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Milling grain in Germany

tmgoodsell's picture

Milling grain in Germany

I am new to this forum and have so many questions!  But I'll only ask these for now.  We are a military family relocating to Germany in a couple months.  I currently have a nutrimill and mill my own flour.  I use it both to mill wheat and spelt but also gluten-free grains since my son is GF.  Unfortunately, my nutrimill is a 60 hz machine and probably won't work over there.  Can anyone recommend a mill that will work there and where I can get it?  I don't think I could afford to feed us without milling my own GF flours.  They are just too expensive, even at the Commissary.  Would it be best to sell mine here and procure one there?  It would be nice if there were a 50/60 hz machine that I could use in both places with a transformer.  Any advice on bread baking over there in general would be appreciated.  I'm not even sure where I could buy bulk grains and nuts in Europe and if my bread baking habit is even feasible over there.  Thanks for any advice!

martin's picture

It is very common for German families to make their own bread and they love to use fresh grains. These are milled in mills like Komo Mill, Schnitzer and so on. If you want to buy a mill your are going to the right place.

Oliveandoaks's picture

I would speak to your sponsor to find out if you will be in on post housing or off post. Sometimes on post housing has the US current (110V), sometimes not. Check with your sponsor as to details.

If you are going to be off post, the best thing is sell all your appliances in the US and then buy new or gently used in Germany. If you rent, a lot of apartments have laundry rooms where you can pay for your laundry with tokens (large apartment buildings). In smaller apartment buildings you often have a laundry room, but each party has their own appliances inside it and only uses those, so you will need to buy. In regards to washing machines, in Germany you will not find top-loaders, they are all front loaders, just for your information.

In regards to your small appliances (anything from DVD player to Hairdryer), buying in Germany will be best. Laptop computers usually can use current from 110 to 240V, just look at your network adapter.

There are usually a lot of family's PCS'ing back to the US and want to get rid of their 220V appliances, so you often can pick up used items from people who are leaving.

Here is a site where you can buy mills online:

Where in Germany will you be moving to? Let me know and I can give you more tips, since I am from there originally. You will find a lot of organic and GF free items in specialist shops. Look unter "Reformhaus" in your yellow pages, they usually have everything for people with dietary restrictions. A lot of the larger supermarkets also have specialist sections and you may be able to find a lot of things. Your commissary may not cater for it, but you should without a problem find things in the German shops.