Benefits of Cold-Stone Milling Grains
In short: flavor, nutrition, and connection.
Freshly ground grains retains more flavor and aromas than pre-ground grains, translating to a more complex, aromatic, and delicious end product. Stonemilling grinds the bran and germ into the flour along with the endosperm, keeping valuable nutrients in the flour. Coarser elements can be sifted out as you like to produce finer products, which still retain some of the nutritional benefit of milling the whole grain. Granite millstones help to keep grain cool as it travels through the mill, protecting naturally occurring oils and nutrients. Buying whole grains presents an opportunity to work with local grain growers, and for those farmers to access a local market via a new avenue: your home. It's good for you and for your community.
What is a stone mill?
A stone mill, also known as a grist mill, grinds a variety of grains using buhr stones instead of steel rollers. Because the millstones grind at a slow speed and cool temperature, the inherent nutrients and flavor of our grains are preserved, a production “secret” that allows us to seal in the freshness and bring you wholesome, quality foods, just as nature intended.
How does stone milling work?
The grain starts out in a hopper, which holds the grain. Then the damsel shakes the grains so they can travel down through the shoe and into the eye of the upper stone. This is where the magic happens to provide us with whole grain goodness. Again, the millstones grind at a slow speed and cool temperature, and that’s what helps preserve the nutrients and flavor of the grain. The size of the grain is determined by the distance between the two stones.
Many of the health benefits of stoneground grains come from the milling process itself. The stones used stay cold, unlike industrial mills that effectively burn some important nutrients in the milling process. The nutritional value of grains that has been stoneground is high, as digestibility is increased through this process.
Health benefits of eating stone grounded grains include lowered cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that by having a diet that has a low Glycemic Index (GI), weight loss may be easier, a reduction in body fat may be seen and there is a reduction in risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, all of which lead to a higher quality of life.
The stoneground method of milling is used for all of Nomad grains.