Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sophia Grinding Wheat Berries

Sophia is flaking the wheat berries in the agriculture class I teach. Another mom is holding the flaking machine in place so it doesn't move as much (the thing that holds it in place doesn't fit correctly on the table).

We just finished reading "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. In the book, Mrs. Wilder described how the family had to constantly grind wheat in their coffee grinder in order to make bread. The bread is what sustained the family when the train and supplies no longer could make it through to their town.

The flaking machine gave the girls a much better appreciation for the hard work that would have been needed to make flour...and the little amount of flour that is produced for the work that is involved.

They also were able to see an electric flour grinder and how wheat berries are grounded into flour. Now the girls want to grind flour at home. It sure would be a much healthier alternative to what's available in the store!

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