NutriMill: An appliance to help make real food!

A few years ago, I wrote a post about grinding wheat (in my first ever blog video – please ignore the less than ideal set up). If you’ve never milled your own wheat or even heard of it, I promise it’s not as crazy as it sounds! It’s actually fairly simple (kind of like grinding your own coffee), and it also has so many benefits including, in my opinion, flour with a much better taste.

One thing that I can honestly say about my last mill is that while I loved the functionality of it, it was a rather large, futuristic-looking appliance that I definitely put away after every use. So when NutriMill told me about their newest bamboo Harvest Grain Mill, I was super excited to try it out! Just check out how pretty it is…even pretty enough to leave on your counter, which would also serve as a good reminder to use it. :) And I think it’s even easier to use than my old one since there are fewer parts. Plus I also really like the smaller size and the look and feel of the eco-friendly bamboo. What a wonderful makeover!

For those of you who are not familiar with grinding your own wheat, I hope this post, which is sponsored by NutriMill, can help explain the benefits.

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The reason I first wanted a mill was because, after exclusively eating white bread for many years, I learned that freshly ground wheat tastes much fresher and lighter than store bought flour/products. I used to avoid whole-wheat foods because I didn’t like the taste – but not if I use my wheat grinder! Plus there are extra nutritional benefits to grinding it fresh as well.

Benefits of Using a Grain Mill

  • You save money. Grind as much (or as little) as you want, without waste. Commercial flours and mixes expire, but whole grains (before you grind them) don’t.
  • Know what’s in your flour. Nothing bad is added, and nothing good is removed. You can be sure it’s the entire grain and nothing else!
  • Use it for bean flours (see ideas below).
  • Those who are gluten free can use it for various types of flour, including corn.

Harvest Grain Mill Features

  • Texture control: grind anything from coarsely cracked grains (for cereals) to ultra-fine flour.
  • It’s pretty! There are 6 color choices with a small footprint, making it perfectly acceptable to keep on the counter.
  • It’s designed and assembled in the USA. Hard to go wrong there!
  • 5-year warranty. In fact, truth be told, I had a minor warranty issue with my NutriMill Classic recently. I sent it back and in just a couple of weeks it was returned to me fixed, no questions asked. So there is good peace of mind for such an investment!

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Ways to Use a Mill

  • Prepare homemade baby food – quinoa, barley, millet, rice, and oats for cereals or dried peas/lentils.
  • Grind oat groats or buckwheat right into your cereal bowl for raw muesli.
  • Make healthy instant protein powder – quinoa, oat, or buckwheat flour. You probably know I’m not a fan of processed protein powders, so this is a great real-food alternative.
  • Grind 100% whole-grain cornmeal from dried corn for masa, tortillas, and corn bread (this mill does NOT mill popcorn).
  • Easily add bean and lentil flours to baked goods such as cookies, brownies, breakfast bars, or power muffins.
  • Use chickpea flour for a creamy hummus (no gritty texture!), black or pinto bean flour for quick soups, bean dips, and refried beans.
  • Make fresh pasta from alternative grains such as buckwheat or quinoa.
  • Put cracked grains in pilafs and stuffings or use as meat extenders/replacers for burgers and meatballs.
  • Grind white bean flour as a gluten-free thickener for soups or sauces.
  • Add cracked grains to bread for more texture.
  • Experiment with a variety of whole grain flours to replace white flour for ALL breads and baked goods.

We all know that there are SO many appliances out there and only so much space to store all these things, but I can honestly say that the NutriMill makes my short list of products to help make real food. It’s not difficult to get started, and as I mentioned – above all – it by far gives you the best tasting whole-grain products. Anyone else with me when it comes to grinding your own grains? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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27 thoughts on “NutriMill: An appliance to help make real food!”

  1. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and have been reaping the benefits of freshly milled grains and beans for quite some years now! I only use freshly milled flour to feed my family and to recommend to my clients. What a nutritional powerhouse of nutrients and a superb flavor! I have quite a few recipes on my food blog that use freshly milled flour — hamburger buns, pitas, and more! I sell grains and freshly milled flour to individuals (I package in tri-ply packaging to preserve freshness!) through my website http://www.ingrainedliving.com. I live in the Nashville, TN area and enjoy teaching real-food cooking classes and bread making classes. I love this new countertop mill! Thanks, Lisa, for some great inspiration and for championing real food!!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Jess. You can find wheat berries and other whole grains at health food stores or you can find a large selection online.

    2. You might want to look into a local co-op to be a part of that would help reduce shipping cost on large quantities of grain. If you live in the SE part of the US, there is http://www.breadbeckers.com. I have found that purchasing wheat berries in the health stores is SO much more expensive!

  2. I have been grinding hard red and white wheat but have yet to make a successful loaf of bread using my bread machine or baking in the oven. Can you share a recipe for whole wheat bread using the wheat you have ground? Thanks so much.

