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Due to a suggestion from one of our readers, I decided to do a series of posts on what I am learning about grinding our own wheat. I’m not sure how long this series will be, but I will continue to post the things I am learning as I go along. I thought for this first post, I would talk about selecting a grain mill. There are several out there you can choose from. Here are a few that we researched about:
The Kitchen Mill – This mill is priced at $199.99. It grinds a nice fine flour as well – from pastry flour to cornmeal consistency. It runs a little louder than the WonderMill or NutriMill. Made in the USA.
The WonderMill – This mill is priced at $219.95. It grinds a nice fine flour as well, and runs a little quieter than the Kitchen Mill or NutriMill. This is a great mill that many use and love. I probably would have gone with this one if price were not an object.
The NutriMill – This mill is priced at $219.99 and will grind from a pastry flour consistency to cornmeal consistency.
There are some cheaper mills out there as well, but these three seemed to be the top of the line. We decided to go with The Kitchen Mill because it was a little cheaper and seemed to do everything the more expensive mills did – just ran a little louder. It has a huge 21 cup flour canister, so you can grind a bunch of wheat or beans at a time if needed. As far as how loud it runs, it is loud, but it grinds fast so having it run a few minutes is no big deal. As I mentioned in my previous post as well, using a spoon to pop the side tabs off so you can lift off the top and get your flour out of the canister works great.
This mill is pretty small in size and stores compactly so it doesn’t take up a bunch of space on your counter. Yes, you will want to leave this mill out on your counter as you will be using it almost daily! It is easy to clean up too. You simply wipe or wash out the flour canister and cup attachment, shake the flour out of the little filter and replace, then put it all away until next time.
I wondered if we would be sorry for choosing the less expensive mill…but I am happy to say that so far we are very pleased. I can’t wait to continue this series as we will be discussing how and where to find wheat berries…how much to buy…how to store it…how much flour you get out of a cup of wheat berries, etc. Watch for more in this series coming soon!