetic modification, radiation, and pesticides that are making you sick! Soon, we will be attempting to grow our own natural wheat at the farm. I am looking at grinders. I found the one I want, but it is pricey. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, so I'm saving my pennies for the Grainmaker No. 99 mill.  I've researched to try to find a used one, but guess what? No one is selling one! What does that tell you? People do not get rid of these. Of all of the other mills I researched, I can find every single one of them on Ebay or some other sight, but not a Grainmaker. If you want one of those, you have to buy it new from the company. These are heirlooms passed down from generation to generation! They are made in the USA and last, not years, but generations! I can't wait to get one. In the mean time, I will settle for the attachment to my Kitchenaid to grind small batches of wheat berries that I am purchasing. These are the same wheat berries that I will be planting! If I plant in the spring, I can harvest in early fall next year. The spring wheat seems to be the best. I will grow three different kinds: hard red, hard white, and soft white. The soft white is better for pasta making and the hard white is better for soft bread like sandwich bread or rolls, etc. The hard red is better for harder types of bread and artisan breads and has more flavor. I may even mix batches of hard red with hard white for making breads. I am really loving learning to create a more sustainable life! I do not get paid for this plug, but I'm a believer: