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Upgrade from MockMill Kitchen-aid attachment?

david81's picture
david81

Upgrade from MockMill Kitchen-aid attachment?

Soooo....a few years ago, I was gifted a MockMill mixer attachment for our KitchenAid. We tried it out at the time, had some challenges and, honestly, put it in the cabinet and forgot about it for a few years. I recently dug it out, along with the whole berries that were given with it, and tried it out again after reading a bit more.

Turns out, we really like the fresh flour (made our best batch of yeasted waffles with it). There is still a lot to learn but I'm wondering if I'll see a significant difference by upgrading to a stand-alone mill in:

a) Flour quality/texture (currently doing at least one sift/regrind cycle)
b) Speed
c) Noise 

Most likely, an upgrade would be to something like the MockMill 100 or Komo Mio. Based on the spec sheets, I don't think a larger machine would provide much benefit to us.

Has anyone out there worked with both the MockMill attachment and a standalone mill that could offer some guidance here?

justkeepswimming's picture
justkeepswimming

I have only worked with the stand alone Mockmill, so this may or may not be helpful?

Some of it may come down to counter space and storage. I leave my Mockmill on the counter, and it is easily accessable. Which means I use it more often - no futzing putting the attachment on, then taking it off to use the mixer. I use our mill about 3-4 days a week. I like being able to use really freshly milled grains. (Tip, milling your own rice flour for dusting banettons does double duty to clean the stones. 😉 Which isn't necessary for the mill very often, just a side benefit.)

We actually don't have a mixer any longer, sadly. I gave it to a niece several years ago (pre -breadmaking) because I rarely used it. (She was ecstatic.) That said, I don't think I would have things any differently than we have them now. I doubt I would have made room to keep the mixer on the counter, with or without the Mockmill attachment.

Hopefully something above sparks ideas for your needs. 

david81's picture
david81

Thanks for your thoughts. The convenience factor is definitely up there for me. While it's not THAT cumbersome to use the mixer attachment mill, it's certainly not as easy as "dump in grain, turn on mill". 

isand66's picture
isand66

I actually was given the Mockmill mixer attachment to test it and afterwards I moved up to the Mockmill 200 and never looked back.  I highly recommend the 100 or 200 and I’m sure you will love it.

david81's picture
david81

Thanks for the comments, folks. I'm pretty much sold on a stand-alone mill at this point and it's down to the Mockmill 100 and the Komo Mio. The Mio certainly wins out in the looks department and since it will live on the counter, that's a consideration.

If the milling performance is similar between the two, I think the Mio would be my choice but I haven't been able to find any source of a good comparison between the two. The closest I've found is a comparison between the Komo Fidibus 21 and the Mockmill 200 (https://thebakingnetwork.com/reviewing-new-mockmill-200-home-mill/). The end result there seems to put the MockMill clearly in the lead of actual milling performance. If that same thing applies to the MockMill 100 vs the Mio, I'll sacrifice the aesthetics for performance. 

justkeepswimming's picture
justkeepswimming

Both are really good mills. When I was looking last year, my preferences came down to these same 2 mills. Like you,  I was also leaning towards the Mio because of eye appeal, but the Mockmill did seem to have a slightly better review. It came down availability. I was able to actually get the Mockmill in a reasonable time frame. The Mio was back ordered everywhere I looked, and no one was willing to venture even a guess on when they would be able to get one in. "Months" was a common guesstimate, and that was iffy. Perhaps that's not an issue now, since at least some of the covid shipping issues have improved. 

Happy shopping! 

david81's picture
david81

As far as I can tell, both are readily available right now, so I don't have that to fall back on to help in my decision. That certainly would make it easier..

dmsnyder's picture
dmsnyder

I started with the KitchenAid grain mill. I found it noisy, slow and it didn't grind as fine as I wanted. I then bought the MockMill KitchenAid attachment. This was a tremendous improvement in all respects. When the MockMill 100 and 200 came out, I bought the 100. It has a higher capacity and mills faster, but not finer, to my perception. The 200 is just bigger and faster.  For me, the 100 is totally satisfactory. I will probably gift the MockMill KA attachment to a brother-in-law who is also a home baker, if he wants it.

Now, I keep my KA mixer on a counter but usually move it for use. The Mockmill sits on the floor of my walk-in pantry and is brought out for use. Since I bake on average once a week, I don't find the appliance moving a hardship.

My advice: If you don't bake often with large quantities of home-milled flour, your KA attachment is probably all you need. If you really want a bigger, faster mill, the MockMill 100 and 200 are great machines. BTW, note that the 200 is also larger, so consider your available work space in deciding.

David