How to Mill Flour in a Blender

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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24 Comments

  1. Megan R November 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    That’s great. Thank you! =)

  2. Beth November 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    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!

  3. Anonymous November 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I’d like to know the answer to that too Beth. I’m sure it does, but I don’t know.

  4. Rachel Holland November 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    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 Collins November 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Since you have a Vitamix, I bet it will work even better than my cheap blender!

    • Amy November 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      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.

    • Chris November 30, 2011 at 11:48 am - Reply

      You can definitely make it in your Vitamix, (I do) saves the cost of a mill.

  5. Stacee November 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm - Reply

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

  6. Tamika December 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    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.

  7. Ginger December 5, 2011 at 9:38 am - Reply

    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

  8. Teri December 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Crystal Collins December 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      My mill heated the flour worse than my blender does. It will depend on the brand.

  9. Caroline December 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    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!!!

    • Shawnie September 12, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      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!

  10. Rachel January 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    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?

    • Crystal Collins January 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      I buy my wheat berries from a local granary.

      • Rachel January 6, 2012 at 9:25 am - Reply

        thank you! the same type of granary you would purchase grain for livestock?

        • Crystal Collins January 6, 2012 at 10:30 am - Reply

          I think it’s thegranary.com Hopefully that helps you out.

          • Rachel January 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

            thanks!

          • Es February 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm

            It’s thegranarystore.com!

          • Rachel February 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

            Thanks! because I called the one above and they certainly acted like I was a crazy woman! ha 🙂

          • Shawnie September 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

            Rachel you can buy wheat from shop.goldenwheatfarms.com. They are a small family owned farm in Kansas. They have super clean wheat. If you buy from a granery they usually don’t clean their wheat very good. They also sell manual and electric grain mills

  11. LH January 31, 2015 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I was excited to try this, but I first sprouted my wheat berries and dried them in the dehydrator. I put them in my Ninja today and let it whirl! I thought it was great, until the sifting began and I thought, this 1 cup of berries is going to take forever to sift! My hubby sympathetically looked at me and said, “I can’t stand to see you do that!” He got out his coffee grinder, cleaned it up, and gave it a try. I will NEVER use the blender again…I barely had any wheat germ leftover, it worked that well (caution, it could burn toward the end). He is so sweet and smart! 🙂 Thanks for the idea to get us started!

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