Buying a Mill Grinder
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.
- Budget 101
This takes you to the page for the refried beans but spend the time to see what else Budget 101 has to offer. They are dedicated to helping people dig themselves out of debt. I can't recommend this enough.
Wonder Mill Electric
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.
- Will it grind?
They have a section on what each grinder will do and these will grind pinto beans.
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.
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..
This will do what I want.
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.
- Survival Acres - All about beans
Beans can be eaten raw, sprouted or cooked. Unknown by many, they can even be ground into a flour and in this form beans cook up in two or three minutes into a hearty soup.
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.