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.
Take care all –