I am relatively new to grain mills. Last year I started purchasing varieties of wheat to supplement my food storage program and needed a method to grind it. I picked up a small manual grinder which worked fine other than it would take a few hours to grind enough flour to make a loaf of bread. As I continue to increase my preps – including stored wheat – I needed a better grinder.
Enter: the WonderMill Junior Deluxe Grain/Flour Mill.
First off I want to say that the pictures that follow just do not do the Junior Deluxe justice. This mill is built extremely durable and fit and finish is fantastic. It is powder coated for easy clean up.
Initial testing took place after opening the box it was shipped in and assembling the mill. Directions were clear and easy to understand. Assembly was also simple and straightforward.
Included in the box:
- Junior Deluxe Mill
- Set of stone grinding heads
- Set of stainless steel burr heads
- Heavy duty double clamp system
- Drill bit attachment (optional accessory)
First order of business after assembly was to attach the mill to some railing. The heavy duty dual mount system can be attached to tables, counters, or in my case railing up to 2″ inches thick. The Junior Deluxe can also be permanently mounted directly to a counter or table via 4 holes on the base of the unit.
Once mounted looking into the hopper I realized this thing holds quite a bit – over a quart. This makes for more grinding and less filling = gets the job done faster.
For this initial testing I choose some white wheat to grind up. I prefer white wheat over hard red wheat. Just a personal preference though I store both.
I filled the hopper, snugged the stones adjustment knob and began to turn the large handle. It took me several adjustments before I was able to get the ground wheat to exit the machine as a fine flour. It was very easy. Once the final adjustment was made flour continued to pour out of the Junior Deluxe as a couple of us took turns working the handle.
I was really impressed with the output which was much higher than my other smaller mill.
A few final comments:
- The mount never loosened up during the grinding which went on for around 45 minutes. I really yanked, pulled, and pushed on this thing and it stood up just fine. I really expected for it to loosen up and require additional tightening but it just never happened.
- The Junior Deluxe is capable of generating fine flour, cracked grain for cereal, ground coffee, flax, herbs, and even nut butters.
- The flour guide works extremely well directing all four into a bowl placed under it.
Storing wheat and other bulk food products is inexpensive and of tremendous value to the survivalist/prepper. Having a grinder to handle the daily needs of a family is also valuable. The WonderMill Junior Deluxe is absolutely capable of providing great performance for years and years.
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4 thoughts on “Equipment Review: WonderMill Junior Deluxe Grain/Flour Mill”
Looks like quite a machine! I have a mill like the top picture, but have never tried it. I hope to get more organized this year and grind my own flour. I am also hoping to learn what wild grains grow locally that I can harvest and use. Any suggestions on resources for this info?
Servantheart, The Wonder Junior hand grain mill IS NOT made in CHINA.
The Wonder Junior hand grain mill IS MADE in INDIA where fresh milled wheat is part of their culture and quality is a priority.
Our WonderMill electric grain mill is made in Korea but we still demand quality in the manufacturing of that grain mill also.
Neither of our grain mills are made in China and we stand behind our products quality.
Not to be a party poop, y’all, but the WonderMill is now Made in China. Yep. I no longer recommend it when teaching because I prefer “Made in the USA” – Retsel $200ish-up; Country Living Grain Mill – the white one ($400-up); Lehman’s – with cast iron burrs only – $250; and GrainMaker – red one – about the same cost as CL Mills (basic models only). There may be one or two others still made in the U.S.A., but these are the ones I know about.
Why does it matter? Well, for one, I believe that EVERYTHING coming out of China is defective from the date of production, if not toxic; also, because I’d rather employ an American.
I’m fond of my vintage 70’s electric stone grinder, which can be converted to bicycle or crank power; these are going for about the same cost as the Country Living or GrainMaker on ebay these days, including shipping charges.
I have a Lehman’s, and it works just fine for a hand-crank, although the cast iron burrs do call for greater care to prevent rusting (keeping them clean and free from moisture).
I hope I don’t offend anyone; I just want to employ Americans and have “stuff” that works, that’s all.
WonderMill-please find a USA producer . -a.s.a.p.. Thanks Arlene