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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Grain Mills

Grain Mills

country living mill Grain MillsOne thing you need to consider for your food storage efforts is the ability to process raw ingredients. One of the biggest culprits here is wheat. It’s not enough to just store wheat, but you need to have a good grain mill as well to convert it into something that’s usable.

Grain Mill Types

There are three main types of grain mills: Stone grinders, burr grinders, and impact grinders.

Stone grinders are pretty straight forward. Two rocks that use friction to grind the grain into flour. Nuff said.

Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. You have a stationary stone and another one that rotates and grinds against the stationary stone. There are grooves in the stones that help transport the ground grain to the output chute.

Burr grinders are similar to stone grinders but they use steel wheels with burrs or teeth that do the actual grinding. One nice thing about burr grinders is that they can be used to grind seeds or nuts that have oil. Stone grinders clog up if you do that!

Impact grinders also have two grinding heads, but the teeth actually never touch. The grains get stuck in the gaps and as the heads rotate the grains impact against the teeth (hence the name) and essentially break apart.  They operate very quickly and create very finely ground flour.  Unfortunately they have a hard time with larger grinds, so you’re not going to make steel cut oats or anything like that with an impact grinder.

Drive Methods

Reasonably straight forward here. Mills use hand power or an electrical motor. I think it’s important that you get either two different mills, one with each drive type, or one mill that can handle both drive types. The chances of you needing your mill in an electricity-free time is pretty high, but grinding for your daily use is probably going to get tedious FAST.

Wrapping Up

I’m avoiding any specific recommendations here for now, but I’d love to hear what you think. Share your favorite grinders in the comments here!

Survival Movies

Survival Movies

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Emergency Action Plans Revisited

Emergency Action Plans Revisited

Recently my family and I had a bit of a moment. And not in a good way. We came very close to needing to exercise one of our Emergency Action Plans. Thankfully, we didn’t have to do that. But it was an interesting experience that raised a few thoughts I’d like to share with youContinue Reading

How To Make A Self Watering Container With Four Gallon Buckets

How To Make A Self Watering Container With Four Gallon Buckets

So I told you all I was going to be building some self watering containers for the garden. I figured I’d document the process and share it with you. Feel free to modify as desired! Stuff You’ll Need Two 4 Gallon Square Buckets – One for a water reservoir, and one for soil Some sortContinue Reading

I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

Yes, I’m going to shamelessly rip off Lee Ann Womacks song here for a minute. Bear with me for a minute while I explain… While we were out at the property last weekend, the entire family, my folks included, went on a nice walk around the place. My dad and I get around all overContinue Reading

A Business Opportunity Takes Shape

A Business Opportunity Takes Shape

Obviously when we move to the property we will want to take advantage of the space and the ability to actively get into sustainable agriculture. Two of the things we’ve been planning on is raising grass fed beef and pastured poultry. We had the fortunate timing this trip of being there for a local agriculturalContinue Reading

Gee, Where Did Rudy Go?

Gee, Where Did Rudy Go?

Sorry for being awol for a few days, but we decided to take a last minute trip out to the property to visit with my folks and have some recreational time. We also wanted to review the site we had planned for the new house we’re building. My wife and I both had a fewContinue Reading

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