WonderMill Grain Mill
WonderMill Grain Mill
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The WonderMill, formerly known as the WhisperMill, is "The World's Cleanest, Quietest, Easiest To Use Mill." Imagine your favorite recipes made with the great taste of 100% whole grain goodness and all the nutrition from every grain. The WonderMill is the quietest and fastest flour mill available. You can create super fine flour or coarse flour at temperatures that preserve nutrients, ensuring that you will always have the perfect flour for your food. Professionals everywhere agree the WonderMill is the mill to own. The WonderMill has the capacity to perform big jobs. You can grind over 100 pounds of flour in an hour. You don't have to worry about overloading the WonderMill because of it's large 1250 watt motor. The WonderMill will not only grind wheat, rice and other small grains, but will also grind legumes and beans as large as garbanzos. The WonderMill is extremely easy to use. Simply fill the hopper and you'll get flour. There are no small parts or gaskets to misplace, and cleaning the WonderMill is quick, easy, and virtually dust free. The WonderMill is the only mill that has passed the stringent testing required to be certified by UL, CSA, and CE. Many mills on the market have not been able to pass any of these. If you live in Canada this is really important, because without the CSA approval you assume all the Liability if there is an electrical problem that causes a fire. You can rest assured as you use the WonderMill that you won't have any electrical problems in your home resulting from the WonderMill.
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|Product Length:||20.0 inches|
|Product Width:||10.0 inches|
|Product Height:||15.0 inches|
|Package Length:||19.0 inches|
|Package Width:||14.5 inches|
|Package Height:||10.0 inches|
|Package Weight:||10.35 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 83 reviews|
The World's Cleanest, Quietest, Easy To Use Mill
High speed, stainless steel mill will not overheat your flour
Maintenance and trouble free design - no gumming, jamming or glazing
12-cup capacity flour receiver doubles as a convenient storage canister
1-3/4 hp motor, 120 volts, Lifetime Warranty
|Average Customer Review: ( 83 customer reviews )
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136 of 138 found the following review helpful:
WonderMill Grain Mill - Powerful, fast, gets the job done! Jan 27, 2010
By C. Hudnall
Let's start right with - I LOVE my WonderMill! I also have a hand-grinding mill (Back to Basics) that I have used, but decided to look around for an electric mill, because even though the B2B is great, my hands and arms got tired, quick. Have no fear though, I'll keep the B2B for when the power is out, or we go camping, it does a great fine grind. So, I did some research, and then I saw and read some comparison tests. Well, I chose the WonderMill.
Just to clear up some things:
YES, you can turn off your WonderMill in the middle of grinding. Whether you can do this with the older models, I don't know, but the newer models you can. The manual still states (shown below) that it 'should' never be turned off, but if you go to the video link that I included, John shows you how to do to it. The manual has not been updated, per phone call.
Here is the information from the manual:
"You should NEVER SWITCH OFF your mill during its milling cycle. Wait
until it has finished milling all of the grain in the hopper before stopping.
Starting the mill with grain in the hopper or stopping the mill while it is in
process may cause your mill to clog up with flour. If you wish to mill a small
amount of flour just add a small amount of grain.
If an emergency occurs and you must turn off the mill before the hopper is
empty, turn the texture knob to the far left, pastry setting (11 o'clock), then
switch the mill off. To restart the mill, remove all grains, hold mill firmly and
shake mill upside down while tapping one side of the mill, readjust the texture
knob to the coarse position, then turn the mill on. If the mill only hums - Do
NOT continue to try to run the mill. Call the Service Center for
Assistance at 208-234-9352."
And here is the updated info, via youtube video: from the company, showing how to do it: [...]
** Added: 2/3/1010 - Amazon took off video link, which I can understand, so, here is how to find it: go to youtube and in the search bar at top of page, enter "grotemolen" WITH the quotes (the quotation marks will narrow down results), and you should see the different videos that the company has put out. Click on the one titled "Turning off the Wondermill Grain Mill During Milling". **
I also called the company itself, to make sure that when I wrote my review, that I was stating accurate information, and I was told: for older models, the information in the written manual is correct - but they have done more testing, and have found that NO, you do NOT have to turn the machine upside and empty out the hopper, and NO, you do NOT have to turn the texture knob to coarse before turning it back on. I also asked about the video showing John putting the wheat berries in the hopper before turning it on and was told it is better if the machine is empty when turned on, but that it was okay if you had grain in it.
