Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Big Slice of Humble Pie: Wonder Mill Junior Deluxe Review Redux

After I posted my less than stellar review of the Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Grain Mill, I had this nagging feeling I was doing something wrong. All those great reviews of this product from numerous sources just couldn't be wrong, could they? I went back and read through my research, looking for any clue as to why my grain mill wasn't producing much flour.

I got the clue I needed from this four part series of YouTube videos.

I watched David (one of those YouTube preppers who regularly cracks me up) assemble his Wonder Mill.

Check. Did that right.

I watched Dave start grinding wheat and getting copious amounts of flour.


I paid close attention and then smacked myself in the head. Hubby Dear and I are officially idiots. Wanna know why?

We had been turning the handle in the wrong direction!! You're not going to get good results if you don't use it properly! I don't even want to admit how long we worked on that mill yesterday. We are s-t-u-p-i-d.

In our defense, the owner's manual doesn't say what direction you should turn the handle. (Clockwise, for fellow hapless grain millers). I guess I should be glad we're getting the kinks worked out now instead of during TEOTWAWKI.

Mostly I just feel dumb.

Hubby Dear getting the job done
Hubby Dear ground a cup of wheat into fine flour in.......three minutes. I cranked through the remainder of the 1 lb "break-in" wheat and I'm fixin' to grind some more for some bread.

In summary, my review of the Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Grain Mill is now completely positive. It is sturdy and it does work - if you use it correctly!


  1. I am glad to find out the grain mill is working well. Running a new piece of equipment is not an easy task, especially if you have not been exposed to it before. That's why its good to find this out now before TEOTWAWKI. Thanks for the update!

  2. The funniest follow-up post ever (and *totally* something I would do)!

    I'm so glad that it's working properly now! :-)

  3. THANK HEAVENS - because mine is scheduled to be delivered this week ;)

  4. Hello Emily : This is John -President of the Wondermill Co. I was just about to send you an email when I saw that you had posted again about turning the wrong way. I was very relieved to see you were having success. I was about to tell you to send it in and we would send a new one. I was sure you must have had something wrong with the mill but I couldn't imagine what . I was glad to hear it was a simple answer and also it is a good point . we are coming out with a new owners manual and I promise it will be much clearer about which way to turn the handle- Thanks for your positive review and let us know if you have any problems Sincerely John Hofman at the Wondermill Company

  5. Hey, I'm glad to see you had a better experience with the Wonder Jr. that second time. Did you ever revisit it and see what else it could grind? These guys used the Wonder Jr. to grind up peanut butter and it looks delicious....

  6. Hello, I just found this post as I'm thinking about buying a Wonder Mill Jr. Are you still satisfied with the mill? It is impressive that it ground a cup of flour in 3 minutes. Do you feel like the flour you get is as fine as commercially bought whole wheat flour, or do you wish the mill could grind it finer? Thanks!

    1. Hi nickh,

      I don't actually use my Wonder Mill Jr. very much (to be honest, not at all) since I bought an electric Nutrimill. I kept the Wonder Mill Jr. for emergencies but it can't touch the speed and convenience of electric. The Wonder Mill Jr. does produce fine flour, though I not quite as fine as what I get from my Nutrimill.

      Hope this helps.

    2. Yes, that helps, thanks a lot.