KitchenAid Grain Mill Attachment
I looked to see what my other options were for grain mills, and I found that there were grain mill attachments that you could attach to mixers; there are also commercial grain mills, but those were expensive, and I'm not at the stage of needing a commercial mill, so I researched more into grain mill attachments.
The main warning was to be careful that you don’t tax the motor on your mixer. I was initially concerned because I didn't want to ruin my mixer, but after looking more into it, I went ahead and decided I would try it. I found the KitchenAid mixer has a grain mill attachment, and it was on sale, a significant savings over the electric grain mills, so I bought it. When I opened the box, I found that it had wide openings, so I could try all kinds of different grain with it. It was also washable, which is a big plus. I washed it, let it dry, and then tried it out. I tried it out with rice flour first. I can grind 2 cups of rice at a time, and then I have to let the mixer rest as it starts to get warm after it’s done.
There are a few coarse and fine grind settings. I set mine to fine, and it worked perfectly for rice. Next, I tried chickpeas to see if that worked. It does work, but you have to put it on a coarser setting, and it does put a bit more pressure on the motor than rice does, but it does come out as a finer flour. I tried taking the chickpea flour through again but found that it takes too long and starts to coat the motor to the point where it’s not really grinding anything. Grinding it with the grain mill and then possibly taking it through a blender would work if the texture isn't fine enough for you.
The mixer has high speed settings, but I found that it doesn’t need to go any higher than 4. Just attach the KitchenAid grain mill to the mixer, put a bowl under the grain mill, and then turn it on. You’ll know when it’s time to turn it off because the grain mill isn’t quiet; it’s quite loud while it’s grinding, but once it’s finished, it will sound a bit softer, and you can then turn it off and shake any excess flour out of the mill. Cleanup is easy. Just shake any excess rice or other grain out of the grain mill. You don’t have to wash it after every use, but you could brush it out if you wanted. It also doesn't make a mess of getting flour everywhere; it goes straight into the bowl, no problem.
I've made rice flour, chickpea flour, and bean flour. You can’t make quinoa flour or any tiny grains, as it’s just too big and the tiny grains would go straight through the grain mill. For milling quinoa and other small grains, try using a high-powered blender like a Vitamix; you can also use the Mockmill. If you have a KitchenAid mixer, you can't go wrong with the KitchenAid mixer attachment. If you're in the market for a new mixer, by all means, you can get the KitchenAid mixer too! To find out more and to buy it, you can do that here.
For help deciding which grain mill is best for your needs, check out this article by Pleasant Hill Grain here.
Grinding your own flour has many benefits, but I think the best reason is that I have gotten away from the cross-contamination that happens with store-bought flour. I have ground freshly made flour, and then I can use it as I need it. If you're looking for gluten-free grains to get started, you can find those here at Azure Standard.
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