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Family Grain Mill: Millable Materials Info

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First, what it cannot grind...

The Family Grain Mill (FGM) cannot mill materials that are wet or oily or extremely hard.
  • Moisture: Water content not over 15% by weight (which is "air dry" unless your climate is humid)
  • Oil: Flax seed (to take one example) is borderline. See note below under "Seeds".
  • Hardness: The FGM warranty doesn't cover the milling of popcorn, tapioca pearls, saw palmetto berries, or similarly hard materials. Rule of thumb: If a sensible person wouldn't risk breaking it between their teeth, we don't recommend putting it in the FGM because the damage that will ensue probably won't be covered by the manufacturer's warranty. But all dry grains and dry beans are fine.
  • Note: With some highly fibrous materials, a portion of the output will remain in fiber form. This fiber may be sifted out if its presence is unacceptable.

    In addition to dry grains & beans, the Family Grain Mill is one of the few mills that can grind a variety of other materials as well. Read more below...

    Herbs the FGM can grind:
  • Must be dried, not fresh
  • Pre-chopping is necessary in most cases.
  • Some fibrous materials must be agitated to help them feed into the mill.
  • Echinacea
    St. John's Wort
    Poppy Seeds
    Hyssop Leaf
    Hops Leaf
    Ginko Leaf
    Valerian Root
    Goldenseal Leaf
    (Most similar dry herbs can be ground.)

    the FGM can grind:
  • Must be dried, not fresh
  • Pre-chopping is necessary in most cases.
  • Some fibrous materials must be agitated to help them feed into the mill.
  • Caution: Even small amounts of pepper dust can be extremely irritating.
  • Cayenne

    Seeds the FGM can grind:

    (Note: If plugging occurs, the Family Grain Mill is exceptionally fast and easy to disassemble and clean. You can literally have it completely apart in 5 seconds, giving you total access to all of the grinding surfaces.)

    Flax (About 1/2 cup straight flax can be milled before jamming will occur, or mix 2 parts flax to 1 part wheat or oats for continuous grinding.)

    Beans & Peas & Lentils the FGM can grind:

    Northern Beans
    Split Peas
    Black Beans
    Kidney Beans
    Coffee Beans (will stain the mill's plastic parts)


    Refined sugar can be ground to make powdered sugar. It won't be quite as fine as commercial confectioner's sugar. Unrefined sugar can be done only in very small amounts (think teaspoons). Larger amounts will gum the mill up.


    The FGM will make a pretty smoooth peanut butter with the food/meat grinder attachment and optional 2mm grinder plate. Chunky peanut butter can be made by adding some peanuts that have been chopped in blender. Home-use grinders produce a "dryer" nut butter (less oily/creamy) than what commercial grinders make. You can make it creamier by adding a bit of a healthful cooking oil. (An alternative machine is the
    Bosch Universal mixer and its accessory food processor attachment, which will make a very creamy peanut butter, and you can easily make "crunchy style" too. See a sample of PB from the Bosch food processor here. )

    Click here for more information on grinding fibrous materials in other mills

    For full info, prices & ordering, click this link: >>> Main Family Grain Mill Page

    The photos below show the hand base for the Family Grain Mill. In both images, the hand base is shown with grain milling head attached. In the image at left you can see a little bit of the red button that is used to release the grain mill head (or flaker head, etc... depending on what's mounted.)

    The photo at right shows the clamp, which will fit over a table or board up to 2-1/8" thick. The hardwood base is simple, handsome and extremely durable, with 19-ply construction. The handle turns far easier than with competitive hand mills, yet produces finer flour than most hand operated mills. All parts, including burrs, are replaceable. White-colored parts are polycarbonate, the same material football helmets and industrial safety shields are made from, and they're very tough.
    Breakage is almost unheard-of. One of the nicest features of the Family Grain Mill is its ability to adjust for cracking grain when you want to do that. Motor drive base and many other accessories are availalable... for more info click here: Family Grain Mill

    The Family Grain Mill is a quality mill. Its precisely machined burrs are made of high carbon steel and last a long time. If you ever do wear the burrs out, they're replaceable. This separates the FGM from cheap competitors' products that are worthless junk once their lower-quality, nonreplaceable burrs wear out. The FGM's versatility, its construction quality, and and its ability to grind fine or extremely coarse (or anywhere in between) make it a very useful kitchen assistant that our customers find many uses for.

    For full info, prices & ordering, click this link: >>> Main Family Grain Mill Page

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