Natural and Thrifty in 365: #267 Buy a Grain Mill

Wheat berries and other grains are quite inexpensive when purchased in bulk.  This makes grinding your own grains less expensive than processed flour.

Saving money is only one of the benefits of grinding grains fresh.  Store-bought flour is inferior in nutritional value and can have added chemicals…and that’s the whole wheat varieties.  White flour has the germ and bran (and their health benefits) completely removed and is bleached to suit our idea of what flour should look like.

When you are just beginning to savor the benefits of fresh ground flour, coffee grinders and blenders can sometimes be used to grind small amounts of wheat.  However, the results are usually less than ideal.  Purchasing a quality grain mill could be viewed as an investment in your healthy future.

If you grind your own grains, please let us know which mills work best for you and why.

Photo courtesy of Like a Bubbling Brook.

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19 Comments:
  1. Wondermill! About to go grind some hard red for last day of school pancakes in the morning!

  2. Right now I just use my Vitamix because I don’t use too much at once. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to get a mill.

  3. We have been looking at mills- can’t wait to see everyone’s comments!

  4. Well, I OWN a Country Living Grain Mill, but I actually USE my Blendtec Blender

  5. I’m so glad you asked!! I’ve been praying for one and I’m hopping I’ll get it soon!! I’ve been wondering which is the best too.

  6. I have had a Nutrimill for almost a year and really like it. Got it on Amazon with free prime shipping and no sales tax!

  7. I HIGHLY recommend the Nutrimill. It isn’t dusty (as long as the bucket is all the way in… oops!) and is incredibly fast! What I like about this one, over the wondermill, is that the whole unit stays together when stored. I believe the wondermill stores in 2 pieces when not in use. It takes up about 1 square foot of counter/shelf space, but I use it so often I just have it on a shelf that’s convenient to the kitchen.

  8. I HIGHLY recommend the Nutrimill. It isn’t dusty (as long as the bucket is all the way in… oops!) and is incredibly fast! What I like about this one, over the wondermill, is that the whole unit stays together when stored. I believe the wondermill stores in 2 pieces when not in use. It takes up about 1 square foot of counter/shelf space, but I use it so often I just have it on a shelf that’s convenient to the kitchen.

  9. I want a mill VERY badly, but I am having a hard time finding a good price for berries – i cannot find them in bulk anywhere here. Currently, I am buying them in 2 or 3 lb bags at the grocery store and using my blender… I want to hold off on buying a mill until I can find a better place to purchase berries. any ideas??

    • I buy my wheat berries from Azure Standard, not sure where you are in the country, you can check their website to see if they drop off in your area.

    • If you live in the south, check out Breadbeckers, they have co-op delivery locations in a large number of cities: http://info.breadbeckers.com/co-op-locations/

      There’s also honeyville grain online which offers free shipping, I guess you’ll know if their prices seem competitive or not: http://www.honeyvillegrain.com/

      Sometimes you can work out a special bulk order with a local health food store, you just have to ask if it’s something they can do.

  10. I have the country living grain mill and it is worth the extra money. I feel good knowing I can use it when there is no electricity.

  11. I use the special “dry container” for the Vita Mix. I’ve been using it for over 5 years, it works great, and is easy to clean up. One batch yields about 3 cups of flour and takes just a minute to make –so it’s not a big hassle to make several of batches at once and it cleans up easy. I haven’t noticed a difference between the quality of my grain products and other people who use standard mills.

    Investing in a quality mixer that can handle whole grain dough like a bosch or electrolux is just as worthwhile as a good mill.

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