The benefits of milling your own flour range from saving money to improving the health of yourself and your family. My family recently began milling our own flour with a hand mill, which is a great tool for any off-grid kitchen. There are many models available to choose from, but we chose to go with 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 for extended milling sessions.

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Milling will not only save you a lot of money, but 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 as some people are allergic to the additives in commercially processed flours.

To learn more about milling your own flour, as well as baking tips and recipes, check out the Winter 2015 issue of THE NEW PIONEER, available on newsstands and digitally on Oct.21, 2014. To subscribe or purchase, visit

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