Did you know that wheatberries have a ton of nutritional value? They are packed with vitamin B1, B2, B3, E, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, iron, and fiber!
But from what I’ve read, within 24 hours after being milled into flour, the wheat loses a good amount of it’s nutritional value (around 45%)… and after 72 hours it’s almost completely nutrient deficient.
So, about 5 years ago on a whim, we bought about 300 pounds of wheatberries from an organic co-op. Yeah, no need to tell me that we’re nuts, I already know!
Pretty soon after we bought the wheatberries, I saw a nice manual grain mill for sale at a garage sale! SCORE! So I bought it and tried using it to make bread.
But I’m not sure if the hand mill was defective, or if I just wasn’t using it correctly, because it made the flour WAY too… can I use the word chunky? thick?… and the bread wouldn’t rise. AT ALL.
On to trial #2. The coffee grinder!!
Coffee grinders work GREAT for grinding up grains into flour. The flour is super fine & it rises very well. The only problem is that it holds maybe 3/4 of a cup of wheatberries. If that. So if your bread recipe calls for 5 cups of flour, you are spending a LONG time with the coffee grinder each time you want to make some bread.
So I saved and saved, and thanks in part to accumulating Swagbucks, I was able to purchase my very first electric grain mill! I was THRILLED! I didn’t get the most expensive one on the market, instead I got a KTEC Kitchen Mill for under $175.
And OH MY! I could grind up cups and cups of flour all at one time! Sure, it was loud, but the sound was beautiful.
Then one day, I loaded my wheatberries into the grinder, turned it on, and left it alone to do its job. But what I came back to was NOT beautiful. My kitchen was covered in flour.
And now, the only way to prevent the flour from spraying around the kitchen each time I grind flour is to hold the lid down the full 10 minutes that it takes to finish grinding up a full batch.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still very very thankful that we even HAVE wheatberries and an electric wheat grinder! But I really wish that I would’ve read some more reviews before purchasing.
So… to help out all of the others who are currently looking for the best grain mill to purchase, which grain mill do YOU think is WORTH IT?