Hello, delicious whole grain baking! It still stuns me how nutrient-packed fresh flour is. We have spent so long thinking bread is the problem, but it turns out that flour is the issue. There is such a huge nutritional difference between store-bought flour and home-milled flour. The quick and dirty of it is that it is home-milled flour puts the entire wheat berry into the mill and gets the entire wheat berry out of the mill. It includes the germ and the bran (versus just the endosperm), so the wheat berry is used in its entirety for baking. These portions (the germ and the bran) are typically removed during processing for flour you find on the shelf. Because of these differences, there are some things you should know about our Unsifted Berry Blends.
The same, but different. Unsifted Blends create flour. It is way healthier, but it is just flour. This fresh flour can replace flour used for any reason in your home! No need to keep that small stash of conventional All-Purpose flour “just in case.”
Can I still use my regular recipes? Yes! The addition of bran and germ only require slight alterations of some recipe's ratios. Here’s the thing though, you can make a 1:1 replacement using flour from our blends and be fine! No need to stress. The nutrition is worth any imperfections in your finished product until you learn what works best for you!
Want perfect and easy recipes right away? Unsifted is excited to bring you tried and true recipes using fresh flour so that you can begin using nutritious flour right away. A simple search online will also yield multiple fresh flour recipes where again, no alterations are needed. After your purchase, you will also be invited into our Unsifted Collective Facebook group, where you can find even more recipes, ask questions, and get answers alongside other users like you!
Which type of baker are you?
Person A: The Rule Follower / Convenience Pro
The Rule Follower / Convenience Pro is someone who may be a new to milling (or baking!), loves step-by-step instructions, doesn’t have the time to tinker with recipe ratios, and/or is looking for tried and true recipes to easily incorporate whole grains into their lifestyle. Hello to all my like-minded, first-born, rule followers out there!
We recommend using the Unsifted recipe cards to build your confidence with fresh flour. These recipes have been tailored to fresh flour use and are thoughtfully organized with step-by-step instructions, pro tips, and recommendations. They also include multiple variations (along with suggested measurements!) for each recipe. Additionally, we periodically post recipes on our blog and would encourage you to check there for even more ideas. Once you purchase from Unsifted, you will be invited into the Unsifted Collective- a Facebook community, with even more recipes and tips from other members. There are lots of recipes online as well, just be sure to search for “fresh flour”, “wholemeal”, or “whole grain flour.”
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are using Unsifted flour in a conventional flour recipe:
- On the “Bread” setting, 1 cup of berries makes roughly 1 1/2 cups of fresh flour.
- On the “Pastry” setting, 1 cup of berries makes roughly 1 3/4 cups of fresh flour.
- Basic Berry: If the recipe is for a sandwich bread, artisan bread, hamburger bun, cinnamon roll, muffin, or another type of bread, we recommend you use our Basic Berry Blend. Also use it for any recipe that calls for a hard wheat (i.e., red hard wheat, white hard wheat, kamut, durum, etc). The Basic Berry Blend has approximately 13% protein, so it is comparable to a Bread Flour.
- Dessert Berry: If the recipe is for a dessert, breakfast, pie crust, biscuit, or other pastry, then we recommend you use our Dessert Berry Blend for fluffy goodness. It has approximately 9.5% protein, so it makes a great pastry flour.
Our Unsifted recipe cards make all this super simple. They list the exact amount of berries needed instead of the amount of flour required for each recipe- so there's no math required, and you never even have to measure any flour! No more leveling with the flat side of a butter knife!
Welcome Rule Follower / Convenience Pro! We are so glad to have you here. Thanks for trusting us to come alongside you in this delicious journey!
Person B: The Kitchen Adventurer
The Kitchen Adventurer is someone who may have a pile of old recipes from their All-Purpose flour days that are too tasty and have too much sentimental value to leave behind. They want to venture off the Unsifted recipe path and create magic of their own with their new fresh flour. They like experimenting and just want a little help knowing where to start.
In our experience, there’s no magic conversion. The fats and desired textures vary between each recipe, so it’s not quite the same. Here are a few helpful hints to consider as you start your adventure:
- First of all, please see the basics described above under Person A.
- Fresh flour is warm after grinding - For pastries, consider placing the flour cannister in the fridge for a while so the flour will be cool when you cut the butter in.
- Alter the amount of fresh flour for your recipes:
- As a general rule-of-thumb for breads, use 20-30% less fresh flour as compared to conventional flour called for in recipe. That’s roughly 3-7 Tbsp less fresh flour, per cup, of conventional flour that is called for. So much of this is personal preference, so just enjoy the ride to creating your masterpiece! Of note, I notice that I often don't have to adjust recipes much, if any, for quick breads, just yeasted.
- If a pastry or dessert recipe calls for all-purpose flour, then for your conversion to Dessert Berry, you’ll need to increase the amount of your Unsifted pastry flour used by approximately 1/4 cup per every cup of all-purpose/hard wheat flour that is called for.
- Fresh flour is thirstier than conventional flour - It will absorb considerably more water, so the next thing to try altering after the flour is potentially the amount of water. We’d suggest starting with either the flour or water alteration (one at a time) since they are interrelated.
- Fresh flour includes the germ, so there is more oil content - After trying the recipe initially, we suggest trying to adjust the flour first (see above), but then if the texture is off or too oily, consider reducing the oils/fats in your recipe to account for the Vitamin E and other oils in the germ. This isn’t required in most recipes, primarily just for delicate cakes or pastries.
- Fermentation occurs faster due to the nutrients in the bran and germ. These nutrients "feed" the yeast to thrive. Especially be aware of this with your sourdough starter! You may need to adjust feeding times accordingly.
- Let your doughs rest - The bran in whole wheat flour takes longer to soak up liquids, so if your dough seems too sticky or too thin, consider letting it rest and coming back to it after a bit of time (six to eight minutes is the average time required for gluten to hydrate). Remember to error on the wet side for consistency, as a wet bread equals more crumb. Fresh flour doughs may look and feel a little different than conventional flour doughs, but you will get the hang of it in no time!
Welcome, Adventurer! We are happy you are here and would love to learn from you, too! You can use our "Contact Us" page to share your recipes and tips with us. If we choose your recipe to feature on our blog, we will be sure to give you credit AND you'll earn discounts on our Berry Blends! We look forward to hearing from you in our Collective community page, as well!
Happy Unsifted baking, all!