Bread Machine – Flour

Posted on September 24th, 2010 by Bread making machines in Bread Making Resources

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How flour is created is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to understanding the ways in which it provides a great health benefit.  Bread, a staple in most cultures, contains flour as the primary ingredient.  There are several types of flour; each type with its own complex nutritional properties.

Starting With Wheat
Wheat is actually a type of grass that is grown almost exclusively for the seeds (grains) that it yields; it is amongst the top three most frequently grown crops worldwide – along with rice and corn.  Flour is made directly from the grain Flour - Bread making machines
kernels which are harvested once the head of the grain is heavy enough to bend the stalks.  During the harvesting process, the chaff and the stalks of the wheat grass are separated from the grain.  They are then used in a variety of farming, gardening, and natural applications such as mulch or even animal bedding.

Once the kernels are separated from the stalks they are then ground into flour; there are several classifications for flour depending on two key factors.

  • What part of the wheat kernel is used.
  • How hard the endosperm is.                                                    Creative Commons License photo credit: timparkinson

Understanding Wheat Terms
There are several wheat related terms that we will need to cover.  These terms will be key to your overall understanding of many phrases swirling around wheat and the various types of bread.
There are three main parts of the wheat kernel, also commonly referred to as the wheat berry.

  • The Bran – this is the hard and rough outside casing of the kernel and is used in whole wheat flour.
  • The Small Germ – very high in protein and chock full of vitamins, the small wheat germ is also a vital part of the wheat’s reproductive cycle.  It is the part of the seed that sprouts during germination.
  • The Endosperm – the largest part of the wheat kernel.  It is also the part of the kernel that is used to create white flour.

Wheat is not the only plant that can be used as a source for flour. There are several other plants that make an excellent nutritious flour source – including: bean flour, rice flour, almond flour, soy flour, potato flour, and even tapioca flour!   This is extremely important for those of us that are allergic to wheat products.

Bread making machines are great devices, all designed with your family in mind.  We all want the best for our families, our relatives.  A bread making machine helps you to control the quality of the food that your family consumes.  Dust off your bread maker tonight

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