March 31, 2016

KoMo Flour Mill Giveaway!

Many of you who follow this blog and my Instagram feed have inquired about the beautiful wooden flour mill that I use to freshly mill my grains into flour. 


In fact, there has been so much interest in the mill that the wonderful folks at Pleasant Hill Grain - the American distributor of the KoMo grain mills and flakers - have offered to give a gorgeous KoMo Classic mill to a very lucky Kitchen Vignettes reader. I'm beyond excited that one of you will get to have your very own flour mill and experience the pure joy of fresh-milled flour because there really is nothing like it!!

When we were looking around for a portable flour mill to mill our homegrown grains, we shopped for quite a while and the KoMo mill stood out for many reasons. Aside from being impeccably crafted, it has a powerful and solid motor that quickly turns whole grains into flour of any texture. By simply rotating the hopper, you can adjust for the texture of flour you want, achieving everything from roughly cracked grains, to very coarse flour, to ultra-fine flour. So not only do you have a great degree of control over the milling process, but the mill is also incredibly simple to operate: you just pour the grains into the hopper and out comes the most fragrant, sweet-smelling, fresh flour.



Unbeknownst to a lot of people, much of the whole grain flour we buy has been shipped long distances and left on store shelves for far too long. Many packaged flours have gone rancid even before we purchase them! I'm always surprised how often friends and family don't notice when their flour has gone rancid. I think it's because we've actually become accustomed to the taste of rancid flour and we don't consider flour as a living product with a shelf life. While whole, unmilled grains have a shelf life of many years, as soon as they are milled into flour, the flour becomes perishable and can go rancid within just a few months' time. In fact, some of the vitamin content begins to diminish within just days of the flour being milled. The most important reason I use freshly-milled flour though, is because it makes the best-tasting bread and baked goods. So I'm a huge advocate for home-milling (or sourcing) fresh flour whenever possible. The milling only takes a few minutes and it's incredibly satisfying.




If you’re new to the KoMo Classic mill, here’s the low-down: the mill is built in Austria and beautifully handcrafted out of native beechwood or new American Walnut with finger-jointed corners. All dry grains can be ground in it, including soft or hard wheat, oat groats (dehulled oats), rice, triticale, kamut, spelt, buckwheat, barley, rye, millet, teff, quinoa, amaranth, sorghum and dent (field) corn. It will also grind lentils, dry beans (pinto, red, garbanzo, kidney & more), and dried, non-oily spices. (It isn't suitable for herbs, oilseeds like flax or sesame, popcorn, or fibrous materials). 

For people who wish to mill gluten-free flours, Pleasant Hill Grain sells an interchangeable insert that allows the mill to grind different materials without cross-contamination. Using this accessory, your KoMo mill can be used with gluten-containing grains (such as wheat) as well as gluten-free grains (such as teff), without the risk of getting any gluten into your gluten-free flour. The insert is not included in this giveaway, but it can purchased separately here.

Having access to a grain mill really makes you fall in love with the magnificent world of whole grains and the incredible diversity of nutritious and tasty flours that can take your cooking and baking to a whole other level.

You can see the KoMo mill at work in several of my Kitchen Vignettes videos, including the one for Roasted Squash Cornbread where I mill fresh cornmeal from whole field corn kernels and this one for Whole Wheat Groaning Cake. And here's my latest, featuring Rye Crepes:



The KoMo giveaway will run all through the month of April and Rafflecopter will randomly choose a winner on May 1st - just in time for Mother’s Day (hint hint! this would make a wonderful present for any bakers in your life!) The model that Pleasant Hill Grain is giving away is the KoMo Classic grain mill and the winner may choose between the American Walnut or native beechwood housing. 




*Please note that this giveaway is only open to residents of the United States. You may also enter the giveaway on my Facebook page. Once you log-in to enter the giveaway, you will see 5 different choices of actions you can take. For each one you do, you will get 5 points, for a potential total of 25 points, increasing your odds of winning. Some of the options can even be repeated each day throughout the giveaway, such as tweeting or visiting the Pleasant Hill Grain website, to increase your odds even more. Good luck everyone!


