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Christmas Gift Guide: My Favorite Grain Mill (and enter to win one, too!)

by Crystal on December 2, 2010

This Christmas Gift Guide is underwritten by Pier 1. Pier 1 is your one stop for unique, imported decor, gifts, furniture, glassware and more this holiday season.

I know this might not be your run-of-the mill gift (pun entirely intended!), but I cannot recommend having a grain mill highly enough if you use a lot of whole wheat flour and other whole grains in your cooking and baking.

A grain mill allows you to purchase wheat or other grains in bulk — at a much-discounted price! — and then grind them up fresh to use in your baking. Store bought whole-wheat flour doesn’t hold a candle to freshly-ground flour. Not only is it much more nutrient-rich when used quickly after being ground, but it is also so much finer.

If you think whole wheat baked goods must be heavy, gritty and dense, guess again. By grinding your own Spring wheat, you can create 100% whole-wheat light and fluffy breads, muffins, cakes and more!

Plus, you can use a grain mill to grind a variety of other grains. This is especially helpful if you’re on a gluten-free diet. So long as you’ve not contaminated your mill with grains containing gluten, you can grind gluten-free grains yourself — saving yourself from having to purchase expensive gluten-free flours!

There are many different mills on the market, but my favorite is the KTEC Kitchen Mill. It’s sturdy, does a great job, lasts for a very long time and is economical. The only drawback is that it is loud and it does produce dust. We always use it outside or in the garage in order to prevent dust in our home (and to cut down on the noise level!)

Would you like to win a KTEC Kitchen Mill? To enter to win, just click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address. I’m buying one grain mill for a reader here this week just because I want to bless you all with this appliance that has been such a great help to me! One winner will be chosen and posted next Wednesday.

Enter the Giveaway

The winners of the waffle maker giveaway were: Andrea (andreajesus10@) and Tonja (gogirlccc@)

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1 Michelle Kilcoyne December 2, 2010 at 4:37 am

What an awesome gift! I have been researching grain mills. We have been going through a lot of dietary changes with our youngest son. We are going on a gluten free diet after his procedure later this month. This would be such a money saver for us and a very nutritional benefit for him.

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2 Tammy Jaycox December 2, 2010 at 6:13 am

Crystal,

Where do you purchase your grain? Thank you. Tammy

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3 Tosha Kelly December 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Would love a mill to make our own sugar-free bread!

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4 Teresa December 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I would absolutely love to win this grain mill. In reading your site for over a year now, along with a few others, I am very motivated to using a grain mill in my family’s cooking. Thanks for the opportunity.

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5 Jeni December 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Wow, I had no idea we could buy an appliance for such a use. What timing because I was starting to wonder if they even sell whole-grain wheat flour at the grocery store. I would love to win this!

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6 Trinity December 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

This is really neat. I would love to add this to my kitchen.

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7 Rebekah Jarrett December 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

This is the same one that my mom has and it is absolutely wonderful!!!

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8 Nancy December 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Great looking grain mill

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9 Katrina Lowe December 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Yes, yes, yes, i would luv to win one of these puppies!!! oh santa, be good to me this year! thanks crstal, i really enjoy your blog! holiday greetings, from katrina

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10 Jerica Reece December 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I am a reformed city girl, living in the boonies for the last 3 years. I love looking for things I can create with my own hands, as to have a healthier lifestyle for my family.

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11 Lauren December 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm

That’s so generous of you! I’d love to have a mill, but haven’t had the money to get one yet. Thank you so much for doing this giveaway!

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12 gayatri December 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm

wow.. I like it very much the machine. it is good for health ,our own flour.. rice flour, wheat flour..

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13 Jo December 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I would love love to win this mill. I already make my own home-made bread, and I have been thinking of making the next step toward milling my own grains.

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14 Naomi December 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm

My husband’s family grinds their own wheat flour. I was married this past August and have started using whole wheat flour. I love cooking healthy for my husbands. Once you use whole wheat it is hard to eat the regular white flour. It would be a blessing to get the grain mill – nice Christmas present. Thank you for the opportunity.

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15 Jodi December 2, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Wow – please enter me! Thanks!

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16 Esther Haas December 2, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I was wondering were you get you your grain from?

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17 elaine h December 2, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Love the idea

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18 Linda Duty December 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I have wanted one of these for a long time. Thank You for the giveaway

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19 Joanna December 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I am very impressed with this machine. I have a friend who has a grain mill and I have been asking her questions. I would love to start making our own bread for helth benefits.

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20 Carissa December 2, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Where do you buy the wheat berries?

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21 Lisa Schoultz December 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm

wow! i didn’t even know such a product was out there for household use. where is the best place to get the wheat in bulk. this totally sounds like something i would want to do.

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22 rene smith December 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I’d love to have a mill. I’ve used the vitamix, but it isn’t a mill by a long shot!

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23 Robyn O. December 3, 2010 at 9:24 pm

What a surprise to see Wheat Montana Prairie Gold in this post! That’s what I’ve been buying. I’d love to win this mill so I can grind my own, though. Are you from Montana?

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24 Debbie Rhoades December 4, 2010 at 2:08 am

We love home made wheat bread. This would be wonderful!

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25 Debbie Rhoades December 4, 2010 at 2:08 am

Thank you for making this offer!

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26 Jack Ripple December 6, 2010 at 2:54 am

I would love to use this while listening to my Grinderman music CD. :)

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27 Danielle Hoover December 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

OOOh, I’d love to have this! My family is just getting started in learning to eat more whole foods. Where do you buy your grains in bulk from?

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28 Sarah S December 8, 2010 at 1:38 am

I am intrigued by the thought of grinding my own flour…..but where in the world does one acquire un-ground wheat berries and corn kernels??????

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29 Megan December 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Is the giveaway closed? Tried to click on link and it said it was closed.

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