How to Use a Wheat Grinder – Video

As we mentioned in BabyStep 5, the biggest hang-up people seem to have with starting their long-term food storage is WHEAT! And more specifically, how to actually use a wheat grinder. Well don’t worry, as promised we have made a video showing you just how simple it is to grind your own flour from wheat.

SPECIAL NOTE – After the cameras stopped rolling and it was clean up time, we found that the WonderMill was WAY cleaner. The Nutrimill blew out more flour and was a little slower in a side by side test.

Do you own one of these wheat grinders or a different one? What do you like/dislike about it? Stay tuned for our Wheat Grinder Article coming soon!

  • prepared teacher

    Ok, I am looking to buy a mill, however between you gals using the wonder mill and sister site everyday food storage recipe using the blendtec kitchen mill I am at a wall. What is the difference between the two besides the price. HELP HELP!

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      The best comparison we have found is at the following link: http://pgward.org/ep/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/wheatgrindercompare.jpg Great info on all of the most common grinders both electric and manual. We also personally tried the blendtech, nutrimill, and wondermill and decided that the extra money for either the wondermill or nutrimill was well worth it for a long term investment. The WonderMill was slightly faster, cleaner, and quieter than the NutriMill from our observations. Hope that helps!

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    The WonderMill electric mill does not crack wheat. The coarsest it grinds is like a cornmeal consistency. However, the Wonder Junior hand mill DOES crack wheat. Both mills can grind as fine as a pastry flour. The hand grinder can also grind oily nuts and seeds.

  • Kelleyfamily

    I have a whisper mill and I love it. My sister is looking for a grinder, but is really wanting one that cracks wheat. Does the Wondermill have a coarse enough setting to crack the wheat and the how fine does it go?

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      The WonderMill electric mill does not crack wheat. The coarsest it grinds is like a cornmeal consistency. However, the Wonder Junior hand mill DOES crack wheat. Both mills can grind as fine as a pastry flour. The hand grinder can also grind oily nuts and seeds.

  • Kelleyfamily

    I have a whisper mill and I love it. My sister is looking for a grinder, but is really wanting one that cracks wheat. Does the Wondermill have a coarse enough setting to crack the wheat and the how fine does it go?

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    For cream of wheat and grits you would need a manual grinder like the Wonder Junior.

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    For cream of wheat and grits you would need a manual grinder like the Wonder Junior.

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    We don't know anyone with the family grain mill so we haven't been able to test it yet. If anyone else has tried both, please feel free to share your experiences.

  • Cari

    Have you compared the wonder junior to the family grain mill for manual wheat grinding?

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      We don’t know anyone with the family grain mill so we haven’t been able to test it yet. If anyone else has tried both, please feel free to share your experiences.

  • Cari

    Have you compared the wonder junior to the family grain mill for manual wheat grinding?

  • Rebecca

    Can you grind the wheat for Cream of Wheat and grits? If so have you done this yourself. I am still torn between the WonderMill and the NutriMill. I like the WonderMill but want to grind for cereal also? Thanks

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Rebecca, I emailed our contact at the WonderMill to find out for sure. We haven’t tried it ourselves yet. There is a coarse setting but I’m not sure if it is coarse enough to be equivalent to a grits or cream of wheat texture. I’ll keep you posted!

  • Rebecca

    Can you grind the wheat for Cream of Wheat and grits? If so have you done this yourself. I am still torn between the WonderMill and the NutriMill. I like the WonderMill but want to grind for cereal also? Thanks

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Rebecca, I emailed our contact at the WonderMill to find out for sure. We haven’t tried it ourselves yet. There is a coarse setting but I’m not sure if it is coarse enough to be equivalent to a grits or cream of wheat texture. I’ll keep you posted!

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      For cream of wheat and grits you would need a manual grinder like the Wonder Junior.

  • Karen

    I also have a K-Tec and agree it is VERY loud. I set it up outside to grind and go back inside while it grinds.It is also a bit messy. It does do a good job of grinding wheat and I have had it for about 15 years with moderate use. The plastic casing around the motor is cracked but with some TLC and tape it is still working fine.

  • Karen

    I also have a K-Tec and agree it is VERY loud. I set it up outside to grind and go back inside while it grinds.It is also a bit messy. It does do a good job of grinding wheat and I have had it for about 15 years with moderate use. The plastic casing around the motor is cracked but with some TLC and tape it is still working fine.

  • Jodi

    HW,

    We think the NutriMill is fine, but it is louder and messier than the WonderMill. So we prefer WonderMill. Also, the WonderMill will grind anything the NutriMill will. I grind popcorn in mine all the time for homemade cornbread. And I use it for dried beans almost every week. You do have to turn it on before you put the grains in but I don’t have any problem with that. Thanks for your feedback.

