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    Filed at 4:22 pm under by dcobranchi

    I’m sure there are some crunchy homeschoolers around here. We’re trying to eat better. More whole foods. Homemade breads. And we’re to the point that we’re considering grinding our own flour, as there’s a buyers co-op here that can get us various grains. The help I need is in finding a flour mill. It seems you can spend anywhere from $25 to $400. I know enough to avoid the low price spreads, but how far up the scale do I need to go in order to get a machine that can grind grain fine enough to bake bread?

    9 Responses to “HELP NEEDED”


    Comment by
    Lisa Giebitz
    July 12th, 2008
    at 5:22 pm

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    Comment by
    Karen
    July 12th, 2008
    at 6:12 pm

    If you aren’t looking to do a lot of wheat at one time, a KitchenAide stand mixer with the metal gearbox and the grain mill attachment might do the job. The mixer is great for making the bread once you’ve ground the grain.

    The consensus on amazon reviews is that if you have the plastic gear housing, you need to make frequent stops. Either way, the recomendations are for double milling.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    July 12th, 2008
    at 6:21 pm

    We do have a KitchenAid stand mixer. How do I know if it has the plastic housing? Our machine is ~15 years old.


    Comment by
    Candy
    July 12th, 2008
    at 8:01 pm

    Our family has used a Vitamix for years. The cost for the machine that grinds grain is more expensive than your top price, but since it is a top of the line blender as well, you get more use out of it for your money. We’ve used it daily for almost five years and it has definitely improved our diet, esp. with smoothies, soup and breads.

    I promise I have no affiliation with the company. It’s just one of the few extravagant purchases I’ve made that turned out to be worth the money.


    Comment by
    Lillian
    July 12th, 2008
    at 8:42 pm

    We also have a Vitamix. I’ve ground flour with it many times, and it makes fantastic smoothies. It’s expensive, but it lasts for ages.


    Comment by
    bakinchick
    July 12th, 2008
    at 9:18 pm

    Re: using your kitchen aid mixer — I have looked into getting an oat flaker attachment for my kitchen aid, however, you are supposed to have at least at 350 W machine to run it. That may also be true for grain grinding.

    I bought a Nutrimill and have been very happy with it after a year of use. It can grind very fine to coarse, and can handle a variety of grains — you just can’t use it to grind anything oily (corn, nuts, etc…)

    I have also considered getting a hand mill that would allow me to do oily grindings and clean up. It would also be available for use during power outages. A couple I’m looking at are the Family Grain Mill and the Country Living Mill.

    I ordered my Nutrimill from pleasa...in.com

    Hope this is helpful…


    Comment by
    speedwell
    July 13th, 2008
    at 12:12 am

    I second Candy on the Vita-Mix. Excellent all-round machine; it makes good flour, if you take care to buy the model that includes the DRY pitcher with the specially designed blade (well worth the money). LONG life span and GREAT customer service from the company.

    I also own a hand-crank Family Grain Mill. I’m quite satisfied with the quality of the flour I get from it. With other attachments, you can also put it in your emergency food source to grind beans for energy-saving quick-cooking porridges and soups, to make soy flour to add to breads for increased protein and balanced nutrition, and garbanzo flour for practically instant hummus. Far cheaper than the Vita-Mix, gets great reviews, and is very versatile; you can order the attachments piecemeal as you need them.

    I’ll put in a plug for aaoobf...ds.com for a good source for the Family Grain Mill, bulk wheat and yeast, and other long-term storage needs. They’re rabid fundies and I’m an atheist, but I understand good service and rock-bottom prices. Right now they are seriously swamped, so get your order in ASAP.

    Bulkfoods.com is my other source for “subsistence goods.” I buy a lot of TVP and vital wheat gluten. I’ve bought a big 50-pound bag of turbinado sugar from them to put in my food storage. I bought some soybeans from them for soymilk, but I’m not terribly happy with the freshness and quality of those. I have never ever had trouble with them otherwise, and shipping is free for a 75 dollar order.


    Comment by
    Karen
    July 13th, 2008
    at 7:40 am

    Personally, I’d pop it open and take a look. 🙂 There’s not a lot in there. IIRC from watching How It’s Made, it should be accessible.

    I’m not sure when they switched. The “pro” models apparently are still metal. The least likely to be are the versions that swing up rather than lift up. The all knowing web might be able to tell you a time frame.

    I have a 20+ year old hand me down machine.

    If you go this option, check if you have any restaurant supply stores in your area. IIRC, it was all affiliate sellers at Amazon.


    Comment by
    Audrey
    July 13th, 2008
    at 11:02 pm

    Um… yeah. Trust me. Invest in a VitaMix. If you are really wanting to “health up” your diet, the VitaMix will not only grind you a nice evenly fine flour, but it does amazing juices and soup blending. It is worth the price to go with the higher end of the line, too.