The KitchenAid grain mill is not standalone equipment and instead, is meant to be used as a value-added attachment to the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. The great thing about the KitchenAid grain mill is that it not only adds to the features of the mixer, but it also turns out to be a pretty useful tool to have around the kitchen. The KitchenAid grain mill is designed to grain any low-moisture, non-oily grain including wheat, corn, oats, rice, rye, buckwheat, barley and millet and turn these ingredients into flour. However, do take note that oily components like coffee beans and peanuts should not be grinded with this grain mill.
The reason why it is a good idea to grain your own flour at home is because freshly home ground flour ensures that you will retain all the benefits and nutrients from the grains, relative to subscribing to store-bought flour…
This unit can not only grind a wide array of items, but it can also make up to ten cups during one grinding session. Another interesting feature is that the fineness of the grinded grain can be adjusted from coarse grade to fine grade. Interesting enough, if you would like to make your KitchenAid grain mill work less, simply pass through the grain first through the coarse setting and then pass it through finer setting. Repeating the milling process on three different settings will eventually allow you to achieve a finely milled product that does not tax your grain mill. Best of all, this is also a much cheaper option as compared to purchasing an actual wheat mill.
The KitchenAid grain mill also comes with a brush for cleaning and a manual containing tips and recipes. Buyers will also be interested to know that this model also comes with a full one year warranty.
Assembling the Unit
In order to assemble the KitchenAid Grain Mill, all you really need to do is to attach the power shaft to the grind worm and the movable burr into the grain mill body. The body of the unit is then attached a front plate, making sure that the adjustment knob is placed on the front of the shaft.
Installing the Unit
Now that the KitchenAid grain mill is fully assembled, make sure that you turn off and unplug the mixer before you proceed. Lift up the cover or remove the hub cover attachment to insert the attachment shaft housing into the attachment hub of the KitchenAid stand mixer. You may want to try rotating the attachment back and forth in order to position the mill properly. When you are satisfied, pin the attachment by sliding the pin into the notch on the hub rim and tighten the attachment knob to completely secure the mill unto the mixer.
Using the Unit
First of all, twist the knob to select your desired grain coarseness. Then, start the mixer at Speed 10 and continuously turn the adjustment knob until grinding burrs just make contact which will be indicated by a change in motor speed and sound. Once this occurs, simply turn the adjustment knob back by three clicks, stop the mixer and fill the hopper with more grain.
Never attempt to fill up more than 10 cups of grain at any given time. Also, the KitchenAid grain mill will require a 45 minute resting time between each milling process to prevent overload.
One other noticeable difference between the homemade grain mill and a store-bought grain mill is that the latter would have a finer texture. This is simply because the commercial grade flour is passed through a sift before it is packaged. Excess flour can simply be packaged and stored in a refrigerator or a freezer for later usage.
Caring for the Unit
Once you are done with the KitchenAid Grain Mill, clean the burrs and other parts with the brush included with your unit. For harder to reach areas, consider using a toothpick as well. The KitchenAid grain mill is a fairly clean operation so you do not have to clean your mill with every usage, although it would be advisable to brush your unit each time you change your grain type in order to avoid contamination.
Do note that no parts on the KitchenAid grain mill are suitable for the automatic dishwasher. In the event that you do need to thoroughly wash your unit, we suggest that you scrub down your grain mill using warm water and a mild detergent with your hands. Once the unit has been thoroughly cleaned, do make sure that you dry your KitchenAid grain mill thoroughly with a towel and leave it to air dry the remaining parts that simply cannot be dried manually. The problem is that a grain mill that isn’t fully dried can get clogged up when its wet surface comes into contact with dry grain, so do not reassemble your KitchenAid grain mill until the next usage.