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 Posted: Mon Sep 24th, 2007 07:49 pm
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I recently received a Nutrimill, and was looking forward to freshly ground grits and cornmeal, but the corn will not feed into the mill.  Are there any special tricks to being able to grind corn?

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 Posted: Mon Sep 24th, 2007 10:15 pm
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What kind of corn are you trying to use?

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It is white corn from Breadbeckers.  What kind should I use?

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Try putting the mill on the coarsest setting to allow the larger kernels through. If that does not work, stick with popcorn. The kernels are smaller and should not be a problem.

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Here is what the Bread Becker home office has to say:

Even with the popcorn, it will be slower than grinding wheat.  The problem with the Nutrimill is that grain feeds into the milling heads sideways, requiring the slight vibrations of the spinning milling heads to move the grains.  So, big stuff like corn doesn't move as well (or as fast) as small grains like wheat. 

The Wondermill feeds grain vertically and is helped by gravity; but does require a little vibration as it goes through the area that regulates the fineness/coarseness setting.

If the corn kernels are really large, they won't go thru either mill very well.  And the corn that gets hung up will get burned by the extra friction.  It will also cause the Nutrimill to sound like it is working really hard - but it is okay to grind corn.

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The first time the white corn wouldn't work, I tried popcorn.  The popcorn worked but slowly (and made wonderful cornbread  :D).  The white corn does not seem to feed at all.  There is no grinding sound, and no indentation in the top of the grain pile to indicate that it is feeding through.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 25th, 2007 08:56 pm
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I have always told people buying the Nutrimill to just use popcorn kernels.

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Regular corn works, but you cannot fill the hopper up.  Only put about a cup or so in the hopper at a time.  Add more as it grinds.  I've used both the Nutrimill and the Wonder/Whisper Mill.  They both work better that way.  The Nutrimill give a coarser grind than the Wonder/Whisper mill.  Makes the BEST grits and cornbread you have ever eaten.

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What setting do you put it on to grind popcorn into cornmeal.  I'm nervous about doing it as I have a friend whose Nutrimill went out after she ground corn. She had to send it in to be serviced. I was wondering if she could've put it on the wrong setting.

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Put it on the coarse setting. That should open up the heads to let the kernels through.

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I was just wondering if any of you had ever heard of problems grinding popcorn in your mill.  I have occasionally ground popcorn with absolutely great results.  A friend had a mill blow up on her (that's her wording, but the mill broke all apart inside the casing, with a loud noise).  She sent it in I think to nutrimill (not sure) and they sent her a new one.  The next one quit working on her after a few months.  She was wondering if it was because she ground popcorn alot  in her mill..like at least 3 days a week.  Anyone else mill popcorn that frequently?  Any similiar issues you've heard of.

 

I've made myself hungry for grits now.

 

Alison in KY

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