I have another item to cross off my "Wish List". My grain grinder finally arrived in the mail and I am so excited. After looking grinders and reading reviews for over a year, I decided on the hand operated, Family Grain Mill.
Why did I choose this particular grinder? I would love to share my reasons with you.
~ Many reviews reported that this grinder ground flour fine enough for cookies, cakes, even tortillas.
~ It has steel grinding burrs as opposed to stone.
~ It can be used either manually or with a motor, depending upon the base that you buy.
~ Price was very reasonable.
~ C-clamp can attach to a table or counter top.
~ Reviews stated that it was easy to turn.
So did it perform the way that I had hoped?
Yes it did! It was very easy to assemble and clean, and the clamp held it tightly to the counter without so much as a wiggle. I have only tested wheat in it, and it turns pretty easily. My arms are slightly sore, but that's because I decided that I should grind 4 cups taking about 15 min and LOTS of rotations. It took about 7 minutes of constant turning to grind 2 cups of flour.
Now for the flour itself. I was impressed with how fine it turned out. At it's finest setting, you get both powder fine flour and some larger flakes. Putting them through a second time didn't grind down the flakes any. I used the flour, flakes and all, to make pancakes and a cake. It gave the cake a texture similar to if you had added a bit of oatmeal. When I ground the 4 cups, I sifted the flour through a metal sifter I use for draining meat. It removed almost all of the large flakes leaving me with a finer powder. I fed the flakes to my chickens and they loved it.
So am I happy with my purchase? You bet! I'm glad that I just took the plunge and bought this. I can't believe that I have been missing out on fresh ground flour all this time because I was afraid of buying the wrong grinder. If you are interested in purchasing a grinder I encourage you to do your research to make sure the grinder you buy is the best fit for your family. Reading Amazon reviews is always a great place to start.
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