This post includes affiliate links. If you use one of the links and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our site
Spring is definitely in the air here and it makes me want to get the house ready for the next season. That includes cleaning my Nutrimill Harvest Grain Mill.
Our family loves bread. Fresh fluffy yeasted loaves, tangy chewy sourdough, crispy english muffins, blueberry muffins, heck, I’ll even throw cookies in there. We use a lot of flour, which means this grain mill sees a lot of action. In order to get the kitchen ready for the next season I decided it was time to give the Nurtimill Harvest Grain Mill a good clean.
Before I started cleaning, I decided to dig out my instruction manual and read it throughly before I pulled my grain mill apart. I would suggest that you do the same. Except I couldn’t find my instruction manual, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you can’t find yours either. Lucky for both of us Nurtimill has a digital copy of the user manual posted on their website. Please read it. Seriously. It’s not long, and there are pictures. This is an expensive piece of equipment and you don’t want to be taking any chances with your families flour (and therefore bread) supply. Of course this post is for information purposes only. You should always follow the manufacture’s instructions and guidelines when you servicing any of your equipment. Lastly, please ensure that your mill is unplugged before you decide to clean it. Safety first, friends!
Taking Apart the Nutrmill Harvest Grain Mill
The first step in cleaning your Nurtimill Harvest grain mill is removing the hopper. In order to remove my hopper I simply has to twist it counter clockwise and then lift straight out. Removing the hopper is going to give you access to the milling stones.
Once I had the hopper off, I simply lifted off the top milling stone. Now that both stones are exposed it is much easier to give this thing a good clean. It’s important to remember NEVER to use water when cleaning the stones. I used the supplied cleaning brush and a clean cotton rag in order to remove any of the residue and dust in the mill.
Once I had dusted and wiped off the milling stones and inside of the Nurtimill Harvest grain mill I moved on to cleaning the exterior. I used the supplied brush to sweep out the flour outlet. Then I used my good ol’ cotton rag to get rid of all the dust and residue from the outside of the mill.
Putting the Nurtimill Harvest Back Together
After everything was dusted and wipe down, I simply replaced the top milling stone in the Nurtimill and put the hopper back on. It wasn’t difficult but you do need to make sure everything is lined up properly. Again, it would be a shame to get impatient now and jeopardize our bread, I mean flour, supply.
Once the mill was put back together I ran 2 cups of rice through the mill at a fine setting. Why rice? Rice is an extremely hard grain. Grinding rice at a fine setting will help scrape residual oils off the milling stones. The milling stone should have a rough texture. Oils from grains being milled can build up on the stones, thus smoothing the stones out. Removing the oils will help roughen up the texture of the stones. Even if you don’t feeling like taking the entire Nutrimill Harvest grain mill apart to clean it, running rice through the mill occasionally will help keep it running at it’s best.
Such a formal heading for the end of an informal post, I know. Cleaning my Nurtimill Harvest grain mill is one of those tasks I have been putting off for way too long. After reading the instructions (which you are going to do too, right) it turned out to be simple, straightforward, and it took me 10 mins. The results have paid off. My mill is running smoother. The flour is a nicer texture. I don’t leave dust and bits on the counter from the edge of the machine. I’m so glad that I took the time to give my mill a good spring cleaning.
Shop This Post
Nurtimill Harvest Grain Mill https://amzn.to/3TBeAhW