How to Grind Flour in a Grain Mill

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Wanna see how easy it is to
grind wheat into flour in a Nutrimill?
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I’ve talked about how I love freshly ground flour and about how I love my nutrimill.  You’ve all helped me share about great sources for organic or chemical free grains.  I’ve even written a letter to your husbands trying to convince them that getting you a grain mill is a fabulous idea.

But I’ve never taken the time to show you how a grain mill works.  Is it hard to run?  Does it take a lot of time?  Do you work up a sweat using it?

The answer to all three questions is a definite no!

So many people have mentioned to me things like “I don’t know how you have time to grind your own flour.  I barely have time to cook, much less make the flour for my baked goods.”

You’re welcome to continue to think that because I grind my own flour, I am a modern day wonder woman.  Or, you can watch this video clip and learn the truth…

Did you see that?  I put in the wheat, turned on the machine…and then I walked away and made lunch and did some dishes.  Then I came back and had freshly ground flour.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.  And wow, this flour tastes more delicious than any you’ve ever had (in my opinion)!

This post was originally published June 1, 2010.

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  1. Heavenly Homemaker's Husband says

    Even I can do this. I think it’s kind of manly to tell my buddies that we grind our own grains. (I suppose most of you would want to be feel womanly while grinding your grains.)

    My first use, I ground corn a little coarse to bread okra and I had some deelish fried okra.

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  2. DorthyM says

    Love it! I want one of those! Wanna convince hubby its a good thing? And I really like the video, too.

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  3. Rebekah says

    I have a nutramill too but I don’t use it inside=)! How do you clean our your filters? I haven’t found any good way to get them clean besides just shaking out the flour.

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    melanie Reply:

    I thunk my filters between batches to get most of the flour out, then when I’m finished for the day — or accumulate too much flour — I rinse it with plain water and let it air dry. I have more than one filter — mill comes with two.

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    Laura Reply:

    Yeah, I’m kinda bad about cleaning mine. I use it so often I guess I hardly feel like it’s needed. I flick them off each time I use them…that’s about it. I think I’m lazy. ;)

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  4. says

    I love my Nutrimill, too! It’s so easy and the flour is so fragrant!
    And, thanks to you, I am now using Prairie Gold wheat. That stuff is amazingly good! I ran out and used some other wheat that I had on hand and it wasn’t nearly as tasty!
    Thanks for all you do and share with us!

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  5. says

    I love my Nutrimill! I have never used it on the high setting, though. I have done wheat, oat groats and rice. I have never been brave enough to try anything with bean flour, so I haven’t used those, yet!

    Do you leave yours out on the counter? Did you make a cute cover for it? We built a rolling island out of an old long bathroom cabinet. We put a top on it, tiled it and put industrial, locking casters on the bottom. We added some beadboard to the back and wood trim around the tile and one decorative piece of wood to the front. Then we painted it. I store my 2 45-gallon buckets of wheat, my Nutrimill and my extra Bosch accessories in it.

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    Laura Reply:

    Oh, a cute cover would be fun! I DID leave mine on the counter, but then I got a toaster oven and need that out on the counter instead. I have a spot in a cabinet that works for storing my mill…but it IS a little inconvenient to get it out and put it back everytime.

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  6. Renee says

    I thought the nutritional value of the wheat was compromised if you didn’t use it right away (even with freezing). Is this not correct? I agree that it’s much easier to grind a large batch and freeze.

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, it is does lose some of it’s nutritional value. I use it up within a couple of days anyway…and I REALLY just like the convenience of having some ground and in the freezer.

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  7. Nance says

    Hi Laura, it sounds fantastic and they may have a sale on their hands but do you know if the Nutrimill will grind nuts into flour, ie. almonds. I recently found out that I should stay away from gluten and have been doing some baking with almond flour, but it’s a little pricey. If I could make my own…
    Thanks for any help or ideas on this.

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    melanie Reply:

    Without looking at my book, I think nuts are a no-no with the Nutrimill. They are too oily. I bought the “dry” blender jar for our VitaMix with thoughts of milling nuts… but haven’t done it yet.

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    Laura Reply:

    I don’t think it does. I’d suggest emailing Paula from Paula’s Bread to see what she recommends: paulasbread @ gmail.com

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    Lenetta Reply:

    Nuts are a no! I like to refer to this online manual when I’m at my computer :>)

    http://www.milkandhoneyfarm.com/sales/pdfs/NutriMillManual.pdf

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  8. Linda says

    What is the cost difference between grinding your own and buying flour in the store?(minus the price of the mill) Is it more or less expensive?

    FYI I don’t know if anyone else has this problem, but I have a really hard time hearing your videos even with the volume all the way up.

    LOVE your site!!

    Linda

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    Danielle Reply:

    I thought it was just my pc!! I have the same problem.

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    Laura Reply:

    Grinding flour saves a LOT of money! Whole wheat flour is expensive! This won’t answer your questions exactly, but here’s a post I wrote with some of the price break down: http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/grain-mills-pt-1-should-you-buy-one-does-it-save-money

    Regarding the hard to hear vidoes…I can hear it okay on mine, but the quality of my vidoes are just not great. Sorry about that. Hopefully I’ll learn more about how to make movies! Or, maybe I should try to talk louder!! :)

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  9. Cassie says

    When you keep it in the freeze, then can you just grab it out when your baking and use it right away? Also, how do you clean it? is is a pain? Thanks so much! :)

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    melanie Reply:

    It’s helpful for yeast items to let the flour come to room temp before using. For cleaning, I just dust my mill out with a pastry brush.

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    Laura Reply:

    Yep, just grab it out and use it out of the freezer.

    I hardly clean mine because I use it so much. You’re supposed to run some rice through it to clean out the inside. Otherwise, you can wipe everything off really throroughly on the outside as needed. I probably should clean mine more often. I sort of just tap off the flour and tuck it away for next time.

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    Cassie Reply:

    Awesome, thanks! I think I’m going to actually jump in and use my mill that I get for Christmas *Ahem* :)

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  10. Jennie says

    My husband got me a Nutrimill for my birthday in January (your letter helped- thank you!). I use it all the time and love it!

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  11. Erin H. says

    I’m so glad I watched the video because apparently I have not been using the separating cup on my mill at all. It might explain why I have flour dust all over my kitchen when I use my mill. Thanks. :)

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  12. Melissa says

    Thanks to your letter to hubbies and a visit to Paula’s website, my sweet husband bought me a Nutrimill for Mother’s Day! He also bought me lots of different grains. I have been having a blast! I’ve been mixing grains for bread, and I use the soft wheat for muffins, pancakes, etc. My boys say it tastes better than when I use white flour! Yeah!

    Thanks so much for all of the helpful (and God-honoring) info on your site! You are really a blessing!

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  13. says

    I’ve also been having a blast using my mill – though I end up with flour *everywhere*. Some is my fault, some is the mill’s fault… I know that was covered in some of the old posts, I just need to go back and read them. I keep a little rag stuffed in the hole in the side so it doesn’t shoot out there (and yes, the bowl is pushed all the way in – I REALLY have a problem if it isn’t – BTDT!)

    Anyway. I linked to this on my weekly roundup.

    And I just had a thought – I don’t know the first think about editing movies but it would have been hilarious if you could have showed yourself in fast forward making lunch and washing dishes while grinding the wheat. :>)

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  14. says

    Laura- I’m so excited because I just ordered the Nutrimill yesterday from Paula’s Bread (after wanting one for about a year now, it’s been hard to wait!) and I’m really look forward to using it!! Thanks for the cool video tutorial :) (I know this is an old post…) I wanted to ask, is that a juicer in the background on your counter? Do you juice at all?

