I recently had the chance to take the WonderMill Grain Challenge, where I was challenged to make 5 different whole grain recipes in 2 months and post about on the Grain Mill Wagon blog. This was lots of fun, and to help me complete the challenge I received this WonderMill Grain Mill.
I had never ground my own grain before, and now I love it! I am amazed at how much better the grain tastes when it is fresh ground, because I had no idea there would be such a big taste difference. My family doesnâ€™t like whole wheat flour, but I have found that if it is fresh ground they donâ€™t notice the difference, and donâ€™t complain. So I have been able to use lots more whole grains in my cooking, which is better for us.
The other great thing about the WonderMill is that you can do much more than wheat flour. Once of my favorite is to use popcorn to make cornmeal!
I have also ground spelt and oatmeal in the WonderMill, and it works very well. The grain mill works very quickly, and is a little noisy, but it works so fast that it doesnâ€™t matter.
There are three setting to control the coarseness of the grain, pastry, bread and coarse. I have mostly used the Bread setting, but I also used the Pastry Setting when I ground White Winter Wheat for Pastry Flour. I made the cornmeal on the bread setting, and noticed that is was finer than cornmeal you get in the store, which I liked, so I donâ€™t know what I would ever use the coarse setting for! If you need to eat gluten free I think a machine like this would be very helpful, since it is so expensive to get gluten free flours like oat and rice flour.
Here are links to the five recipes I posted on the Grain Mill Wagon blog, check them out!
There are lots of great recipes from other bloggers on the Grain Mill Wagon blog too, so if you are interested in making your own flour it is an excellent resource. In addition until June 30th Grain Mill Wagon is giving away 2 grain mills, so you can do a Grain Mill Challenge of your own! You can enter by commenting on their blog here.
Disclosure: I received product for the challenge, all opinions are my own.