Grain Mill Comparison NutriMill vs. WonderMill

 

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Grain  Mill Comparison:

I love to make my own bread and using fresh ground wheat.  My first experience with making bread was when I was twelve years old and my mom gave me the assignment of making our family’s bread.  I have to admit that I hated it at first.  My mom had this old wheat grinder that would spray flour dust into the air and it was so loud!  I had to take it outside and grind the wheat.  Then I had to mix the bread by hand, which I didn’t love either.  My mom eventually bought a Bosch mixer and that was amazing!  

When I was older and started my own family I decided that I wanted to continue to make our own bread.  For my birthday my husband bought me Bosch mixer and I also received a Wondermill grain mill.  I make bread every 1-2 weeks and would freeze the loafs in the freezer to last.    My Bosch mixer handles that amount of dough with no problems and it is SO much better than mixing by hand.  Ha ha.  No surprise there.   I really loved my Wondermill as well and it lasted about 8 years.   I have since bought the Nutrimill and I have enjoyed that as well.  

Now that I have tried and tested both grain mills here’s a list of pros and cons to each:

 

WonderMill Grain Mill Pros:

It’s quiet and mess free.

It’s compacity of wheat to grind is about 8 cups, and the flour bowl capacity is 16 cups. 

I love the detachable flour bowl that comes with a lid for storage.

It’s fast.

Cons:

The machine HAS to be on before you fill it with grain.  I accidentally poured the grain into the hopper before the machine was on and broke it.  My husband took it apart and fixed it, but I didn’t love that it was so easy to break.  

 

NutriMill Classic Pros:

Large capacity at 20 cups of flour and the hopper and flour bowl match so you only have to fill it once. 

You can fill the bowl before turning it on or after.  You won’t break the machine.  Even if you stop during grinding.  

It’s quiet and mess free.

Cons:

It’s not as fast as the Wondermill.

The lid on the flour container is somewhat difficult to put on.  Although I have found adding cornstarch to the rubber rim helps tremendously.  

 

All in all my favorite has been the Nutrimill.  I love that I can’t break it by accidentally pouring in the wheat before it is turned on.  And I love the extra flour capacity of the Nutrimill. 

Here’s my whole wheat bread recipe.

 

Here’s my soaked whole wheat bread recipe.

 

How to make your own whole wheat bread

This is one of the easiest, fail-proof, delicious recipes I have ever made.  Who doesn’t love a piece of homemade bread, fresh out of the oven?
This bread is moist, soft, and fluffy.

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Whole Wheat Bread


5 cups warm water

2 1/2 Tablespoons yeast  (I use Saf-Instant), you can purchase here.

5 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup molasses (my fave found here)

1/2 cup oil,  I have used regular ole’ canola oil, or when I decided to be healthier I used coconut oil.  Melt it first by warming it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds if you are using coconut oil.

4 teaspoons salt

9-12 cups of whole wheat flour  (any flour can be used)

 

Mix warm water, yeast, and sugar together.  Let sit for 5-10 minutes.

 While the yeast is sitting, I usually grind my wheat in my wheat grinder, so it is fresh.  Plus- it is the perfect amount of time for my yeast to activate.

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This is the best wheat grinder I have used.  I highly recommend it.  It is quiet and fairly clean. You can purchase it here.

Note: you do not have to use fresh ground wheat for this recipe.

I used hard white wheat.

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After your yeast is the perfect bubbly mixture add your molasses, and oil. Mix slightly. Turn on your timer for 10 minutes.

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Turn on your mixer to the highest setting.

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Start adding your flour, one cup at a time, when you have added about 4 cups, add your salt. If you add your salt before your flour it has the potential to kill your yeast- which equals flat bread. Continue adding the rest of the flour until your dough pulls away from the bowl.

You want to add all of your ingredients within the first 4 minutes of your 10 minute mixing time.

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After all your ingredients have been added, let the mixer continue mixing on the highest setting for the rest of the 10 minutes.

It should look like this when finished.

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Grease the counter with cooking spray or oil and cut with a serrated knife into 4-5 five equal size portions. I can usually get 4-5 loaves of bread out of a batch.

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Try to keep your little one’s fingers out of the dough. My boys love to eat the dough.
That loaf may need some reshaping… don’t ya just love kids!

Let the loaves rise until double in size, usually about 30 minutes to an hour depending on how warm  your house is.

After it has risen, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is 180 degrees.

 

So that is how you make a yummy loaf of bread!  My family is addicted to it now and we hate store bought bread.

My 4 year old particularly loves it toasted, with brown sugar and butter on top.  It is a real treat!