I was gifted with the Blendtec Kitchen mill six years ago. It was used - who knows how old - and given all the cosmetic damage, hadn’t been well cared for.

I’ll admit that at first, I wasn’t too thrilled with the gifter’s generosity, but when I realized that I could buy brown rice for roughly 6% of what I could buy brown rice flour for, I decided to pull the mill out and give it a try.

Six years later, that same grinder is still going strong, saving us hundreds of dollars each year as we grind our own fresh gluten-free flours, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

"Six years later, that same grinder is still going strong, saving us hundreds of dollars each year...and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!"

Set up of the Blendtec Kitchen Flour Mill is super easy. You literally just plug it in on your kitchen countertop, twist the fineness indicator to your preferred setting (I always keep in on the finest setting), hit the on switch and start adding your grain!

I like to grind enough rice flour to last a few weeks at one time - several pounds - and love that it’s large enough to handle those big jobs, but I also love that this mill is small enough, and easy enough to setup, that I can pull it out to grind a cup or two of specialty flour (such as millet), without it being a big ordeal.

The one drawback to this mill, which I’m pretty sure is common to all flour mills, is that it’s noisy. Not something you want to run during the baby’s nap for sure. Our work around for that is storing a pair of ear plugs in the cupboard with the mill. And of course, it’s easy enough to shoo the kids to another room, or outside while I’m grinding.

It’s a small price to pay for all the money saved, not to mention the nutrition gained by grinding our own flour.