How is Flour Made?
Most wheat flour is made by grinding, sifting and bleaching wheat until it becomes a fine, white flour.
We could not have any bread, cookies, cakes or many other foods if we didn’t have flour.
Flour is a food made by grinding wheat or other cereal grains. When we speak of flour, we usually mean flour that is made from kernels of wheat.
To make flour, the miller first cleans the wheat to remove any dirt.
Next, he grinds the wheat between steel rollers and sifts the ground-up wheat between screens to separate the starchy inner part from the rest of the kernel.
The flour is rolled and sifted several times to make the fine flour that most people prefer.
Finally, the yellowish flour is treated with a harmless bleaching agent to make it white. During the milling process, much of the vitamins and others nutrients in the wheat are lost.
When you see a loaf of bread labeled “enriched” it means the manufacturer has replaced some of the vitamins lost in milling the flour. – Dick Rogers