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  1. says

    Wow!! This is so cool! I have been drooling over a grain mill for a while but just can’t fork over the money for something, like you said, that only serves on purpose. I can’t wait to try this out!!

    And I’m currently trying to decide if I should get a blendtec or vitamix…aaag! LOL

    • Tiffany says

      Jami, Do you have a Costco nearby? We saw demonstrations of both Blendtec and Vitamix at our local Costco and that’s how we made our decision. My opinion may be skewed, but I sure do LOVE my Blendtec! 😉

  2. Raquel Hoffman says

    I’ve also been drooling over a grain mill! I think I would use it a lot just with bread baking alone. I can’t stretch finances that way yet so it’s on my wish list :)(and a vitamix)

    • Tiffany says

      I think I’m with you Raquel – I have no doubt that it would be used regularly, but it’s just not in the budget at the moment. C’mon Swagbucks, lol!

  3. Joy says

    I have to chime in (you knew I would, didn’t you?) If I could only grab one appliance, it would be my grain mill!!! I love my mill more than my mixer (because, as you said, I could knead my dough by hand if I had to!) It is a lot of money, but SO worth saving up for in my opinion! There are several reasons, but here are a few that come to mind 1) you will eventually burn out motors on coffee grinders or food processors that are not made to grind foods that are quite so hard (especially the hard wheat grains, popcorn, or dry beans). My grain mill has been going strong for almost 9 years! 2) It is a pain to have to wash out/clean two appliances every time you mill – not to mention that it is tedious to grind batch after batch of flour for recipes. I only wash the bowl of my mill about once a week. Otherwise, I just use a stiff brush to clean out the dust between times. 3) The time and hassle to mill will discourage you from wanting to use freshly milled flour FREQUENTLY, which is what will give you the optimal nutrition you want. Believe me, the mill has more than paid for itself in our household with six to feed – I make EVERYTHING using this flour (and no, I don’t work for Nutrimill or Wondermill! (-:) Finally, I know it takes up space, but I found there were a couple of countertop items that I was more than happy to boot out when the mill entered my life (microwave, for one!) I have been happy to give it a place of honor in my kitchen, because you know what? It has really become a conversation piece. A lot of people have passed through my kitchen and learned about using whole grains/freshly milled flour after inquiring about this unusual appliance. “What’s THAT????” That being said, I do applaud you for finding alternate ways to grind grain. If I didn’t have a mill, I would grind grain with a ROCK if I had to! (just kidding!) But I do encourage you to save up for a mill … you will never regret it! -Joy

    • Tiffany says

      Yes Joy, I had a sneaky suspicion you’d offer your wonderful first hand knowledge on a grain mill!! Your experience and opinion is definitely valued!

      You’re right on burning out the motors on smaller appliances. I had to give my coffee grinder a bit of rest after a few minutes. The grinder I used is actually our spare, so I’ve dedicated it to grains only, removing some of the cleaning requirements. The small food processor isn’t used too often, so I brush it out well and plan to clean it before and after I use it for something else (if/when that happens). I could make room for the mill if I cleaned out and sold a few things on a shelf… which would in turn help me save up for a mill, lol.

      I do hope one day to have a mill, and buy also my grains in bulk and grind them to serve ALL of my purposes. I’ll let you know when that happens Joy – I can see you cheering me on from afar! :) ~Tiffany

    • Marilyn Darnell says

      Kudos for kicking out the microwave. I did the same. The other thought I had is the concern about a higher heat from these coffee grinders that could affect the quality of the flour. I have a Wonder Mill Jr. Hand crank. It’s great but tiresome. I plan to keep it in case I need it, but an electric replacement is needed. I think I’ll go with an attachment for my kitchen aid mixer.

      I do think the use of a coffee grinder is ingenious, and thought of it too, hence findng this thread. I would use it as a short term fix and consider budgeting for the mill when possible. Thanks ladies.

  4. Joy says

    Oops! Can’t resist adding one more point, and that is CONSISTENCY in size of flour particles. For example, a low/coarse setting will give the largest pieces for use in making cream of wheat or gritty corn (I grind popcorn) for hot cornmeal mush cereal. On the other hand, a high/fine setting is great for cakes and other pastries. I use a setting somewhere in between for bread. I’m sure you can achieve the differences in coarseness of your flour using the appliances that you are currently experimenting with, but the mill totally takes the guesswork out of it. -Joy

    • Tiffany says

      I hadn’t thought about differences in grinding settings before. I can definitely vouch for the fine settings for cookies, but you have me curious on the medium setting for bread. Does it come out with a “heartier” texture? Like it’s a version of the seedy 9-grain bread? ~Tiffany

      • Joy says

        Yes, definitely a difference when you grind at a med. to coarse setting vs. fine. I choose med. to coarse because I know the larger pieces of bran/germ in the flour will create more cleansing fiber. The bread comes out more hearty for sure, but not really seedy. On the other hand, I often have company who are not used to whole grain ANYTHING. In that case, I will often mill hard white wheat (with some Kamut mixed in) on “fine” and they usually LOVE the bread and are very surprised when I tell them it is made with 100% whole grains! If you want seedy bread, why not add seeds? I love millet, flax, sesame, and sunflower seeds added in, and I have also heard of adding CRACKED wheat to the dough (although haven’t personally tried that one yet).

