Wharehuia & Taiapua demonstrate how to use a Heshlon Handmill
This Heshlon hand-mill is an attractively crafted grain mill used for milling all sorts of grains.
The milling motion is comfortable. The stones are quieter than an electric mill and this is much more pleasant.
Wharehuia demonstrates the mill here. The only disadvantage in this type of grain mill is that I cannot see an easy way to convert it to being pedal-powered or motorized.
The milling movement is different from the Rebekah mill. It has lot of leverage. The milling movement is a horizontal rotation in the Heshlon Handmill and a vertical rotation in the Rebekah Handmill.
Notice how the mill clamps to the side of the table. This very cool design allows the flour to fall through the hole in the lower bowl. See the hole. Put a bowl under it.
Pour grain into the bowl at the top like this. See the hole? This is where the freshly milled flour falls through.
Then start turning the handle. Fine flour will begin pouring from the stones. The trick is to keep the mill in motion once it’s moving. Then milling grain becomes easier.
It is not hard to turn. Children can mill wheat with relative ease.
See the flour start to fill the lower bowl. There’s a hole in the lower bowl with a wooden peg in it. Remove the peg. This leaves a hole for the fine flour to pour out.
As you turn the flour pours out the hole into the bowl you place there. So you can just keep milling more flour by simply swapping the bowl when it’s full.
This mill does look elegant in your kitchen and does not take up much space.
It packs away after use. It does not mark the table-top.
Cleaning it is easy. Simply undo the wingnut and shim. Remove the handle and top stone. Dust clean with a basting brush.
The bowl will catch all your fresh flour. In this case Wharehuia put an ice cream container on a stool under the mill. Use as large a bowl as you like.
All your freshly milled flour will fill the bowl.
If you get tired, ask your big brother to take turns milling the grain.
Taiapua and Wharehuia are both milling in an clockwise direction with their right hands. It’s easier for right-handed people to use their right hand and mill in an an anticlockwise direction. Try it both ways.
I bought a 2nd hand mortar and pestle off TradeMe to mill my oily seeds and grind whole black peppers. Others use a blender to mill oily seeds. As I use only small amounts, a mortar and pestle works fine for me. It cost me NZD $15 2nd hand. They are NZD $30 – $40 new.