Wheat to Look for in a Grinder
While you’ve been storing up on wheats, one important thing is to find a great, sturdy grain grinder to be able to convert all that wheat into flour. There are a few things that you should look for when considering which grinder to buy.
How much will you grind?
You should probably determine how much wheat you’re going to be grinding. If the grinder isn’t going to be processing a lot of grain, it might be smart to get a more compact grinder.
You might also find that you don’t even need a wheat grinder. If you’re storing barley or other types of dry grains, you might consider purchasing a barley crusher or a dry grain mill.
Remember that freshly milled flour can go bad quickly. It’s important to freeze the unused flour that you have extra.
Electric vs Manual
Melody Buller gives a good recommendation while looking for a wheat grinder:
Mills (or grinders) can be hand-powered or electric. Electric grain mills are fast and efficient and generally allow a person to select the fineness of the flour. Manual grain grinders may only have one setting, which can be rather coarse, but those who prefer heartier baked goods may prefer this texture. Some manual grinders do allow for fineness adjustment.(Read here article here.)
Manual grinders usually last a long time. Electric grinders last several years but may need replacement parts or repair. You’ll want to check your grinder for warranties and how to find replacement parts. Electric grinders can also be very noisy.
It’s also important to find a grinder that doesn’t heat up too much. Some grinders can heat up to the point that it begins to drain the flour of nutrients. A manual grinder usually doesn’t have that problem.
You might be able to grind wheat with your existing kitchen appliances. For example, the Kitchen Aid Mixer comes with a separate grain milling attachment. Remember though, grinding wheat requires a powerful motor – at least 325 horsepower.
What can it process?
Some wheat grinders are built to only process certain types of wheat or grains. We’ve made sure that each of our grinders has the ability to grind multiple kinds of grains. For example, the WonderMill can process buckwheat, rye, oats, millet, popcorn kernals, triticale, dried field corn, chick peas, soybeans, dried mung beans, rice, dried pinto beans wheat, sorghum, split peas and dried green beans.
Our hand mixers can process wheat, rice, corn, oats, barley and more. The WonderMill Junior Hand Mill also process wet and oily grains. It has an attachment that allow you to make coffee or even peanut butter!Updated February 15, 2012