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Oct 21, 2011 05:10 PM

anyone know where I can find a home flour mill?

Hello Chowies,
My mom, being a die-hard hippie, is desperate to mill her own flour at home. Currently she purchases wheat and then takes it to a miller to have it ground before baking her bread (this is the honest truth), -but-that's just not good enough-now she wants to actually mill it herself.
Can anyone tell me if they know where I can find a home flour mill in the Vancouver area?

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  1. Anita's Organic Grain & Flour Mill in Chilliwack sells the wondermill brand which evidently makes some of the best home grain mills available. You might also find an older hand-cranked mill at an antique shop like attic treasures on commercial drive (or put a request in for one).

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    1. re: Le Beep

      thank you, Le Beep-I will look into this. I have also heard that the vita mix or blendtec can make flour, but need to look into this further.

      1. re: willow72

        I was going to mention the vita mix, but only to note that I've heard they produce fairly high temperatures when grinding (you can also use them to heat soup). I'm no expert, but It would seem that the benefits of grinding one's own flour would be somewhat negated by exposing it to unnecessary heat...

        1. re: Le Beep

          Regarding the vitamix, there are two containers available. The original is a wet mixer but more recently, there is a dry mixer available for just the purpose of grinding grains. Vitamix had a demo of this about a year ago at Costco. I got taking up with it and purchased it thinking I would be making all these delicious breads. I'm more of a cook that a baker though and sadly, it has yet to be used. I have high hopes for it though when I get motivated enough.

    2. I have a coworker who mills their own flour every day - he has 8 kids. He has a Whisper mill. Do a Google search for grain mill , there are lots of companies out there. I would not go hand crank, as it takes tons of cranking to get the flour you need-although it would help burn the calories you get from the bread-sort of a closed loop system that way =D

      He buys his wheat berries in bulk, and says that they will last a looooong time before milling.

      The difference I have seen in mills is mainly how they do the milling. Some have stone wheels, while others use various metal units.

      Not to sound demeaning , but check with you local LDS (Mormon) stake center. The MoMoes are big on this type of activity, as well as canning (tin cans), and food storage. They even have canning parties where I live. Don't get me wrong, I have some great friends who are LDS, and also work with quite a few..

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      1. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR

        Check out 'Dolce' bakery in Cowichan Bay. You can watch the wheat varieties being milled. They ought to know where you can find a flour mill. Hope your parents are planning to spend a LARGE portion of their day playing with the mill. I used to raise chickens. Now I'm more than happy to go to my local farmer and buy genuine free range eggs. Same with fresh milled flour/s.

        1. re: Puffin3

          the process is probably part of the enjoyment as well as the lifestyle.

          Raising chickens and collecting eggs for a job/income is different although I definitely understand where you're going with this.

      2. my geriatric hippie parents have a bosch mixer that has attachment for grinding things in to flour --- google Nutrimill or start at boschmixersDOTcom

        i am not sure current availability in canada but they got their expensive bosch in canada long ago and it is still a workhorse (bread, cakes, etc)

        out of curiosity,
        i just test googled and came up with a place on Vanc Island -- Healthy Kitchens - wwwDOThealthykitchensDOTcom ---- i have not shopped there, don't know them, so one would have to do some checking before buying but there is certainly lots of comparitive subjective info on the site re grain mills.

        1. Carole Stiles at healthykitchens sells great products, stands behind them. She was the first Bosch distributor in BC some 25 years ago!

          if you go with one of her products opt for the Nutrimill -- capable of milling the oilier grains plus legumes (not just wheat)