Grinding Herbs, Roots, & Spices with the WonderMill Grain Mill

herbs1Ever wondered if your grain mill can grind some more unconventional items? A lot of people don’t realize that the WonderMill electric grain mill is actually able to grind several varieties of herbs, roots, and spices. Let’s take a look at what some of those are.

WonderMillThe number one general rule to keep in mind when you are determining what to grind in your WonderMill is that everything must be completely dehydrated and not of an oily nature. However, even with that in mind, it can be tricky to know exactly which items will safely run through the WonderMill without clogging. There have been several tests done to provide conclusions about what will work to grind in the WonderMill and what won’t. Today I’m going to share with you a couple handy lists for some of those items.

Herbs, roots, and spices that the WonderMill CAN grind:

Anise Seed
Basil
Black Peppercorn
Collinsonia Root
Ginger Root, Dried
Red Chili Peppers
Rocksalt
Rosemary Spice
Thyme Spice

Herbs, roots, and spices that you should NOT grind with your WonderMill:

Cardamom Seed
Chamomile
Cinnamon Sticks
Cloves
Dried Carrots
Garlic Chips
Moringa Olifera

Broadly speaking, electric grain mills like the WonderMill are a little more delicate about what they can successfully grind. If you really need a mill that will grind practically anything, we carry two excellent hand-grinding grain mills, the Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Grain Mill and the Country Living Grain Mill.

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Country Living Hand Mill

Wonder Junior Mill

Wonder Junior Hand Mill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both of these can grind a huge variety of herbs, roots, and spices, including, but not limited to:

Anise Seed
Basil
Black Peppercorn
Cacao Nibs
Cardamom Seed
Chamomile
Cinnamon Sticks
Cloves
Coffee Beans
Dill Seed
Garlic Chips, Dried
Ginger Root, Dried
Green Tea, dried
Greenthread Stalks
Lavendar Flower
Moringa Olifera
Onion Flakes
Red Chili Peppers
Rocksalt
Rosemary Spice
Thyme Spice

Sometimes deciding which mill is right for your particular needs can be challenging. That’s why we’re here for you! Feel free to browse and search our other blog articles, or just give us a call anytime at 205.202.9235. Our friendly and knowledgable staff will be happy to assist you and answer questions!

Posted in Grain Mills, Kitchen Basics.

2 Comments

  1. Hi, I’m trying to grind up acacia bark into a powder. It is tough and fibrous, such that even the Blendtec blender I have couldn’t get it into a powder, just a fibrous mass.

    What can you recommend? Looking to spend under $350 for sure, as I can get a hammer mill on ebay for about that much

    Thanks..

  2. Our Wonder Junior mill is a very sturdy hand-operated mill that can grind a lot of tough items without a problem. It is currently priced at $219. Electric mills are out of the question because they clog much more easily and can’t be taken apart and cleaned.

    That being said, acacia bark in particular has not been tested in the mill by the manufacturer of the Wonder Junior, and therefore if you did grind acacia bark with it, unfortunately it would void the warranty. If it would help to know some items that the Wonder Junior mill has been tested and approved to grind, here are a few: cinnamon sticks, green thread stalks, tapioca pearls. There are many other items that it can grind, but those are a few that seem on the tougher end of the spectrum.

    If you would like, you’re welcome to send a sample of the acacia bark to the manufacturer so they can test it. Let us know if you would like to do that and we’d be happy to provide further instruction.

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