Milling Kiawe Bean Pods Into Flour
Blenders, coffee grinders and meat grinders have been used to grind pods into flour, but the process is slow. A vitamix works well. Break crispy pods into 1″ pieces and blend/grind in very small batches. Sift to remove the chaff and seeds. Too large pieces, too many, too much heat and/or not crispy enough will cause your machine to gum up and the flour to caramelize. Also u must mill in the least humid conditions possible. An air conditioned room is the best.
We use a hammer mill designed and fabricated in Argentina especially for kiawe.
Got a motivated group of people- `ohana, church, club, organization, etc who r hot to gather, dry and make kiawe pod flour 4 home use? We make u this generous offer: send one or two people to visit us and experience with us gathering, drying and milling. Then go back to ur group, gather lots and lots of bean pods, use what materials u have available to dry them, pack the dried pods securely and call us. We will have u send us a sample of ur dried pods. If they r dry enough to mill and u have gathered, washed and dried to our standards. Then we will bring our mill to your community, mill with u and split the flour. PLz call us @ 808 478-6492 for more info.