The photo above shows the Family Grain Mill Oat Flaker opened. It takes only about ten seconds to remove the front half of the flaker like this, making it extremely easy to inspect and clean after use.
The Family Grain Mill oat flaker can be used with many other grains. Softer grains flake the best. Most of our customers who buy the flaker mill use it as an oat flaker, to turn oat groats into fresh homemade oatmeal. The finished product is not like the paper-thin oats commercially available... oats flaked with the Family Grain Mill oat flaker are thicker, chewier, and fresh—with no preservatives added. You start with oat groats. Oat groats are oats with the kernel's indigestible hull removed. Pleasant Hill Grain offers oat groats here.
In addition to oats, harder grains including wheat, rye, barley and millet can be flaked too, with a little preparation. These grains are hard and brittle, and would normally shatter rather than crush. 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 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 crush and flatten, rather than shattering. At the same time this contact with water starts an enzymatic process which makes it easier for you to assimilate the minerals in the grain. It's important to never run anything that feels damp through the flaker. Also, after doing this procedure with any grain that’s been soaked and dried, be sure to open the flaker when finished to be sure the roller mechanism is clean. Any damp residue would cause corrosion over time, which would not be covered by your warranty.
This oat flaker mill can be operated by hand crank or motor drive base. Whichever drive option you choose (and many of our customers purchase both), the oat flaker snaps onto either drive base in seconds. Other milling and processing options for the Family Grain Mill include a grain milling head, food processor, and a grinder for meat and other foods. Operation could not be easier: Just pour oat groats into the oat flaker's large hopper (illustrated at link below), turn the crank or flip the motor drive switch, and flaked oats drop into your container beneath the oat flaker. The engineering, build quality and durability of this German-made oat flaker mill are excellent.