Convertible Grain Mill: the best of both worlds!
Do you ever wonder what you’d do with your stored wheat if you lost power for an extended period of time? Or do you feel you can’t squeeze a standard-size grain mill into your crowded kitchen?
The Family Grain Mill (which I’ll call FGM) may be a good solution for you. In the above video, I demonstrate the FGM using both manual (hand crank) power and electric power (attached to a Bosch mixer).
While my favorite grain mill is still the Nutrimill, the FGM does have certain advantages, such as its small size and its ability to coarsely crack grain for cereals, salads, etc.
I’ve been using my FGM (attached to the Bosch mixer) for just that purpose for the past couple of years, but I decided to find out exactly how much time and effort it would take to grind an entire loaf’s worth of flour. The results surprised me a little!
I turned the crank at a somewhat gentle, steady pace, switching hands occasionally. The effort was not at all difficult, but I did find myself perspiring slightly by the end of the 30 minutes and 20 seconds. My kids offered their help, saying they could do it much faster, but I was looking for a realistic time for an average adult; I persevered to the end!
The first grind on the finest setting produces a slightly coarse flour. I’ll do a little testing with this batch to see what kind of difference I notice for pancakes or muffins, as well as a loaf of bread. Two cups of wheat yielded approximately 3-1/2 cups of flour.
The second grind made a much nicer texture, more what I’m used to with the Nutrimill. When I measured the yield the second time, it was only 3-1/4 cups. That’s because finer flour packs down more compactly.
To be scientific, I should repeat the time test, but for now, I’ll conclude that it takes a little less than 10 minutes per cup of flour using the hand crank.
By contrast, using the FGM powered by the Bosch mixer (on speed 1) it took under 12 minutes for the same amount, or a little under 4 minutes per cup. In both cases the yield was more than three cups, so that’s why I say “a little under.” Of course, if you decide to grind it a second time for finer flour, it will take longer.
Keep in mind, a batch of muffins or pancakes will only use 1-1/2 cups of flour, so it takes less time to make flour for these types of recipes.
You can purchase the FGM as a hand mill only, strictly as a backup for emergencies, or you can get it without the hand crank to use as your everyday grain mill, attached to a mixer. Or, of course, you can do both.
FINAL CLEARANCE! Due to my upcoming move:
Reg. $139.99, SALE $100 (mill + hand crank only) SOLD
Reg. $47.95, SALE $30 (Bosch adapter only)
What do you think about this mill? I’d be interested in your comments, or I’d be happy to answer any questions about it. Please drop me a line in the box below: