I am thinking of growing einkorn, as it is suppsoed to have a wonderful flavor, but I am unsure of how best to dehull it. Any suggestions?
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Seems a bit glib, I know, but that is what used to be done so without getting too hi-tech why not give it a go?
Good luck with your projects.
Threshing and winnowing are necessary but not sufficient, as the grain must then be dehulled, and winnowed again. I guess paleolithic folks used a motar and pestle. I was just hoping there might be a more clever way to do this. Commercial dehulling machines, like for spelt, are expensive. There are some posts about modifying a hand grain mill with a rubber face on one of the grinding plates, but the only review of such a method was not very positive.
I didn't realise that einkorn had a persistent hull.
Some sort of impact/crushing seems to be the go just to crack the hull away from the grain.. Maybe a lawn roller over a layer on concrete for larger quantities or a ceramic/stone rolling pin on a hard bench top for smaller quantities could be worth a try. Failing that a gentle pounding in a mortar and pestle (perhaps with a wooden pestle) would be another alternative.
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