If you’re going to homestead, it takes more than making your own almond milk. Enter the grain mill: a compact, modern version of the traditional grinding stone of yore for freshly-ground flours and cereal grains. It’s the sort of appliance you might find in a muesli-loving household in Germany, in the kitchen of a professional bread baker, or in a beer brewer’s home laboratory. With our researched selection, the list of potential fresh flours is endless: oat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, rice, buckwheat, and even chickpeas or other dried beans.
Above: The Schnitzer (ME1295) Large Country Stone Grain Mill is made of a beech wood body finished with linseed oil and grinds grains by way of a traditional heavy stone; $450 at Extreme Wellness Supply. Above: From the makers of traditional pasta makers, the Marcato Marga Grain Mill is made of chrome-plated steel with anodized aluminum alloy roller; $105.99 from Pastry Chef. Above: Pairing with our favorite (and favorite-looking) stand mixer, the Swedish Ankarsrum, the Ankarsrum Grain Mill Attachment grinds dry grains and beans into coarse flour; $169.95 at Metro Kitchen. Also available is the Ankarsrum Flake Mill for cereal grains; $169.95 also at Metro Kitchen. Read more about the mixer in The Ankarsrum: Sweden’s Iconic Kitchen Mixer. Above: The Family Grain Mill Combos are grain mills available in motor or hand-powered versions ranging from $159.50 to $607.50 at Pleasant Hill Grain. Above: The KoMo XL Plus Grain Mill has a 600-watt motor for producing 200 grams of flour per minute at a fine setting. The mill works for everything from typical hard grains to spices, legumes, and coffee beans; $1,099 at Extreme Wellness Supply. Above: The Grey Victorio Hand-Operated Grain Mill (VKP1012) is designed with a precision stainless steel milling cone to grind fine bread-quality flour; $73.99 at Wayfair. Above: The electric Nutri Mill Classic is designed for high speed milling by way of stainless milling heads; $219 at Pleasant Hill Grain. Above: Another design from German brand Schnitzer, the Campo Schnitzer Roller and Flaker is a smaller model than the Schnitzer previously mentioned. It’s made with double stainless steel rollers to flake oats, spelt, rice, rye, and wheat; $239 at Prepared Planet. Above: Pair your Vitamix with the 32-Ounce Dry Blade Container for grinding grains and beans and for milling flour along with kneading dough. The container is designed with stainless steel blades made for a variety of dry-use applications; $144.95 at Williams-Sonoma. Above: Compatible with all KitchenAid stand mixers, the KitchenAid Grain Mill Attachment is made entirely of steel with stainless steel grinding burrs to create flour textures from coarse to fine; $109.98 at Williams-Sonoma. Above: The Country Living Grain Mill is made with high carbon steel grinding plates, a stainless steel spring auger for small grains, and a large auger for corn or beans sold separately. The mill alone is $459 at Premier 1. Above: The Victoria Grain Mill is a traditional hand-operated mill that attaches to a tabletop or counter. It’s fully adjustable for coarse and fine grains and holds up to 1 pound of grain at a time; $49.99 at More Beer. Above: The KoMo Hand Grinder Manual Grain Mill has a transparent milling chamber for watching as grain turns to fine flour. Made of solid maple and stainless steel, the grinder is $299 at Extreme Wellness Supply. It’s made to be paired with the KoMo Motor Drive for speed, an additional $279.
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