These past few years my husband and I have slowly worked on changing our diet to a organic, raw, whole grain diet. Our latest endeavor to this end was purchasing a grain mill. With this grain mill I am hoping to add whole grain flour, breads, cereals, and oats to our diet. As I did my research I have found that in my opinion (my opinion was formed through hours of watching videos, reading reviews, and speaking to owners of different mills), there are two hand mills and three electric mills worth owning. From there it is up to the consumer to determine aesthetics, size, preference to stone or metal grinders, and price.

In my experience and in learning from my elders, I have found it best to save up and buy the best tool available. 9 times out of 10, the saying, “you get what you pay for”, rings true. I hope to still be using my grinder in 30 or 40 years time, long long after I’ve forgotten whether it cost me $200 or $500. This doesn’t mean you need to buy it new; do your research, look on ebay, or craigslist, etc.

Hand Mills

The two hand mills that I recommend are the, “Wonder Junior Deluxe,” by Wondermill; and the, “Country Living Grain Mill,” by Country Living. These mills can be found on various online sites for sale.

For a more in depth review of the Wondermill, visit Grain Mill Comparison, it is a great site where an individual has had the opportunity to use various grain mills, seemingly with a unbiased view. For the Country Living Grain Mill, I have not heard as of yet a bad review, the only reason people have not bought it was because of the price.

Electric Mills

The three hand mills that I recommend are the, “Nutrimill,” “Wondermill,” and the, “Komo Mill (Tribest Wolfgang).” These mills can be found on various online sites for sale.

I very much enjoyed the video review of all three of these machines at, Breadtopia. I also highly recommend looking up each grain mill, the electric and hand mill’s on Amazon, whether you buy them or not on this site, just to read the reviews.

So, after much research, my husband and I decided on the Tribest Wolfgang, Fresh Flour Mill. One of the first recipes we tried was, (as my children call them) cheesy crackers. Beware: you and your family will be tempted to eat the entire batch shortly after they come out of the oven. I am accustomed now to quadrupling the recipe.

Cheesy Crackers

First, we filled our hopper with enough wheat berries to make one cup of flour. (we had flour left over, fresh flour will store up to two months sealed and in the refrigerator)

Then, we made beautiful flour. (I still love and am fascinated at this part)

The yummy simple ingredients. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Butter, Fresh milled Wheat Flour, Salt, Cold Water.

Some of the best butter I have ever tasted! It is fromHatcher Family Dairy and is non-homogenized, with no preservatives.

The dough after being pulverized in a food processor. Resembles cheezy sand…

As the dough chills, you can try your hand at making your own cracker cutters.

My heart turned out well and made a great cutter, (others not posted for soddy workmanship) then we turned to icing tops, which worked great for the kiddos.

My Sugar Plum!

They had so much fun!

Pan is full, ready to be cooked.

Done! They lasted all of five minutes…

Cheesy Crackers

Ingredients

8 ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
4 Tablespoons Butter, cut into pieces
1 Cup Flour
3/4 teaspoons Salt
2 Tablespoons Cold Water

Instructions

Pulse everything (except water) together in a food processor until the dough resembles coarse sand.
Pulse in water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Remove dough from the processor, wrap in plastic, and chill for 20 minutes.
Roll out the dough and cut into desired shapes.
Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes, or until crispy.

(~recipe adapted from tastykitchen.com)

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on types of grain and another happy tummy recipe.

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