I recently have had a chance to use a County Living Grain Mill manufactured in Stanwood, Washington. When I first unpacked it from the box, I was impressed just by the workmanship. The finish and attention to detail was much better than you normally see in products manufactured today.
The mill came with a sample of wheat that has been ground in the mill. It was a fine grind and looked good. While looking at their website I noticed the following statement.
“Note: Before shipping, we test grind some wheat with each mill to ensure that it is functioning properly. If you are gluten intolerant please note that in the requests and concerns portion of the order form so that we can test your mill with an alternate grain such as rice.”
Having friends who are gluten intolerant, I know the problems they run into. I think it shows real concern on the part of the company that they take this extra step to help people.
The Country Living Grain Mill is light, being constructed of aircraft grade aluminum. The mill is powder coated which is baked into an extremely hard protective coating. You will never have to worry about your grain coming into contact with the aluminum.
Being a burr grinder (carbon steel grinding plates) with ball bearings instead of bushing it is an easy grinder to turn and grinds fast. I have not been able to find any hand wheat grinders that will grind wheat as fast as the Country Living Grain Mill.
It has the following features
- A large-Groove wheel that allows easy and quick conversion to electric motor, exercise bike or whatever.
- It has a large hopper that holds 2 lbs. of wheat.
- Easy Dial – a Self Locking Adjustment knob that allows you to make easy adjustment from fine flour to cracked grains.
- A cast iron flywheel that allows smooth and easy turning while grinding grains.
- An extra-long seven-inch wooden handle
- A hand cast solid aluminum body.
- Precision made high-carbon steel grinding plates
- Manufacturers Lifetime limited warranty
- The Country living grain mill will grind all dry grains and legumes such as amaranth, peas, beans, rye, spelt, oats, rice, wheat, and corn. Any grain larger than wheat will need the corn & bean auger
Just after receiving the mill, I had a chance to participate in a Preparedness Fair. I took the mill and set it up and gave people an opportunity to try it. The comments were universally good.
It was tried by all kinds of people from large men to small children; everyone was able to operate it. The long wooden handle was very popular, it permitted a two handed grip.
Many to the attendees were familiar with other grain mills, the consensus was that this is the best one they had found.
The mill is a little expensive at a list price of $409.00, but once you see and try it you will decide it is worth every penny.
I recommend it