    -Jodi

  • Jodi

    HW,

    We think the NutriMill is fine, but it is louder and messier than the WonderMill. So we prefer WonderMill. Also, the WonderMill will grind anything the NutriMill will. I grind popcorn in mine all the time for homemade cornbread. And I use it for dried beans almost every week. You do have to turn it on before you put the grains in but I don’t have any problem with that. Thanks for your feedback.

    -Jodi

  • HW

    I have a nutrimill and like it . One advantage it has over the wondermill is that the nutrimill can grind popcorn, other grains, and legumes, but the wondermill can only grind wheat. The nutrimill does not have to be turned on before you put the wheat/grains/legumes in, but the wondermill does have to be turned on before you put the wheat in.

  • HW

    I have a nutrimill and like it . One advantage it has over the wondermill is that the nutrimill can grind popcorn, other grains, and legumes, but the wondermill can only grind wheat. The nutrimill does not have to be turned on before you put the wheat/grains/legumes in, but the wondermill does have to be turned on before you put the wheat in.

  • jweiss08

    IT IS amazing. After we did the video we realized how much easier the wondermill was to clean up, and we put the same amount of grain in both the wondermill and nutrimill at the same time, and wondermill was faster. We’ll be writing a post about it later, but for sure the wondermill wins my heart!

  • jweiss08

    IT IS amazing. After we did the video we realized how much easier the wondermill was to clean up, and we put the same amount of grain in both the wondermill and nutrimill at the same time, and wondermill was faster. We’ll be writing a post about it later, but for sure the wondermill wins my heart!

  • Gina

    Hi! I have a Wondermill like you showed and I LOVE it! It’s one the greatest purchases I have ever made. I use it so often, it’s so quiet, and so fast and easy to use. I love the fact that it’s self-cleaning…that makes it all the more worth it to me! Some of the others out there are difficult to clean.

  • Gina

    Hi! I have a Wondermill like you showed and I LOVE it! It’s one the greatest purchases I have ever made. I use it so often, it’s so quiet, and so fast and easy to use. I love the fact that it’s self-cleaning…that makes it all the more worth it to me! Some of the others out there are difficult to clean.

  • http://www.mysquarefootgarden.net Emily

    I have a mill from K-tec, and if you can believe, it’s LOUDER than the ones you showed. I have to leave the room it’s so loud. What I will say is that it grinds the wheat VERY fine, much finer than any other mill I’ve seen. I’m not sure if that is always a benefit or not! Also, it does not have a separate lid for storage, which is annoying.

  • http://www.mysquarefootgarden.net Emily

    I have a mill from K-tec, and if you can believe, it’s LOUDER than the ones you showed. I have to leave the room it’s so loud. What I will say is that it grinds the wheat VERY fine, much finer than any other mill I’ve seen. I’m not sure if that is always a benefit or not! Also, it does not have a separate lid for storage, which is annoying.

  • Jodi

    Ana, thank you for commenting! I have heard from a lot of people that these attachments actually break their KitchenAid mixers. I think the stress of it over time just burns out the motor. How often do you use yours?

    I did some research on this for a wheat grinder article I’m writing. We didn’t have one to try for the video but I do talk about it as an option in my article.

  • Jodi

    Ana, thank you for commenting! I have heard from a lot of people that these attachments actually break their KitchenAid mixers. I think the stress of it over time just burns out the motor. How often do you use yours?

    I did some research on this for a wheat grinder article I’m writing. We didn’t have one to try for the video but I do talk about it as an option in my article.

  • http://watchoutformama.blogspot.com Ana

    What I have is the grain mill attachment for my KitchenAid mixer. It’s a good option for motorized milling at a low price tag, and minimal storage space. I believe it cost me about $50-60 on eBay. It seems like it may take a little longer than the electric mills you show in the video, but I find I can just fill up the hopper and leave it while I do other things. If you already have a KitchenAid it is a great option!

  • http://watchoutformama.blogspot.com Ana

    What I have is the grain mill attachment for my KitchenAid mixer. It’s a good option for motorized milling at a low price tag, and minimal storage space. I believe it cost me about $50-60 on eBay. It seems like it may take a little longer than the electric mills you show in the video, but I find I can just fill up the hopper and leave it while I do other things. If you already have a KitchenAid it is a great option!

  • http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Word-of-Wisdom-A-Code-of-Health Inthedoghouse

    I loved the video about the three wheat grinders. Whole grains are an important part of food storage, but they can sometimes be a little intimidating.

    I think that you have shown just how easy it is to use wheat on an everyday basis.

    I also love the fact that you included a manual grinder… no electricity would make that a necessary item to have included in your storage.

    Great video!

  • http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Word-of-Wisdom-A-Code-of-Health Inthedoghouse

    I loved the video about the three wheat grinders. Whole grains are an important part of food storage, but they can sometimes be a little intimidating.

    I think that you have shown just how easy it is to use wheat on an everyday basis.

    I also love the fact that you included a manual grinder… no electricity would make that a necessary item to have included in your storage.

    Great video!