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02-27-2006, 11:35 PM
I wrote to Bob's Red Mill Products inquiring about the temp their products are exposed to during their stone mill process. Here is the repy I got. I thought you all might be interested.....
"As we stone mill our products, heat is generated by the disintegration
of the grain between the stones, but because we utilize suction to
simultaneously transport the crushed product from the mill to downstream
operations (sifting) the process heat is drawn off by the air movement,
which leaves the product slightly warmer than room temperature when it
lands in the storage container. The stone milled product as it is being
crushed may run 100- 110 degrees F. and the ground product discharging
into the container runs around 86 degrees F. The grain remains in the
mill around one minute. I hope this answers your questions. Please let
me know if I can be of further assistance to you."
02-27-2006, 11:52 PM
yes thank you too. i've always wondered about their products. they do such a nice job keeping it look "uniform." :)
02-28-2006, 06:22 AM
Thank You, Leslie L!
This is wonderful information as I have wondered this myself!
02-28-2006, 07:09 AM
Thats good, but they are not sproutable right ?
02-28-2006, 07:44 AM
Don't think so!
02-28-2006, 09:44 AM
Thats good, but they are not sproutable right ?
Sure they are! I buy a lot of my grains from Bob's. I go directly to the Mill. They have a lot of nice organic grains.
What he's referring to here is the MILLED grains - which means the ones which are processed into flour or grit. He's also referring to the rolled oats because I specifically asked about them when I was there and was told their rolled oats are not heated, just rolled.
You can see the rollers there. It's an interesting place to visit. Those danged things are bigger than a car and they'd flatten anything!
anyway.. I buy his grains in 25 to 50 pound sacks and dry-pack can them. They sprout fine. I've gotten spelt, oats, rye, flax, and I think I even got barley there one time.
02-28-2006, 11:02 AM
thanks for that info, I only see the flours available locally, not the whole grains. I am sure they are available via mail though !
02-28-2006, 03:05 PM
02-28-2006, 07:49 PM
You can ask for a mail order catalogue at this website:
Also, I sent them an email specifically asking about sprouting again, and I'll post their reply. However, I've been sprouting their grain for years - it's the only grain I buy.
02-28-2006, 08:21 PM
Thank you so much for posting this information, I know they carry these products at our local Central Market so I am going there first thing in the morning to see what they've got. I am hoping for some oats in particular!
02-28-2006, 11:51 PM
I don't want to steer anyone wrong. I'd like to have it in writing from them before everyone runs out to buy the oats. Or at least buy a small amount until we hear back. But I know what they told me and I've been eating them.
03-07-2006, 08:16 PM
Did you ever hear back from them? This has opened up a whole new avenue of food ideas! :) Thanks!
03-07-2006, 10:39 PM
I specifically asked about them when I was there and was told their rolled oats are not heated, just rolled.
This is significant point, because Quaker rolled oats, like most rolled oats on the marked, are formed by flattening the oat grains between steam heated rollers. The heat makes it easier to flatten the grains, and also partially precooks the cereal to reduce final prep time.
03-07-2006, 11:43 PM
Follow the string up.. I posted their reply
03-07-2006, 11:45 PM
Where'd that reply go? I KNOW I posted it! I cut and pasted it. Is it in another thread? :confused: :confused: Maybe it was about sprouting....
03-16-2006, 08:54 AM
Where did the post go? Was it ever found from the manufacturer?
03-16-2006, 09:04 AM
I did contact Bob's Red Mill directly and was informed that there oats are NOT I repeat are NOT raw. They have to be heated to be stabilized so that they can sit out on shelves for extended periods of time. Oats are very sensitive to spoilage and therefore must be stabilized with heat. This is why actual "raw oats" only have the shelf life of about 2-3 months. Hope this helps!
03-16-2006, 10:51 AM
Well, that's not what they told me.
I'm calling them again today.
Who the heck do you believe? sheesh! :eek: :eek: :eek:
03-16-2006, 11:17 AM
I know it's crazy!
I do specifically believe this though. Only because I have done a ton of research on oats and what she quoted about stabilization is true. I know that they do have other "raw" grains, unfortunately, just not oats!
Make it a fabulous day!
03-16-2006, 11:40 AM
Here is the letter I received a few minutes ago. This is NOT what I was told before.. so I'm not happy, but I AM happy to finally know what's true... if this is true :::laughing::: Who the heck knows...
Rolled Oats go through a few processes. The whole groats are placed in a dry kiln and brought up to 200°F for 4-5 hours. This is the only stabilization process for our Whole Oat Groats, Steel Cut Oats, and Scottish Oats. The Rolled Oats are then steamed to soften them and rolled into flat disks, their thickness depending on the variety of rolled oats. Steel Cut Oats are chopped into little pieces after they are stabilized and Scottish Oats are ground on our cool, stone mills. I hope this answers your questions, please let me know if I can be of further assistance to you.
Bob's Red Mill
03-16-2006, 11:45 AM
Is thier oatbran raw? I hope so- I am obsessed with it!
03-16-2006, 02:18 PM
too funny. only today I emailed them to ask about the buckwheat flour. Haven't received a reply yet.
Betcha before long their website has a FAQ about raw. sounds like we're all asking similar questions.
04-14-2006, 09:58 PM
Hi - I am new here and trying to understand the difference between Whole Oat Groats and hulled oats. I don't know what I have, but I know they won't sprout. The store where I buy in bulk also does not know. I saw a website with pictures, but mine don't look like the pictures. They are rounded on the edges with a ravine in the middle. Any thoughts?
Also - how do I tell whether it is hulled or whole millet?
04-14-2006, 11:29 PM
Hulled means that the hulls have been removed.
The oats that Alissa sells are the only raw oats (groats and rolled) that I trust. There's a 99.9% chance that any oat groats you buy in a bin are NOT raw.
I'm so sorry I don't have enough time right this minute to go into a more thorough explanation or lead you to prior discussions. If you search on this forum, however, the answers are here in previous threads.
04-15-2006, 01:46 AM
Oh rats! I guess I'll be putting some oats in somebody's Easter basket....
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