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Flour is an ingredient in Template:L, made by Template:L one of the three available Template:L (Template:L, Template:L and Template:L) at a Template:L or Template:L. Milling involves grinding the grains beneath the wheel, rendering it from an inedible plant to an edible Template:L suitable for cooking. Milling plants needs one Template:L for every job, and one plant will be processed to make one bag of flour. Flour in Template:Ls or Template:L do not Template:L like crops, and possess an indefinite shelf life if kept free of Template:L. It is also a very efficient use of space, since a single barrel can store up to ten bags of flour. Given these attributes, flour serves as an excellent foodstuff. A relatively small Template:L can sustain a number of dwarves during a Template:L or the first few months of a new outpost.
Flour will be used in the Template:L when 'prepare meal' tasks are queued if it is enabled in the Template:L in the Status screen. Flour is more valuable than the raw Template:L, (20☼ per unit for cave wheat flour and longland flour, 25☼ per unit for whip vine flour), and prepared meals made with flour have a higher value. Bags and barrels of flour are often quite Template:L and suitable for export or import with Template:Ls; a single barrel of flour can easily be worth more than 200☼.
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Dwarven science continues to research improvements in the milling process. Dwarven histories give many examples of new and innovative Template:L, few of which are reproducible on an industrial scale, as well as Template:L. Research dwarves continue to predict that the next major advance in flour technology will be a new, advanced foodstuff known as "bread" - some sort of solid beer - but they have been promising to produce this miracle substance for years and have not yet shown any progress.