I have a Family Grain Mill with both the electric and hand bases. Any hand grinder is going to be a real workout but I look at it as exercise when I do use the hand crank (never for anything using more than a cup of flour or flakes). Most blenders will grind some wheat, especially if you soak it first, though you will need to experiment with adjusting the amount of wet ingredients you add to the dough. You can also use the blender and add the wheat and the water together. You are right about freshly ground grains tasting completely different from store bought whole flours. I always grind my grains and I use the grinder often, not just for bread but for pancakes, cakes, and cracked and flaked grains. Love it!
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LittleWind -- I can't bring myself to spend that much on the VitaMix either, much less the attachments. If I had gotten the bigger KitchenAid mixer when I got mine, there is an attachment. Unfortunately, the motor on mine is too small. Live and learn. I have looked online at the manual ones, but I didn't see many reviews. I don't like to buy something until I've done a little research, so I just thought I'd ask here. I've seen some pretty nice manual ones for about $70-$100. We don't eat a ton of bread here, so I wouldn't be grinding much more than 4-6 cups every week or two. I hear it's quite a workout, though! It would be worth it if I could manage homemade pita like the batch I made from the fresh flour.
EsterJane -- It's not too far. I'm in Michigan :-)
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Apparently Vita Mix has an attachment for thier blender/processor to milling grain. I wanted to get a Vitamix, but they were way too expensive for my pocketbook.(almost 700 in Canadian $ at the time -- t could be more now as that was years ago. I couldn't even afford the basic (blender) unit
I hope you find what you need. Did you google it? Maybe ebay or amazon?
Anyone have experience with manual grain mills? I discovered a semi-local mill last fall, and I bought some 4-day-old whole wheat flour. What a difference the fresh flour made in my breads! My problem is that it is a pretty long drive to the place, and I can't keep driving out there every month to buy flour. I would love to try milling my own at home, but I can't afford the huge prices on the electric mills. I could use the exercise working a manual one anyway! Just wondering if anyone can suggest a good one that's reasonably priced.
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