117 comments:

  1. Such a great tool and beautiful too!

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing about the KoMo Mill! I've been wanting to see what all this whole grain I've had stored away will bake up like using freshly ground product <3

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  3. This is awesome! I have wanted to mill my own grain for a while, this would be an excellent place to start!

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  4. I have never had fresh milled wheat and wheat breads are one of my favorite foods. I love to bake and am very good at it. I also already bought 3 kinds of spring wheat seeds to plant this year. It will be my first time growing wheat. If it fails there are some very good organic growers that I can order fresh wheat from. I really can't wait to especially try the Sonoran wheat that I've heard such good things about.

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  5. This is such a beautiful tool! I'd love to have one for baking bread. Even if I don't win, I might save up for one.

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  6. Whoa, this looks great. High quality flour makes such a difference.

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  7. Ohhhhh yes! This is so exciting! :D I've been lurking this product since I saw you use it on your KV/PBS video...I agree with Erin, even if I don't win, I've been saving up for one!

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  8. This would be a great change in my all-day kitchen life :) Thank you !

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  9. Love how beautiful this mill is, and how wonderful it would be to have fresh flour!

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  10. OMG I would love this mill. I buy wheat berries and would love to make my own flour.

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  11. This is amazing! So many of my friends are are gluten intolerant and don't have access to good, fresh alternative flours - So excited for this!

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  12. I would LOVE to win this flour mill. Milling my own flour is something that sounds so interesting and I'd love to experiment with it, but I can't see myself actually buying a mill at my current situation in life. To win one would allow me to begin a new adventure in the kitchen, something I won't be able to do without it.

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  13. Thanks for sharing about the Komo mill. Over the last year, we've transitioned to all organic wheat, which can get very expensive. I would like to make fresh bread each week and cut out the store bought sandwich breads. This would be a good way to do that... Also, because it is so perishable, so much of the good part of wheat is left out of store bought flour. This looks like a beautiful machine and I would love to have one!

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  14. I love to bake and my cousin-in-law introduced me to fresh ground grains :) She has a KoMo mill and I've always thought they were so beautiful. I'd love to have one of my own and to bake with my own fresh ground grains!

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  15. This flour mill would be an amazing addition to my kitchen because I am gluten intolerant. Research has come out recently that ancient grains are tolerable to people like me. Having the grain mill would allow me to make fresh bread the way bread was intended with enzymes from fresh milled flour and the nutrients intact, which makes the bread more digestible. My experiments with this so far have been personally successful. I can only imagine how wonderful fresh milled flour makes bread taste, especially with Anson Mills grains!

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  16. We grow and preserve almost all our own food and LOVE cooking/baking from scratch. This would be a welcomed aid for us for sure! ... I just so look forward to your posts/videos. Keep up the good work.

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  17. I grind my coffee from whole beans to get it fresh and would love to do the same with my flour!

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  18. I would love to win this mill! As you mentioned this would be a great mothers day present, I will gift it to my mom. She is such a hard worker and an amazing cook. Every time I turn around she is either cooking or watching kitchen vignettes, we are both huge fans of Kitchen Vignettes. <3

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  19. Oh my, a friend just got one and YES I am jealous!! What a treat it would be to win this. Thank you.

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  20. I have a home baking business and being able to mill my own flour would put my baked goods over the top! Great giveaway!

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  21. Yes, I would love to use an authentic flour mill. I have grown my own wheat and used a hand grinder or food processor but the flour does't look like what I see being milled in kitchen vignettes. I am second generation Italian so I make my own pasta, bread and cookies. I would love to see the difference a KoMo Flour Mill would make.

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  22. My goodness it is beautiful! I would love to start my milling with this. The hand grinder I had simply didn't do the job, and I've been looking for a better version.

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  23. Seems as if I have my hands working with flour almost everyday, preparing something delightful for my family. As I am trying to use more whole grains, the KoMo Flour Mill would be a nice addition to my kitchen. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  24. so I could have some really good fresh flour.

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  25. How wonderful that you and the folks at Pleasant Hill Grain are giving away this beauty. I'm a wild-yeast sourdough bread maker and still milling my flour in a coffee grinder! I've been saving my pennies, nickels and dimes a couple of years, and not even close to buying this mill--yet. Am I selfish enough to hope I win? Of course I am, but whoever gets it is going to be one lucky baker. Thank you for this tantalizing possibility. I'll have flour dust in my dreams tonight.

