Grain Mills Pt. 2: Which Ones Do I Recommend? Where Should You Buy One?

If you missed the first post of this series where I try to convince you that you SHOULD buy a grain mill because it saves a lot of money and is more nutritious and all of your baked foods taste better, go here. For fewer run-on sentences…keep reading. :)

Now…IF you decide to invest in a grain mill…which one should you buy? There are all kinds of varieties out there.   Here are a few that I know something about:

I have a Nutrimill.

I’ve never had a different kind of grain mill, so I don’t have much to compare it to…but I LOVE my Nutrimill. Everyone I’ve talked to that has one LOVES them. The only complaint I’ve ever heard about Nutrimills is that it is a bit hard to clean them. My answer to that is:  Clean them?

While I do clean mine occasionally…I find it hardly worth the effort. I use mine almost daily and while I sort of wipe off the outside a bit after each use…I don’t find it necessary to thoroughly clean it very often. (Also, if you run rice through them occasionally, that will clean the inside!)

While the Nutrimill grinds the flour it does not heat the grain in the process, preserving all of the nutrients in the grain. I’ve ground wheat (hard and soft), spelt, kamut, buckwheat, rye, corn and rice with my Nutrimill.   It does give the option of grinding at a finer or coarser setting…although I’ve never found that changing the setting makes much difference.   My flour is usually quite fine and I love it.

A friend of mine has a Whisper Mill.

If you own a Whisper Mill maybe you can offer a different opinion about it, BUT my friend really DOESN’T like it. She says, “It takes up a LOT of space. The two pieces make it hard to store… you have to hook up the ‘bucket’  with a plastic arm that breaks easily. Mine has never ground anything bigger than wheat very well.”  Anyone else have an opinion on the Whisper Mill?

If you have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, you can purchase this attachment for it.

Any of you grind your flour this way?

I’m also very interested in investing in a hand grinder…just in case we would ever need to grind grain without electricity. Here’s one I’m looking at. Do any of you have experience with hand grinders and want to recommend one?

Several of you mentioned a Vitamix on this post.

Sounds like there are mixed reviews on this one. It seems that if you grind a large amount of flour, it takes too long in the Vitamix. On the other hand, you can do other things with the Vitamix, making it a more multi-purpose investment. Read the comments here if you’re interested in learning more about the Vitamix.

Where should I buy my Grain Mill?

I would recommend looking at your options of grain mills at Amazon (you can maybe even find a used one) OR check out Paula’s Bread.

Paula’s Bread has ALL kinds of great kitchen products and several varieties of grain mills.   Read about Paula’s family here and consider supporting her business if you’re looking to purchase a grain mill! Her prices are very reasonable. I’m very impressed with all of the products she carries. (Side note:  Paula’s Bread is a sponsor of mine, but she did not pay me anything extra to write this. I just really love her site and wanted to point you there in case you hadn’t seen her ad on my sidebar!)
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If you have a grain mill, please share what kind you have and why you like it or dislike it!!!

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  1. says

    For our 10th anniversary, my husband bought me my dream grain mill – a Wolfgang. It is beautiful. It uses a stone-grinding method. It is amazingly fast and has a lot of control over the coarseness of the grain. Another great thing about this one is that it is self-cleaning. So, I haven’t had it long, but I am LOVING it so far.

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  2. Sarah says

    I have a Nutrimil and love it! It grinds grains from Corn all the way to Teff (it’s about the size of poppy seeds) very well!

    The one thing I don’t like about it is the fact that I can’t crack cereals with it. So it’s a good thing I kept my hand grinder. :-) It’s a slow process, but it works. We were using it exclusively for about a year before getting the Nutrimil and it was a commitment everytime we wanted to grind a significant amount of grain, i.e. to make bread. But we kept it for the ability to crack our porridge and for the fact that our area randomly loses power at the drop of a hat.

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  3. says

    Just FYI, the link for the Kitchen Aid attachment is the same as the link for the hand grinder.
    Definitely interested in the Kitchen Aid attachment, though!

