Y’all, I love my KitchenAid mixer. It is so fabulously versatile! The peeler/corer/spiralizer attachment has gotten lots of use over the past weeks. The ice cream attachment is still one of our favorites. When I decided to go back to grinding wheat, I wondered if KitchenAid had a grain mill. They sure do!
So in trying to remove this and that from our diet to help my kids on the autism spectrum, I discovered it was when we reduced processed foods that seemed to help them most. In studying about nutrigenomics, I found this at the National Institute of Health.
When consumed in increasing amounts in food, six of these nutrients (folate, vitamin B12, niacin, vitamin E, retinol, and calcium) are associated with a reduction in DNA damage, whereas three others (riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and biotin) are associated with an increase in DNA damage to the same extent observed with occupational exposure to genotoxic and carcinogenic chemicals.
What?! Do you have any idea how much we are putting in our bodies with vitamins, hamburgers, the buns, cereal, snack cakes and crackers, and even the flour we buy? We can find unbleached flour but not unenriched. So back to whole foods I go. It’s a lot of work for a family of 7 but it’s helping. I can see attention improving and behavior mellowing.
I started with eliminating snack cakes, cookies and crackers. Then cereal was replaced with homemade granola. Now I have a grain mill to keep extra vitamins out and all the natural nutrients fresh and intact.
It is a little loud but I ground flour for sausage balls this morning at 6am and it didn’t wake up anyone. After a week or so, my family has tuned it out.
One video I watched said that you should let it rest for 45 minutes after 10 cups of flour. I find my machine getting pretty warm so I try not to go past 6 cups just for piece of mind. If I need more, I grind and put the flour in the fridge tightly sealed until I can grind the remainder.
I find my pancakes are softer. My sausage balls smell sweeter (without any added sugar). My family eats it all with gusto. Can’t beat that!