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Looking for Oat/Grain Flaker

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mungie

Looking for Oat/Grain Flaker

I am looking to purchase an oat/grain flaker (preferably electric). I have an ankarsrum mixer and would be interested in buying the flaker attachment, but would also be interested in purchasing a standalone flaker, especially if it had adjustable settings. 

I would also appreciate any recommendations/experiences with respect to flakers (including the ankarsrum attachment/family grain mill flaker and the KoMo flocman).

Thank you!

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Mini Oven

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mungie

Thank you, Mini. I really enjoy reading your responses to everyone's questions!

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Toad.de.b

I bought a Komo Flic Floc from Pleasant Hill just a month or so ago.  It's not electric, but it's a very cleverly engineered, simple machine that efficiently flakes anything.  So far for us: Oats, Farro, Durum and, yes, even Brown Rice.  All including oats really need to be briefly soaked (more like wetted) and dried before flaking.  Komo and Pleasant Hill say oats don't need it but I find the batch I have shatters and produces too much oat flour and grit if not wetted and dried -- only to the point of not sticking to one another when they flow through the device.  Being a hand-crank device, it's definitely low through-put, but you can (quietly!) make 150-200 gr of rolled anything in 5-10 min with miminal effort. 

I bought it to explore novel and fresh flaked grains for porridge additions to our weekly bread (durum porridge is a winner).  But the rice is surprisingly nice: If you don't wet and dry brown rice before flaking it, it shatters so that it cooks up (in 20 min like white rice, not an hour like brown rice!) like an ever so slightly stiff polenta.  It's superb when flavored with saffron or porcini.

Good luck and happy flaking,

Tom

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mungie

Thanks for your input.