This is an edit of an article written by Dr. Royal Lee, originally published in Let’s Live magazine, 1958.
An Honest Loaf: Fresh, Stone-Ground Bread
The only wholesome bread is that made from wheat that has been ground into flour by a stone type mill within a few hours of its conversion to bread.
You must get such flour from a supplier who grinds wheat daily, or get a small mill and grind your own. The wheat should be high protein, grown without irrigation on soil that has not been depleted, preferably organically fertilized. Such wheat will cost you twice as much as a lower quality, but it is the cheapest from a nutritional viewpoint. The fine flavor alone will prove its worth.
For Best Results
In baking whole wheat bread, it is important to use as much fluid (water or milk) in the dough as possible. The finer the wheat is ground, the more fluid is necessary; the softer the dough the lighter the loaf. Too much yeast or too rapid rising will make a less flavorful bread—the yeast enzymes must have time to work. Bread can be made without yeast, if you allow 24 hours for rising.
Butter should not be used in bread making as a shortening. It inhibits the yeast to a variable extent, so you never can predict what will happen. Peanut oil, corn oil, or olive oil is preferable.
A Case in Point
Now, bread made from fresh ground flour, baked the same day that it is ground, is delicious and you do not have to go very far to prove the point. I recall an incident where one of the national millers was telling the same story—how people would not eat whole wheat bread—and at the same time, this same man was being served fresh ground whole wheat bread for lunch (without his being aware of what it was). His exact statement was: “That is the best bread I have ever eaten.”
We, the human race, were endowed with taste instincts which are still in effect if tested upon the right substances—organic food does taste better—but when these taste buds are called upon to judge between poor and worse, then it is asking too much to expect that they can interpret the errors that have been incorporated into foods by man’s so-called intelligence. The difference is quite clear when the taste instinct is called upon to judge the difference between good and bad.
My advice to you, if you want to prove this to yourself, is to obtain some fresh ground flour and bake this into bread and eat it fresh. Test this bread on some of your skeptical friends and, I think, you will establish proof to your own satisfaction that we have not become smart enough to change the products provided by nature into counterfeit substitutes.
Dr. Royal Lee. Let's Live, 1958.