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  4. soonermomof7 says

    I have a Whisper Mill. I’ve had it for over 10 years. I did not know about the Nutrimill when I bought it from the Bread Beckers years ago. It works great!

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  5. says

    I have a whisper mill and love it. My mom actually bought it off of eBay used, last year for my Christmas present. I’ve never had any problems with it. I never thought about having to store both containers. It’s the only mill I’ve ever had or seen so I guess it didn’t bother me. I would definitely buy it again.

    I’ve ground various types of grains in it and found it goes them like a champ. It two gives you the selection of how fine or coarse you would like your grain ground.

    A note of the kitchen aid, I’ve heard it burns out your motor really fast. So be warned.

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    Elizabeth Reply:

    I also have heard this about the Kitchen Aid! I’ve also heard that using it to knead the whole wheat dough is very hard on the machine.

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    Amanda Reply:

    I have tried kneading my bread dough in the Kitchen Aid, but it wore out the belt on it (while kneading enough dough for two loaves)… It was back to hand kneading for me.

    I love my Nutrimill and while I only use it a couple times a month, it is still easy to use and cleanup is a breeze!

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    Suzanne Tomb Reply:

    I have the larger professional series K.A. – I use all ww flour and usually double batches – the machine works well but makes lots of noise. I have some attachments for shredding, pasta.. which do well but I could definitely see the grinding being tough on the machine. I was considering getting the attachment as I want to start grinding my own flour, but I think I would rather put that money towards a separate mill.

    Thanks for this post Laura – helps me decide where to start with grinding.

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  6. Jessica says

    Hi! First Paula @ Paula’s bread is so great to work with. She is super helpful,kind & great to do business with. I would highly recommend her.
    I have a nutri mill which I love, but a piece on the lid broke & she replaced it right away w very fast shipping. Then a piece on my bosch broke while using my cookie paddles in harder dough & it broke several needed pieces to my bosch including my beloved cookie paddles. A few of the pieces had just expired on warrenty, but she wrote the company to please honor it b/c of the situation. One piece though they would not honor so she actually just sent it to me.
    On the whisper mill. I have not looked into it for 3 1/2 years now when I had to buy my Nutri Mill b/c my 4 year old whisper mill crashed. I found out 3 1/2 years ago that the Whisper Mill was going under or something & no longer honoring their warrenty & that all the newer makes as mine was…was a piece of junk made very cheap. We lost all our money on that mill. The older ones were made better & at a different place or something so that is why people who have the older models are not having the issues that the newer models are. I heard of several people that had just bought their whisper mill & just in a few short months it broke & they would not honor that warrenty so they were out all that money plus still needed a mill. I would really check into the Whisper mill before I bought one to see if things have changed. Again this was almost 4 years ago. I highly recommend the Nutri Mill and Paula’s breads.
    Hope that helps someone…
    Jessica O.

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  7. says

    I have the Wonder Mill (formerly Whisper Mill). I’ve been using it a little over three years now several times a week and have not had any problems with it. I’ve used it to mill various types of grains including the Ezekiel grain mix. It sounds like it is working harder with the larger beans, but seems to do a good job with it. I would have to agree that the side attachment canister does take up a good deal of room…and there have been occasional times when one of my kids has turned it on before I got it hoooked up properly (I now make sure everything is hooked up before I plug it in ;) Also, when you first turn the mill on, I usually hold it because the mill likes to twist a bit…not sure if anyone has this problem with any of the other mills. I can attest to the fact that the lid does have its weaknesses in design; mine has not broken yet, but my friend (who has been using hers several years longer) has had to replace hers. Anyway, it’s a great mill, but I think I’d try the Nutrimill and see if it didn’t have some of these weaknesses. (I also only wipe the inside of my canister out occasionally as I use it pretty frequently, but you wouldn’t be able to get into certain parts very well to clean them at all…thanks for the rice idea…I usually use my Vita Mix to grind rice for my friend who is gluten intolerant…but I’ll have to run a batch through the mill sometime just for us ;)

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  8. says

    Thumbs up for NutriMill. I purchased mine from Pleasant Hill Grain in Nebraska. They have been great to work with. We first purchased my dd’s Electrolux mixer (which I also love!), bread pans,etc from them. I love to order something on Thursday and have FedEx deliver it on Friday for FREE shipping! =)

    One of the deciding factors with our NutriMill choice is that you can start/stop it any time without damaging anything.

