Founder and President of Kamut International, Bob Quinn, sometimes has a hard time finding one of his favorite breakfast cereals, Arrowhead Mills KAMUT® wheat flakes. He cannot always find it in his local grocery store, but he learned he can find it on Arrowhead Mills’ online store that they operate via Amazon. Arrowhead Mills’ website also has a store locater to help you find the nearest grocery store that carries their KAMUT® wheat flakes or KAMUT® wheat puffs.
More and more, grocery shoppers turn to online stores. According to an article in The Food Institute Report from April 2015, online grocery sales in the US is expected to grow at a rate of over 20% annually from 2013 - 2018. Oftentimes, online stores can be the best way to find KAMUT® Brand khorasan wheat products. Because KAMUT® wheat is a premium specialty grain, specific products may not always be available in a given area or local grocery store. Amazon, along with Target and Walmart, are sources for several KAMUT® wheat products from Bob’s Red Mill, Eden Foods, Earth’s Best, Nature’s Path, and Grain Place.
However, large retailers are not the only online stores that carry products made with genuine KAMUT® Brand khorasan wheat. Montana Flour and Grains is the primary supplier of KAMUT® wheat in the US and sells 10 lb., 25 lb., and 50 lb. bags of KAMUT® Brand khorasan whole grain, cracked grain, bulgur, flakes, whole grain flour, and white flour via their online store. In Canada, there are no first level suppliers with online stores. However, there are a few web-based stores that sell KAMUT® wheat ingredients to retail customers including, Anita’s Organic Mill and Daybreak Mill.
Breadtopia and the San Francisco Baking Institute market KAMUT® wheat flour online in addition to baking supplies. Both of these businesses offer expertise in baking with KAMUT® wheat. Baia Pasta has an online store that carries five different shapes of pasta: elbows, corkscrews, pac-macs, mohawks, and ringlets. Felicetti KAMUT® wheat pastas, imported from Italy, can be found on several websites including Italian Harvest.
Kamut International, along with partners Artesian Acres, Montana Flour and Grains, and Prairie Heritage Seeds (PHS) honored KAMUT® Wheat growers at the annual Growers dinner held at the Days Inn Conference Center in Swift Current, Saskatchewan on January 22, 2016.
Bob Quinn emceed the event and provided updates on crop quality and research. Jamie Lockman, North American Regional Director, provided an update on worldwide licensing, trademark protection, and marketing activities and let growers know about the new products that include the KAMUT® wheat that they grow on their farms in Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Wes Gibbs, our own in-house KAMUT® Wheat Organic Ag Extension Agent, provided data and analysis from his first year working with KAMUT® wheat growers in Montana. He discussed optimal seeding dates and growing conditions for KAMUT® wheat that maximize production. Special guest, Bernward Geier, principal with Colabora of Cologne, Germany, gave a presentation on the global risks of GMOs.
Canadian recording artist, Amy Nelson, provided a selection of popular songs and her own original “Country Rock” music for the evening’s entertainment. PHS gave growers her music cd as a gift. Artesian Acres gave growers organic whole grain KAMUT® wheat pasta from Prairie Harvest of Edmonton, Alberta. Mr. Geier showed a short film, Laguna Blanca, that depicted the transition made from a terribly eroded chemical farm in Argentina to a beautifully terraced and diversified organic farm. This was done through the vision, determination, and resources of the late Douglas Thompkins, founder of North Face and Esprit clothing companies.
Recognizing growers for the outstanding work they do was the highlight of the evening dinner. Farmers who have grown KAMUT® wheat for 1, 5, 10, and 15 years received certificates of congratulations and appreciation. Johannas Brown (picture in photo with family & Bob Quinn) took home the “KAMUT® Cup” for best overall crop for 2015. Mike Reesor of Cypress County, AB and George Howell or Robsart, SK were our first and second runners up for the Cup this year. The following growers were also recognized for their superior efforts growing organic KAMUT® wheat.
Jim and Jan Pruitt of Monarch, Montana found the perfect recipe for pancakes and it includes KAMUT® Brand khorasan wheat. Seeking to make a healthy and flavorful pancake mix, the Pruitt’s relied on old family recipes and KAMUT® Brand khorasan wheat to produce their patented formula for delicious organic Golden Triangle Mixes. Golden Triangle Mixes uses KAMUT® wheat, for its naturally sweet, nutty taste, and combines it with other natural ingredients, resulting in a blend that produces pancakes superior in taste and texture.
"We try to eat as healthy as we can," says Jane, "so it would only make sense for us to make a healthy version of the pancake."
The mix produces pancakes that taste so good you can eat them plain, and it's perfect for making crispy waffles and delicious muffins as well. In fact, the Pruitts' muffin recipe was part of the motivation for starting Golden Triangle Mixes.
"I'd make muffins for my daughter's class when she was in elementary school," says Jane. "The kids loved them and teachers and parents would always ask for my recipe."
Recipes for the Pruitt's muffins, waffles, and pancakes can be found on the back of each Golden Triangle Mixes bag and the Pruitt’s are in the process of developing new products, including organic brownie and biscuit mixes. For now, however, the Pruitt’s and their customers are finding plenty of applications for their standard mix.
"People use it for fish batter, breaded zucchini, cookies ...,” says Jim and Jane's daughter, Jill Urick.
"We keep getting calls from family and friends on all the different food they've made with it," adds Jill's husband, Luke Urick.
In addition to being the marketing director for Golden Triangle Mixes, Luke also uses the product in training as a Spartan racer. "This thing is really a sort of 'super food'," says Luke. "There's nothing else like it on the market. It's a complete niche." A serving size contains four grams of protein, four grams of fiber, and no fat or sugar.
Because Golden Triangle Mixes is both hearty and healthy, it is great for making a breakfast that will sustain you through a morning workout or an early class. In fact, the Pruitt’s are hoping to contribute to nutritional breakfast programs around the state to help Montana's students keep physically and mentally healthy.
Golden Triangle Mixes has been in business since 2013 and can be found in 22 locations around the state, and online through Emmett’s Meats of Columbus, MT. "If someone eats a muffin, they buy the product," says Jim. Golden Triangle Mixes is that good.
Golden Triangle Muffins
2 ½ cups Golden Triangle Pancake Mix
½ cup sugar
1 ¼ cups milk
2 tablespoons melted butter or oil (or substitute applesauce)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, mix all ingredients with a spoon or fork. Mix just until combined (do not over mix). Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full.
Mini – muffins bake for 8 – 10 minutes.
Large – muffins bake for 18 – 20 minutes, or until tooth pick comes out clean. Cool slightly before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Best when served warm.
Makes approx. 40 – 42 mini muffins or 15 – 16 large muffins.
Serve with butter, honey butter or your favorite jam or jelly. Tastes great with chili or soup. Just as good when reheated in the microwave.