Electric Flour Mill
A flour mill is a kitchen appliance tool which is used to grind your own flour from wheat to make your own bread and other baked goods.
A flour mill will enable an organic and healthier end-product, and will provide the important mechanism enabling you to begin using and rotating a food storage inventory of WHOLE WHEAT — an essential staple food item for survival preparedness long-term storage.
There are basically two types of flour mills.
Electric powered (plug it in) and Manual powered (elbow grease).
The electric powered mill is LOTS and LOTS easier and faster.
A manual ‘hand mill’ is more difficult and takes a-lot longer to mill. It is however essential for a grid-down scenario, unless you have a reliable means of alternative power.
I highly recommend having both types if your budget allows. The reason is this…
Having an electric flour mill is so easy to use – that you will actually use it! And, a manual ‘hand crank’ flour mill will be your only method to grind flour if TSHTF and we lose power.
I have both types, and I would think that most serious preppers have at least a hand mill, if not both…
There is a wide variety of prices and quality (as with most things), and my recommendation is to buy what you can afford based on your own budget and risk tolerance. Generally the cheap products are usually… CHEAP. They’re cheap for a reason. The expensive products are usually expensive for a similar reason… they’re better. You get what you pay for.
Having said that, I just wanted to quickly share with you what I use for an electric flour mill.
I bought the Nutrimill years ago after having researched what was available at the time, and I was willing to shell out the dollars to get what I thought was a better product. Years later, I’m still very happy with the purchase, and it gets used a-lot.
The electric flour mill is a simple device really; it contains two hard abrasive surfaces that face each other which spin at high speed separated by a very tiny (adjustable) distance, and grinds grain to a powder (flour).
With our flour mill, 1 cup of wheat mills into just shy of 2 cups of flour. We use about 2 cups of wheat berries (about 3.5 cups of flour) while making bread.
We usually use our flour mill to grind “Hard Red Winter Wheat”, which we have in bulk… ordered in 50 pound bags and then transferred to storage in 5-gallon buckets – much of which is long-term storage in Mylar foil bags with oxygen absorbers. We rotate and always have a ‘working’ bucket with easy access using a Gamma lid (screw-top lid).
Making fresh organic bread with fresh ‘unprocessed’ flour that you’ve milled yourself… tastes delicious, and is healthier than most store-bought breads, and it provides a special feeling of self-sufficiency.
The sky is the limit with regards to the recipes that you use or what you decide to throw into the bread – enabling all sorts of flavors and textures.
Most whole grains, when stored correctly, can last for decades. They do not spoil or lose nutritional value until the grain is cracked or milled. This is why we only mill what we need immediately before baking – for optimum freshness.
If you haven’t taken the plunge yet… consider getting yourself a flour mill and start using the real thing… wheat, to make your own flour.