We try to source all our grains from local Ontario farmers. Some grains such as Kamut, don’t grow well in our Ontario climate. Those are sourced from Western Canada. All our grains are from Canadian farms. Our farm is currently in transition from conventional to organic. Our hope is to produce certified organic grains for milling.
Our grains are always Certified Organic!
Fresh milled bread flour has different properties than bleached bread flour. Bleached literally means when the flour turns from a brown colour to white. Oxygen in the air reacts with the flour to turn it white. This natural oxidation process helps develop the gluten in the flour, making the dough stretchy. If you like a light fluffy loaf add 1tbsp of vital wheat gluten per cup of fresh milled flour. If you like a denser hearty loaf use the fresh milled bread flour as is! Another major difference is the taste. The oxidation process also tends to mellow the flavours of the grains.
Before chemical bleaching was discovered mills used to let their flour sit for approximately 12 weeks to develop the gluten, through natural oxidation in from the air. Since the chemical bleaching process was discovered mills were able to mill and ship in a very short period of time without having to store the flour. This processes also removed all the great vitamins and minerals naturally found in the flour. This created the need to fortify the flour because it is such a staple in our diets.
By milling the entire grain at a very low temperature we retain all the naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and oils. No need to fortify! Conventional mills superheat their grains and remove the hull before milling to increase the volume/yield and maintain a long shelf life.
1847 Stone Milling is a nut, treenut, peanut, and sesame seed free facility.