I have just started purchasing wheat for long term food storage. Grinding it into flour with a couple rocks would be a daunting task so I am need of getting a grinder or two. I am on a budget so I did some research and found a small inexpensive grinder with good reviews. I decided to pick up a Victorio VKP1012 Hand Operated Grain Mill.
As a “newbie” into the world of grinding my own wheat I wanted to start off small. The Victorio reviews on Amazon were positive and I knew that this was not a high output grinder. Upon opening the box there was very minimal assembly which was simple.
I attached the grinder to a patio deck railing, retrieved a can of hard red winter wheat, and proceeded to grind. There is a knob which attaches the handle to the grinder and it is used to adjust the fineness of the grinding. Only a small adjustment was needed to reduce the wheat to a pretty fine flour.
Not overly difficult to turn the output on this grinder is on the low side. To obtain flour for an entire load of bread it would take quite a bit of time. My mind immediately went to ways that I might be able to modify the system such as attaching it to a bike frame or to a battery operated drill. Regardless, for smaller recipes the grinder works great.
Within 30 minutes we ground 3 cups of flour which is just what we needed for a dinner roll recipe my brothers wife had.
It was really cool to grind our own wheat and make bread from scratch. I can definitely recommend the Victorio VKP1012 Hand Operated Grain Mill.
By the way – here’s the recipe:
1 3/4 cups warm water
2 tablespoons salt
3 cups flour
1 package yeast
2 tablespoons shortening
2 tablespoons sugar
Directions: In a bowl dissolve yeast in water. Add shortening, salt and sugar to water and mix. Add half the flour to the liquid mixture and stir for 2 minutes. Add the rest of the flour and continue to stir until thoroughly mixed. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place – at least 30 minutes.
After the dough rises knead it then tear pieces off and form small round balls.
Let sit for 40 minutes or so and let the dough rise again.
375 degrees and cook from 45 to 50 minutes.
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10 thoughts on “Preparedness Equipment: Victorio VKP1012 Hand Operated Grain Mill”
If you are ever looking for a higher output hand grinder may I suggest the Grain Maker mill. I bought one about 2 years ago and love it. One of my favorite things about it is that it is a family owned company here in the USA. They are a little pricey, but well worth it.
I will check it out as I do want to get a second grinder.
Thx – Rourke
I am still contemplating this grinder. Think I might just go ahead and pick it up. I have heard it’s an excellent starter grinder.
I have the same grinder and found that by grinding it course first then running it through at a fine setting takes less work then trying to grind it fine the first time through.
Thanks for the recipe – I’ll have to try it out this week.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Nice work. I recently made my first loaf of bread from scratch. It was a fun experience especially seeing the looks I got from my college roommates! I have not begun storing wheat and I do not have a grinder so I just used store bought flour and will be slowly substituting wheat flour in for the multi-purpose flour.
I followed Rawles’ advice and got a Country Living mill. Damn, it was expensive (several hundred dollars)…but damn, it was WORTH IT. You may have seen comments around that say it’s built like a tank. IT IS. I’ve had to move twice in the last year and there will be one more move in the next year or two…and I never look forward to lugging that thing.
But it grinds like there’s no tomorrow, and compared to the one other mill I’ve actually ground with, it’s a breeze. There is also a motor you can buy to go with it, but it’s (I suspect way too) expensive. If you’re handy at all with electric motors I imagine you could motorize the thing for 1/4 the price or less. I’ve gotten by doing things by hand because we don’t really lean on it that much…but I think even in TEOTWAWKI hooking this thing up to a stationary bike or something will solve all your grinding needs….and if you have a spare set of grinding plates or two, probably forever. It’s one of the VERY few items I’ve seen where it seems to be every bit as good as the equivalent item my grandparents used. Probably better.
I’ll get down off my soap box now…but I really do love this grinder…except for the incredible weight and awkwardness of moving/transporting the damn thing.
Thanks for the suggestion. I have heard good things about the Country Living mill. Will check it out.
expedient grain mill…
with so many things to buy…prepare for…we must prioritize everything…
my suggestion…for those like me….whom cant afford all these expensive high end survival items…
and believe me…i have a huge wish list…but life always seems to get in the way…
is to improvise…think like the hobos…
-for example….Creston Kearny in his free downloadable ebook, Nuclear War Survival skills, has suggested that we use an expedient grain mill using 3 pipes, some wire, maybe some duct tape…an old coffee can.