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    Laura Reply:

    YAY for your Nutrimill!!!! I’m so excited for you! I had borrowed that juicer for a few weeks while my friend was out of town and wouldn’t be needing it. I wanted to see if it was something we’d want ourselves. After I returned it, I never went ahead and purchased one myself. I guess I settled on just EATING the fruits and veggies instead of juicing them. :)

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  15. says

    HAs anyone used a vitamix to grind flour??? I am having a terrible time with making my dough. The vita mix grinds real nice but cant figure out why my dough is so hard you cant even kneed it

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    Laura Reply:

    Ah, I see you already have been looking through my grain and grain mill posts! Yes, I’ve heard others complain that a Vitamix is great for many things, but doesn’t get the wheat milled as fine as they would like for baking breads. :( Maybe others who have a VitaMix will chime in with advice! (I have a Nutrimill.)

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    AnnMarie Reply:

    This might sound silly, but do you use a dry blade container? I use a vitamix for flour and havent had any issues with consistency. With the dry container you are only supposed to grind two cups at a time. Then I grind it for a good minute or so.

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    Laura Reply:

    I use a Nutrimill: http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/how-to-grind-flour-in-a-grain-mill

  16. Amanda says

    Has anyone charged to mill other people’s flour for them? I have thought of doing this but not sure what etiquette to follow. I’m not really wanting to make a profit as much as I am wanting to cover the usage expense of the mill…I might eventually wear out the equipment! Any suggestions?

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    It may not be a bad idea to charge for time and general wear and tear of the mill!

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  17. Christina D says

    Is it possible to use a food processor in a pinch? A new kitchen appliance isn’t really in our budget at the moment, but grinding my own flour is something I’ve been wanting to try.

    Maybe I can get the Nutrimill for Christmas… haha.

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  18. Sonja says

    OK I have a question… If I mill some wheat and then discover I forgot to attach that cup to the lid, do I need to toss the flour? It seems ok…

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    No, it is fine! :)

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    Sonja Reply:

    Thank you!

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  19. says

    I just want to let you know a few things. 1) how inspiring you are, 2) how you take the overwhelming, anxious feeling out of all this real food stuff while raising two little bitties, and 3) that your nutrimill video encouraged me to get a flour mill….

    That is after I tried milling my white wheat berries in a food processor, and I did not succeed. =) Thanks to my very thoughtful dad, our family will be blessed with a new Nutrimill in a few days!

    Again, thank you for helping me realize how easy this whole journey can be for us, even with small children. =)

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    Laura Reply:

    Yay, so excited for you! We really need to get together in person some time for a fun visit! :)

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    Meghan Reply:

    That would be wonderful! I am sorry I missed you coming by. Thank you again. :)

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  20. Tracey says

    I am trying to transition our family to whole wheat. We didn’t want to invest in a grain mill if nobody would eat the stuff so we started with a coffee grinder. It grinds the wheat fine but it is kind of coarse on the finest setting. So my question is, does the Nutrimill grind it as fine as store bought?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, it is very fine and so delicious! (Better than store bought since it is fresh.)

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  21. Renee Bartnick says

    Hi Laura – Thanks for posting the video! Question for you…if you coarsely grind the flour, are you then able to sift out the wheat germ with some success? That might be a strange question, I know… Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    Not really. I’ve found that even a coarsely ground flour is pretty fine.

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  22. Birdie says

    Hello Laura, 8->. I have a different mill and love it. I noticed older questions regarding cleaning. We have a air compressor and it works wonderfully. My dear helpers will usually do this job for me after each time I grind. They love giving things a blast, hee hee!

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  23. Angela Anthony says

    I don’t have my own mill, but I do have access to my sister-in-law’s. I LOVE it! We use it to grind our einkorn. I don’t know why I thought it would be so time consuming. It sure isn’t! To tell you the truth, my hubby gets mad if I do it without him :)

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