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Waste not, want not

 

 

“Waste not, want not” has been the Old Mill mantra from the time it was built in 1830.
In its early days when local farmers brought the grains they grew to be milled, they would “pay” the miller with 25 percent of the ground grains. The rest could be used as feed for livestock, or like we do today, it could be used to make whiskey.

“Flours we grind are 100% – Nothing fresher or better anywhere!” Chuck Childers, Head Miller (left)

The Old Mill still carries on that same pioneering ingenuity. Each day, our head miller, Chuck, and his assistant, Delmar Maples (pictured above on right), have to make sure they have enough of the right grains for what’s needed to supply our restaurants, bakeries, and stores, without overproducing. Because the grains are ground fresh with no pesticides or preservatives, they must be packaged and used right away before they spoil or lose their “flour power.” They must be stored carefully, away from sunlight and heat. Chuck advises customers to avoid leaving it in a hot car and, once home, wrapping them airtight and storing in the freezer until ready to use.

Some flour is simply a byproduct of a process, such as grinding grits. When the grits are passed through the sifter to separate the grit from the hull, a dust falls to the bottom of the sifter: Corn Flour. Again, waste not, want not. It’s a great alternative for anyone looking for a gluten-free option in cooking. We use it in many of our signature breading mixes and in our restaurants.

Our Old Mill Restaurant uses over 30,000 pounds of Self-Rising Flour each year, while the Pottery House Cafe bakes mostly with Whole Wheat Flour. The Farmhouse Kitchen and our Creamery like our Plain Flour for cookies, pie dough, pastries and even ice cream cones.

Chuck tells us that he is a big fan of the delicate cookies our General Store manager, Ginger, bakes with Corn Flour. And he’s not the only one, we all love it when she bakes several batches and brings them into work!

Here’s the recipe to try for yourself!

Lemon Corn Flour Meltaway Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cups Old Mill White Unbleached Flour

1/2 cup Old Mill Yellow Corn Flour

4 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (from 1 large lemon or 2 small)

Directions:

Place the flour, corn flour, cornstarch, and salt in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Set aside. Cut the butter into tablespoons and place in a large bowl. Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest. Blend on low speed until creamy. Add the flour mixture and blend on low until smooth. Turn half of the batter out onto a long sheet of waxed or parchment paper and roll into a 1 1/2-inch-wide log. Repeat with the remaining half of the dough on a second sheet of waxed or parchment paper. Wrap the logs well and chill at least 2 hours.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the logs of dough from the fridge, and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Place about 12 to a baking sheet, and bake until they just turn golden brown around the edges, about 11 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Note: You can omit the step of rolling the dough into logs and chilling. Instead, roll the dough out thinly and cut into rounds, then bake.

Chuck and Delmar say it’s National Flour Month all 12 months of the year here at The Old Mill! With the grits, cornmeal, mixes, and flours, they bag over 700,000 pounds of freshness every year. It’s a rare trade, and one they take very seriously. However, if you get into a conversation with them, then all seriousness goes out the window!

“We could tie a Miller’s Knot with our eyes closed and one hand behind our back at this point!”  ~ Chuck

 

Cornmeal Snickerdoodles

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2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

3 cups sugar, divided

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 large egg yolks

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups Old Mill Plain Flour

2 cups Old Mill Plain Unbolted Cornmeal

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl;  beat at medium speed until creamy.  Add eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, beating at low speed just until blended. Beat in vanilla.

Combine Old Mill Plain Flour, Old Mill Plain Unbolted Cornmeal, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon in a large bowl;  whisk to blend.  Add to butter mixture and beat until blended.

Combine remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon in a shallow dish. Scoop cookie dough, by 1/4 cup, and roll into balls.  Roll in cinnamon sugar mixture and place on baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.  Place in freezer until ready to bake.

Bake until golden, 10 to 15 minutes.  Let cool completely on baking sheets on wire racks.

 

Makes 34 cookies

 

Lemon Cornmeal Poppyseed Cookies

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1 cup OLD MILL Yellow or White Stone Ground Cornmeal

1 1/2 cups OLD MILL Plain Unbleached Flour

1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon rind

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons poppy seeds

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, optional

2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, optional

Whisk Old Mill Unbolted Cornmeal, Old Mill Plain Unbleached Flour, lemon rind, and salt in a medium bowl.

Beat butter until fluffy in large bowl of an electric mixer;  add 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and beat well.  Add egg, lemon juice, and vanilla; beat at low speed until well blended.  Add Old Mill Unbolted Cornmeal mixture;  beat at low speed until blended.  Stir in poppy seeds.

Shape into two 8-inch rolls; wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  Cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices;  arrange on baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.  Bake until edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes.  Let cool on baking sheets 2 minutes;  transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

If desired, mix confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice until smooth; spread on cookies.  Makes 5 1/2 dozen.

Note:  To bake 1 roll at a time, wrap the other in plastic wrap, then foil, and freeze up to

2 months.