-need a stove that is light weight? google video…”pop can stove”….works great! takes a few minutes…and you can find a empty pop or beer can anywhere!
Think light weight, frugal, minimal!
-a hobo stove can be made using an old 5 gallon metal bucket and some ingenuity!
YES I WANT A M.S.R. COOKWARE SET UP!….AND A DEADWOOD STOVE…AND A BUSHBUDDY…AND A KELLY KETTLE…BUT ……
PRIORTIZING HURTS….REAL BAD!
SAVE YOUR MONEY FOR ITEMS LIKE:
-Mylar bags/silica gel/oxygen absorbers…(5 gallon foodsafe buckets cane be cheaply bought from most restaurants etc.
-Buy a couple of the best water purifiers on the market…like the Katadyn pocket filter, or the Big berkey…
buy spare filters….now water is so dang important…right?…
-Stock up on first aid and medical…
-etc. some things you can buy….some things….with a little know how…and practice….you can make…
make do…you that big head of yours!
make do with what you have!
My plan has been:(as usual it is no where near completion…)
1. Have a B.o.b. at home….( and have the goal of having many more “back-up” b.o./b.’s cached all over the place. A high end b.o.b. with many cheap b.o.b’s hidden/cached….lose your high end pack and then what?
a thrift store pack/garbage bags/duct tape/heavy guage plastic/twine /rope/wire…and some cheapo gear will still help keep you alive!( and give you more than just shelter.)
Part of my “home” b.o.b. is a hip belt and pouches/ a web belt and pouches, along with my load carrier.
I never , ever leave home without my primus firestarter/leatherman wave/and my small buck knife.
read Joe wisemans s.a.s. survival book, and get a sucrets type tin WITH BASIC GEAR IN IT , always carry it with you, and have a s.a.s. style pouch near by.
2. in my truck i have a back up b.o.b./and gear.
3. goal is to have…have many caches everywhere, using my fencing auger/p.v.c pipe with a screw end, and a glued fitted end. Also caching 5 gallon buckets everywhere. mapping the cached positions is #1!
4. goal is to have…building many expedient fallout shelters and caching basic fallout shelter building material every where. read Crestons ebook…print it out…
5. having a main retreat area where my cache system is mostly set up around it in the area…
i believe we must never put all our eggs in one basket.
always have a back up plan for your back up plan…
i believe the “alamo” bunker /retreat system is ok if your a landowner/have a group of like minded people…
lots of time and money…
but any town/village/city is not where i want to be if shtf!
small caches along the way….wearing rags, and having cheapola gear, not all decked out in camo for ww3 will keep you alive, until you get to your next cache…and finally to your retreat area where there are way fewer humans…
-also spending thousands on a ww3 decked out 4 by 4 truck and trailor…might ruin your life….(many things can happen to it)…
i believe having many, many pairs of high end footware/socks/moleskin/shoelaces/shoe goop/and
sno seal/mink oil is a priority…
– i think having a clark jungle hammock would be nice…but fish net/rope…and tarp works.
-a priority is to have a few good quality sleeping bags…expensive but worth it…get a -minus 40 bag also!
bivvy sacks are great and fairly cheap…but pl;astic works…
– i think having a few cheapo 10 speeds with all the basics/parts etc., and a good mountain bike cached is a priority. ( i am “old” and grew up with a 10 speed…they are now dirt cheap…and believe me i can go faster on a road with one than a mountain bike….no buddy wants to steal one…and can and have gone any where a mountain bike can go!
trust me! i was a kid way back then…and terrain did not stop us..we used to portage if we had to…and went everywhere!
also having a trailor is awesome.
-need to cross ariver/lake/or get to that island? have some fish net/pump/patch kit/rope/and a inner tube…its fairly lite weight..and is also comfy as a “couch chair”. and is cheap!
I believe in stockpiling pelican brand waterproof boxes/and baja brand water proof bags…their is even a real good back pack that is waterproof.
Their is so much i want to say about these things to try and help others….
and please excuse my messy typing…but i am in a major rush right now…
hope this helps….
p.s. i absolutely love this website rourke! keep it up…i think it is in th top 10 easily that i have seen…love getting my email/newsletters from you!
Wow – that was a lot of commenting!!
Thanks – good ideas and suggestions.
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