Flour is an essential ingredient in some of the world’s most favorite foods including pasta and bread. However, the average person doesn’t know a whole lot about the production process. Continue reading to learn more about flour production.
STEP 1: GRADING THE WHEAT
A crucial part of creating flour is grading the wheat. Wheat brought in for flour production is chemically and physically analyzed and placed into categories based on its look and its protein content.
Wheat within the same grade is stored together until the purification process.
STEP 2: THE PURIFICATION PROCESS
Next, the wheat must go through several cleaning stages to free it of any debris and dirt before it is milled. This is done by using a separator, which removes large objects like rocks; an aspirator, which removes smaller debris; and other machines such as a disk separator, seed separator, and more.
The wheat is then washed in warm water and spun out to dry. Moisture levels are closely monitored. Some process will also involve conditioning, which means the wheat is left in water of a various temperature for a whole day.
STEP 3: MILLING THE WHEAT
This is the process that transforms wheat into what will eventually become the flour. The wheat is mixed together using different machines. One machine known for its flour production is the Entoleter, which spins the grain into smaller metal pins. Next, the wheat is pressed through breaker rolls, which are two metal rollers.
This produces what is known as middlings. They are course flour that will later pass through a mesh material or a screen to remove lighter pieces and to be grinded down to a finer powder.
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After the flour passes through this mesh or screen, the middlings are ground into a finer flour after passing through metal rollers once again. They go through sieves to separate them by their fineness.
STEP 4: PROCESSING THE FLOUR
After everything has been broken down, bleaching agents are added to the flour along with minerals, oxidizing agents, and vitamins. If the flour being produced is going to be self-rising flour, leavening agents and salt are added.
It takes one or two months to fully process flour. After that period of time, the flour is packaged and set off to retail stores to be sold to customers!
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