The much anticipated Wheat Grind-off and CarbFest has come and gone.
Many thanks to Jenny Boyer and our participants for pulling together a fun informative evening! Kudos to all who brought such yummy carb-laden treats for our consumption. Special thanks to the flag-maker...fine start and finish flags!
|The wheat, of course|
|In this corner we have Contestant #1: The cheaper-if-you-buy-five...K-Tec|
|In this corner Contestant #2: The large, the sleek, the favored...Nutrimill|
|Contestant #3 The I-may-be-small-but-I-still-get-the-job-done Hand Grinder|
|And in this corner Contestant #4: The Wonder Mill a.k.a. Whisper Mill|
|And finally Contestant #5: The "oldie-but-goodie" stone grinder, a.k.a The Church Grinder|
|The fearless organizer and the uninitiated operator|
|The dynamic duo|
|The father and son team|
|The confident old-hat|
|The willing conscript|
|A few of the judging audience and participants fortifying themselves|
Here's how the scoring worked. Each grinder was judged and scored by each observer on eight qualities of fine grinding: Cost, speed, ease of use, ease of cleaning, batch capacity, noise, quality of coarse grind (cracked wheat) and quality of fine grind (flour). Then the scores were totaled.
The winner is...Nutrimill...[and the crowd goes wild with cheering]...[the applause is deafening!] (Good thing we had those fluorescent orange ear plugs.) We loved that the wheat could be pre-loaded, no fussing over carefully feeding it a few kernels at a time, and that the batch capacity was great. We loved how easy it was to clean, though we're not sure if the cleaning-man is included in the price or not.
The very close 2nd place goes to the Wonder Mill. Great speed, good capacity, nice fine flour. We know why the name was changed from the misleading Whisper Mill, though. Extra points that one piece was missing but it still worked fine.
The Church Grinder did the best for price...free!...of course. You can borrow it any time; just bring it back in good order and clean.
Surprisingly the Hand Grinder did very well in several categories...price, noise and cracked wheat. And if the power goes out we'll be lining up for the privilege of its use.
|Good sports, one and all|
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