The Victorio Hand Operated Grain Mill: Review
If you have never made a loaf of bread with freshly ground flour, you are truly missing out! Not only do freshly ground flours taste amazing, but they retain more of their nutrients. Also, you can store whole grains much longer than flours. Having your own grain mill gives you the advantage of using different grains or even beans to make flours, which is perfect if you have allergies or gluten intolerance. The Victorio Hand Operated Grain Mill is an affordable way to get started with grinding your own flour. We love ours, and use it regularly for grinding grains, like wheat and oats, to make delicious homemade bread. We keep it clamped to the counter in our kitchen so that it is always ready to go. It does take some effort to grind the grains by hand, but I prefer to do it this way since no electricity is required. You can also purchase an electric motor for the Victorio Grain Mill, if you want to save yourself some time by being able to multitask and do other things while the grain is grinding.
The Victorio Hand Operated Grain Mill: Honey Oatmeal Bread Recipe and Tutorial
Honey Oatmeal Bread
3 Cups Freshly Ground Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 Cups Oatmeal
2/3 Cups Freshly Ground Oatmeal
1/4 oz. Fast Action Yeast
2 tsp. Salt
1 Tbl. Honey
2/3 cup Warm Milk
About 1 Cup Warm Water
Rolled Oats, for sprinkling
- Grease a cookie sheet and set aside. Mix the flour, oatmeal, yeast, and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center and add the honey and milk. Begin adding the water, a little bit at a time, mixing everything together, until a soft dough is formed.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured counter top and knead until smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into a round or oval and place on the cookie sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly brush the top of the loaf with water and sprinkle with the rolled oats. Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until the bread is risen, golden brown, and sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve in slices with butter and a drizzle of honey.
To make flour with your grain mill, follow the instructions that come with the mill for setting it up. Fill the hopper with your desired amount of grain. Generally, you will use about 1/2 cup whole grain to make 1 cup of flour, give or take. Place a bowl under the mill. Adjust the dial on the front of the mill for your desired coarseness. I use the finest setting for making flour. Turn the crank clockwise to grind your flour. That’s it! So easy, even your kids can do it 🙂