So... if you need to turn off your grinder to run to the bathroom (please, wash your hands before coming back ;o)) or grab the phone that is ringing, or answer the doorbell... well, you can.
Loudness of the grinder: yes, it is very loud - when empty. Presumably though you won't be running it for too long with the hopper empty, then it quiets down some while grinding and stuff is hopper, as it empties it gets louder again. For myself this is not a problem, especially after grinding up Parmesan cheese chunks in my food processor. If you've ever done that, you know what I mean. :o)
Which brings me to next point: when you first go to turn it on - hold onto it - maybe it's just mine, but it jumps a little. Once it gets going it's fine, but just so you know. Also, be prepared for when the hopper empties out, that 1 or 2 grains might try to escape by flying out. ;o)
As far as getting the lid off the flour canister, I agree, it originally was a pain, but, I learned a trick. Hopefully, it will work for others, and not just on mine: I turn the canister so that the part with the curved flour tube is pointed AWAY from my body and pull up on the tab that is located by the tube while my other arm is wrapped around the canister - then I have a much easier time getting lid off. As I said, hopefully that will work for others. I don't know why it works on that particular tab for me, but it does. Don't ask me why. And yes, push down on all sides to make sure that it is firmly attached before turning on machine, push down with both hands firmly until you hear loud click - I learned that lesson very well.
Here are some things to hopefully help others when they get their machine:
When you first get your mill, you're told to run at least 2 cups of wheat or other hard grain, well, I wasn't willing to throw away good wheat, so, I used rice instead, and did 3 cups, just to be safe. No problems. It was also a good way to test the texture settings for me.
The curved flour tube does NOT come off and does not pull straight out sideways! It becomes easier to move with usage, but first time might be a little tough. I'm right handed so here is how I do it: place my left hand, flat, on top of canister with tube side facing right, I take my thumb and hook it just into the hole and lay my forefinger along the side of tube for stability, and gently pull up and around. Basically you will be 'flipping' the tube horizontally, without removing it.
When I first got machine, I hand washed all that could be washed, and wiped down the hopper part, then I milled my first grind, which was the throw-a-way rice, when you go to grind, make sure that the filter is on the machine and that you put the separator cup back on correctly (line the flat side of cup up with flat tab - I used a marker and made alignment arrows for ease). I forgot that first time, and made giant mess. Just an FYI. Another reviewer talks about lining the canister with plastic bag and that it helps with clean up - I have not tried that, but it sounds like it would work, I'll add addendum when I try it next week. Just ground up 6 cups of wheat so won't need more until then.
Hope that this review helps someone else and clears up a little of the confusion that seems to be around about this machine.
94 of 94 found the following review helpful:
powerful and reliable Dec 02, 2008
By John Moore
This is a very capable machine and is a second time purchase. The first one I bought was called a Whisper Mill and has worked flawlessly for several years of regular use. This new machine the Wonder Mill was purchased as a gift and appears identical in function with very minor cosmetic differences.
The new title is more appropriate as it is anything but quiet. IT IS LOUD. If you follow the very simple directions it will probably last a lifetime. Be sure to keep the filter and cyclone clean on the receiver/container and make sure the lid snaps on tight or you will have a kitchen full of flour. NEVER put grain in the in feed hopper with the unit off! NEVER turn the unit off till all the grain is finished milling, then wait a few seconds after the in feed hopper is empty before shutting it down. This is clearly stated in the instructions.The Wonder Mill does a great job of making rice flour, great for the gluten intolerant. Highly Recommended!
72 of 75 found the following review helpful:
LOVE IT! Oct 08, 2007
By Vicky C. Shaw
I make bread on a weekly basis, and so I use this every week to mill my flour. It makes the flour so fine you would almost think it was unbleached white. The bread from the milled flour has been so good. The only thing is I do wish is that I could get a nice course grind from it so I can make things like polenta with it. Other than that I recommend this mill for anyone that is really serious about milling their own grain.
