How do I mill buckwheat to remove hulls?

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How do I mill buckwheat to remove hulls?
Buckwheat makes a nice flour that's 99 per cent gluten-free. (buckwheat image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

Buckwheat -- sometimes called beech wheat -- gets its name from its interestingly shaped seeds. The seeds are triangular, resembling the large seeds of the beech nut from the beech nut tree. Frequently used as a rotating cover crop on medium to large family gardens, buckwheat is an easily grown fruit seed (often mistaken as a grain) and inexpensive to buy. It must be milled, however, to use the seeds as a flour.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Buckwheat
  • Buckwheat hulling machine
  • Bowl or bucket

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Harvest the fruits (commonly referred to as grains) and let them dry completely. Wet buckwheat will not separate from the hulls.

  2. 2

    Heat the grain for 90 minutes at 82.2 degrees Celsius (180 degrees Fahrenheit). The hulls will become brittle and come off more easily.

  3. 3

    Pour the buckwheat into the hulling machine.

  4. 4

    Run the two-part hulling machine to remove the hulls from the buckwheat fruits.

  5. 5

    Retrieve hulled buckwheat from the machine.

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