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  26. I can make own spices for curries

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  27. What a beautiful mill! The way you cook is my aspiration. I already bake my own bread but this would take my fresh loaves to the next level. The KoMo Mill looks amazing. I'm curious why someone would want to grind lentils, but hopefully I can win the mill and find out!

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  28. I have been baking all of my own bread and would love to use freshly milled flours. What a nice way to inspire creativity! And the mill looks absolutely beautiful.

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  29. I'd love to try baking with fresh milled flour!

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  30. I am still relatively new to baking but would love to know what fresh milled flour is like! I think it would really up my baking game.

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  31. This would be a great way to mill and have a beautiful object for my kitchen. Thanks

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  32. I think this is the next step for me (milling my own flour.) I currently make my own gluten free flour blends. Love your blog! Thank you!

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  33. So excited to enter, I'd love to see the difference freshly milled flour will make in my baking.

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  34. I would love to mill locally grown flour for our bakery!

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  35. I tried to enter but wasn't sure if my comment went through. I would love to mill my own flour!

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  36. This KoMo mill is so beautiful! I can imagine that it would be one of those tools that lasts for decades and is well-loved and passed down. As for what I'd do with it, I am trying to be less reliant on generic flour (the more I learn about industrial ag, and bleaching, and bromination....!). I try to support local flour mills where I can, and there are some great ones nearby here in Oregon, but I still sometimes buy generic because of costs. I'd love to have a mill which would help us stretch the budget by buying local whole grains... and end up with FRESH flour!

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  37. So beautiful!!! I'm interested in having it as a piece on my counter...and in the difference it would make in breads!

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  38. This is so exciting! I have wanted a flour mill for the longest time. I bake a lot of bread and would love to use freshly milled flour!

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  39. what a gorgeous machine! my son is gluten free, so is love to grind my own grains for him!

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  40. I'd love one to be able to make more healthful flour for my family.

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  41. I have always wanted to grind my own grains! I didn't know it could be so easy!

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  42. Such a generous and beautiful giveaway!

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  43. After doing a lot of reading on properly prepared foods, foods with giant nutrient stores that most folks don't realize how to extract and use, we have started sprouting our wheat berries and have been looking for a nice, dependable grain mill. Looks like this one fits the bill!

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  44. I also love the craftsmanship that went into these mills!

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  45. What a beautiful mill! My husband is a woodworker and appreciates the construction!

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  47. ellen warshofsky4 April 2016 at 11:22

    I grew up on wonder bread, Hawaiian Punch and margarine...I have the health issues one might expect to have with such a diet in the growing years. My children also suffer from health issues related to this, and I have thankfully learned a great deal about healthy eating in recent years. My journey to healthy eating has been exciting. I am very proud that I have learned to really cook, and am lacto fermenting my own sauerkraut, pickles and kombucha tea for healthy probiotics. I also only cook/bake with healthy fats. Baking bread was entirely new to me and so much more affordable than trying to buy "healthy" breads without high fructose corn syrup etc. I no longer purchase any bread products or mixes from the store. I have wanted to grind my own grains for breads, pancakes, all baked goods for quite a while. Thus far we have been unable to afford to purchase this wonderful grain grinder. The Komo Classic would add so much nutrition to my families diet. Winning this would be a dream come true and would help me nourish my family as we are all meant to be nourished, with real and delicious food!!

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  48. Jumping in for this one. Definitely will go on my Xmas list if I don't win. Have been browsing mills for awhile and this is certainly the prettiest one out there!

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  50. I wait to grind grains for when I visit my sister to use her Vitamix. Having my own grinder would allow me to have fresher flour more often!! :)

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  51. This is so beautiful. I just started making bread - sourdough mostly. I love it so much and have been buying flour from the farmers market and just found out I can do it myself at home. I just love the idea! Bread is such a classic food in our world - and when it's done right I think it's not even as bad as we keep saying it is which is so exciting because it is so good to eat! So kind to give one of these away!

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  52. What a great opportunity!

