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Buying a Mill Grinder

Updated on October 20, 2014
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Instant refried beans

So, you are probably wondering why I have titled this "Instant refried beans" when I am researching mill grinders. Well, if I didn't want to make instant refried beans, I wouldn't need a mill grinder. The funny thing is that I had one at one time but can't remember what happened to it. It's back to the drawing board, I need something to grind pinto beans into a fine powder.

The recipe for the instant refried beans is on the most incredible website that celebrates saving money with very simple solutions. One of the solutions is food storage and controlling what goes into the foods you eat. Budget101.com is full of wonderful ideas. The photo was taken from their site and I have made it easy for you to check them out in the link below.

Budget 101 is quite possibly the best website for saving money

Founded by Melissa Burnell in 2001, this site celebrates all things that save money. As I said before, food storage and controlling what goes into the family meals is important to me. There have been times when we have been short on food and money and so in an attempt to never let that happen again, I found this site on Pinterest. I have adopted many of the suggestions found here and feel very secure that I now have enough food to never have to worry about it again.

Wonder Mill Electric

Powerful Electric Grain Mill Grinder for Home and Professional Use - High Speed Electric Flour Mill Grinder for Healthy Grains and Gluten-Free Flours - Electric Grain Grinder Mill by Wondermill
Powerful Electric Grain Mill Grinder for Home and Professional Use - High Speed Electric Flour Mill Grinder for Healthy Grains and Gluten-Free Flours - Electric Grain Grinder Mill by Wondermill

I like this one. Their website does show that it will grind pinto beans. Pinto beans are harder than many of the things that one would normally grind and so I want one that is rated to do what I need.

 

Wonder Mill Website

Although these are sold on Amazon, it is helpful to see that they have a website that explains their products. While I tend to over-research items I plan to buy, this site was really helpful.

Cost is a factor

I would prefer to buy a mill grinder that will hold up for years. The one I had and "misplaced" was expensive but very effective. It was a hand-crank and we ground our own flour from various grains. While we have gotten away from that, I can see that it was very effective back then and could be again. Do I want to spend the money on the more expensive grinders or find something less costly for short term use?

Coffee grinders have also been suggested for grinding the pinto beans but how long will they hold up? More research is required.

Burr grinder, stainless steel

This is a coffee grinder that not only gets great raiting but there are positive comments. I do read comments and sift through the information to find tips and quirks.

Capresso 565.05 Infinity Conical Burr Grinder, Stainless Steel
Capresso 565.05 Infinity Conical Burr Grinder, Stainless Steel

This is less expensive than the mill grinder and because it is a burr grinder, it may work as well. Definitely a consideration.

 

Still looking at cost

Here is another coffee grinder that is even less expensive. It doesn't get the great reviews of some of the other coffee mills but this is what I think I will buy..

Refried beans
Refried beans

Why I am buying the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

The purpose of a mill grinder is to buy unprocessed food items and make them what I want.

I really want the more expensive Wonder Mill but we live on a fixed income which means that we save money to buy items that are not in the budget. Besides, I just spent more than $200.00 on new cleats, a new bat and the required athletic supporter for our growing baseball player.

With the less expensive grinder, I will need to grind the beans in several steps.

1. The beans will need to be carefully sorted to insure that there are no small stones. I buy the organic 25 pound bags but they don't say they are stone free.

2. The beans will need to be rinsed to remove any residue and allowed to dry.

3. The beans will be broken down into small batches and set on a courser grade for the first pass. They will continue to be ground down by changing the settings until they are the consistency of flour.

While the ground beans will have a different texture, they will be quick and easy to use. They will save money and best of all, will be available whenever we want them.

More information on beans

Survival Acres has lots of information on beans including how to cook them and the various types.

I am going to save the money for the Wonder Mill and when I get it, use the coffee grinder just for coffee. I like the idea of controlling what we eat and the idea of food storage and think that with the Wonder Mill I can take it even further. The "misplaced" mill was a hand crank but that was years ago and now I think I have earned the electric model.

Are you considering a mill grinder? - If you have one, please share your thoughts

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    • firstcookbooklady profile image

      Char Milbrett 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      I have a smoothie machine that works for horseradish pureeing... I have used an electric coffee grinder for peppercorns. Mmmm. Fresh ground pepper.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 

      6 years ago

      My great-grandmothers had hand crank mill grinders. They both grew up on farms and were masters at food storage. I hope you get your Wonder Mill soon!

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      microfarmproject 

      6 years ago

      I have thought about buying one. Thanks for the info.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I sure understand what it is to be on a budget and the need to save for extra items. I like how you went through your decision process of choosing your mill grinder and an electric one will be s nice step up for you as well. I did wonder about your instant refried beans and you sure answered that question!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      wow that's great idea ... Having mill grinder at home...

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      Now that I have learned more about these grinders it makes me want to buy one because of wanting to stay far away from processed foods and eat healthier.

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      trendydad 

      6 years ago

      this is a great item, may consider getting one

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      Lenskeeper 

      6 years ago

      I never thought about using a mill grinder and grinding up my own beans. Great idea!

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      linkreggie 

      6 years ago

      I'm gonna buy one of this stuff.. thanks for the amazing ideas..

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      linkreggie 

      6 years ago

      I'm gonna buy one of this stuff.. thanks for the amazing ideas..

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      brendajoy 

      6 years ago

      Gotta get me one of those! Seriously, my son-in-law is from Mexico and we refried beans almost every day. I can't live with out them. Great lens!uber love

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Yep, I've been considering the very hand mill you wrote about, the Wonder Junior Deluxe. I'm actually earning money through Swagbucks,my Paypal credit card, and on my Amazon credit card. I've got about $50 left to earn and I'll get it for free. :D

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      jholland 

      6 years ago

      I've been considering a mill for making bread flour and cereals. Thanks for the info.

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      Fcuk Hub 

      6 years ago

      I have already one :) It is very useful.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on your feature and Purple Star! I am considering a mill grinder. Just this weekend I was wondering if my antique coffee mill is still functional. I've been looking at a different type of hand cranked grinder. Thanks for this review. Appreciated!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I wasn't -- but I do like refried beans and never considered making them myself before.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I wasn't -- but I do like refried beans and never considered making them myself before.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Go for it! You'll get lots of use out of your grinder!

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      flycatcherrr 

      6 years ago

      I have my grandmother's old hand mill, and I find it very useful. It will be a while before I replace it, as it's still working great - but you, yes, I think you've earned your lovely new one! :)

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      Einar A 

      6 years ago

      I have a "Country Living" hand-operated mill, and use it to grind both beans and grains. It's great to be able to really make things from scratch by making your own flour, and the instant re-fried beans really save a lot of time!

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      I second the notion that you've earned the electric model. "Squid Angel blessed."

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