NutriMill Plus – Unboxing and First Look

Our NutriMill Plus finally arrived! Let’s take a look at this mill and why we decided to buy it.

I have been wanting to mill my own grain for years. I haven’t gotten one for a few reasons. The first being the cost. A grain mill isn’t cheap. A basic, decent electric one is going to run you $200-$300 easy. Prettier and fancier models will cost $500 and upwards. Second, I wasn’t in any hurry to purchase an item I wasn’t sure I’d use.

This spring with a global pandemic and flour hard to come by, it made sense for us to finally take the plunge and buy our own grain mill.

Why Buy a Grain Mill?

  • Nutrition- It is commonly touted in the natural food world that fresh milled flour maintains more nutrients than older flour. I went to do some hard research on this and it turns out it can be a somewhat argumentative topic, with little scientifically backed research available. Still, it is a big selling point for some folks.
  • Preservatives- Freshly milled flour at home doesn’t need any sort of preservatives or additions as you are making it as you use it.
  • Shelf Life of Grains- Properly stored, whole wheat berries can maintain their nutrition and shelf life for 10+ years. Flour is best used within six months once opened for maximum freshness. We go through flour much more quickly than 6 months, but I still like the fat that I can bulk buy wheat and not worry about flour at all.
  • Controlling a Piece of your Food Chain- When a global pandemic hits and there is no flour on the shelves, you can sit pretty knowing you have plenty of wheat berries at the ready for your flour needs.
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Why we Chose the NutriMill Plus

There are a TON of grain mill options out there. NutriMill? Wondermill? KoMo? Mockmill? Hand crank mill? It can be a little intimidating. Here is what sold me on the NutriMill Plus

  • Reviews- This mill has mostly 4-5 star reviews everywhere I’ve looked.
  • Price- We purchased this when it was on sale so it cost around $279 from Pleasant Hill Grain.
  • Size- This model is like a Russian stacking doll. When you aren’t using it, all the pieces nest inside each other for a compact design.
  • Capacity- The hopper can hold 16 cups of grain which should amount to about 24 cups of flour. This would mean one milling would cover my flour needs for a the week.
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First Impressions

As expected, this mill very neatly tucks into itself to make a sleek look. I wouldn’t mind if I had to keep this somewhere it could be seen. We have a place for it in our pantry cupboard where it easily fits.

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The plastic seems well made, sturdy, and flexible.

Set up takes just a minute and really there isn’t much to “set up”. When taking it out of storage mode, you have to rotate the top of the mill and pull the hopper up. The flour cannister needs to have the lid snapped on, then that gets attached to the mill itself. Plug her in, and you are ready to fly!

When my mill first arrivedand we plugged it in, even though it was set to “off” it still roared on. We couldn’t move the nob. I checked the instructions and didn’t see anything about this, so I gave the nob a good crank and that seemed to get it up and running.

It is definitely LOUD. I’ve never used a home grain mill before so I can’t say whether it is louder than others or about average. I went to test it while my daughter was napping and definitely had to turn it off.

Final Review?

Since we are brand new to grain milling and grain mills, I can’t give a final word on this yet. I’ll check back in a few months from now with an update on how it works and how we like it.

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More Resources

Looking for a great bread recipe? Check out my simple and scrumptious recipe for oat bread!

Interested in more information on food storage and shelf lives? A great source is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ page on Long Term Food Storage. Regardless of your faith, these folks really take food storage and food security seriously and can be a great starting place.

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