    I use a ‘clean’ basting brush to clean out the flour bin. I don’t do any more than dust mine off either as far as cleaning. I tap the flour from the filter each batch, then wash it with plain water when done for the day. I use it ~weekly and try to keep an ice cream pail of flour available in the freezer for use in between bread-baking days.

    I also have a Kitchen Aid mixer, which I used for mixing many bread years ago. DH had to give the motor some TLC so I quit using it for that. And I didn’t get their grain attachment since I heard that was also hard on the motor.

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  9. says

    I’ll admit I was amused by a comment on the previous post – if the power is out and you can’t grind flour . . . how do you bake bread? But then I remembered that some of you have (ahem) GAS! Ah, yes.

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  10. says

    Thanks for an informative post Laura. I was reading the information at the Kitchenaid site, since I have a mixer already. Some of the reviews mentioned that the problem with the gear box and motor has been fixed with newer models of the mixer. Does anyone with a newer model have the grain mill attachment? If so, what has your experience been?

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  11. Charity says

    I have the vitalmill from l’equip, and I really like it. I use it a couple of times a week. I grind hard and soft wheat, and also corn. I have never owned another brand, so I have nothing to compare it to though.

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    kia Reply:

    i’m with charity! i purchased the vitalmill from pleasant hill grain and no complaints from me. i wanted the nutrimill but i recently purchased the bosch mixer and couldn’t justify paying $240 after that! the vitalmill cost $130 from the same company and fit well in our kitchen with little counterspace.

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  12. says

    I have owned my whisper mill for going on 3 years – had to send it in for service at one point due to a manufacturing issue – they repaired it at no cost and I have not had a bit of trouble since – I love my grain mill – have never used it for anything other than wheat but have been happy with it!! Storage is no biggie for me either – one piece sits easily on top of the other. I have never had to hold the bucket or had any trouble with the arm……I purchased mine from the urbanhomemaker.com Marilyn Moll has a wonderful ministry ;-) Ok – that’s my 2 cents ;-)

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  13. Kori says

    The kitchen aid attachment goes to the wrong thing. But here is a link for one that I have:
    http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/family_grain_mills.aspx
    scroll down to the kitchen aid attachment (it shows it on a red kitchen aid). I have this one and hate it. I do not have the largest kitchen aid which may make a difference. But the first time I used it I had to take my mixer in for repairs. And I don’t bother anymore, I am just saving up for a nutrimill. My understanding in further research is that it’s about horsepower. Yes, it will work for a while but the kitchen aid doesn’t have the horsepower required to keep it running. Kitchen aid used to sell one of their own and they quit making it, I am guessing because it wore the machines out too fast. If I had known what it would do to my machine I would have skipped it and waited until I could buy the nutrimill. But now I am in the position to need the nutrimill and a new mixer (I am saving for a bosch). As my kitchen aid is now I can’t even make the bread in it and have to do it by hand. It was a waste of $110 – but if anyone is desperate to give it a try, I would gladly sell them mine. :-)
    I do like the company I bought it from though and really like their grains, plus they are the best prices on grain I have found!
    Kori

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  14. says

    These comments were helpful. I was jumping between getting a Nutrimill or KA attachement, since I have a KA (that I LOVE). I have the biggest KA. I use it once or more per week to make 4 or more loaves of bread. I usually make two loaves at a time with my KA.

