Mike Jay wrote:Here's the only account I've seen for sunflower seeds. Mother Earth News blurb. I haven't tried it myself. I'm also interested in a way to get hulls off oats, buckwheat and wild rice.
I made a wild rice dehuller that kind of works. Hopefully I get more rice this fall and can optimize it. There's a chance it could work for grains that could need their hulls "rolled" off.
Francis Mallet wrote:I grew buckwheat last year. The harvest was full of aborted seeds but it didn't matter at all. I grind the seeds in a small Cuisinart coffee grinder in 50g batches with 3 passes each batch. This is not ideal as the machine gets hot quickly. On each pass I sift the flour through an ordinary screen strainer. From my measures 100g of seeds will yield about 70g of flour. I need 60g of flour for a pancake recipe. There is a lot of little pieces of hull in the flour but I don't think it's even close to 40%. I find it gives a nice texture to the pancakes. I imagine all that fiber must be good for the gut.
Larisa Walk wrote:We mill whole buckwheat with our Diamant flour mill with metal plates. The hulls mostly flake off and our sifted out with an ordinary flour sifter. Small particles of hull add fiber to the flour and are not a problem for us. We use buckwheat flour in many recipes as we don't eat gluten grains. Did you know that you can make wraps with buckwheat flour?The only way we've been successful with home grown sunflower seeds is to use them for sprouting in shallow trays of soil. They don't need to be hulled for that.
Mike Barkley wrote:Molcajete.
Haven't tried it with large batches but a "Mexican grinder" to crack the hulls some & a fairly large screen size sifter works. This year there will be much more buckwheat!!!
For the record ... first time a tried a bigger batch in an electric blender ... the motor burned up. It was freaky loud too. Just saying.
Mike Jay wrote:My wild rice dehuller didn't work as nicely as I hoped. But on the good side, I have a wild ricing buddy now who wants to help build a better dehuller. So maybe we'll get something made one of these days. I have three chicken food bags full of parched rice just waiting to be dehulled.....
Matt Armstrong wrote:What about sunflower seeds?
Mike Jay wrote:I was just checking out the YouTubes for dehullers and saw this video. It made me smile to see how hand built it was. Some comments suggest the results are fake so I'm not sure it works. But it very well might. And the ingenuity in building it made me chuckle. Take it for what it's worth:
Mike Jay wrote:Why yes Jan, that's very similar to my attempt. How'd you know?!?!?!?