I have never been hugely into bread, but I get near-religious in my love for porridge. A coarse grind and long simmer sounds so much less arduous than the fine milling and intricate baking process - though I know that for many, that process is their art, which I admire. I guess I just prefer my carbs hot and mushy? Especially when butter gets involved! Perhaps I'm wrong to post this in the bread forum, but there's something to be said for boiling grains as well as baking them. Also, I'd love that mill!
Is there a guide for how coarse/fine to grind a particular grain for a recipe? (I'm a grain mill neophyte, can you tell?)
Is there a maintenance schedule for the motor? Are replacement parts readily available? Is there a manually-operated version of this mill?
Excellent questions, Sara! With this mill, I like to grind my grain pretty fine for bread. There is a spectrum of dots on the front of this mill and you simply turn the hopper from the "finest" dot to the "coarsest" dot or anywhere in between to get your desired texture. For breads and pancakes, I usually grind it on the finest setting or close to it. If I'm grinding oats to put on top of my loaf of bread to make it look pretty, I'll grind on a coarser setting.
There is no maintenance schedule for the motor. One thing I love about this mill is how easy it is to use and clean. Most of the time you just mill your flour and either brush off excess flour dust with a little brush or damp cloth. If you need to clean the grinding stones, you just run about a 1/2 cup of white rice through the machine and that cleans them! So simple!
Jenner Aycock-Jandreau wrote:I’m in the search for a grain mill, and love everything I’ve heard and seen about the KoMo, but the price is daunting. I’m thinking of cleaning out the coffee grinder I don’t use, and using it for grain instead, until I can save up the money for something good.
I got the impression from what you wrote that the KoMo is worth the wait!?
Hi Jenner, it's definitely worth saving up for and getting! I stayed home with my kids when they were younger and after they all were in school, I started working part-time again. The KoMo Classic was the first thing I purchased after I started working again and am so happy I did!
I think she's lovely. It's this tiny ad that called her crazy: