We recently began milling our own flours with a hand mill. There are many models available to choose from, but we chose the Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Mill from the WonderMill Company. It is a heavy duty, hand-cranked mill that comes with a double clamp system, two stone grinding wheels, two stainless steel grinding wheels, a flour guide, a long hand crank for easy milling, a cleaning brush and an adapter for a drill. You can also purchase a pulley to hook the mill up to a motor or, as we did, an exercise bicycle.

Grinding Out Value

Milling will not only save you a lot of money, it will also provide you with healthier and fresher foods and meals. You can save as much as $3.50 per pound, and you don’t have to run to specialty stores to buy the high-priced flours and mixes as well as the additional specialty ingredients they often require. Since whole grains keep much longer than flour, if stored properly, you can stock up on the grains and berries necessary to feed your family and continue to have them on hand for much less money. You and your family may also feel better. Some people are allergic to the additives in commercially processed flours.

We are on a gluten-free diet, but my mountain man still likes his loaf of wheat bread and whole-wheat pizza crust every week, so we found organic white wheat berries to be the perfect solution for this. One cup of wheat berries equals one and a half cups of flour.

We can mill corn, rice, oats, millet, quinoa, sorghum, teff, flax, and so on. I enjoy experimenting and being able to blend multiple grains together to get a flour with a variety proteins and fibers.

Hand Milling Flour

With a hand mill you can experiment with different whole grains and recipes to come up with nutritious loaves having the taste and texture your family likes.

Quality Counts

In addition to milling grains into flour, you can grind herbs and coffee as well. With the stainless steel milling heads you can grind nuts and seeds coarsely for desserts and toppings, and you can also make your own nut butters.

You may need to spend a bit of your hard-earned money, but you will get what you paid for and be very pleased. There are many mills on the market, but typically when you buy an inexpensive model, it is not made for the long haul, does not provide the same amount of milled flour in the same amount of time, does not have all the great features and is harder to use. The cheaper models may require you to mill the same flour two to four times to get the fine texture you want.

Although I usually suggest that people take a more frugal approach to things, I feel the cost of a quality hand mill is money well spent. You can find a mill like ours at millersgrainhouse.com along with many recipes and educational videos and at thewondermill.com. For additional recipes and tips, visit my website at trayerwilderness.com

LINKS TO ORGANIC GRAINS:

betterbatter.org

bobsredmill.com

azurestandard.com

Winco Foods

This article originally published in THE NEW PIONEER® Winter 2015 issue. Print and Digital Subscriptions to THE NEW PIONEER magazine are available here.