Note that the brand we originally reviewed was NutriMill Harvest Grain Mill with interchangeable inserts. That particular product has changed to the KoMo Grain Mill, but the company assured us that it is a very similar product with the same quality construction and interchangeable inserts.
This is one gem of a product that I learned about for Allergic Living (we featured it in the product section for reasons that you will soon discover), and have become quite addicted to in our home. In fact, Tony and I both love using the Komo Grain Mill and think the concept is great.
What makes the Komo Grain Mill so special?
The Komo Grain Mill has interchangeable mill stones and insert to help prevent cross-contamination. In homes that use both wheat and gluten-free, like mine, this is a godsend. Basically, grains pass through the hopper, which is easy to clean. From there they are ground via the mill stones (much harder to clean with lots of nooks and crannies for flour to remain), and then exit as cut grains or flour out the silicone chute (due to its narrower passage, it can be slightly more difficult to clean). The Komo Grain Mill comes with an extra set of mill stones and an extended silicone insert/chute so that you can use one set for specific “grains” (ie gluten-free or legumes) and the other on another set (ie. wheat or grains in general) while reducing or eliminating the risk for cross-contamination. And, the inserts are quite easy to switch out – just remove the hopper, turn the screw and pop them out! Here is a shot of the extra mill stones and insert that we received with instructions…
It works like a DREAM. Surprisingly quiet, it is noticeably at work, but not as noisy as our blender, the Komo Grain Mill perfectly pulverizes grains to your desired consistency. There are 12 settings; the coarsest setting gives you cracked grain (shown below left), while the finest setting offers nice “pastry flour” quality (shown below middle).
To achieve superfine brown rice flour (which can be SO pricey in stores) I simply ran the flour through two more times on the finest setting (shown above right). It even floured the tiniest of grains, such as amaranth.
The Komo Grain Mill is practical and actually kind of fun to use, too. My niece loved it, and honestly, I was searching for more grains to grind. It is so easy – just flip the switch and pour the grains in the hopper. Instantly, your desired flour emerges. The hopper accommodates a big load (2.2 lbs), but since we use gluten-free grains a lot, one of my favorite features is that you can grind teeny tiny amounts if that’s all you need. Those recipes that call for 1/4 cup of five different flours drive me nuts. You buy bags of each, only to scratch the surface while the rest goes rancid in the cupboard (who has the space in their freezer for all of those flours?). I was able to grind just a tablespoon of grain in the Komo Grain Mill – no amount was too small! And though it appears very fast, it is actually a “slow” grinder, which helps to keep the grains and resultant flour cool.
It’s attractive and petite – for an industrial grinder. Lightweight it is not (perhaps 10 lbs), but I love the look of the Komo Grain Mill and its relatively compact, ergonomic shape. I was worried about counter space, but it actually fits nicely in an unusable corner, adding a splash of baker’s décor.
I realize this is a big ticket purchase – a wonderful gift indeed for the baker on your list – so I put together a brief video in my kitchen (this was on my own time – it isn’t a paid review or video!) to quickly demo the Komo Grain Mill (formerly a Nutrimill Harvest Grain Mill):
To Purchase: See the L’Equip website at www.lequip.com or www.boschmixers.com for more product and purchasing information. The Komo Grain Mill, now Komo Grain Mill, is also sold online from retailers such as Amazon.