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“Please convince me to buy a Mockmill. I've actually had one sitting in a cart for over a week now. I've had my Nutrimill for about 14 years,” says Carolyn.
Thanks for the smiles, Carolyn. It's not often that I get a request like this. 🙂
As to your question, the last thing I want to do is convince you to buy something you don't need!
All I can do is share my opinion, my story. Which might be similar because I myself switched from a Nutrimill to the Mockmill.
I switched to the Mockmill for four main reasons, and I'm sharing them on today's #AskWardee.
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The Question: How Does The Nutrimill Compare To The Mockmill?
Carolyn S. requested:
Please convince me to buy a Mockmill. I've actually had one sitting in a cart for over a week now. I've had my Nutrimill for about 14 years. I've only had two issues with it (I forget what they were) but that's been a decade ago. Since then I've had no issues.
My husband said I could do whatever I wanted, but he didn't think we need a new one.
My son, when I told him I was thinking of it but hated to spend the money on myself, said, “But you won't be spending it on yourself. You'll be spending it on the people you share all your baked goods with.”
My daughter, when I told her, said, “Why do you need a new one?” Which, is quite humorous when you realize my daughter ALWAYS chooses new… because it's NEW! We had a good laugh over that one.
I don't have room on my counter to put the Mockmill. It would take the place of the Nutrimill in a cupboard. After moving some shelves because I do believe the Mockmill is just a bit taller. I like the fact that there would be no flour dust and there's no filter to fiddle with, not that either of those things is a big deal. Help, please. Convince me.
The Question: Is The Mockmill Clean & Neat To Use Like The Nutrimill?
And Beth T. also asked a similar question:
I so love all your emails and helpful information. Thank you so much for taking the time to help educate us about all the different areas of traditional cooking!
I am contemplating purchasing a Mockmill (based on your glowing recommendations!!), but I was hoping you might be able to answer a question for me first. I currently own a Nutrimill, and have used it for years. The flour collects in the canister attached to the bottom, and I take the flour out and clean out the canister each time. With the Mockmill, it looks like the flour pours out of the chute into an external bowl.
In your experience, is it fairly “clean and neat” using the Mockmill? For example, with the flour pouring out into a bowl, I just have visions of flour dust flying everywhere and it being very messy!
With the Nutrimill, the flour dust is all contained in the canister. I really love the idea, though, of not having to clean out a canister every time I use my mill!! Just thought I would get your thoughts on this. Thank you so much!!
Beth and Carolyn, here's the scoop!
Nutrimill v. Mockmill
Just so you know, the last thing I want to do is convince anyone to buy something they don't need. 🙂
So I'll share the facts with you today about the two mills (they are different, and have different pros/cons) and then my experience.
Nutrimill (Impact Mill)
Impact mills such as the Nutrimill have an internal milling chamber with concentric rings of stainless steel fins that never touch each other. These fins spin at tens of thousands of revolutions per minute and burst grain kernels into small pieces as they’re impacted — thus the name “impact mill”. They produce fine flour very quickly, but cannot crack grains.
Downsides? 1) Impact mills are very loud; 2) they emit flour dust which can aggravate respiratory conditions, and 3) you cannot crack grains. Mill dry grains and legumes only. Electric only.
Mockmill (Stone Mill)
Grains are ground between stones. It's an age-old process. My father tells stories of his mother (and my namesake, Tata Wardeh) who would go to the village stone grain mill each day to grind flour for the family's daily bread.
With a stone mill, you can adjust from fine to coarse grinds, or even cracked grains. The milling speed is on the slow side and the flour comes out cool to the touch (arguably more healthy). If grains are higher in moisture or oil, or the stones overheat, the stones can become glazed. (This is easily fixed in the Mockmill by running dry grain through right after.) You can mill dry grains and legumes. Stone mills, like the Mockmill, will also grind nuts, seeds, and spices.
Do not grind oily foods such as sesame, flax, or poppy seeds. Can be found both electric and non-electric.
For years, I used the Vitamix to mill our flour. I used the dry container and tamper and never ground more than 2 cups of grain at a time. Using the tamper, I ground at high speed for 2 minutes 15 seconds each batch. The flour came out quite warm (which I know now is not great) and as fine as it could be — but still not as fine as the mills I later used.
