Friday, May 1, 2009

Motorized liberation



I may say I'm into slow food, but I have my limits. I've been wanting to get a grain mill for a long time, but never saw the wisdom in paying three to four hundred bucks for a motorized mill when I'd knew I never use it more than once or twice a week. And after milling a couple of pounds of grain with the admittedly very nicely built hand mill at the farm (below, left), neither was I interested in doing the work that previous generations of millers had found so loathsome that they foisted it off on slaves and oxen.

Man, talk about boring work. Look, the only reason I'm smiling in the photo is that I realize that if I'm going to do the work of an idiot, I should look like one.

So imagine my delight when I found this nicely made mill from Messerschmidt, the same company that helped to make World War II such a memorable experience for Allied air forces. My new grain mill attaches to my KitchenAid mixer and frees me up to do more intellectually stimulating things like daydream, for example. It also comes with a base and hand crank for when my backup generator runs out of propane and I need to make flour for the bread I can't bake in my electric oven , or for when I feel like reliving the good old days when millers would have killed to have a motor to relieve them of the burden of having to pull a millstone or worse, having to beat someone else into submission to make them pull it for them.

3 comments:

Scotty said...

May one ask where you found it?

Cameron Siguenza said...

Nice grain mill. I didn't know Messerschmidt was still around, but it makes sense.

This is what I use.

http://www.countrylivinggrainmills.com/index.php?action=store&section=mill&item=mill

Cameron Siguenza said...

Oh - I meant to mention that I take this to a cabin during cabin season to grind for bread since the cabin has no electricity (or telephone/cell phone etc)...