  5. Richelle says

    I only have one of those baby coffee grinders. I think I may lose my mind if I did it this way. Then again I’m always up for a challenge 😉 I’m one of your newer followers and love what I am reading so far!

    • Tiffany says

      You’re welcome Jill – be sure to enter in the rafflecopter form to get credit for both entries in the giveaway!

  6. says

    I had started grinding my own grain in my vitamix but my loaves were always a disaster. I was trying to do too many things from scratch and also using sourdough starters too. So now I have a bread machine and standard yeast I might try this again. Although I’ve been told the wheat grain here in the UK is much lower in protein than the USA and so not as good in bread. I’ll have to try it again though. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. JAM says

    Love the article – so fun and true!!! Thanks for gearing it toward REAL people who live on a limited budget! Please post info. about ANCIENT strains of wheat – the ones low in gluten, high in vitamins, etc. that are still actually good for us and the best to buy. Thank you and God bless!!

    • Tiffany says

      Thanks JAM! I’ve made a note to visit ancient strains of wheat when we re-visit the rest of carbs again (haven’t even touched sugar yet!). Thanks so much for the reminder!

  8. Barb S says

    I knew it! I figured there had to be a way to grind wheat without a special appliance (after all, Ma Ingalls did it with a hand coffee grinder), but I didn’t want to risk breaking anything. You took that risk, and I thank you.

  9. says

    I’m saving up for the mill attachment to my KitchenAid stand mixer. It is smaller for storage, and I know my mixer will be around for years to come – it’s already been in service since 1993.

  10. Brie says

    Can you simply use the food processor? Will that work? I wanna try it today but I don’t have a coffee grinder or a grain mill.

    • Tiffany says

      You can try that too Brie! I didn’t have a food processor at the time, so I wasn’t able to test. If the grains are still too big, run through a blender after the food processor.

  11. Cassie says

    I like Brie was wondering the same thing, but also, I have the grinder attachment (for meat and bread) for my kitchen aid and was wondering if you thought that would be a sufficient replacement for the coffee grinder?

  12. Margaret says

    I used my nutribullet (grind attachment) to make kamut flour from the grain, and it worked great. Didn’t even have to use my food processor. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

  13. Carol says

    I’m coming into the discussion late, but thought it important to share my experience. All I wanted was to crack some spelt & kamut berries for bread making, just a few, so I tried my coffee grinder. Hadn’t found your webpage yet, so hasten to add that I’m not blaming you! Previously had used the grinder for coffee, spices and seeds – in other words, nothing hard. I thought I was a genius for about two days, then felt something strange in my mouth as I ate a piece of the multigrain sourdough I’d made. It was a small piece of plastic from my coffee grinder, an old Braun KSM2 no longer on the market, so I can’t replace it. I’m sad but don’t feel I can use it for anything else now but the softest seeds and spices. And I’m leery about that! The bottom rim of the lid has lots of nicks and uneven spots now, not just the bite out of it for the piece that ended up in my mouth. That’s why I’m researching milling now, along with brand options for a new coffee grinder. Sometimes penny-wise really is pound-foolish?

    • Tiffany says

      I’m sorry you ran into issues with your coffee grinder Carol! I didn’t have these issues, and the grains didn’t cause pitting in any of my appliances. I’ve heard that they COULD, but haven’t experienced it myself. Bummer! I hope you find a mill you like. I now have a Wondermill and have heard good things about the Nutrimill too!

      • Carol says

        Thanks for the reply and condolences, Tiffany. The Braun was old and much-used, so that’s possibly why I ran into those issues. I had noticed that the plastic lid seemed to be drying out, especially after I began grinding flax seeds on a regular basis last year. I found a new coffee grinder today that looks good, not terribly expensive — the Hamilton Beach custom grind. I’m thinking that my current milling needs just aren’t worth the purchase of a separate appliance, These are test breads, though, so who knows? I may get a mill later. For now, I’ll try cracking the grains in the new grinder, but carefully! If the coarse setting pulverizes them too much, there’s an on-off button I can use for short bursts. Here’s hoping!


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