How To Make Bran And White Flour At Home

How To Make Bran And White Flour At Home

In this short tutorial I’ll show you how you can make your own white flour and wheat bran at home by sifting home milled wheat grains.

You’ll need:

  • stainless steel strainers of different sizes
  • wheat grains
  • hand or electric grain mill

Sift home milled flour for fine flour

Grind the flour in the grain mill (don’t use the finest setting) and sift the flour through the strainers.

Usually large strainers have a wide mesh, while the mesh of small strainers is tighter woven. So it’s possible to sift different types of flour: from whole wheat flour to white flour. You can also use a piece of muslin or other open mesh fabric to sift the flour.

Grind and sift just the flour you need for your cake or bread, as home milled flour is best used fresh.

make white flour and all-purpose flour at home
Large strainer, wide mesh = less bran

The large strainer with a wide mesh will produce less bran, and flour between whole wheat flour and white flour.

Sift flour at home with stainer or sieve
Small strainer, tight mesh = more bran

The small strainer with a fine-grid mesh will produce more bran, and finer flour like all-purpose flour or pastry flour.

What to do with the bran residue: You can eat the wheat bran, use it to make Victorian bran shampoo for thick, soft and glossy hair, or make George Washington’s 1750s small beer.

Sifting the flour reminded me of Gustave Courbet’s 1855 painting The Grain Sifters 😀 even if they don’t seem to separate flour from bran but remove stones and chaff from wheat grains.

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