Are the grains you mill locally sourced?
We source the majority of our grain from within a 30 mile radius of our mill. However, for the strong bread flours we do blend in a proportion of higher protein imported grain to achieve good and consistent bread making qualities. This can vary from season to season depending on the quality of the local grain.
Where can I buy Stoate’s Stoneground flour?
We sell direct from the mill via click and collect that you can do through the website for contactless collection during Covid-19, through our online shop and from many Farm Shops, Deli’s and Health Food Shops throughout the South West. Please visit stockists for our up to date list.
Is all of your flour stoneground?
All the flour we produce at Cann Mills is stoneground on horizontal millstones.
How Organic is your flour?
We were milling organic flour before organic was really invented! In the late sixties and early seventies we milled “compost grown” grain from a local farmer. The quality varied hugely from year to year but the flavour was great and the provenance was unquestionable. Since then many local farms have started growing organic grain so we have a much greater source and security of supply. All of our organic flour is certified by The Soil Association.
Is all the flour you produce organic?
The vast majority of the flour we produce is organic and certified by The Soil Association but we still produce a non organic wholemeal, brown and Maltstar flour. Although now only about 5% of our turnover we like to give customers the choice as the method of milling is exactly the same albeit on separate machinery.
What is the shelf life of your flour?
As all our flour is stoneground and still contains the oil rich wheat germ there is a greater tendency for the flour to go rancid over a mainstream rollerground flour. We date stamp all of our flour for 7 months and recommend storing in a cool, dry, rodent free location.
Does your flour contain allergens?
Whether its rye, spelt or wheat all of our products contain gluten which is naturally present in the grain. However, we do not process any other allergens at Cann Mills.
Is your flour suitable for a bread maker?
All of our bread making flours perform well in bread making machines. As we use mostly local grain there is ample natural sugar contained in the flour and therefore additional sugar is not required as there is sufficient to feed the yeast.
Why is your white flour not as white as the flour I get from the supermarket?
The vast majority of flour produced in this country is milled using modern roller milling technology. This has evolved over the years to a highly efficient system grinding the grain down and separating it into its component parts with minimal wastage.
We are not afraid to incorporate modern machinery in our mill (mostly for conveying grain and flour) but we do not compromise the traditional method of milling using horizontal millstones as this is the essence of our product. The grain is ground through one pass of the millstones and then mechanically sieved to produce our stoneground white flour. This simple method of production means that the natural wheat germ oil and some tiny particles of bran still remain in the flour. The inclusion of these nutritious and flavoursome components give the flour and slightly creamy rustic appearance which is favoured by many.
Can we come and look around the mill?
With a combination of the mill getting busier over the years, present regulations and health & safety issues it is not practical to open the mill for viewing during normal operative hours. However, we have recently started having an Open Day usually on a Sunday in the middle of May coinciding with National Mills weekend. Please keep an eye on our News Page for the next Open Day at Cann Mills.