How to Mill Flour in a Blender

An easy way to save money and have freshly milled flour, is to grind your own. But wheat grinders are very expensive. So here’s how to mill flour inexpensively without using a flour mill or wheat mill.

Flour in the blender.

Step One: Place 2 cups of whole wheat berries in a blender. Any more, and your wheat berries will take longer to turn into flour. Better quality blenders work best for this.

Wheat berries.
Flour.

Step Two: Turn the blender on high, and let it blend your wheat berries for about two minutes. Admire your flour.

Flour in blender.

Step Three: Using a sifter, sift your flour into a bowl so that the flour is separated from any wheat berry particulars that didn’t get blended enough.

Sifting flour.

Step Four: Blend left over wheat berry pieces one more time to get any extra flour out that you can get.

Left over wheat berries

Step Five: Use flour right away or store in the freezer.

Flour in the freezer.

Now wait and don’t throw those left over wheat berry pieces away. You can actually add water to them, heat them up in the microwave and have something similar to cream of wheat for breakfast. It’s quite lovely to eat!

I own an expensive wheat grinder, but I’ve found I prefer using the blender. It’s far less messy and noisy. I also feel like less flour is wasted. The only issue is that a blender doesn’t get as fine a flour as the wheat grinder does.

Now go have some fun grinding your own flour without an expensive wheat grinder! And let us know how it works out for you.

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22 Comments:
  1. does the “leftovers” have a name?? Like…what is it?? And this also works with making oat flower! I tried it the other day, because that stuff is $$$…worked just fine in the blender!

  2. I love this, Crystal!! My wheat grinder is totally on the fritz… it works, but I end up with flour ALL OVER my kitchen every time I use it, so I’m not using it as much. :(

    I was planning on starting to save up for a Nutrimill, but I’m going to try this first! Especially since I have a Vitamix and I know that it can do it (just silly me hasn’t tried it yet).

    • Crystal, this is a great tip, I’ll have to suggest it to others who can’t afford a mill or fancy blender.
      Rachel –I only use my vitamix for grinding grains, works perfectly. I have the dry container made especially for beans & grains, but I’ve heard the standard wet container does just as good of a job. You don’t have to blend it on the highest for more than about a minute.

  3. I use the food processor to mill oats. Have never thought about wheat berries! Totally doing that tomorrow!

  4. Thank you so much for this!!! OMG, this is an awesome way to show children how we get flour from grains. As a RD, I can sometime see the confusion on their little faces when I talk about “grains” and getting flour/bread from it. I have a Ninja blender/food processor gadget so that should work right? Thanks again.

  5. I’m pretty sure the leftover bits are called wheat germ. We use wheat germ in our morning smoothies. Its also good sprinkled on ice cream. Its sold in the grocery store next to the oatmeal and granola in the cereal aisle. The attached link says wheat germ is discarded when wheat is milled into flour; but don’t throw it away, it has vitamins in it. The article also says to store the wheat germ in the refrigerator.

    http://www.answers.com/topic/wheat-germ

  6. Doesn’t the Vitamix run too hot? I just bought the dry container because I was going to use it rather than buy a mill, but am thinking of returning it because mills won’t heat the flour as much. The whole purpose of milling your own flour is to be able to preserve the enzymes and nutrients as long as possible.

  7. What an awesome tip!! I had just recently read some information on the topic of milling your own flour, using it for recipes etc and the added health benefits of fresh milled flour. I didn’t want to spend the $ just yet on an expensive grinder but never thought about a blender!! Now, mine may be too cheap to work well, but I certainly plan to try it. If anything, I can still buy a nicer blender for a lot cheaper than a wheat grinder! Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try it!!!

    • Caroling, check out shop.goldenwheatfarms.com. That’s where I buy my wheat that I mill. They also sell electric and manual mills there too!

  8. you just made my day!!!! I have been waiting to purchase a wheat grinder until I can find a reasonable priced supplier for wheat berries – but this just made things SO much better!!! I am going to try this asap!! (probably with one of the expensive bags from the grocery store) btw, where do you get your wheat berries?

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