We’ve owned our Nutrimill for a decade and it has served us well. It is one of the best kitchen tool investments we’ve ever made. What is it? Simply put – the Nutrimill grinds actual grain (wheat, corn, etc.) into flour. I did tons of research before I bought this baby. I read everything I could find and I picked my friend Stephanie’s mind. I’m sure that she’s wishing Stacy would just go away. I’m like a boomerang that keeps coming back. We decided on the Nutrimill instead of the other various mills on the market because it was supposed to be the quietest, have the biggest storage container, and you can turn it off while it’s grinding (unlike some of the other models).
It’s an Investment
We paid $260 for our Nutrimill. At the time we bought it, we were really scraping together every possible penny to pay off our house, but we still scrimped and saved and bought it. Barry was on board too. We decided to start milling our own wheat after listening to The Bread of Idleness CD from Bread Beckers. The CD is free, so if you’re considering switching to grinding your own wheat, I would highly recommend it. Let’s grind something!
How it Works
These are wheat berries…they make flour. It’s amazing to me. I bought these from Earth Fare but I do hope to order from Bread Beckers this fall. Stephanie orders from there too…yep, it’s the boomerang again. I could go into great detail about all the different kinds of grain you can buy and what they do, but I’m not an expert at that. Thus far, I have ground hard white wheat, hard red wheat, and oat groats. I might try different grains in the future, but this was what we went with first. Here is a good explanation of the types of wheat, but you can mill all sorts of stuff – like popcorn and millet. The possibilities excite me…I think I might need a sedative.
First you pour your grain into the top of the Nutrimill’s canister. One cup of grain makes about 1 ½ cups of flour. For us, we only mill what we’re going to use that day. Use your freshly ground grain soon after milling or the nutrients will start to oxidize. You can freeze it to slow the process down, but I like to reserve my freezer for other stuff like strawberries and other produce. Freshly-ground grain keeps all the nutrients…when you buy it in the store, they’re almost all gone – the flour has been ENRICHED. That just means that most of the good-for-you stuff is gone so they had to add part of it back in. Yummy.
Once you pour your grain in, you can start the motor. The settings on the motor and the feed rate determine how fine your flour is. For coarse flour, you turn to the right (think cornmeal) and for fine flour you leave it on the left. The faster it feeds in, the more coarse the flour. When you turn it on, it’s going to be loud. Remember I said it was “quiet?” Well, quiet is a relative term. This one is quiet compared to others. It is louder than a blender…but quieter than a chain saw. How’s that? If you put the lid on, it’s quieter. After it’s done, let it keep going for a few seconds to eliminate any flour left in the chamber.
What You Get
When it’s done, you just pull the handle to bring out the canister from the Nutrimill’s body/motor. It’s virtually dust free. Nice! I hate dusting…I wish I could train the dog to dust the house.
This is the canister out of the Nutrimill. The lid is very tight fitting, hence the low amount of dust. The black thing on top is the filter. You’ll wash the canister when you’re done, by hand…not in the dishwasher. Once when I was young, I gave my Grandmaw a set of cow salt and pepper shakers. She washed them in the dishwasher and then they lost all their spots. It was a sad day. They were naked.
Ta da!!!! Isn’t that just amazing? I’m amazed. You should be too. It’s cool.
It looks just like store flour, but it’s GOOD for you.
I made a batch of Light Bread with this…and it was DELICIOUS! As you can see, we dug in pretty fast. It really makes the best bread you’ll ever taste. Now when we eat store bread we’re like “Gosh…this tastes…weird.” And not weird in a good way, but weird in a bad way like a stalker or something.
So, that’s our new mill. I <3 it. Any questions?