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Kitchen Aid Grain Mill

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Loafer

Kitchen Aid Grain Mill

I might have a chance to pick up a KitchenAid grain mill attachment inexpensively.  Do all grain mill attachments work with all models of mixers?  Are they any good?  Some day I'll get a Family Living Mill, but not any time soon, I've got a 4 month old daughter....

 

-Loafer 

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vickistg

It's my understanding that the mill will work with all models, but you should check with the KA site to be sure.

My friend that taught classes on home milling would not recommend their mill. She said it could burn out the motor on your mixer if you weren't careful. You have to mill in small batches and let the machine cool down often. It's worth it if that's all you can do right now, but I'd get another mill as soon as possible. Keep your eyes open. Sometimes people give up milling and want to get rid of theirs. I was given mine. Get the word out that your looking and see what happens.

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subfuscpersona

I've used one for about 20 years and I agree with everything vickistg said. It is fine if you only want to mill small amounts but do be careful about the heat buildup in the motor. The grain mill puts a lot of stress on the motor. Just stop it and let the motor cool and resume milling. *Never* leave the room when you're milling grain because if the grain runs out, you'll burn out your mixer motor for sure if the mill is rotating with no grain going through.

This mill produces a rather coarse flour though it is very useful for cracking grain. You won't be able to mill a fine whole wheat pastry flour, for example, so don't expect to use it for cookies or pastry dough.

While different grains have different degrees of hardness, if you want to mill hard wheat grain for bread, I would recommend "double milling". Put the grain through at stop 3 or 4 first and then put the resulting coarse "flour" through again at stop 1 (the finest). This will give you a whole wheat flour with a texture very close to King Arthur's "Traditional Whole Wheat" flour. Takes more time but a lot gentler on the motor.

Make sure you disassemble and clean the unit thoroughly when you're done. Never use water or even a damp cloth on it. Use a small brush; they used to include one but if they don't now, an old toothbrush is fine.

If you're getting it at half price (they usually go for $100-110) or less, go for it. At the very least, it will introduce you to the pleasures of using fresh whole grain flours. The flavor can't be beat.