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06 January 2010 @ 02:12 pm
*blinks from long hours spent reading on the internets*  
This is totally going to be like that time I went looking to make home espresso, and ended up knowing way more than I ever bargained for about coffee, and how to make quality coffee, and now I do crazy stuff like roast my own beans.

Does anyone know anything about sprouted wheat? It's very interesting! See, first I got all intrigued by white whole wheat. I assumed it was just whole wheat flour treated to look white. Silly me! No, there are many varieties of wheat. The whole wheat flour we all see in the stores is merely one kind, and each kind offers different taste and baking properties.

Hard White Wheat is the newest type of wheat grown in the US. It offers the same nutritional content of Hard Red Spring Wheat (used mainly for breads), but is white, and has a milder, sweeter flavor than the red, meaning my husband will have no idea he's eating something good for him!

But then there's one step further - sprouted wheat. Sprouted wheat is wheat allowed to sprout, then washed and dried, before being ground into flour. This also comes in a white variety, and the very best part?? The sprouting changes its make up from a starch, into a vegetable! From what I'm reading, this is probably how people actually used wheat berries in the days of yore, when bread was a vital part of the food supply in most cultures. This excites me so much, not just for my health, but for my hypoglycemic husband. Maybe I won't use 100% sprouted flour, but can you imagine eating a bread that is essentially a vegetable?? But it still tastes and acts like bread? I have placed a phone call to one of the milling farms that produces this stuff. The downside - it is expensive. The upside - the health benefits are obvious and immediate.

HOWEVER, it can be pennies on the dollar if you make it yourself! I can see my husband's face now. "You're doing what? Making your own flour??"

It hasn't gotten to that point yet, but it just might. We have a coop in Corvallis. Perhaps I'll just go take a look and see if they carry White Wheat Berries.
 
 
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rhienellethrhienelleth on January 6th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes - there will be pictures! :D
Patron Saint of Pessimismwoodrunner on January 6th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Ohh, I didn't know about sprouted wheat, and don't know if it's available around here, but if it is, and if you make bread with it, let me know. The spouse is finicky about the starch in bread, and I've had to resort to buying gluten-free breads for him, but they're heavy and dense and usually sort-of-stale, since the health food store freezes those loaves...
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 6th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
I don't think grocery stores carry it. The coop MIGHT, but even then, I think chances are slim. So far, it seems to be something small farms are doing, and ordering the flour from them is $3-4/pound, plus shipping.

Hence why I'm contemplating the craziness of making my own.
Caiserindrana on January 6th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
I look at you and I see my future.

Seriously, this is the kind of stuff I'm already getting in to. XD I grind my own spices, toast them if I'm making Indian food. I'm planning on making my own peanut butter, growing my own vegetables, baking my own bread (I already do this, but infrequently, since I have a dining hall available).

So keep me updated on how this turns out!
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 7th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, do you have good Indian food recipes?? My curry never ever turns out like I hope. :(

Sadly, me and growing vegetables = no win. I kill things. And given that all of our soil is red clay, I would REALLY kill things if I tried to garden in this house. But fortunately, we're very close to several big farms, so I do all of my produce shopping there in the summer. :D

I will for sure keep everyone updated! I have ordered some sprouted flour to try. Should arrive sometime next week.
Caiserindrana on January 7th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
I only have a good chicken tikka masala recipe, which... is like chinese take-out in terms of authenticity. I'm working my way through other recipes slowly, though. :) Mostly the spicy meat stew dishes.

I... managed to kill a plant called a semper vivum. YEAH. So. We'll see how gardening works out for me. The problem with my plants is that I tend to over-water. I get really worried about them. Haha.
Irrationally Charmed by Science: RANDOM new world balloon by spooky_windosuperstitiousme on January 7th, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
But then there's one step further - sprouted wheat. Sprouted wheat is wheat allowed to sprout, then washed and dried, before being ground into flour. This also comes in a white variety, and the very best part?? The sprouting changes its make up from a starch, into a vegetable! From what I'm reading, this is probably how people actually used wheat berries in the days of yore, when bread was a vital part of the food supply in most cultures.

so effing cool! you've got me all jazzed with your post!!!

Thank you for sharing!!! <3<3<3
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 7th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
I know, it sounds fantastic, doesn't it?? Bread that isn't bad for you! That doesn't make you gain weight or add instant sugar to your blood stream!

I have ordered some sprout wheat flour, so we'll see how it goes.

I'm sure this isn't a miracle food, but it certainly does sound a LOT healthier than what we eat now.