March 31, 2018 - 10:07am
Vintage Mill & Mix... grain mill and mixer combo
My vintage 1970's Mill & Mix. I just mixed up a 8lb batch of 50% wheat bread (white wheat). It had no problem mixing the dough and I don't believe I've even began to test the limits of the mixer, I think the bowl could easily handle a 16lb batch of dough. After 10 minutes of mixing the dough began to clear the sides of the bowl and passed the window pane test. I love vintage kitchen equipment and at over 45 years old it still runs great.
What a neat tool! That dough looks good! Great windowpane!
So it handles a large amount easily but will it handle a smaller amount-300g-800g? Also, just out of curiosity, does the bottom of the mixing pan have any bumps or protrusions in it or is it smooth?
I have not tried a small amount such as 800 grams in the Mill and Mix yet. I have done a 2 loaf batch at around 1800 grams with no issues. I generally use my Kitchenaid for a single loaf amount of dough. The center portion of the Mill and Mix bowl has a very slight circular rise to it. I am also posting a pic of the difference in bowl sizes of the 3 different mixers I own. The largest being the Mill and Mix, middle one is the Ankarsrum and the smallest is Kitchenaid. I will try a small, say around 800 gram loaf next time and see how the Mix and Mix performs.
Thanks to my husband browsing the "Free" section on our local Craig's list this afternoon, 2-1/2 hours afer the ad posted we came home with a free Mill and Mix. It's in great shape; no mixer, but not needed as I'm still breaking in the Ankarsrum. A lovely lady in her 70's no longer bakes, was downsizing, and we were the first to call. I enjoyed discussing the mill and bread-baking with her. She bought it new when living in Utah, where it was made.
We stopped by Whole Foods on the way home and bought wheat berries, oat and buckwheat groats to get started. I'll get some bulk grains when we RV to Utah in May or June. No the prettiest or most compact of the electric stone grinders, but a free mill is a great way to try grinding my own flour.
Tips from owners of this mill will be appreciated.
You certainly cant beat free. So far I have only ground hard winter wheat in mine. I usually am looking for a very fine flour. I turn on my mill and adjust the grinding stones until they just begin to make contact, it will make a very slight clicking sound and then I back them off a bit and add the wheat berries. Mine produces a very fine flour, that I love to bake with. Like you said not the most compact mill in the world but it sure gets the job done. I love mine, but have a real love for all things vintage from houses, cars to cool kitchen gadgets.
Rick, as you know the instructions are minimal. Any advice on truly deep-cleaning the milling portion? There's flour residue of interdeterminate age in places I can't get to. We've brushed, wiped, and blow-dried as much as possible. I'd love to blast water through but know I can't. Will runnng rice or corn through take care of it? I'm guessing by the seller's age and talking to her son that it hadn't been used for several years. Otherwise in great shape. The bowl you show makes my Ankarsrum bowl look small; wish I had one that size.
Do you ever need to sieve, or do you just run through on coarse and then fine depending on the desired fineness? I'd like to sift out bran to feed starter, and afer reading here am trying to figure out if (and what size(s) sieves to get. Need to acquire some addtional grain and get going. I love that yours is sill going strong. We too love vintage tools - things were made of quality and built to last years ago. Thanks! Karen
of me I can't understand why a mill and mix combo isn't made today? This is seriously a cool piece of baking history. Nice!
If anyone is interested, I found one of these neat machines posted for sale on Craigslist in SoSF (no, not my posting.) Ricman, looks like they found your pic on the internet and used it for their posting? Anyway, thought I'd throw this in here in case anyone wants to take a look.....certainly not as good a deal as free! :)
My dad bought my mom one of these beauties in the '70s! A few years back I wanted to acquire it from her only to find out my sister-in-law 'borrowed' it then gave it away. I've been looking for a good one and found one this weekend with everything intact and even a booklet! I need to clean it up and try out some of my mom's old recipes. I will certainly share them! Any advice on the best way to clean this unit? It's in great condition but certainly dusty after being stored.
I have moved back to Utah and wondering where's the best place to find the freshest wheat? Back in the day, I know where my mom picked it up but now so much has changed. I can't wait to channel my mom through break making again. :-D
Thank you for this website, I'm loving all the content!
"have moved back to Utah and wondering where's the best place to find the freshest wheat?"
www.CentralMilling.com/store gets great reviews on this web site.
If you know of anyone who'd like to purchase it, let me know. :)
Hi.. I’m interested if I can afford it! I’m new at sourdough baking :)
Hi.. I’m interested if I can afford it! I’m new at sourdough baking :)
Hi Rick I realize this post is older but I have the opportunity to purchase one of these...do you still recommend this mill/mixer...I to love old baking equipment...thanks
Kernman, I have one of these as well, though it doesn't get much use since I have my Komo mill, and an Ankarsrum mixer.....
It does work just fine, however, for both milling and mixing dough. Is the one you're looking at complete with the mixer setup? Many of these get sold just as mills, and don't have the drive mechanism, attachment, bowl, and dough hook. What does the price look like on it? I got mine (complete mill/mixer) back in 2019 for $75 (if memory serves.)
Where are you located?
It looks complete to me including the mixer drive...they are asking $250.00..I would offer much less than that...I am in Great Falls Montana..thanks for replying
it might be into ultra-violence.
Anyone happen to have a Mill & Mix bowl for sale? We have the dough hook and crank attachment but missing the bowl and instruction manual. Thank you!
I can scan and get this to you as a pdf this week. I'll need my husband to help me. He does this almost weekly.
Until then, you might enjoy these links to the patent. Combination grain mill and dough mixer (freepatentsonline.com)
Combination grain mill and dough mixer - Mill & Mix Company, Inc. (freepatentsonline.com)
Vollrath 78204 Stainless Steel Round 11 Quart Vegetable Inset (restaurantsupply.com)
Chiefasl Did you see my comment for the name/number of the mixing bowl and link where to purchase it?
A few years ago we bought a used Mill & Mix flour milling machine that was built in the 1970s in Brigham City, Utah. It has worked great until a few months ago when the flow of grain from the hopper became slower and slower. We cleaned the stones and ran some rice through the machine but the grain still doesn’t feed well from the hopper into the entry hole to the stones. Has anyone else experienced this? If so remedy/solution is appreciated.
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If you look above at my comments you will find the link to the patent pdf with full text and full illustrations that might help you diagnose the problem to fix it.
Thanks for the suggestion Ann. I had already looked at the drawings and didn't immediately see a solution but will take a closer look. Cheers.
Hi Rick I used to have the Mill n Mix years ago, my Dad worked for the company. Loved it. Sadly I moved to Arizona and sold it. But I am looking for the bread recipe. Amy chance you would send it to me? Makes a great loaf. Thank you.
Whole Wheat Bread (4 loaves)
Set aside to rise 2 T yeast sprinkled on 1/2 cup warm water and 1 tsp sugar.
Combine in mixer:
2/3 cup honey or brown or raw sugar
2/3 cup oil
2 T salt
5 cups warm water
Add 7 cups flour while mixer is going. Mix thoroughly.
Add yeast mixture.
Add 3 cups flour and mix for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle 3 to 4 cups flour into mixer while mixing 5 more minutes.
(Add enough flour so you can touch dough without sticking to it. Don't get it too stiff. It will not completely clean sides of the bowl.)
Mold into pans size 8-1/2" x 4-1/2" x 2-1/2". Let raise for 25 to 30 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.