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KoMo Flocino Oat/Grain Flaker
Whether baked, cooked or raw, food tastes sooo much better when it's fresh—and oats are no exception. Our customers use their grain flakers more to make fresh oatmeal from oat groats than for any other use, and love the delicious difference they get with just-rolled.
A variety of other grains can be flaked with the Flocino, including wheat, rye, barley and millet, with a little preparation. These grains are normally dry and hard. To soften them, hold them under running water briefly in a strainer. Then spread the grains on a cloth or towel to let them dry over night or for at least 3-4 hours. This time will vary depending on the grain used, but a little experimentation will help optimize the process. The softened grain will flatten nicely into flakes, similar to commercially available rolled oats. At the same time this contact with water starts an enzymatic process which makes it easier for your metabolism to assimilate the minerals in the grain.
“This makes flaking fresh oats a breeze. Love having the option to store oats groats long term and flake whenever we want fresh oats.”
– Kathy V., KS
The KoMo Flocino flaker uses finely serrated stainless steel rollers with an adjustable roller gap, and has very low turning effort. Its large beechwood base and hopper lid give the Flocino a solid base, and a pair of included clamps hold the flaker solidly to your table or counter (up to 2-9/16" thick edge.)
The quality, high strength components of all KoMo products assure long service life. The Flocino's hopper capacity is 9.4 oz, and it stands 9.25" tall.
Pleasant Hill Grain carries a wide range of oat groats.
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A roller mill was the one tool missing from our grain processing arsenal, so after speaking with a rep from PHG, we pulled the trigger and bought the Flocino. Clamped to our table, it is rock solid and easy to operate. I'm impressed with how quickly it produces rolled oats - my youngest daughter (age 8) was able to produce 2 cups of rolled oats in a few minutes of intermittent cranking. The offset rollers seem to be more efficient than the more standard cylindrical rollers on other mills.
We have not yet tried other grains, and plan to pre-soak the wheat so it rolls rather than cracks. The oatmeal is amazing - we had no idea what we were missing. If you are making rolled oats for a crowd, give yourself some time, but it is well worth the investment. My eldest daughter (a baker by trade) is excited to be using the mill to produce rolled grain for use in her rustic breads.
One minor downside is how low the mill sits, so you need to use a short receptacle for the rolled grain (like a cereal bowl or a short glass). I would like to see a taller version of the mill, but by no means does it take away from how pleased I am with the performance.5 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Every morning it's just a few turns of the handle to go from groats to the freshest possible oatmeal. Wow! The KoMo Flocino flaker is a five star product.
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This is a very easy to use tool to flake the grains. You trade off a little extra arm motion to get ease of use. Kids love to use this. Our other flaker self broke apart after a few months of use, but this one is going strong! The freshly flaked oatmeal tastes better to me, less stale than oatmeal out of a box. The only annoyance is the bottom cover of ours falls off easily, but I can't find a reason it has to be there, so we just keep it off. Your flaker cover might not do that though.3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
I haven't used this too much, but it does seem to work well! My only 'complaint' is I wish the hole was just a tad bit bigger. I've had grain get stuck going through. I might have softened it too much though. Overall, I do like it and plan on starting to use it more! I've been pretty happy with the flakes.3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
The plastic bottom plate tends to loosen. Doesn't drop off, though. To make it mobile, I built a wooden stand so it can be stored under the upper cabinets when not in use, and slid out to the front of the countertop when needed. Didn't want to clamp it to counter edge. The stand base holds the groats container between uses.3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Note: Hard wheat does not roll, but makes more of a cracked wheat. I have read that soaking the wheat (then drying? ) will allow it to roll (but I have not yet tried). Soft wheat rolls similarly to oats, which is to say, it does not look quite like the flakes of store bought rolled oats. While this roller makes oats that are flaky, there is a fair bit of the oats that are broken up. Even so, it is still very oatmeal-like in texture/appearance. Perhaps if I really wanted it to be all perfect flakes I would try soaking the grains before rolling to see if that helped.
With no experience with other rollers to compare this to, it seems fair enough. Not rock solid in build-feel, but feels okay. In using it 2-3 times weekly for about 3 months, there have been two times now when rolling oats where oats stop rolling—the handle will turn but with nothing being rolled. Must be some kind of light jam in the funnel I suppose, since tipping out the oats from the hopper and refilling it cleared the issue. If it happens again I will try sticking a butter knife down in the grain in the hopper to see if that gets things rolling again (since unclamping and tipping the oats out of the roller is a minor hassle).
Takes just a few minutes to roll two cups of oats, soft wheat, and/or triticale.3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
This makes flaking fresh oats a breeze. Love having the option to store oats groats long term and flake when we want oats.3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
I agree with other reviewers, that this sits really low on the counter and is frustrating not being able to just fill up a bigger bowl. Not a deal breaker, as they say, but seems like a design issue that could be improved on. Other than that, this is a great tool for flaking oatmeal. Haven't tried other flakers but this is a piece of cake to mill with. Also, the funnel getting clogged doesn't happen that often but when it does, a chop stick works great!1 person found this review helpful. Did you?
I use my Flocino frequently. It's easy to set up and take down (I don't have a place to leave it clamped to the counter all the time.) It grinds beautifully and is a much higher quality than my last flaker. It's easy to crank, and all my grandchildren ages 2 to 11 take turns cranking and love eating Grandma's oatmeal.Was this review helpful to you?
|Manufacturer Part Number||0201|
|Product Weight||3-1/4 lb.|
|Housing Material||Beech wood|
|Warranty Length||3 years|
|Country of Manufacture||Germany|