    1. Since long my wife is pushing me to find some ways to grind our own organic wheat. I think I am on the right site. I hope someone will help and guide me for this.
      Thanks.
      Francis Gill

  3. I have ground my own flour for several years now and it’s wonderful!
    I have to say though, that this is the kind of mill to have!! I have the German version because the harvest mill wasn’t available yet, but they are really similar and it is so much nicer to use than my old impact miller! Totally worth the initial cost!!!
    I love being able to quickly grind a bit of flour for all our needs. We do sourdough bread, pancakes, waffles,muffins, biscuits, you name it :)
    I haven’t grind any beans yet and I’d love to hear about making hummus from fresh chickpea flour!!!!

  4. This is going on my Christmas list!

    I also agree about seeing more recipes with milled ingredients. I’ve milled wheat for a couple years now, but I would like to take my recipes to another nutritional level.

  5. This is cool. If I didn’t already have a Vitamix with a dry container to make my own flours, I would consider this. It’s functional and attractive too.

  6. We have a Nutrimill as well, just not this fancy version :) We love grinding our own flours. My husband and children eat whole wheat bread, and I eat Gluten Free breads that I make. We actually save a lot of money by baking our own breads. Sandwich bread, english muffins, bagels, italian or french breads, muffins, pie crusts, etc. It is important however to store any extra flour you grind (especially wheat) in a freezer Zip Loc bag and store it that way, up to 30 days. When wheat is ground, the oils in it cause the wheat to go rancid after about two days. I know people who will fill their counter flour canister full of fresh ground whole wheat flour, just like you would if you were to purchase a bag of whole wheat flour, but if it is freshly ground, you want to freeze it. Store bought whole wheat flour has had oils and minerals removed and put back in after processing, except not all of it was put back in, which allows store bought to sit out on the counter longer than fresh ground.

    1. I have been milling wheat and other grains for years and loving it! The health benefits to freshly ground flour are amazing and it’s surprising how little it is talked about in the nutrition world. For a while I focused on making muffins, pancakes, and drop biscuits, as well as cooked cereals (which are so great for babies). This was such an easy way to start with the milled grains. Then I ventured into bread making, which turned out to be a lot less complicated than I thought! My family LOVES everything that we make.
      I encourage everyone to try milling…it’s not as old fashioned as it seems!

  7. I have a nutrimill and I have been grinding my own wheat and using only whole wheat flour for about 6 years now. I am intrigued by some of the other uses for the mill that you mention such as protein powder, chickpea flour and grinding oat groats. (I have a oat flaker that flakes oat groats. ) Thanks for some great ideas.

  8. Had to laugh. Your blog is great, has lovely ideas for cutting out processed foods, but the ads that came up as I read it today (one annoyingly covering part of the article) were for Healthy Choice frozen meals and McDonald’s.

  9. Funny you should post this. Was talking to a friend of mine who grinds her own flour just this weekend. Was looking at getting a grinder but will have to save up. I like the look of the new nutrimill but I will probably buy the older model as it is $130 less. Does anyone use the Bosch mixer that makes 6 loaves of bread at a time, if yes, do you love it?

    1. Happy with my Bosch, dough hook does the job! Shreds meats almost instantly w/whips. However, if I started over again I would still buy the Zo which kneads over 2 lbs of dough & less hands on.

  10. Breadbeckers.com is a great website to learn about grinding. Very reputable company north of Atlanta. They have a co-op, including Charlotte where I live. They have classes that you can view and product demos and a “getting started” short video in the demos section. I learned just about all i know about making freshly milled whole wheat bread from them. They sell all kinds of grains and beans, including organic. They sell the Wondermill and Nutrimill brands, and a few others but they prefer the Wondermill.
    They have a recipe book with great bread, muffins, pancakes, etc recipes and some are on their website. I can’t say enough good about them. Check them out

    Country Beans by Rita Bingham would be worth reviewing for bean flour recipes.

  11. I have a vitamix, but have not ground my own flour etc. yet. Would you recommend getting one of these mills as well as a vitamix?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. I use my vitamix to grind flours all the time but I do have the dry container. I’ve never felt I need another appliance.

  12. I just bought a mill a month ago and have had a lot of frustration with it. The flour tastes amazing, but my pancakes are lumpy and a weird consistency, my cakes don’t rise. The flour sucks up all the liquid it gets and then turns my batter into a lumpy mush. Please help!

  13. I’ve been looking for a grain mill for a few months now, researching various types and features. But this is the first one I think I would be happy with on my worktop — it’s really nice looking as well as having great functionality. I only wish I could use your affiliate link from the UK, but thank you for giving us this choice — cheers!

  14. I’ve been grinding my wheat for over 30 years. But I would like to see you put out recipes using bean flour and the other grains you mentioned. I have used quinoa , millet, oat groats, etc, but not bean flour. Any suggestions?

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