52 of 55 found the following review helpful:
Problematic, but has its good points Jan 09, 2010
There are several drawbacks to this grain mill.
1. There isn't much of a range for flour coarseness. In fact, on mine, I can't really tell much difference between coarse and pastry. I really would have preferred to be able to have both a very coarse-ground flour and a very fine-ground flour. Instead, with the WonderMill, all my flour is slightly gritty - definitely coarser than is ideal for pastry flour, unless you don't mind a gritty sensation in cookies or brownies!
2. It's almost impossible for me to get the lid off of the flour canister (part on the right in the picture) once it's snapped on all the way. If I've ground more than about a cup of flour, it's a real problem because prying off the lid leads to flour flying everywhere when it finally snaps off. Perhaps I'm just not strong enough?
3. If the flour canister lid is not all the way on, watch out! Flour will spew out everywhere, and it will look like it snowed in your house. You can't shut the unit off while there's grain in it, so if you are unfortunate enough to realize too late that the lid that you thought was all the way on really isn't on all the way, you'll be forced to watch the flour shoot out all over everything. This would be more easily avoided if it were easier to get the lid on all the way. A screw lid would be fantastic. Unfortunately, this one just kind of gets pushed into place, but there's no click to tell you it's all the way on.
4. It's almost impossible to get the little tube that connects the grinder to the flour canister to connect well. In fact, on my mill I have to actually hold the tube in place to keep the flour from squirting out on the sides and going everywhere. I've only succeeded once in getting the tube far enough in to stay in on its own.
5. It's really noisy. I wear ear plugs (I was seriously worried about hearing damage if I didn't), and it's still loud! I can't believe this used to be called the WhisperMill. That seems like some kind of sick joke. This thing doesn't whisper; it screams.
6. You can't stop the unit while there's grain in it. This means that if you haven't gotten all the connections tight (and this is difficult to do on mine), then you can't stop it to better connect it. Flour will just be flying around your house. If you do shut it off while there's grain in it, you apparently have to send it in for service.
There are some good points to this mill too. I love being able to grind my own flour from whatever grains I want. Rice flour? No problem! Corn flour? Great! (But not corn meal - this doesn't grind coarsely enough for that.)
There are two major positive points for this mill. Two may not seem like many, but these are actually pretty important to me!
1. It can grind almost anything that's not too fatty. It grinds beans, wheat, barley, and corn without a problem so far (and the instructions say that these are fine).
2. It's fast. I've heard other people complaining about different mills being slow and it taking half an hour to grind flour for bread. This mill can grind six cups of flour in less than a minute. This mill is fast enough that I don't really miss having store-bought flour around.
121 of 139 found the following review helpful:
Great product and fast-fast-fast Jan 07, 2007
By G. Corderman
Delivery was in 3 days. The mill grinds at incredible speed. A real "wonder". Decided upon this instead of Kitchen-Aid wheat grinder attachment and we are very happy with that decision. As part of our Crisis Preparedness Plan (& Home Pandemic Plan) we bought a Country Living Grain Mill (hand-mill), which is one of the best hand-mills, but still requires considerable energy to grind flour from hard wheat. This Wonder Mill (as long as there is electricity) is great-- and will enable us to store what we eat (bread from grain), and eat what we store. This with the Kitchen Aid mixer is just the ticket for fun and using wheat and other grains.
If you are looking for pandemic & crisis preparedness books-- two from Amazon are a must. First is "Crisis Preparedness Handbook, by Jack Spigarelli; and the second is "Cooking with Home Storage", by Peggy Layton. Absolute best price for wheat and other grains for storage try search for Honeyville Grain. Price is the same as others--but shipping is only $4.95 for any weight-- and a 300-400 pounds of grain really has a shipping bill from others (I made this mistake for prepacked buckets).
Buy the Wonder Mill for fun cooking or crisis preparedness (assuming electricity). You could run a generator for 10 minutes and make 20-30 cups of flour--probably enough for a week or two of bread products.
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