Then, we purchased a used Nutrimill (impact mill), which was a huge improvement over the Vitamix. The flour comes out fine and makes beautiful bread, and also not so hot, so we experienced less nutrient loss (though it was still warm). The Nutrimill is certainly loud, though!
And now, we use the Mockmill stone grain mill, which I absolutely love. The flour stays cool and comes out very fine. It's super adjustable to get just the grind you need. The fine flour makes wonderful, light bread — even with 100% whole grains! I love that I can also crack grains or produce more coarse flour. Of all the mills I've used, it produces the healthiest, finest flour while being the most versatile mill overall.
4 Reasons I Prefer The Mockmill Over The Nutrimill
I switched from the Nutrimill to the Mockmill for 4 main reasons…
#1 — The Mockmill Is More Versatile
The great thing about the Nutrimill is that the flour is very fine and wonderful for baked goods. Yes, it can't also crack grains or grind spices. So it's not as versatile.
On the other hand, the Mockmill can crack grains and grind spices while making fine flour for baking. It's the ultimate in performance and versatility!
#2 — No Fine Flour Dust Everywhere When Using Mockmill
In the Nutrimill, the canister that collects the flour gets very dusty. Beth T. said she has to clean it out every time she uses it.
Not only that, but when I used to use this mill, it spit fine flour dust all over the area.
Not so with the Mockmill. Pretty much, the flour goes into your bowl and doesn't dust everything in the vicinity.
It's much easier to contain the flour and there's no mess.
After milling, make sure you tap the Mockmill a few times to release what's in the shoot, otherwise it can fall out on your counter later. I just make sure to do that every time. No big deal.
the Mockmill's fine flour 🙂
#3 — Mockmill Flour Is Cool To The Touch
The Nutrimill puts out very hot flour, while the flour that comes out of the Mockmill is cool to the touch (not to mention, nicely fine for baking).
Since we all know that nutrients are lost with heat, arguably the Mockmill flour is healthier coming out of the mill.
#4 — Mockmill Is Quiet
The Nutrimill is so, so, so, SO loud. It emits this high-pitched whine that everyone in our house hated.
The Mockmill… it's just a grinder. It makes a sound, yes. But it's relatively quiet, especially when compared to the Nutrimill.
So much more pleasant to use! And doesn't scare away the family!
Did I need to switch from the Nutrimill to the Mockmill? No.
Yet… am I happy I did? Yes!!!! I've got no regrets at all. In fact, I'm thrilled about it!
Any Questions Or Comments?
If you have other questions or comments about your own experience, be sure to leave them in the comments!
My Favorite Grain Mill: The Mockmill
As you can tell from this series, the Mockmill is my favorite grain mill and the one I recommend! I've been recommending it for a year and lots of you have already gotten one in your homes. Mockmill tells me you're very happy and I'm glad about that. 🙂
The Mockmill is a home stone grain mill, and it's engineered and manufactured in Germany by Wolfgang Mock. He started making home grain mills back in the 1970s, so he's been doing it for over 40 years. It's estimated that nearly 70% of the stone mills out there are made by him.
This mill is super exciting because it contains the best features of Wolfgang Mock's milling career, yet it's much more affordable. The reason it's more affordable is because this mill comes in a durable recycled material housing (instead of expensive wood).
I love the Mockmill because it produces super healthy freshly-ground flour with a really fine texture. It doesn't warm the flour up like some mills do, so the flour is more nutritious. Finally, the flour yields wonderful, light bread!
This mill will also grind all grains, even gluten-free. It can even crack grains for porridge, and it has many other uses (like some spices, nuts, and seeds).
See How The Mockmill Works In This Video…
All the details — including the very affordable price and FREE SHIPPING — are on this page. By the way, it also comes as a KitchenAid attachment — very exciting for those who don't want another appliance to take up any more room!
Also with your purchase of the Mockmill, you'll get two fantastic eBooks from the Mockmill team: The Mockmill Farm Directory & Grain Milling Guide and The Mockmill Recipe Guide. Both of these eBooks are fabulous!
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