You may be wondering WHY I grind my own wheat/grains. I get the highest levels of protein/nutrients from my grain if it is freshly ground. Ground grains begin to loose their nutrients the longer they sit around.
Freshly ground grains, like fresh fruit and veggies, simply have a better flavor. Once you begin to grind your own wheat and grains, you will discover a whole new world!
Years ago, I would grind my wheat on my grandfather's old electric stone wheat grinder, located in my mom's basement. It would take over 30 minutes to grind an ice cream bucket-full of wheat and it sounded like a 747 gearing up for take-off! Cleaning and vacuuming it was a pain.
Purchasing a grain mill is an investment, much like a Kitchen Aid or other stand mixer. That's why you want to have the best, high quality, longest lasting grain mill. I love this electric WonderMill Grain Mill ~ it grinds grains quickly, is so easy to use and easy to clean. It is worth. Every. Penny.
Want to know how easy it is? Here's how:
First, *snap* the separator cup onto the lid. There are handy dandy red arrow stickers to show you how to line up the cup. The gray arrow is the flat side of the cup, which should line up with the tab on the lid in case you do not have the red arrow stickers.
Next, *snap* the separator lid onto the canister. If it is not on securely, you will have flour spewing out from underneath the lid!
Rotate the curved flour tube 180° to the left. Do not tug or pull, or you will risk breaking it off; it is permanently attached to the lid.
Set the mill and flour separator side by side. You will need to grasp the flour tube with one hand and use your other hand to guide the mill to securely attach the flour tube.
Next, choose your setting. There are some electric mills that only have one setting. With this mill, you have infinite settings between Pastry and Coarse. I love the superfine texture of wheat flour that I get from the Pastry setting. Today, I am grinding popcorn into cornmeal, so I will choose the coarse setting.
Plug the mill in and turn the machine on. This is the quietest mill on the market; it will sound as loud as your vacuum, but not as loud as a 747!
Fill the hopper with your grain. This half cup of popcorn is ground in seconds ....
You will notice a higher change in pitch when the mill is finished grinding. Let the machine continue for 5 seconds to self-clean and make sure all the grain is emptied from the mill.
Turn off the machine and wait a few seconds for the sound to die down.
Carefully wiggle the flour tube from the mill and tap the lid several times. Doing this lets any flour accumulated on the inside lid to fall into the canister. You don't want a "flour shower" when you open the lid! Return the flour tube to its original position.
Open the canister and viola! Take a *whiff * That's the smell of freshly ground corn, baby!
To clean, I simply wipe out the cup, lid and container with a clean paper towel. Done!
Okay, you know that this mill can grind wheat and popcorn. What else?
Check out WillitGrind.com for a complete list.
- Oat groats (no rolled oats, you will void the warranty)
- Rice (white and brown)
- Dried Pinto Beans
- Dried Green Beans
- Popcorn (unpopped)
- Dried Field Corn
- Split Peas
- Sorghum (Milo)
- Dried Mung Beans
- Chick Peas
This mill has a powerful 1250 watt patented motor with stainless steel mill heads that will grind 12 cups of fine flour in 5 minutes. Woot!
This WonderMill has a great limited lifetime warranty: milling heads are warrantied for the lifetime of original owner, and all other parts are warrantied for six years.
I no longer grind a bunch of wheat and store it in my freezer. I grind exactly what I need and use it immediately for the freshest results!
For more info, check out the WonderMill website.
To purchase this mill, you will find a list of authorized dealers [HERE].
I was provided a product for honest review purposes. No other compensation was given for this review. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. Just like 100% freshly ground whole wheat.