    I think I’m going to look into getting a Nutrimill, because it sounds like that one is top knotch. :-)

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  15. says

    I have an Ultra-mill. I bought it about 4 years ago through our local health food store. It’s a happy red color and it makes me smile everytime I use it…which is usually everyday! I had a Kitchen-aid mixer and had looked into the grainmill attachment, but decided against it from the reviews. My grainmill is a little “noisy”, but since it only runs for a short time, it is fine. I think we paid less the $150 for it, so the mill has more than paid for itself over the years!

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  16. says

    I had a Magic Mill for 14 years then went to the Whisper/Wonder Mill and I love it! Yes, the bucket does take up extra room unless you can stack it on top, BUT the benefit of that bucket is worth it to me because it is easier clean up! My old mill had to be cleaned/dusted all over but this Whisper/Wonder is different- the main part of the mill can be put back up while I work my flour, and the flour bucket can just be tapped out and periodically cleaned. Beats cleaning the whole mill every time! (for me anyways) ;-)

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  17. Shelly says

    Guess I’m odd girl out here. :) I have a Blend-Tec (formerly K-tec). I love it. It is a bit loud to run but I have had it several years now and never once had a problem. I know a couple other people that have them and love them as well.

    For what it’s worth… the only one I’ve ever heard negative comments about was the Whisper Mill.

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    Kathy Shaner Reply:

    I’d looked into this mill and have been interested in it– mainly because of the lower cost. We wouldn’t use it all that much, so I’m thinking it would be prudent to spend less if we can. Thanks for your input. Any idea how warm the flour gets?

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    Shelly Reply:

    It gets warm, but not too hot. Not hot enough to do any damage. Makes bread rise nice since you already have the flour warmed!! :)

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  18. says

    I have a Nutrimill and I find it a pain to get the lid on and off the part that catches the flour the first time you use it after it’s been washed. I do coat the rubber ring with cornstarch, and that helps, but still – it’s a pain.
    Other than that I don’t have any complaints. The flour is ground up very fine.
    I would have to disagree with the point you make about it not heating the flour though. My flour is always fairly warm when I get it out of the bin, but I don’t know if it get’s warm enough to destroy any of the nutrients.

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    Laura Reply:

    Oh, yeah…I should have mentioned that it does get warm. BUT it doesn’t heat it enough to kill the nutrients. Thanks for helping me clear that up!

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  19. Dawn says

    I have the Nutramill and LOVE it! I use it almost DAILY for all the bread products we eat, so just a dusting with a brush is all the cleaning I do. There is a fine setting for things like pastry and course for beans, corn, etc. Milled popcorn makes GREAT cornbread! I highly recommend it. Bought mine from pleasanthillgrain.com, but have been getting grain from the Bread Beckers. I have also had motor burn-out on my Kitchenaid years ago, and received a replacement from the company, but those machines just don’t hold up the way the heavy duty ones do.

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  20. Alex says

    I have had a Whisper Mill for over five years. I got it from Breadbeckers. I did have to send it back one time for a repair, and they fixed it and sent it right back. It’s the only mill I’ve ever had, so I have no comparison either. I like it – it does the job I want it to do. I have ground wheat, rye, barley, oats, kamut, several types of beans, and corn (dent corn) for corn flour. It does not grind coarse enough for grits, though. The flour bin does take up storage space, but is easily cleaned (with a pastry brush, or just tapped out, or even occasionaly in the dishwasher). It would be nice to have a mill that I could stop and start, which I can’t do with the Whisper. That is actually why I had to send it for repair – some grain got stuck in the gears when my son turned it off before it was through grinding. The Whisper is VERY loud. I don’t know how they came up with the name! My flour comes out warm, but I’ve stuck the thermometer in it immediately, and it has never been about the mid 90 degree range. I’ve had several “accidents” with not having the grain bucket attached tightly to the side of the mill – one cup of grain can cover the kitchen with flour! I also have a hand crank mill that I use to flake grains, and it will crack grains as well. I’ve never tried to make flour in it. We love our oatmeal freshly flaked. There is a big difference in flavor. I’ve had several breadmaking friends lament that their Kitchenaid wore out from kneading whole wheat dough, so I did some research and got a DeLonghi with a 10-year warranty. It’s been going great for about three years now.

