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Red Fife is an heirloom wheat with a high protein level (15.4%) and deeper, more complex flavors than common hard red winter wheats. If you mill your own flour, you’ll love the robust, slightly sweet and spicy taste of freshly milled organic Red Fife. Or you can boil the whole berries and use them in pilafs, soups, breakfast bowls, and grain salads.
Red Fife’s origin is unknown, but it is believed that Mennonite farmers in Poland grew the wheat that was shipped to David Fife, a Scottish immigrant in Canada, in the mid-1800s. Fife then grew the wheat and shared it with other farmers, calling it Red Fife because of its distinctive color. Red Fife set the baking and milling standards from the 1860s to the turn of the 20th century, and has been placed on the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity’s “Ark of Taste. It is thought to be a relative of Halychanka, a Ukrainian Heritage wheat, prized for its rich flavors and excellent baking qualities.
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Red Fife tastes great, don't get me wrong, but it makes for a very slack dough so it's not very easy to work with. It does much better combined with another more elastic flour like Warthog.
I just received 25# of Red Fife wheat berries along with a lidded plastic bucket which I also purchased from Janie's. I have had time for only two bakes of sourdough bread but it was excellent (for me) and was the best I have done so far. The order arrived promptly (a surprise as I live on the west coast) and in good condition. The berries were of excellent quality and ground into a very fresh smelling flour. I am using a discontinued model of Magic Mill III electric and currently use the flour un-bolted. I have just ordered a #40 and #60 sieve and will try some brioche recipes after they arrive. Couldn't be happier with the order, the website information, and the final product.
To follow up with my last review, I was contacted by Jill Brockman-Cummings, Mill Manager, and she was wonderful in making sure I was completely satisfied with my order….problems happen, but nothing matches great customer service. This company is the best, and I will always use them for my wheat/grain orders in the future. Great selection of grains, fast service/delivery and Excellent customer service and attention. I cannot recommend this wonderful company highly enough!
I am now milling Red Fife and Glenn, about 80% extraction, as the high protein component of my levain hearth loaves. Allows me to get the flavors from low protein Warthog (whole) using the structure of the high proteins. I find Fife more flavorful than Glenn.
Janie’s Mill has the best prices for Heritage Wheat Berries & it is worth getting extra to save on shipping. I placed my 1st order & there was a bit of a glitch, but I contacted Janie’s Mill & they were so very kind & helpful. We got everything straightened out & I’m looking forward to trying my wheat berries real soon. Thank you so much, I’m thrilled with my purchase!
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