The newest nutritional information truly supports incorporating some (if not all) grains in your diet to be sprouted (thus also soaked). Now admittedly, I am still a die-hard fan of simply fresh-milling the grain and using it immediately, but there are some very good nutritional (and taste) bonuses to sprouting the grain, dehydrating it and then milling it.
1. The spouted grain is easier to digest.
2. The sprouted grain has a lower impact on the glycemic index scale, thus not quite the insulin spike.
3. The sprouted grain is sweet to the taste and gives a very good flavor twist on typical flours - even freshly milled flours.
Let's take a closer look. Below is a photo of some organic soft white wheat, first dry and then sprouted:
When you take a look at the compared photos, you'll notice tiny, white 'tails' on the wheat that is sprouted. That's all it takes! Once they start to sprout, you're done...they don't have to grow in to what looks like typical bean sprouts.
Once sprouted, the grain has released much of it's white, starchy inner 'food source' of the endo-sperm to feed the 'embryo' of the grain shoot and thus you have now virtually got an-almost vegetable.
By the way, this only takes about 2 days!
Well - now what do we do with it?
There are a few options at this point. Let me give you two:
Mill it now while it's moist and use right away or dehydrate it at a low temperature to mill later into a fine flour.
With both options, you will not want to mill in an electric mill. The moisture from the sprouted grain will clog the motor of an electric mill (if you are milling it moist right away) and simply due to manufacturer warranty and the risk factor, I would avoid milling it after it has been home deydrated as well - just in case.
The best mill for this job is the Wondermill Jr. Deluxe:
If you choose to dehydrate your sprouted grain for using as a flour, there are a multitude of dehydrator options to fit almost every budget. Here are just a few:
Whichever option you choose, the choice to sprout grains and add them into your healthy diet is a good choice.
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