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  53. So stoked about this!
    - Brooke Mitchell

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  54. Would really love this because I got a grain CSA this year and all of this wheat is dying to be milled

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  55. I have been coveting one of these!! To grind my own flour would be the next level of homesteading that I would love to dive into. Thank you for this chance to win!

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  56. I grew up with the luxury of a mother who freshly milled her own flour and baked our bread. I would love to own this flour mill! Thank you.

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  57. What a beautiful and useful tool!

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  58. A friend recently gave us some of her sourdough starter and my world of bread-making is forever changed! This beautifully crafted grain mill would be incredible to use... And being able to buy maine-grown grains and grind them ourselves would be a dream. thanks for sharing your favourite mill with all of us!

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  59. It would be fine if we won this grain mill!

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  60. I'd love to win this for my birthday! Living in North Dakota, we are not spoiled by huge choice of wholesome products and it would be amazing to have ability to make flour at home as needed! �� thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  61. I've been expanding my baking horizons the past few years, and one thing that's clear is quality in = quality out (plus a little bit of skill). I'd love the opportunity to freshly mill flours for baking as well as cooking! Homemade pasta is one of my favorite dishes to make!!

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  62. I just started following recipes from Dr. Alejandro Junger's book 'Clean Eats' and Peter Reinhart's 'The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking'. KoMo flour mill will be indispensable!

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  63. I would love to win a flour mill for all my baking. :)

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  64. I would love to win a flour mill for all my baking. :)

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  65. My husband and I have admired your beautiful flour mill from afar for a while now! We're currently expecting our first baby in June, and plan to share our love of cooking locally, responsibly and sustainably sourced foods with her. Your show and tools are such an inspiration for this; especially the gorgeous KoMo flour mill! :) Thank you so much, and fingers crossed!

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  66. In a quest to consume more local food this mill would allow us to source our flour for homemade bread, pasta, and pizza closer to home!

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  67. I am committed to experiencing superior nutrition; the KoMo Classic Grain Mill answers that choice. It's exceptionally handsome hardwood cabinetry is beautiful to behold. High Vibes!

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  68. I'd like to make bread with a more coarse flour than I can find in the grocery store.

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  69. beautiful rustic machine i hope we can make breads together, My mom is a baker from generations learning from my grandmother they used to get their flour from a huge rock mill in Guican, Colombia. A small town in the Andes mountains it would be a treat for her to make her own flour.

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  70. I'm so excited about this give away!

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  71. I have bread baking in the oven right now. The smell of bread baking is wonderful. I have tried to grind wheat in the dry container of my Vitamix, but with the amount of flour I need to make large batches of bread, it's not convenient and it's difficult to get a uniform consistency. The KoMo grinder is beautiful to look at, and from the reviews I've read, works as good as it looks.

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  72. Looks awesome. I've been using the dry VitaMix attachment but this looks even better.

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  73. I've wanted a grain mill for years and this would be so amazing! All of the mills are so incredible

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  74. I would LOVE to win because I am sick and tired of the processed flours sold in the market with all sorts of additives. I would like to make good product with this machine for all the baking and cooking that I do.

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  75. I would LOVE to win this mill! So exciting!

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  76. Hello Aubergine! What an inspiring and informative post--I would love to have this mill!

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  77. Processed grains and flours are the bane of my existence. I believe I'd actually be able to go back to making bread every week if I ground my own flours. This would be awesome to own!

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  78. I have been baking a lot of breads, cookies, pies and cakes. Grinding my own flour would take my baking to a whole new level!

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  79. I love baking and this beautiful wooden mill would add a new level of quality ingredients for my baking! Beautiful site, looking forward to trying lilac coconut tarts!

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  80. Jennifer Bailey17 April 2016 at 10:10

    Amazing giveaway! I would love to have one of these and to teach my daughters about the value of making our own food from the ground up.

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  81. I love this giveaway! It's a very beautiful mill and my husband and I would have so much fun learning how to use it!

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  82. My wife turned me on to this blog some time ago and the episode happened to feature the KoMo mill and since then I have wanted one desperately.

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  83. I grew up with my family who used flour mill and I would like to have one so my own family can enjoy the fresh flour.