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  21. Lois says

    I was surprised to hear from people who don’t like the whisper mill. It’s true, it is called wonder mill now, I think it’s manufactured somewhere different, so I do think if mine ever aacks I’ll have to buy a new one. I’ve had mine over 10 years and I have ground pinto beans, soy beans, popcorn, plus all other types of grains. The dial setting I usually put at 3:00 for beans, but smaller grains can be at 12:00 or even 9:00 for things like millet. I love mine. It doesn’t take up as much room as the kitchen aid mixer, which has to sit on the counter.

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  22. Natalie says

    Love my nutri-mill and I have had excellent customer service from the company! It says lifetime guarantee and they stand by it.

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  23. Janet says

    I have a whisper mill, and I love it! I have ground wheat, spelt, buckwheat, rye, and corn in it, and never had a problem. I’ve never ground beans in it. I store the canisters stacked on top of each other on a shelf. I have to take them out to use them because of lack of space in our house, and this hasn’t been a problem (and they take up less room stacked.) I definitely makes a MESS if you turn it on, and the lid to the canister is not on all the way or the arm is not hooked up correctly. But, I have never had any problems with it, and I love the different settings– usually I use the pastry setting for cookies, cakes, etc, and the bread setting for um, bread. :-)

    We did buy a hand crank grinder for emergencies, and the only comment I have is that the grain grinds really coarse. Even on the finest setting. And it takes a lot of muscle. (we only tried wheat in the hand crank grinder.) But, we do like that we have it “just in case!”

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  24. says

    I have a Wondermill and love it. I don’t have a problem with storage, because it sits on the counter with my Kitchen Aid and my bread machine. I’ve ground large grains and small things like rice with no trouble. I am planning on buying their new hand mill, so we can still mill grain if the power is out. Also so I can crack grains. I don’t know if it will flake them.

    I don’t really understand the point of milling your own flour if you aren’t doing it fairly frequently. I don’t like to let the flour sit for more than a week. Basically, I mill enough for a few days to a week and we use it up right away. It only takes a minute or two to grind up 12 cups of flour, so it isn’t a huge investment of my time to do it, either.

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  25. Kika says

    I normally buy organic spelt flour but ran out and while waiting for my order a friend ground me some fresh spelt to tide me over. Wow! What a difference. I couldn’t believe how nice my buns and other baking were. Now I really want a mill. I didn’t want to make an impulse buy, though. The Nutrimill sure sounds great. I have been looking for a used one. Do you think this is a bad idea, though, (as in, will the warrantly be in effect if I buy second-hand?)

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  26. Margie says

    I have had both a Whisper Mill and an Electrolux (also called DLX) mixer for nine years. I love, love, love them both. I have ground too much grain at a time several times, which plugs the mill and is a major pain to clean out with a toothpick. Other than that, the mill has worked very well for me. I might add that in addition to baking for my family of nine, I also baked for our local farmer’s market for three summers and ground at least 20# worth of flour every time. The mill and the mixer both worked great and never over-heated. If I had to replace my mill, I would seriously look into the Nutrimill based on the feedback of several others here, but I would absolutely buy another Electrolux!

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    Margie Reply:

    In case anyone re-reads these, I thought I would post an update. I just had to replace my mill. (Wow, I never expected it would be this soon after my other post!) After researching the different mills, we decided to buy a Wonder Mill. (There was a very interesting comparison of mills on a site called http://www.thewholetruth.org/Res_WM_Comp.asp)
    We have done business with the Bread Beckers for years, and they told us that they are on a first-name basis with the owners of the Wonder Mill (and have had excellent service whenever anyone needed it.) We have been so pleased with our mill, and I don’t think it is any negative reflection on the mill that I had to replace it. I have made SO MUCH bread over the past nine years, that I just wore it out.
    Thanks for your great site, Laura.

