I’ve been meaning to post about Mrs. Stoney’s new toy for quite a while now. Let me start out by saying that this is a totally unbiased review of the NutriMill Wheat Grinder. I was NOT contacted by NutriMill or asked by anyone to write this. We bought this NutriMill Wheat Grinder ourselves and really like it so this review comes from the heart, not any promotion from NutriMill. (I only wish I was a popular enough blogger to have paid endorsements!! :)).
Lets start out by talking about why we bought the NutriMill. Our church is a big proponent of food storage, in fact they encourage us to have a years supply of food in storage. Over the years having that years supply of food has come in really handy. There have been times when business has been slow and having that food has reduced our grocery bills and helped us to make ends meet. We treat our food storage as a protection against hard times (not really some dooms day, end of the world type thing).
About 4 years ago we were rebuilding our storage and decided to add wheat. So over the period of a year or so we slowly bought 450 pounds of wheat from a local mill in 5 gallon buckets. The shelf life on this wheat is really long (like 25 years). So our original plan was to just let it sit in case it were ever needed.
Mrs. Stoney has been slowly introducing more and more whole wheat to our diet. Most of the bread she makes now includes at least 50% whole wheat. And all our pancake and waffle recipes are 50% or more whole wheat. It got to the point that we were buying about one 25 pound bag of whole wheat every 6 weeks or so. And have you seen the price of whole wheat lately? It’s in the area of $25 dollars a bag. We can buy a 45 pound bin of un-ground wheat for sometimes as little as $18. That’s like half the cost or better.
So we decided why just sit on all that wheat when we could grind it ourselves. The other advantage it offers is we can buy our wheat from Lehi Roller Mills which is a local mill only about 15 miles from us (and even better their wheat is sold at Costco).
So we did our research and made the leap! We bought our NutriMill from a local store called Emergency Essentials they are a food storage company based here in Utah, but they do sell online. It was on sale at the time (which was a bonus, we had already decided to buy it before we found the price) I think we paid like $219 for it but you should expect to pay more like $239.
Here’s what we like about the NutriMill.
- It’s fast. A full hopper of grain is milled in only about 5 to 7 minutes.
- The flour bowl holds 20 cups of milled flour. That was more than any other mill we could see.
- It’s quiet. It is supposed to be one of the quietest on the market. Quiet is relative though. It still sounds like a pretty loud vacuum cleaner.
- Easy clean up, all you really need to do is wipe down the flour bin and cover and it’s ready to put away.
- You can adjust how fine your wheat is milled. The finished product that we get from this mill is considerably better than what we could buy in a bag from the store. We can get a nice fine flour that works great for all the bread we make.
- You can mill a broad range of grains in this mill as long as they are not oily. No seeds or “wet” grains.
Here’s how it works:
This is a photo of the grain hopper, it takes as much as 13 cups of grain which mills down to about 20 cups of flour.
You have to play with the feed rate and motor speed for the first few times until you get the consistency of flour you want. Most of the time you will only be adjusting the feed rate. We keep the motor speed at 100% and the feed rate at just a little past 1/2.
Here’s the finished product. It gives us a really nice fine milled flower that is just about as fine as what you would see in a bag of white flour. That makes great bread! Mrs. Stoney has been super happy with the results, it’s so much better than even the most expensive store bought wheat flour.
So if you are in the market for a Wheat Grinder our suggestion is the NutriMill Wheat Grinder by L’Equip.