I easily justified buying a grain mill once I saw how cheaply you can purchase bulk wheat berries which store very well in airtight containers in the garage. Deciding on the right grain mill took forever. For me it came down to an issue of counterspace and cupboard space. We have a tiny kitchen with neither. I spent whole nights on breadmaking forums and googling for grain mills. It seems you can either spend about $200 or about $1,000. There wasn’t much in between.
The romantic idea of manually grinding my own grain soon disappeared when I read posts on how long it actually took to grind enough for a few loaves of bread (30 minutes?) The people who did it didn’t mind because it was exercise they quipped. Clearly their lives do not border on the degree of chaos and insanity that mine does.
In the end I chose this one:
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