Sunday, August 1, 2010

my early birthday present

For a few years now I have been wanting a grain mill. After a few conversations over the years, I have finally convinced the hubby that we should get one- I let him believe that it was his idea, all along.

A couple weeks ago I was checking out  and we both looked at the grain mill that was built in Poland. Now Frank's parents came from Poland and he figured that mill would be perfect for us. Apparently the Poles make good stuff. You know, none of the cheap China crap.  But the price tag is a heffty one- $1300 US.

The other day in the mail, I received my latest copy of Mother Earth News, and I seen an ad for a grain mill, at  Today, I checked out the website. Frank thought I was on  looking for a used truck. I don't know what gave him that idea.  Anyways, I showed him this grain mill. Well he liked it, and the price. But the darnest thing, I couldn't order it from the website. Well Frank suggested give them a call tomorrow. But see, I am smarter than the average bear, I went and checked out e-bay! And sure shit, there she was! Straight from the fine folks in Montana. With the exchange rate and shipping it came to $515.94 CAD. Well, Frank politely informs me that is my birthday gift, and don't expect a cake! That is ok, I wasn't going to be here anyways, I will be in Banff, and Madeline I were going to get a cake and celebrate both our birthdays together. My baby girl will be 19 on the 20th.  

A few questions to ponder before you purchase your first grain mill. First, do you want a electric, hand cranked or duel purpose? How big do you want the hopper to be? What kind of  grains, legumes, etc do you want to mill? Need to know if the mill comes with clamps or bolts. What is the mill made from? Steel, cast iron, plastic? Some augers on some models are plastic. Research, research and more research. Don't be afraid to check out what others are saying about the mills that they purchased, in the review section.

I can hardly wait to start milling!!
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  1. Nice mill. You'll like it. I have a Country Living mill (made in the US too) and love it. Do you grow your own grain?

  2. We have grown oats for the cows-green feed. Frank planted about 5 acres of wheat last year, but if it doesn't rain, nothing grows. He is hoping that he can try growing wheat again next spring. I have a neighbour that grows wheat. I get all the grain that falls on the ground during harvest for chicken feed. So, I am hoping, which I am sure he will, sell me the good stuff for grinding.

    How do you like your mill? Frank thought it didn't look very sturdy made. He also wanted one, that could be belt driven.