To manufacture the best quality flours, complete control of suppliers, cleaning, grading, milling and mixing operations is required. Our mill uses some very advanced electronics to ensure consistent quality, resulting in the purest, freshest and most nutritious food possible.
The first and foremost step in producing a superior product is to ensure that you have finest raw materials.
Bethel Farm Mill have their own internal quality control audit which aims at using Biologically Responsible Farmers as suppliers.
To process wheat, the first step is to completely remove the beard like growth that occurs at the stem of the grain. This process is called deawning.
The next process to ensure high quality product is thorough cleaning. To this end, grain and chickpeas are passed through multiple screens, brushed and vacuumed twice to ensure that any farm dirt, straw are removed. No less than four magnetic traps capture any stray bits of metallic dust.
The next process is the grading process where grain of inferior quality is removed as well as any seeds that do not conform to quality standards.
Weed seeds are carefully removed by the series of screens and a revolving cylinder that sorts out seeds different than the target specified length.
The next step is to transfer the grain into a machine which slices the grain into small pieces prior to grinding. This ensues that the temperature rise in the grinding process is minimised.
This feature is a hallmark of Bethel milling. The reduction of milling temperatures ensures that all the enzymes and photo nutrients in the grain are retained. In other words, we ensure that the food remains food unlike many other milling processes which effectively destroy the food value to some extent or another.
We carefully monitor the grain temperature to ensure that it does not rise beyond a gentle warming. This is unlike modern roller milling where extreme instantaneous temperatures and pressures are experienced.
For mixes, we then have a step to exactly weigh and measure the necessary ingredients. This whole process is electronically controlled by a microcomputer.
The exact weights and amounts of ingredients are introduced according to a particular recipe and mixed to perfection.
The mix is then transferred into the packaging machine which weighs and fills each packet.
Each packet weight is then checked by the machine t ensure that weight is always the same.
The packets are previously labelled and after filling are sealed to ensure goodness is retained.
Each product is carefully monitored to ensure total consistency. The exact consistency of the flour is measured according to the micron composition in six bands…from 150um to 1000um.
This is particularly important with the falafel mixes as there must be a careful and precise blend of various particle sizes. We measure each band of particle sizes in microns and ensure that the mix remains the same.
Too many fine particles for example can make a gluey mix, whereas too many coarse particles will simply not hold together when cooked.
This quality control process continues throughout the day and records are kept of each batch for a whole range of parameters.
We are very proud to say that most of our power for milling , cleaning, grading, sorting and packing are all provided by our own solar electrical generation plant. The system we chose is SolarEdge and allows us to monitor the real time output and usage at any moment.It also has a comprehensive diagnostic system that allows us to quantify and diagnose any issues panel by panel. Full historical data is retained so we can monitor system efficiency over time.
It also has a comprehensive diagnostic system that allows us to quantify and diagnose any issues panel by panel. Full historical data is retained so we can monitor system efficiency over time.
Jo is the technical person who loves anything electronic. She is currently completing a course in industrial programmable logic control which will allow Bethel Farm Mill to gradually introduce item specific control over every aspect of the mill – even from a remote site.