|Lehmans in Kidron, Ohio|
I went with the express purpose of checking out the manual grain grinders. A Country Living Grain Mill has been on my list for several years but shipping from the States is expensive and only recently have I found a Canadian supplier. Buying something THAT expensive (over $500.00) having never seen it or used it was ONE of the reasons we went - I wanted to try them all out. They had every make I had ever heard about...and that was the problem...someone else had mentioned awhile back that if I ever had the chance to try out the Dimant Hand Mill that nothing-else-would-do.
It's fully cast iron and very heavy - and it's gonna-look-great in my kitchen!! I've woke up thinking about it the last few days - tells you how far gone I am!
An article on Squidoo has this to say: Scientists have revealed some shocking truth about packaged flour ... Reports say that 50% of the nutritional value of grain is lost within first 24 hours of making flour, and of the remaining; another 50% is lost within the next three days. (http://www.squidoo.com/diamant-grain-mill)
That's why storing flour long term doesn't make sense. It may not go rancid for 4 months - the estimated shelf life I was given from Grain Process in Toronto - but 3/4 of the nutritional quality is basically missing after the first week! Something to think about huh? That's why I store wheat kernels, spelt and kamut kernels and other grains in their whole and natural form. God made them with a protective coating so the would stay fresh - the same protective coating I talked about in my fermenting post.
I also purchased some Tattler canning lids. I've been wanting to try these for a few years. Most people I've talked to about them seem to think they're great - their biggest feature is that they are re-usable - no more throw away lids! I can't wait to try them out.
My daughter found a great kit for making oil lamps out of canning jars and olive oil that we're excited to try - a great way to use up old oil. I'll post some pictures when we get it set up.
We spent almost 2 hours in the store just looking and planning the list for the next visit. I need to save a serious chunk of money first. (or rather again!)
You can join me and drool here: http://www.lehmans.com