A grain mill /flour mill is used to grind (mill) your own flour from wheat (wheat berries). We have both a hand grain mill and an electric grain mill (Nutrimill). Yes, the electric one sure is easier :=)
By using an electric flour mill you will be able to make your own homemade bread and baked goods, likely resulting in a healthier (and tastier) end-product. Especially since you control the ingredients.
You might say that there are basically two types of flour mills…
Electric powered (plug it in) and Manual powered (crank it).
Here’s why an electric flour mill is a good thing to have:
We have both types of grain mills (electric and hand-crank). However as you might expect – the electric powered mill is LOTS and LOTS easier and faster.
For ultimate ‘preparedness’ however, the manual (hand-crank-powered) grain /flour mill will obviously function without electricity. For day-to-day ‘modern’ living though, the electric flour mill sure is a ‘nice to have’…
The best of both worlds is to have one of each.
Here’s one advantage of having an electric grain mill… They’re so easy to use. And therefore you will likely actually use it, and learn how to work with your own milled flour – making homemade bread!
There’s a wide variety of prices and quality (as with most things). My recommendation is to buy what you can afford based on your own budget. Generally the cheaper products are usually, well, ‘cheap’. The more expensive products are ‘usually’ ‘better’. You get what you pay for.
Nutrimill Electric Grain Mill
We happen to have the Nutrimill Classic Electric Grain Mill. Now many years later, we’re still very happy with the purchase, and it gets used a-lot.
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The typical flour mill 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 berries will grind (mill) into just about 2 cups of flour. We use about 2 cups of wheat berries (approx. 3.5 cups of flour) while making bread.
We keep ‘Wheat Berries’ at home in bulk storage. I’ve purchased them in 50 pound bags as well as ready-made 5 gallon buckets.
Hard White Wheat Berries
Most whole grains, when stored properly (cool and dry), will last for decades. They do not begin to 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.
Making fresh homemade bread with freshly milled flour…tastes delicious. And it’s healthier than most store-bought breads (because you control what goes into the recipe). Making your own homemade bread also enables a feeling of self-sufficiency.
The sky is the limit with regards to the bread recipes that you might use, or what you decide to throw into the bread – enabling all sorts of flavors and textures.
If you haven’t taken the plunge yet, consider getting yourself a grain /flour mill and start making your own homemade breads (and other baked goods) from your own freshly milled flour.
[ Read: Choosing A Hand Grain Mill ]