I have written about grinding your own flour on more than one occasion, (Read about the basics about grinding wheat, fresh ground flour in a bread maker or making six loaves of bread at once.) and grinding your own flour is essential to becoming self-reliant and to eating a diet based on whole foods. This accident tradition has been greatly modernized and is easier than it has ever been in human history! Even the off-grid grinders have a modern flare and are affordable.
If you'd read any of my previous bread posts you know I have a Nutrimill Grain Mill (I talk more about it and demonstrate it here). It's the only electric mill I own and I did a lot of research before I purchased it. I use it regularly and it's a great home grain mill. So when I saw this accessory kit I thought it might make a nice addition to my mill. It is basically a bucket that fits under the mill to catch the flour in a plastic bag instead of the plastic container that comes with the Nutrimill.
This was especially appealing to me because I don't use the Nutrimill every time I make bread. I usually grind up an entire 25lb bag of flour at once, then place it in the freezer and use it over a month. The Nutrimill is a great machine, but I do spend a fair amount of time spooning the flour into plastic bags for freezer storage. The best part is that Nutrimill claims that there is no mess to clean up because the flour is contained in the plastic bag. So naturally I wanted to test that claim.
L’EQUIP Fresh Flour Bagger Accessory Review:
Here is what comes with the kit. A bucket, directions, a plastic cup (separator cup), a lid with a filter, a ring to help the lid and the Nutrimill attach to the bucket and some bags.
The bucket is plastic and not unlike the 5 gallon buckets we are all familiar with. The bucket is smaller and doesn't hold 5 gallons but a 5 gallon bucket lid will fit on the top.
This is the ring that holds the plastic bags.
It fits on the bucket.
The bags are bigger than a typical 1 gallon plastic bag. I didn't measure but I suspect that these hold around a gallon and a half. I do have some 2 gallon plastic bags and I did compare them. The 2 gallon bag is longer but the width is similar. The bags are disposable, but they are very expensive so I plan to wash them and re-use them. When they are worn out I'm sure I will move to the 2 gallon plastic bags that are less expensive than buying replacements for these bags.
I will say that the bags are designed to be written on and have a place for you to write what type of flour is in the bag, the date it was milled and who it was milled by. Presented in these bags freshly ground flour would make a great gift. Who wouldn't like to receive a 5 lb of fresh milled wheat (or whatever grain you'd like to share)? If I were going to give fresh milled flour as a gift I would purchase these bags because they make a great presentation and at about $1.25 a bag make an affordable gift. However, for everyday use that's way too expensive for this girl!
Wrap the edges of the bags around the top.
The bags fit into the bucket perfectly.
This is the part that the Nutrimill will sit on and it looks very similar to the top that goes on the plastic bowl that comes with the Nutrimill. The separator cup separates exhaust air from the flour during milling and the filter fits on in a similar manner to how it fits on top of the Nutrimill bowl.
If you don't use the separator cup cup the flour will go everywhere in your kitchen. Ask me how I know!
Just pop the cup into place.
Then put the air filter in.
The top with the cup sits on top of the bag holder.
The two tops lock together.
This is the bagger accessory put together without the Nutrimill.
To put the Nutrimill on top of the bagger accessory you need to remove the top of the mill (the part that has the motor).
On the left is the top part of the Nutrimill, in the middle is the bagger accessory, then on the right is the bottom half of the Nutrimill (the plastic container part).
This is what it looks like all put together. Yeah, it's pretty tall.
I opened a case of wheat. This is what the wheat berries look like.
An entire can fits in the hopper. DO NOT forget to remove the oxygen absorber.
It worked beautifully!!
No mess in the bucket either, just a bag full of freshly milled flour.
So except for the cost of the bags this is a great accessory!! Like I said though, I'll find a way around using those expensive bags.
For now, I'll just wash and re-use these.