Many years ago (prior to Y2K), Sir Knight and I made some major preparedness investments. One of the investments we made was the Diamant grain grinder from Lehman's Non-electric. What an incredible piece of equipment it has proven to be! We have used our grain grinder for over ten years to grind everything from pastry flour to cracked corn. We have ground wheat (of every variety), beans, buckwheat, corn - just about anything you can think of. The only thing the Diamant won't grind is peanuts (because of the oils that are present).
Because the Diamant has a huge flywheel it is relatively easy to turn. Of course the finer you want your flour, the harder the work. Cracking grains is a snap and takes very little effort. The handle is huge, so there is plenty of room for two people to stand opposite each other and grind at the same time - many hands make light work! There is a spot on the Diamant flywheel for a v-belt, so hooking it up to an engine is relatively simple.
One of the selling points for us was the fact that not only could the Diamant provide the finest flours available, it could also crack grains for animal feeds. We wanted the ability to crack our own homegrown grains in the event of a total economic collapse or worse. The Diamant is a proven workhorse, often bolted in the village square in its native Denmark to provide the residents with a reliable grinding source.
Last year, I knocked our Diamant off the counter. One bolt and the front casing broke and I was devastated. A call to Lehman's later, and we were back in business. Lehman's carries a full line of replacement parts for the Diamant. The newer Diamants are made in Poland rather than Denmark. I have heard nothing of their losing quality after their move.
The Diamant is one of the better preparedness investments we have made. We would unequivocally give the Diamant four out of five stars. The only reason this grinder didn't earn a five star rating is the price (which is out of this world).
A grain grinder is one of the best preparedness purchases a family can make. Choose wisely.
6 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup grated smoked Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/3 cup milk
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 450 degree. Brush a madeleine pan with 2 tablespoons of melted butter, set aside. In a bowl, combine cornmeal, cheese, green onion, flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and paprika, mixing well. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine milk, eggs and remaining 4 tablespoons butter, whisking well. Add milk mixture to cornmeal mixture, mixing until just combined. Spoon dough into prepared pan. Bake until hushpuppies are golden brown and cooked through, approximately 12 minutes.
|Mixing dry ingredients|
|Stirring to combine|
|Spooning into prepared pan|