How to Choose a Flour Mill

A flour mill is a useful kitchen appliance if you love making very fresh flour at home. While it is possible to use a powerful blender or food processor, neither of these will produce the fine consistency of a flour mill purpose-made for the job.


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    Learn about the variety of flour mills available. It's a good idea to see if you can test each type as well as knowing their features, because this will give you the chance to see which you like working with the most. Do you have a friend or neighbor who already has one you can try? The main types of flour mill are:
    • Hand cranked burr grinder: This can become tiring when used for a lot of grain on a regular basis. The romance soon disappears!
    • Stand mixer attachment: This can be fitted onto an already existing powerful mixer.
    • Electric impact grill
    • Electric stone grinder
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    Choose according to your needs. If you're only going to be making flour occasionally for fun, the hand grinder version will probably be fine. But if you're going to bake bread regularly, or more than one loaf at a time, go for an electric version to save energy and time.
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    Look at the abilities of the individual flour mill. When it comes down to actually choosing a mill, ask the following questions:
    • Is it able to take the amount of grains you want done within a reasonable amount of time?
    • Are there any known issues about it overheating when it grinds the grain? (You can check people's opinions about individual products online.)
    • Is it easy or complicated? If you don't like complicated items, be sure it is simple and straightforward to use.
    • Think about the cleaning. Does it appear to be easy to clean, with pieces coming apart or not?
    • Look for the ability to adjust between fine or coarse grinding. Does it offer adequate degrees of coarseness for your needs?
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    Ask the retailer about the reliability of the product. Also be sure to ask if it is easy to source replacement parts if something goes wrong. Grinding can be tough on a flour mill and if a part breaks, you don't want to be left with something useless.
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    See if the retailer can show a demonstration of the flour mill grinding flour. This might be enough to convince you whether or not it works.


  • Naturally, as with any items used in cooking, check the brand name. Is it a reputable one? Look online for more details and follow-up, as well as to find other peoples' opinions. Self-sufficiency blogs might be a good source of information.
  • Less easy methods include using a mortar and pestle or a rolling pin. You'll be there for hours but these do eventually work for small amounts.

Things You'll Need

  • Flour grinder retailer (look online for retailers in your area or for those will ship to your door)

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