Picking a grain mill can be a hard task. Today I will compare the Nutrimill Harvest with the Nutrimill Classic. Share why you might consider a grain mill, how I use mine and which one I liked better!
In 2009 I made the choice to start making bread for my family.
I knew that I’d have more time at home (new baby) and wanted a way to save money, and feel useful to my family.
I had a few friends who baked bread, but I knew I didn’t want to go into debt to buy the equipment (or spend a ton of money).
That Kitchenaid lasted about 6 years, and then died more and more frequently until we could barely get through cookies vs whole wheat bread.
I then replaced the Kitchenaid with a Bosch (which can pound through bread like nobody’s business.)
However, that grain mill was still going strong, when Nutrimill sent me a Harvest Grinder (yes, one of the perks to being a blogger).
So, I was brought back into the world of grain mills.
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Why would you want a grain mill?
Most people use it to mill wheat, but you can mill many types of things. I would guess that people who are gluten free would want to use it to mill other things like beans, rice or Quinoa.
Milling your own flours has a lot of benefits:
- It’s a lot cheaper — whole wheat flour at the store can cost quite a bit, but when you grind it from the wheat berries, it’s pennies on the dollar. I think I can make a loaf of bread for about 20 cents, depending on what’s in it.
- It’s more nutritious. The moment you break open that capsule and mill it — the vitamins and minerals in that flour are starting to break down. If you can mill it, and immediately cook it — you save some great nutrients
- You know exactly what you’re getting. I KNOW no white flour has come into my wheat flour — because I ground the berries!
- I no longer have to have many bags of flour on hand (which can go bad easier) because I keep a lot of wheat berries on hand. In an emergency, we’ll have way more flour than we’d have if we were just storing flour (btw, you get a lot more FLOUR than you store in berries as it enlarges when you mill it).
What types of grain mills are there?
I only know much about in-home grain mills, so I won’t be discussing commercial mills.
Hand-cranked grain mills
As the name implies you can buy a mill that you crank by hand. This might be handy in a natural disaster as it will be difficult to get. I know a lot of people who keep this one on hand for just such an emergency.
If you plan to make a lot of bread, this not a great plan as it takes a LONG time to grind a large amount of wheat to make bread for your family. I would certainly ocnsider…
Electric Grain Mills
I have exprience with two. One is a
Metal burr grain mill
This means that the grain is milled by metal — like the Nutrimill Classic grain mill
I also have a
Stone grain mill
This uses stones to grind the grains — like the Nutrimill Harvest
I have poked around a bit. A lot of people like the stone variety and believe it grinds at a lower speed and some places I’ve heard a lower temperature.
Perks of the Nutrimill Harvest
- Stones are easier to clean than the metal parts
- The outside casing is much prettier
- When not grinding it is much quieter
- You can grab the wheat as you grind it to add it to recipes
Perks of the Nutrimill Classic Grain Mill
- Much larger hopper, you add tons of wheat, and because it’s so large, you’re less likely to spill as you add it
- Flour is kept in a dedicated container (and frankly, you don’t have to clean it too frequently, as you only have flour in that)
- It mills quite quickly
- Flour is of a uniform consistency and can be ground very finely.
Both options have a lot to offer, but I felt like I should only keep one at our house, as it does take up room, and I was sure another family could find good use out of the other grain mill.
Which Grain Mill did I like best?
We decided to keep the classic, as it mills so much wheat much quicker and I can dump all the wheat I need ground in all at once.
However, each family would have to pick their own grain mill that would work for them. I think both would be a fine addition to anyone’s kitchen.
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