One of the best things you can stock in your prepper kitchen is a grain mill. Not only are grain mills excellent for whipping up fresh bread in disaster situations, but they are also amazing for creating healthy, hearty breads and flours on a day-to-day basis. The trouble with most grains purchased from a store is that all of the beneficial nutrients in the grains are stripped (sometimes added back in, sometimes not). You can instantly improve the flavor and nutritional value of your bread and nut products when you use a grain mill.
But, which mill is right for you? There are three different versions of grain mills that offer advantages for different situations. Electric mills are great for quickly grinding flour (and can often get finer grinds than hand mills), but if the power goes out, an electric mill won’t do you any good.
Hand mills are great for small-use grinding, but if you use your grinder on a regular basis, it could take hours to get all the flour that you need.
Perhaps the best compromise for preppers are hand mills that also have motorized crank attachments. You can use the motorized crank for grinding flour quickly, but if the power goes out, you can still use your mill with the hand crank.
We’ve listed some of the best models in all versions below:
Nutrimill Grain Mill This mill is fairly small for an electric grain mill. It works quickly to grind the grain and can achieve a variety of flour fineness. Clean-up is easy, and you can produce up to 20 cups of flour at once. You can usually find this mill for less than $300.
WonderMill Grain Mill: The Wonder Mill is a classic grain mill that many preppers love. It has a quiet operation speed, can hold up to 12 cups of flour, and can grind a variety of grains. Some users complain that there is no variation between grain coarseness. You can usually find a Wonder Mill for around $250.
Wonder Junior Deluxe: The Wonder Junior Deluxe is the hand-crank version of the Wonder Mill. This mill offers the best of both worlds- as it is a basic hand mill with a motorized attachment. The hopper can hold a quart of grains, and is effective at grinding dry and wet seeds and grains. You can usually find this mill for around $300, and you can purchase an attachment that will enable you to run the mill with a drill for about $30.
Victorio VKP1012: This grain mill is probably the most affordable you can find. This mill is great for grinding wheat in an emergency, but probably will not provide enough benefit for everyday use. However, if you only plan to use the unit during emergencies, then you can’t beat the price, as it is usually less than $80.
Motorized Hand Mills
Diamant: This heavy-duty grain mill is made completely from cast iron, so it is *heavy.* However, because of that, it will provide years of use. The standard hand mill is easy to turn and it has no hopper, meaning you can grind flour into any contain you wish. However, it has a higher chance of making a mess, since the flour will float into the air. This mill has no specific motorized attachment, but you can hook it up to any motor with the included pulley to motorize the unit. The Diamant grinder retails for about $1,000.
Country Living Hand Grain Mill: This mill is a steal compared to the Diamant model. Country Living Grain Mill is crafted from aluminum and also has no included hopper. The mill retails for just over $400, and you can purchase a motor attachment for an additional $350. The Country Living Grain Mill excels at cutting a variety of grain types and grits.
Do you use a grain mill? Which brand is your favorite for everyday use or for emergencies?