I think it wasn’t until I’d purchased my eighth bucket of wheat that it suddenly dawned on me that I had no way to grind it. Buying the wheat was the easy part! Figuring out what to do next, well, that took a little more thought. I knew I wanted a manual mill but wasn’t sure which brand to buy. I knew what I was looking for, though: a sturdy mill and one that produces the maximum amount of flour with the minimum amount of work! I found the perfect combination with The Wondermill Junior.
Grinding wheat is hard work, both on the person as well as the mill. I’d used a lesser quality mill before and always worried it would fall apart from all the jiggling. The Wondermill Junior, in comparison, is built like a tank. Even when my son had worked up a sweat grinding a cup or two of wheat and said, “My arms are going to fall off, Mom”, that solid piece of machinery just sat there and snickered. Its double clamp system secures it to any table or counter-top; it’s not going anywhere.
The mill is small enough to be portable, and its extra-long arm allows for a comfortable cranking motion. Everyone in my family gave it a try, and all of us were able to produce finely ground flour within a few minutes. The Wondermill Junior Deluxe comes with both steel and stone burr heads to provide versatility and customized results.
Now, not all grain mills can grind things other than wheat, but here is where the Wondermill Junior really shines. It can grind herbs, rice, corn, coffee, spices, beans, and more. In fact, it can be used to make nut butters. The versatility of this mill will help make the most of foods typically found in food storage pantries.
I have the Deluxe model and recommend it over the Basic model because it includes the Double Clamp Table Mount. That feature, alone, is worth quite a few extra dollars. Additionally, you receive the Stainless Steel Burrs as an option to the stone burrs, a Flour Guide that helps direct the ground food into a container, and a cleaning brush.
The Wondermill Junior is in the low $200 price range, placing it quite a bit above budget hand mills, but this is a purchase for the long haul. One you’ll be glad to have on hand in a crisis. I highly recommend it as the hand grain mill of choice.