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  27. Gloria says

    About the manual mill. Skip it unless you are going to shell out big bucks for a really nice one. I purchased one similar to the one pictured. First, it smelled like oil when I unpacked it. They oil it to proctect the cast iron. Second, there is no way I could turn the handle to grind the wheat berries into anything resmbling flour, at best it was like grits. I think grinding with two rocks would be easier.

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  28. Beth says

    I have the grain mill attachment for the kitchen aid stand mixer, and I love it. I’m not an expert on it, but I use it to mill whole wheat berries for our baking. It’s just my husband and I, so I don’t use it as much as bigger families. But it works very well for us!

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  29. Mandy says

    Hi
    I am another happy Wonder Mill owner… I have had mine for over 2 years and had no issue with it. I have it sitting on my counter ( I am to lazy to haul it out every time I need it :) ) right beside my Kitchen Aid. I am not familiar with the other brands.. and don’t plan to be either :)
    thanks for the wonderful site here Laura… I feel like I have met some kindred spirits here (oh my do I sound like Anne of Green Gables or what !!!! ) Completely off topic question.. It sounds like you are a canning nut like me sooo… Do you worry about the BPA found in canning the white coating of plastic lids?? The makers say it minimal and nothing to worry about… wondering what you thought about the whole issue???

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  30. Sharon says

    I’ve got a Blendtec Kitchen Mill (formally known as k-tec). I _LOVE_ it. It small – the grinder flips upside down and stores in the flour bin. It grinds great. And my SIL’s mother has had her’s for over 20 years and it’s still running. I absolutely love it.

    Blendtec also makes a blender that they test out the motor by putting 2×4’s, lighters, metal marbles, etc it in. I figure anyone who can make a motor do that … can make a wheat grinder.

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  31. paula bjornn says

    how do you clean the inside of the Nutrimill? I bought a used one, and the lady I bought it from was just “anal” about getting every bit of flour out of it, or, she said, it will harbour “weevils”—
    is this really true???

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    Laura Reply:

    I’m terrible at EVER cleaning mine. I use it almost daily, so hardly find the need, or the time! I’ve never had trouble with weevils though…

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    Dem Reply:

    I think weevils only live down south. I used to live in TX, and we got them in our flour. Now I live in Wyoming, and I’ve never seen one here.

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  32. Brent says

    Amazon link you’ve added here is a good spot to buy grain mills,but I’ve purchased one grain mill from http://www.grainflaker.com 8 months back and I found it a good one & cheap ($79) too.That’s why I think to add it here,so that visitors like me can get additional information from here.

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  33. kelly says

    hi laura

    new to the idea of grinding my own wheat. first of all I am not sure that I can get wheat on PEI where I live, but I am trying to source it out. Before investing in a flour mill, I want to try one out but that is not easy to do. So after researching grinding your own wheat, I see you can grind it in a coffee grinder or blender. have you tried this? if so how does it work? I thought I could try it and see if we like the taste before spending the money on a mill. I have a kitchen aid mixer, do you know anything about the mill attachment for it? thanks

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    Laura Reply:

    I haven’t tried this. I don’t have a coffee grinder. I do have a blender, but I don’t see that it would work well for grinding flour.

    I don’t have a kitchen aid mixer, but from what I’ve heard from others with an attachment for grinding grain, they don’t feel like it grinds the flour very fine.

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    Deb Reply:

    Hi Kelly,
    I use a coffee grinder everytime I want just enough grain for hot cereal. I can get it as fine as I wish. However, there’s a problem with grinding hard grains like rice and barley in a coffee grinder. The grinders usually have a plastic lid that fits over the opening. First the sides of the lid start to show fractures then with the pressure of the grain hitting the sides as high speed, eventualy the factures will chip off and you’ve just ground plastic into your morning cereal. This is why I’m now researching mills and will also start looking to see if there is a coffee grinder out there who’s lid is made of something more substancial than plastic.

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  34. Brent says

    I’m using Norpro grain flaker available at http://www.grainflaker.com/ since last one & half year & it’s working nice for me as I’m getting fresh flour without any loss of nutrients & it’s cheap also.

