Today's consumers expect to see whole grain products on the menu, and if you own a bakery, it's your duty to deliver. Choosing the right grains from so many may seem like a huge task, but once you learn more about the industry and the different types of grains on the market, you can made an educated buying decision.
Most grain mills around the United States deal with many different types of grain in one facility. They may start off by supplying the seed for grain, and stay with the process until the product goes through the grain grinder. Other companies receive the grain already partially processed, and then prepare it for bakery use. Some of the types of grain you may come across are:
1. Soybean grain
2. Corn grain
3. Wheat grain
4. Various other whole grains
Find out where your grains are coming fromBuying local is better for a variety of reasons. Not only do you get your product faster and have the opportunity to establish a one-on-one connection with your supplier, but you also help to stimulate the local economy. So, consider choosing a grain mill near you for your next shipment of whole grain.
Compare prices among the different grain companiesPrice is probably a key issue in your decision-making process. Generally speaking, the more grain you buy, the cheaper it is. You can usually contact the supplier and let them know the order size and your requirements to get a quote tailored to your needs. Buying different types of grain from the same company can save you money as well.
Know what the grain growers knowAnother way to make sure that your product line is fresh and up-to-date is to keep current on the grain industry. Many have quarterly publications and email subscriptions that you can sign up for to find out how the industry is doing and learn about things that affect you as a buyer.
- If you're getting your grains milled for a specific purpose, most grain mills can change the texture of the mill to suit your needs. For instance, a whole-grain bread recipe may require less of a grind than a batter or a mix.