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What does the ash content of broken wheat really mean?

The "Ash" is not an ingredient in the flour To be clear, the "Ash" is a measure of what you'd get left - if you burned the flour. It is not an ingredient in the bag of flour. More specifically if ...
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How to clean a mill

The amount of salt that would stick to a dry mill is very small. Salt is also quite abrasive, cheap and water soluble. So to get pepper out I'd grind salt. For most savoury mixes a little salt won't ...
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What mill would you recommend to grind allspice?

I use a mortar and pestle without any problems. It also works for other spice seeds and is good for garlic, basil, etc.
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What will happen if I put cut vegetables or roasted peanuts in a Salzburger grain mill or a mock mill?

Don't do it. a] it won't work properly & b] you'll ruin the machine. It is supposed to take bone-dry grain in the top, grind between two flat(ish) granite plates - actual millstones - & pour ...
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Is there a way to properly steel-cut oats yourself?

Seems like you should consider investing in a grain mill. They come in a wide variety of options from manual to electric and they have different settings for how fine a grind you can get. While many ...
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How to clean a mill

There's no special trick to it, you don't want to use water to clean them as it's hard to dry them afterwards and you risk getting wet spices clogging things up. First I would empty the mill, then I ...
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Is it possible to use Coffee Mill for other grain?

That's a nice picture of a spinning blade type spice grinder you have there. The good ones will even do whole nutmegs. You can also use it to make limited quantities of powdered sugar, oat flour, ...
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What mill would you recommend to grind allspice?

I have a coffee grinder that is dedicated only for whole spices. It's faster than grinding by hand. I just knock it out in the sink and wipe out with a cloth when I am finished.
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Is there a way to properly steel-cut oats yourself?

Soak the groats in water for a few hours. Drain and dry. Use your fingers to peel off the hulls. Oatmeal typically is cut into three pieces, so try using a nut chopper device - the one with the glass ...
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Making spice pastes with a food processor

It sounds like you are doing it wrong! :) Grind spices in a spice grinder first (a rotary coffee grinder works fine for that). See How do you finely grind coriander seeds? Garlic, ginger, fresh ...
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Are stone or metal grinding wheels better for flour?

Though I've never ground wheat, I've used metal and ceramic mills to grind spices, rice, and nuts. As far as I know you'll usually find either ceramic or steel burrs. Steel burrs though usually ...
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Can I use an oven instead of a dehydrator to prepare lentils for milling at home

Thank you, Andrew for your reply and link. In the meanwhile I decided to try and see for myself. I put some buckwheat on a flat surface in the oven for about 30 min. I took the same amount of ...
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Can I use an oven instead of a dehydrator to prepare lentils for milling at home

Using ovens as a dehydrator is pretty universal for any kind of food that can be dried. Here is just one of many sites out there - How to make sprouted grain flour
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Can I use an oven instead of a dehydrator to prepare lentils for milling at home

From what I've heard you might be able to if your oven can be set on 170 degrees Fahrenheit and left propped open with a wooden spoon or something so the air escapes better
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How to clean a mill

I was looking for something like that: http://lifehacker.com/5558040/use-rice-or-bread-to-clean-coffee-and-spice-grinders I´ll try today, if milling rice will solve my problem.. And I´ll tell you as ...
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Vegetable mill versus using a food processor for vegetables

The advantage of a passaverdura (or passe-vite in French, also known as Foley Mill in the US) is that like you said it will, depending on the coarseness of the screen, keep back undesired matter, such ...
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Need to dry grain before milling?

Grains would typically be dried for storage so that they remain dormant and don't sprout or mold. Assuming you're storing them in a sealed container and your ambient humidity isn't ridiculously high, ...
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Is there a way to properly steel-cut oats yourself?

Having just moved to the Netherlands, I find myself in a similar situation. While certainly one of the less common form of oats in Canada, steel cut oats were available in pretty much every grocery ...
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Making spice pastes with a food processor

If the recipe can handle it (eg for spice pastes that will be sauteed with other ingredients anyway): Try adding oil instead of water.

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