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#1 of 7 Old 08-24-2010, 04:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I know you ladies can help me out here. My friend works for a great school who raise an organic garden that helps provide the school with food and they just received grant money and want to buy a good fruit press and a grain mill. Let me know what you gals recommend.

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I'm in love with my kitchen aid grain mill. I don't know how much the school will use it. If they plan on a lot, check out restaurant supply stores like wasserstroms or restaurant equippers (sorry if those are regional)

If they are going for a learning experience, they may want to look into the old style stones, where you lay the grain out and roll the giant rock around on it. I know they can still be found. Let me look. BRB.

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Electric? Everybody I know swears by the Nutrimill Grain Mill or whatever it's called.
Hand crank? I can't remember the name, but I think it has a black handle and white hopper dealie. Pretty neat, and quite the arm workout.

Fruit press... are you thinking like the Squeezo or a cider press or something different altogether?

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I think electric is fine for the grain mill. Thanks Lanna.

I think she is thinking a cider press. They grow lots of fruit.

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I'm in love with my kitchen aid grain mill. I don't know how much the school will use it. If they plan on a lot, check out restaurant supply stores like wasserstroms or restaurant equippers (sorry if those are regional)
I'm so happy to see someone say that they like their kitchenaid mill. I was researching them today and kept trying to decide between a Nutrimill and the kitchenaid. Actually, it was more like settle for a kitchenaid or wait until $200 magically shows up in the budget to get a Nutrimill.

I'm really leaning toward the kitchenaid at this point. Do you mill it coarse and then re-mill it finer? I read some bad things about melting the gear box and that scared me a little bit, but as long as I'm aware of the issue and don't abuse the machine to much, it should work, right!?

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Do you mill it coarse and then re-mill it finer? I read some bad things about melting the gear box and that scared me a little bit, but as long as I'm aware of the issue and don't abuse the machine to much, it should work, right!?
I do, after it's all said and done, I will run it through three or four times. It strains a little if you dump a ton in all at once. I have found it works best if you run a little at a time. I usually only grind what I am about to use so I don't really grind pounds at a time!

We're talking about the attachment right? I have heard people say it broke their kitchen aid, but I have an older food service one that is actually Hobart It's tank like.

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We're talking about the attachment right? I have heard people say it broke their kitchen aid, but I have an older food service one that is actually Hobart It's tank like.
Yes, that's the attachment I am looking to buy. I have the KA professional and we took it apart yesterday to look at the gears and they're all steel. After seeing that, I decided to go ahead and get it. I can't wait to try it out.

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