"We have a mill," Ma replied. She reached to the top of the cupboard and took down the coffee mill. "So we have," said Pa. "Let's see how it works." Ma set the little brown wooden box on the table. She turned the handle for a moment, to loosen every last grain of coffee from the grinders. Then she pulled out the little drawer, emptied it, and wiped it carefully. Pa opened the sack of wheat. The black iron hopper in the top of the mill held half a cupful of grain. Ma shut it's tip. Then she sat down, placed the square box between her knees to hold it firmly, and began turning the handle around and around. ~ The Long Winter p.194
I've been really wanting to grind my own grain for a while but I know I should get a grain mill for that. But, they are expensive! I know I just can't afford one right now. But in The Long Winter, Ma made due grinding grain in her coffee mill. I'm guessing that it probably wasn't the finest grind but it worked and I'm sure the bread they made with it tasted fine. She made it work and she made due with what she had.
I really like using turbinado sugar because it's not processed. However, sometimes it can be a little grainy for what I want to use it for. So I just stick it either in my blender or in my Magic Bullet and it grinds it down to a fine powdered sugar. No special grinder required, I just use what I already have!
I've also been wanting to use more gluten free grains just to mix our diet up a little bit. A few weeks ago I paid $4 for 3 pounds of rice flour, I normally pay a little under $1 per pound for rice. So if I can grind my own rice I will end up paying less for rice flour because I can just buy rice in bulk. I found this post the other day by my blogger friend Penny and how she uses her blender to grind rice. I was so excited to see that it works!
So what about you? Have you had success grinding with something else?
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