Which Hand Grain Mill Is Best For Me?
There’s quite a range of prices for various hand grain mills (flour mills) and it may seem challenging to choose one that’s right for you.
If you will be milling wheat to make flour for bread, you will want to be sure that the grain mill (flour mill) will grind the wheat berries into fine flour. Many cheaper models apparently are inadequate when it comes to fine flour, although many claim that they do. Read the product reviews and they will usually get to the truth.
If you will be using the mill frequently, then it will be important to choose quality construction that will hold up to the test of usage and time. Many of the cheaper hand grain mills have reviews that indicate problems in one way or another after a relatively short time.
The phrase, “you get what you pay for”, is often true! Unfortunately it means paying a higher price to get a product that’s “good”, and even more money for a product considered to be “excellent”.
Victorio Hand Grain Mill
It seems that nearly every hand grain mill priced around $50 has generally poor reviews.
This hand mill however rated fairly well in that price category…
Originally named the ‘Back to Basics 555’ (now called the Victorio Hand Mill), it has fairly good reviews for it’s price range (~ $50). This might be a ‘good enough’ mill for the occasional user who isn’t too concerned that the flour may not grind as fine as more expensive mills or may not hold up as well under heavy usage.
Wonder Junior Deluxe by Wondermill Hand Grain Mill
The following hand grain mill is a quality choice and is very popular.
It may be the best mix of value for quality and price. This hand mill comes with stone heads and stainless steel burr heads to accommodate different conditions, and will apparently grind fine flour (and everything else) without issue.
It’s pricey though (~ $200), but will no doubt hold up to more heavy use.
Country Living Hand Grain Flour Mill
Among the top-of-the-line hand grain mills on the market is this one:
It will literally last generations and is built with the highest quality. It is very pricey (~ $400), but it may be one of the best hand grain mill out there… I can attest to its durability.
– Made of solid, cast aircraft aluminum – Made entirely in the USA
– FDA Approved Food Grade Powder Coating
– Double Sealed Industrial Grade Ball Bearings
– Cast Iron V-Groove Flywheel / High Carbon Steel Grinding Plates
– Adjustable – From Cracked Grain to Cake Flour – LIFETIME WARRANTY
For those who are also interested in an electric grain mill, we have been using this one for years and have been very happy with it:
Browse around and read the reviews to help decide what’s right for you.
Acquiring (and learning to use) a hand grain (flour) mill is for the serious prepper who is preparing for the possibility of living without electricity (or simply for a healthier food choice).
Grinding / milling your own wheat is ‘work’ and it takes awhile to process the wheat berries into flour. However the results will be unbelievably delicious and healthy. Don’t forget to stock up on wheat berries too!
For those of you who have either a hand grain mill or electric mill, what is your experience and/or recommendations for others?
(This post has been updated and many of you have already commented – any new information though?)