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  84. What a wonderful gift! I love cooking and sharing nutritious food with others, and this gorgeous KoMo mill would be a tremendous addition to my everyday kitchen. Baking is one area I'm just starting to explore, and after reading Michael Pollan's "Cooked," I was inspired to start producing my own breads. I've just made my own sourdough starter, and using freshly milled flours will complete the pizza nights and dinners I host at my house for family and friends! PS I love your blog. Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us.

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  85. I would love to win! I will be able to mill fresh grains and create fresh breads for my family. Making food from scratch is important to me because I know what is going into my body and my families. I love your blog. If anything I would love to live a homemade,homegrown life. Like my great-grandmother who baked, put-up fresh canned tomatoes and knitted new pairs of mittens or socks for everyone.I know there is a little bit of her in me and in everyone. Thank you for your wonderful inspirational blog!

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  86. I think it would be amazing to make my own flour. When watching the documentary In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, I learned that our bread is far from what it was originally. Taking it back to basics would be fantastic. Basically, if my grandma didn't eat it - or would have no idea what it is - I shouldn't be eating it!

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  87. I've always LOVED stone ground grains...such as family's stone ground cornmeal pancakes and graham flour pancakesor rye scones!!! In the 60/70's it used to be easy to get those kinds of grains.....the very expensive now and packaged in fancy bags vs. being commonplace. I would love to win the grinder. It's hard to find the packaged grains that used to taste so good and aren't refined.

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  88. id like to make my own flour i think as a country girl this is a need to cooking great family meals

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  89. This is our third year participating in Pioneer Valley's grain CSA, and we would LOVE to have this grinder for our local grains!

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  90. This is our third year participating in Pioneer Valley's grain CSA, and we would LOVE to have this grinder for our local grains!

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  91. I love baking with freshly ground grains. So delicious! And I have several local sources.

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  92. Your website & blog are such an inspiration. Cooking with fresh milled grains makes such a difference, I can smell, taste, hear the deliciousness! Thank you for keeping me and so many others able to experience your beautiful journeys with you.

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  93. Hi Aube,
    I'm inspired! The mill is beautiful and grinding grain would be a fun and interesting tradition to do with my daughters and husband.

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  94. Such a beautiful mill and I've just begun looking into milling grain myself. This would be perfect!

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  95. Watching your videos is so therapeutic and motivating at the same time! Watching corn and rye being milled was so exciting and motivates me to want to do the same to feed my family with healthy quality grains. It also motivates me to share these grained flours with others

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  96. This would make our goal of eating as much local food as possible even easier.

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  97. I would love to be able to grind my own grain for my homemade breads.

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  98. I've watched your vignettes on PBS and was instantly inspired by your use of this mill!

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  99. This would be such an awesome kitchen additon.

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  100. My family would use this so daily! Thank you. Great blog. ��

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  101. I am also amazed at the flour people eat! I'm lucky to have a good source of locally milled flour, but I would really love to start doing it myself.

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  102. It would wonderful to be able to grind my sprouted grains :)

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  103. Thank you soooooo much for partnering with Pleasant Hill Grain and offering this amazing giveaway! �������� just found your site and in the nick of time. It would be a dream to own a Komo...super excited about the possibility of taking my grain baking to the next level in both taste and nutrition. Super fun!!! Going to go dig around on your site. �� Thanks so much!

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  104. Would love tto own and use a Komo mill and share it with my friends and family!

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  105. I used to grind all of our grain and would like to get back into it.

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  106. I used to grind all of our grain and would like to get back into it.

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  107. The mill is gorgeous enough to leave on the counter!

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  108. I didn't enter the contest, but just had to rave about my Komo mill. I noticed yours in your videos some time back, researched them, and then saved up and bought one a few months ago from Pleasant Hill Grain Company. I love it so, so much and it's so beautiful it never leaves the countertop. I've had fun experimenting with different kinds of wheat berries, and it's just so darn satisfying milling fresh flour right when you need it. I can't believe I never noticed how "off" my store bought flour smelled before. I guess I didn't have a reference point for what fresh flour smells like.

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  109. Roller Mill is provide the best machine in the flour milling very strong and Milling Machinery rigid construction gives the security of precise and long service.

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