Family Grain Mill
As part of our emergency preparation we got a Family Grain Mill (German-made). While I have enjoyed my electric wheat grinder (K-Tec Kitchen Mill Wheat Grinder), I wanted one that could operate without the use of electricity. In many emergency scenarios, electricity would not be available.
The Family Grain Mill is extremely versatile. It has options for a motorized base or can even be used on your Bosch Universal Mixer or KitchenAid mixer (with additional attachment). It can be used not only to grind wheat into flour, but with attachments can be used as a flaker, meat grinder, vegetable processor or slicer, and can even make peanut butter!
I opted for the hand operation (non-electrical). Although it didn’t come with implicit instructions for setup, it is quite easy to configure and begin operation. All the accessories lock into place easily with the twist of a the wrist. It is quality construction; manufactured in Germany by Messerschmidt.
The grind is adjustable, from coarse to fine (although it does not get as fine of a flour that my K-Tec can do). It grinds wheat, corn, soybeans, oats, rye, barley, rice, millet. What is nice about it is that it doesn’t heat up the grain when grinding, so the nutrients are preserved. It is very easy to use. I was able to hand grind about a cup of flour in less than two minutes. There was no flour dust flying everywhere, and cleanup is a breeze!
It has the ability to grind dried herbs. I use Oregano a lot on pizza, and have grown my own Oregano in my garden. This saves on having to buy store bought herbs. You can grind stuff like black beans and even refined sugar if you want to make powdered sugar.
The Flaker part is great for turning oat groats into fresh home-made oatmeal (with no preservatives added). You can get oat groats at most health food stores. You can flake wheat, but it needs to be soaked overnight first.
Peanut butter is simple to make. Using the meat grinder with 3mm blade, put the peanuts through (sometimes twice), add a little oil of choice (olive, vegetable, et cetera), and you’ve got fresh peanut butter (might want to add in a little sugar and a dash of salt).
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