As soon as your Unsifted Starter Kit arrives we know you're going to be eager to begin enjoying the benefits of whole grains. Here are a few simple steps that you can take to be ready to mill fresh flour as soon as the package hits your doorstep.
1. Prep your ingredients
- Rice - The WonderMill requires an initial mill of at least 2 cups of hard grain in order to clean and prime the mill heads. Since the flour must then be discarded, we suggest you use rice.
- Baking Powder - This is a raising agent used in many recipes. We suggest using aluminum-free for improved taste, although any will work.
- Baking Soda - A raising agent used in many recipes.
- Yeast - A raising agent also used in many recipes. We recommend a large container vs. little packets for cost effectiveness. Both instant and active-dry types of yeast will work, although we prefer instant for its convenience (i.e., so we don't have to soak the yeast before adding it into the bowl) as well as its slight quality improvement (i.e., often less dead yeast).
- Raw Honey - We like this from Costco. Raw honey has all the beneficial enzymes still included.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil - We like this from Costco for quality and price. We look for olive oil bottled in the country of origin to ensure it wasn't secretly "cut" with another cheaper oil.
- Sunflower Lecithin - This is an optional ingredient, but it does provide a noticeable difference in bread softness as well as additional nutrients. Fun fact: Lecithin is an emulsifier, so it helps spread the oils throughout evenly.
- Organic Cane Sugar - This powder, also called, "honey granules," is an excellent replacement for white sugar. It is a less-refined, natural cane sugar that is known for not creating the same sugar rush as granulated white sugar. It's also important to note that some white sugar is actually made from beets which are one of the most common GMO products, which is why we specify "cane sugar".
- Sucanat - This powder is an excellent replacement for brown sugar. It is a natural cane sugar that is less refined and imparts a wonderful molasses taste.
- Buttermilk - Alternatively, you can substitute 1 cup milk +1 Tbsp vinegar. I like to use dry buttermilk because it lasts longer and doesn't require me to keep fresh buttermilk in my fridge.
- Butter, unsalted - Used in our cookie recipe.
- Eggs - Used in our bread, cookie, and brownie recipes.
- Salt - Any type of salt will work, although we prefer sea salt, since the magnesium and calcium may help strengthen the gluten strands.
- Spices - We recommend having ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg on hand to up the flavor of muffins, cinnamon rolls, etc.
- Vanilla Extract - Used to boost the flavor in multiple recipes that are coming your way.
- Cocoa powder, unsweetened - Used in our fudgy brownie recipe.
- Chocolate chips - Trust us, you're going to want to make our chocolate chip cookies and brownies ASAP.
- Any Mix-Ins Desired - Think about any fruits, nuts, or candies you may enjoy adding to your pancakes, muffins, cookies, and brownies.
2. Prep your baking supplies
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons- This one (linked) may not be the prettiest, but it is very practical, as it measures 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tbsp, and 1 Tbsp.
- Liquid measuring cup - These are very convenient to see the measurement quickly without bending over (read: especially helpful when you have a baby on your hip 24/7 😉).
- Danish dough whisk or standard whisk- A Danish dough whisk is far from required, but I love mine so much I would feel remiss not sharing its goodness for mixing muffin batter and bread doughs by hand.
- Muffin pan - Our favorite type of bakeware is USA Pan (not sponsored), because they are completely nonstick. I am amazed every time when I can clean up after sticky cinnamon rolls with just a paper towel. They are not dishwasher safe, but are easy to clean.
- 2 x 1 lb. Loaf pans - Again, we love USA Pan because they bake very consistently and are amazingly easy to clean.
- Cookie sheet - More USA Pan love. I know, we sound like a broken record, but try them and you'll thank us.
- Dough scraper - A dough scraper is used to separate the dough and it also is one of the handiest cleanup tools as well! Simply just scrape it across your counter and it pulls up all the hardened flour or cinnamon roll sugars. Halleluiah!
- Food thermometer - A food thermometer removes the guessing. Breads are done cooking after they have an internal temperatures of at least 185 degrees F (although we prefer closer to 195 degrees F), so with this one simple tool you can quickly test bread's doneness.
- Food scale - Not required, just adds consistency by ensuring your rolls/loaves/etc. are equal sizes.
- Pastry brush- Any simple brush will do! We use ours for baking (e.g., egg wash), but also for brushing flour off of the sides of the WonderMill's flour canister between uses.
3. Consider a kitchen machine for convenience
- Stand mixers are not required for bread making, but if you plan to be baking a lot, you may want to consider the investment to save yourself time and energy. There are mixers at all price points, but keep in mind that fresh flour's bran creates a higher workload for the mixer. Here are a couple mixer types we prefer:
- KitchenAid Professional 600 - KitchenAids are classic, great mixers. This is a larger model that holds a double recipe of our Simple Sandwich Bread recipe.
- Ankarsrum Original Stand Mixer - This is a top of the line mixer with one of the best built motors to last many many years, but its quality gives it a high price tag.
- Bread machines are great convenience appliances. If you want to enjoy the benefits of fresh flour but cannot picture yourself making bread, this could be the perfect solution. You may choose to bake your loaf in the machine directly or to use the dough cycle so you can then shape it into alternate forms (e.g., pizza crust, hamburger buns, cinnamon rolls...) and bake in your kitchen's oven. Here are some suggestions:
- 2lb Bread Machine from Amazon- We have not personally tried this machine, but it received many good reviews and can handle 2 lbs of dough which is the size we would recommend.
Zojirushi Home Bakery - This is a top of the line bread machine with customizable settings and a timer so you can wake up to fresh bread in the morning. The double paddles can withstand the heavy use of fresh flour.
4. Pick your first recipe
This may be the most difficult step! The Unsifted Starter Kit comes with five classic recipes that are delicious as-is OR are customizable for a total of over forty different baked good outcomes. Tell us... Which one are you craving first??
- Simple Sandwich Bread
- Master Muffins
- Fluffy Pancakes
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Fudge Brownies
5. Bonus step: Set up your kitchen for maximum flow
Allow us to use our engineering minds to help you think through your kitchen. We are efficiency-driven people, so if something is not practical and fast, we are not likely to do it. If you can relate, this step is for you. If you're more of a trial and error person, feel free to scroll on by (and maybe bookmark this page to come back to later when you want some fresh ideas!). Here are a few things you may want to consider:
- How much grain do you want readily available? In order to make this an easy lifestyle change, we recommend finding a convenient location for your grain so it is quick and easy to use. Excess grain can be stored in a basement, pantry, or closet. Grain keeps the longest in a cool, dry environment.
- Consider your available space:
- Common storage locations for grain containers include on the counter, on open shelving, in cabinets, or in the pantry. Once you see how pretty it is, you may decide you want your blends visible, for decoration as well as function!
- Consider the container size:
- Common, gallon-sized containers store roughly 6 to 7 pounds of grain. This allows for more time between refills, although refilling containers is not a difficult task.
- Note: Our Unsifted blend photos show half-gallon, glass containers (see pictures on our product page).
- Do you want your grain visible or concealed? This is the fun part. Use the parameters above to help you choose storage that suits your needs. Choose something practical, something beautiful, and/or something easy to use. Here are some options to get you started:
- Glass cannisters for the counters - These have wide mouth tops so it's easy to dip a measuring cup into it.
- Glass container with wood top - These are airtight and have a wide mouth.
- Air tight clip containers
- Plastic Gallon Container
- Unlimited options based on your style and size needs!
- Where do you want to store your mill? We recommend finding a convenient solution that will enable you to easily make flour for all your cooking and baking needs.
- The WonderMill is relatively small and compact and can be stored either with or without the flour cannister, on the counter or in a cabinet. Choose a spot that works best for you!
- We personally enjoy storing our mills on the counter so it serves as a reminder to incorporate whole grain nutrients daily.
Thank you for reading! We hope you have found this page helpful as you begin your milling journey.
If you are the proud new owner of an Unsifted Starter Kit, we just want to say a big congratulations!! We can't wait for you to get your hands on this goodness to start seeing all the benefits of fresh ground flour for yourself. We look forward to seeing how you will use your Unsifted Blends. Don't forget to tag us if you post on social media @unsifted.kc !
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Made it to the bottom of the page, but still want to read more while you wait for your Unsifted goodies to arrive?? Enter “health benefits of whole grains” or “whole grains + <your ailment>” into your preferred search engine and then scroll to the Harvard or other medical journal articles. Note how each study repeatedly recommends 3+ servings of whole grains per day. We can't think of a better, more convenient lifestyle change to help improve your health than just switching out your flours to include wholegrain nutrition. The articles are mind blowing! Go see for yourself!