Fresh flour makes the best baked goods and offers better nutrition. When you purchase flour off the grocery store shelf, it's difficult to know how old the flour may be. You can solve that problem by milling your own grains!
A home mill will cost anywhere from around $150.00 to over $1000.00 - depending on the type you choose. There are many good mills on the market, each one unique in it's style and method for grinding grains. Our favorite is the Mockmill (link to item in store). This mill is top rated, is a quality product, and comes with great customer support.
Types of Mills
There are two main types of counter-top mills: Stone, and steel burr. Stone mills are very durable, and you guessed it - use stones to mill the grain. Steel burr mills use high quality steel instead of stones, and usually have life time warranties.
How Mills Work
Mills use two stones or burrs to grind the grain. The first stone/burr (known as the bed) remains stationary while the other (known as the runner) turns and does the grinding. The stones and burrs are grooved on the inside, which forces the milled flour toward the outside of the machine to be collected in a separate container.
Since the beginning of time, people have been using stones to grind their wheat. Because grains are such a basic staple in the human diet, the need to grind them more quickly became that much more important. This led to the invention of the modern electric grain mill.
For mill purists, stone mills are the more natural method for milling.
Steel Burr Mills
Mills that use steel burrs are common with the smaller, counter-top type mill you would purchase for your kitchen. The steel burrs mill grains similarly to stones, but at a much faster speed and usually at a higher temperature.
Maintenance for steel burr mills is easy and the burrs last for years.
Which mill should I consider?
There are many good mills on the market. See the following links for more information about various home grain mills.
Mockmill (German built, high quality)
KoMo (German built - high end home mill)
NutriMill (electric kitchen mill)
Wonder Mill (electric and manual options)
Blendtec (electric kitchen mill)
GrainMaker (high quality, manual mills)
Restel (high quality, stone mills)
Diagram of stone mill