    Anyone else have this grain mill ? I must listen your views on it.

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  35. kelly says

    I bought the nurtimill and love it, decided that the coffee mill was not worth trying, took a chance bought the mill and i found local grain. My friends husband is a farmer and they grew organic wheat this year :) I am finding it is a bit of a learning curve to used milled wheat, sometimes things are perfect, sometimes I need more flour and sometimes less flour, any tips would be welcome

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  36. Celena says

    I recently bought the wonder mill junior (a hand crank) and love it! I also have 500 pound of Wheat Montana Prarie Gold in my house. :) It is a bit time consuming (something like 1 cup of flour per minute of grind time) but it grinds very smoothly and doesn’t require an extreme amount of energy… though I’m sure my right arm IS getting a little stronger.

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  37. Michelle Bulyszyn says

    I have had a whisper mill for about 7 or 8 years and never had a problem. I was told to occasionally start it without berries in it and without the canister attached and that will clean out the flour. I just held it out my kitchen window. Didnt know about the others when I bought mine at a home school fair. I too, get my grains from Bread Beckers at home school fairs each year. Will look into the ones you are speaking about.
    Thanks for the post.
    Michelle

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  38. Melissa says

    My husband got me a Wolfgang for mothers day and I love it so much. It is so beautiful it stays on my counter top so it makes grinding as needed so easy. Expensive, yes. But quick, easy, beautiful, something I actually use….yes!

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  39. says

    We have a manual grain mill….the Grain Maker (http://www.grainmaker.com/). It was expensive and took awhile before we had the money to buy it. But I had spent months researching the best manual option, and this seemed like the highest quality one. It is 100% made in the USA (Montana).

    We’ve had it for about a year now, and it is FANTASTIC! My only complaint is that I don’t have enough counter space for it (or much else!), so I have to keep it on a shelf and then clamp it to the table anytime I want to use it. I think I’d be much better about using it if the mill had a permanent place in our kitchen! (Another excuse for my husband to build me my dream kitchen island :)).

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    Joey Reply:

    PS – We had also looked into the Country Living Grain Mill, which seems to tbe the more popular hand-crank mill. However, the Grain Maker is made 100% of metal…no plastic at all! That just felt more durable to us!

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  40. says

    Just wanted to say thanks for these great posts on grinding grain! After two years of reading your blog and desperately wanting to be able to afford a Nutrimill, I finally scored one (very slightly used) on Craigslist for only $120! I strongly encourage everyone to keep their eyes open on sites like Craigslist. Thanks again for the encouragement!

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  41. Lisa Milyard says

    I have a Nutrimill and just LOVE it! Before we bought it, we had a KitchenAid mill attachment and found that 1. It didn’t grind it fine enough and 2. I do a lot of baking and it would have been to hard on my mixer (even when we have the largest one they make for home use) to grind enough flour for everything that I make on a regular basis. So we sold the attachment and bought the Nutrimill! I really like that it’s all one unit instead of 2 pieces like the Whisper Mill (my mother has one) and that I can run it with the lid on as well as start/stop it when there’s grain in it (neither of which you can do in a Whisper mill)

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  42. Jen Griesbach says

    Hi, I’ve been reading through the article and comments on this site and wanted to give my feedback. My husband and I researched different grain mills several years ago and decided that the Wondermill (formerly Whispermill) would be the best for our needs. We ended up becoming authorized dealers for this mill, while purchasing our own. We’ve been very pleased with our mill and have used it not only for wheat, but also barley, oats, and corn. I would highly recommend it to anyone considering purchasing one. Being a dealer for them, I might be able to answer any questions a person might have about them, and I have both the electric grinder and the Wondermill Jr. (their hand mill- also great)in stock in Appleton, WI. Feel free to contact me at jgriesbach5@yahoo.com. I also wanted to submit a link from the Wondermill website that explains the history of Whispermill to Wondermill- the similarities and differences. http://www.thewondermill.com/index.php/module/statics/action/view_listing/page/41

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