Our Process

When we call ‘Stone Ground’ an ancient tradition, we aren’t kidding. The process dates back farther than most of us would probably think – farther than the images of English mills in the 18th Century the term conjures up. In fact, the process dates back as far as the Egyptians!

 

Our stone ground flour is the result of the whole wheat grain being ground between a pair of millstones.

 

These big stones grind slowly, keeping the grain cold so the nutrients are not cooked away in the milling process.

 

We chose this method because the key nutrients of the whole grain (the bran, endosperm, and germ) are retained, as opposed to flour milled by contemporary roller mills, which uses higher temperatures. It allows us to produce flour that is natural and healthy. We retain the naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and fibre.

What are Bran, Germ, and Endosperm?

Bran, germ, and endosperm are three major components of a grain. When all three are eaten together the food is referred to as “whole grain”. 

THE BRAN

The bran is the multi-layered outer skin of the edible kernel. It contains important antioxidants, B vitamins and fiber.

THE GERM

The germ is the embryo, which has the potential to sprout into a new plant. It contains many B vitamins, some protein, minerals, and healthy fats.

THE ENDOSPERM

The endosperm is the germ’s food supply, which provides essential energy to the young plant. It contains starchy carbohydrates, proteins, and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.

What’s with the colour

The most interesting thing about stone milled flour is its colour. White stone milled flour is not white – it’s beige. The reason most consumers are used to seeing that pure white flour is because commercial flour manufacture puts the grains through a high-temperature ‘rolling’ process, which removes most of that delicious grain, and nutrients. They go on to add preservatives and colourants to give it that whiteness.

 

We certainly believe that flour doesn’t need all those additives. So we keen ours naturally… beige!

 

You will be amazed at the difference in taste and you can be confident that it really is so much better for your health than anything that comes out of an industrial mill.