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COUNTRY STORE: GRIT editors share a selection of useful products for the homestead.

Flour Power

Based on more than 40 years of experience developing stone grain and flour mills, the Mockmill 100 Stone Grain Mill provides the ideal solution for anyone wanting to make delicious foods from freshly milled flour. Editor Rebecca Martin has used the Mockmill 100 as well as its pricier cousin, the KoMo (also made by Wolfgang Mock's company). "As a bread maker, I like the option of grinding my own flour--just enough to make a single loaf at a time," says Rebecca. "It's easier to store grain in a way that keeps it fresh longer than store-bought flour. Plus, freshly ground flour is more nutritious than commercial, and the flavor is much better too."

The Mockmill 100 stone grain mill has stepless adjustments from very fine to coarse and can grind approximately 1 cup of soft wheat per minute. Rebecca says, "It's fast and easy to use, and the housing wipes clean easily. Like other Mock products, it has a multi-year warranty."

$299 at www.Brit.com/Store, 866-803-7096

Create the Perfect Block of Butter

Our editors are fueled by prodigious amounts of homemade bread during winter (case in point, "Simple Homemade Sourdough Bread," Page 24)--and nothing goes better with fresh-baked bread than homemade butter.

Named after the founder's great-aunt Mary, who churned, pressed, and sold butter from her small herd of Jerseys, the Sweet Mary's mold is handmade in Sparta, Tennessee, and it's available in either maple or cherry wood.

"The Sweet Mary's mold puts out an incredibly accurate 1-pound block of butter with no fuss," editor Russell Mullin says. "I especially like that there's no need to soak this mold in water before using it--and the hardwood construction is attractive, sturdy, and easy to clean and maintain." The mold releases fresh butter easily because it's treated with organic coconut oil--just reapply oil as needed. Although the mold is designed to press exactly 1 pound of freshly made butter, you can also produce smaller blocks by controlling the position of the press.

$64.50 at www.Grit.com/Store, 866-803-7096

Reusable Wrap

With the goal of eliminating plastics in her family's kitchen, Sarah Kaeck rediscovered an old tradition: infusing cotton fabric with beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. The result is a handy alternative to plastic wrap. Kaeck's company, Bee's Wrap, produces a washable, reusable, and compostable food wrap that's handmade in Bristol, Vermont. The warmth of your hands makes the wrap supple and pliable so it will conform to the food you're storing within. Used a few times per week, the wrap will last up to a year. When it's at the end of its useful life, you can compost the organic wrap or cut it into strips to use as a firestarter. The beeswax is sourced from sustainably managed hives in the U.S., and the fabric and printing are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.

Editor Rebecca Martin has used Bee's Wrap for several years on cheese, vegetables, bread, fruit, and baked goods. "It keeps cheeses and homemade bread fresh for days. It's so easy to reuse--just wipe it clean or shake off the crumbs, and fold it up in a drawer until you need to use it again."

Single wraps starting at $6.60 3-pack of medium-sized wraps for $19 Variety pack of assorted sizes for $42 www.Grit.com/Store, 866-803-7096

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Date:Jan 1, 2019
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