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Keeping it small: Why we chose to mill our own flour and bake in small batches

Freshly baked scones with flour that was milled minutes before baking

In the Whittle Bird Kitchen, we believe in the importance of knowing exactly where your food comes from. That's why we're dedicated to providing only high-quality, tasty, and healthy products. Our commitment to quality extends to every aspect of our food preparation, including milling our own flour. While there was a bit of a learning curve when we started, the benefits of milling our own flour quickly became apparent. Freshly milled flour has a distinctive flavor that enhances the taste of every ingredient in a recipe, making it a game-changer. We made it our mission to learn everything about the milling process, and today it's a seamless part of our operations. We no longer use commercially processed flour, as we've found that milling our own flour and baking in small batches ensures the best results and highest quality.

What is The Difference Between Store-Bought Flour and Freshly Milled Flour?

Commercial mills remove up to 30 percent of the wheat kernel to make white flour, which removes the most nutritious part of the grain. In contrast, whole-grain flour contains more nutrients, vitamins, and fiber than white flour. The bran, germ, and endosperm are all included in whole-grain flour, while only the endosperm is found in white flour. The bran and germ contain many nutrients, including vitamin E, folate, fiber, and antioxidants, that are not present in processed white flour. Moreover, the high starch content of white flour increases the absorption of fat, leading to more fat storage in the body. Whole grains have a lower glycemic index, resulting in fewer blood sugar spikes, longer satiety, and a lower appetite.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Why Whole-Grain Flour Makes Better-Tasting Baked Goods?

Freshly milled flour is alive, with its enzymes, nutrients, and fiber, while store-bought flour is dead. The bran and germ add flavor and even a bit of sweet taste to baked goods. The fiber provides structure and texture. Fresh flour yields a creamier texture, more body, and better flavor, resulting in baked goods with greater depth and richness of flavor.

What is the difference in the Purity and Quality?

Freshly milled flour is a way to ensure that you are getting exactly what you need in your food. The supply chain of food processing facilities and middlemen may introduce many additives and preservatives that can be harmful to those with allergies to certain products. Freshly milled flour is not only fresh, but it also excludes unknown ingredients that may be present in common flour found on store shelves.

Brown Butter Banana Bread

Why do we bake in small batches only?

That is a great question and comes back to a little of our history... After closing our cupcake and coffee shop in North Carolina back in 2013, I turned my attention to running an online stationery shop. While I enjoyed the design aspect of things, I really missed the kitchen and the joy of baking. What I did not miss was the fast paced commercial aspect of it. That all changed when my husband and I moved to Maine. I had more time on my hands and I found myself spending less of it in front of a computer and more of it in front of the oven. I baked... and baked.... and baked some more! I fell in love with new recipes and fell back in love with old family ones.

Whittle Bird Kitchen is my love letter to baking.  Every item I make, from cream scones to handmade marshmallows to biscotti, is crafted with the intention of being the most mouth-watering treat you've ever tasted (hopefully) Using only the freshest and carefully sourced ingredients, such as freshly milled flour,  pure vanilla extract, organic eggs, and local butter, everything is made from scratch in small batches in our licensed cottage kitchen. I constantly test new recipes and draw inspiration from the seasons, food memories, and our travels to create a mix of nostalgic and innovative treats.

Staying true to what matters:

Our vision for Whittle Bird Coffee Co.

We have no plans of expanding our business and opening up a commercial kitchen or brick and mortar coffee shop. For us, it's not about numbers, but rather, about doing what we love and sharing it with others. Our cozy little vintage coffee trailer will serve as the perfect home for our unique style, and we can't wait to share it with all of you!

Next post...

Thank you for taking the time to read my post! If you've made it this far, then you must be a flour enthusiast like me, and it's great to know that there are others who share the same passion! My next post will be about natural sweeteners and what we use in the Whittle Bird Kitchen. In the mean time if you have any questions about this post or milling your own flour please feel free to comment below! I am always happy to talk flour! -Missy

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