Choosing a Mill is a “Piece of Cake”!
Have you been wondering?
I receive many inquiries from readers about how to home mill.
#1 – I’m super humbled and happy that people read my site and want to eat real bread!
#2 – No surprise on the questions!
I used to ask myself the same things! After all, home grain milling – as quickly as it weaseled its way into my heart – was once an entirely new concept!
Do these four questions sound familiar?
What is a grain mill?
Why would I want to mill?
Where do I shop for a mill?
How do I determine which type to buy?
The answers are here to familiarize you with grain milling lingo and inspire you toward the wonderful world of homemade flours!
I really hope you’ll give it a try and love it as much as I do!
1. What is a grain mill?
A grain mill is a machine that takes a whole, intact grain or bean and grinds it into flour for baking. There are two categories of grain mills: electric and manual. I own both. Both are useful and both of mine are made by WonderMill.
My manual mill, called a Wonder Mill Junior, is set aside in the event of power outages (remember the tornado cake fiasco?).
My electric mill, the WonderMill, is the world’s number one rated electric grain mill! Next to my Vitamix, it is the most used appliance in my kitchen! It grinds grain enough for a loaf of bread in a matter of seconds! A unique feature on the WonderMill is the texture control knob to allow variety and control of flour consistencies. With this knob, I can select for a fine pastry flour, bread flour, or a coarse grind for something like a hot cream of wheat cereal.
2. Why would I want to mill?
Oh my goodness, so many reasons! “Why not!?” seems a more fitting question! Here’s why I make my own flour.
- It tastes better! Freshly milled grain, especially wheat, is sweeter, nuttier and more robust in flavor.
- Unless I make it myself, I cannot confirm exactly what I’m eating. Ethoxylated mono and diglycerides, azodicarbonamide or high fructose corn syrup, anyone? Umm. Those do not sound edible to me! Such chemicals can be downright harmful and yet, they’re all too common in store bought flour products.
- Freshly milled flour is more nutritious! It is a whole, God-made food.
- It makes my home smell homey.
- Fresh milling and homemade bread making remind me of yesteryear.
- It turns my heart toward home and toward Jesus.
- Texture control! The WonderMill offers targeted flour grinds for particular baking needs.
3. Where do I buy a mill?
Grain mills are most easily found online through multiple reputable sources. You’ll find mills readily available and growing in popularity!
4. How do I determine which type mill is best for me?
- Buy your mill based on intended usage. Do you have a small or large family? Will you bake daily, weekly, at Christmas?
- Are aesthetics especially meaningful, or is function? My friend uses a KoMo mill that is gorgeous on her countertop and seems to perform well.
- Find a mill that is simple to maintain: easy cleaning, easy to take apart and put back together, is not cumbersome to store.
For me, the electric WonderMill met all my requirements! As claimed on the WonderMill site, it’s the most tested and proven model. It even successfully milled half a TON of what consecutively and didn’t blast off into outer space! What a work horse! Plus, their customer support is great! I’ve not once had an issue in performance or felt my grain mill a hassle to use; it’s fun!
I’m ready to help you! Have more questions? Ask away!
The bread’s still rising…there’s plenty of time to chat!
With love and butter,