A grain mill is a must have if you want to grind your own grains!
First, why would we want to do this anyway?
- Buying whole grains, pseudo-grains, and beans can be more economical compared to buying flour.
- Whole grains will remain wonderful when stored properly for years. This is a bonus if you don't bake regularly or if you don't shop frequently.
- Many grains are simply not available as flour. So, if you are looking for an more economical alternative to gluten-free flours, more choices of flours, or unusual flours milling your own flours is the answer.
- Maybe your grow grain and a grain mill is essential.
- Freshness. Bread made from freshly milled flour is amazing!
- Bran included. Perhaps you prefer to include some of the nutritional wonderfulness of the bran rather than it being removed. You can decide to leave all or just some of the bran in the flour.
- All of the nutritional awesomeness of whole grains with no loss from being on store shelves waiting for you to purchase it.
You've decided that you want a grain mill and the choice of which one meets your needs can be a daunting task!
- Electric or manual. Perhaps you prefer manual because it's there for you in case of power outage or you just like the idea of a manual mill. But, over the years I've known more than one very unhappy manual grain mill owner! It is work! As long as you are up for it, then a manual grain mill might just be the right choice for you! Electric mills are loud, heat the grain/flour, and alas require power. But, electric mills are fast and get the flour in the bowl without all the labor.
- Burr or Impact. Burr mills will generate more heat compared to impact mills. Do you want your grains smashed or smushed?
- Sound. Electric mills are loud. Think VitaMix loud, vacuum cleaner loud. You may not want this in your home!
- Heat. Electric mills produce a flour that can have temperature over 100 degrees. This might not work for you. Bear in mind that you can either store your whole grains in the freezer or have a routine to freezer the grain before you mill it.
- Cost. There's no dancing around it, cost is a huge consideration when shopping for a mill. From $50 for a simple bolt on the counter hand crank mill to a $1,000 for a Diamont, there's a mill for every budget!
Diamant and Country Living are fantastic manual mills. A motor can be added to either which does make them the best of both worlds in some ways. Each requires a dedicated space commitment! But, if you are looking for a mill for small scale homestead with livestock, a Diamont might meet your your needs.
Smaller manual mills are time consuming and in my experience are not for serious milling on a regular basis.
We decided on a Komo Classic. Why? No plastic. 12 year warranty. Not made in China. An additional set of stones and mill insert can be purchased for milling coffee, spices, and such. It has a small footprint which is a major consideration in our kitchen. But, both the NutriMill and WonderMill are good electric mills though!
As a side note: Pleasant Hill Grain is the USA importer of Komo mills and their customer service is outstanding. (No compensation received for this recommendation or any recommendations that you may find on my website.)