A Healthy Twist

There are many good reasons to work freshly ground flaxseed into your diet, and the Blossom Flaxmill makes it easy to start the healthy habit. Why flaxseed? It’s been hailed as a wonder food that can help lower cholesterol, improve digestive health, and fight ailments including diabetes and heart disease. It's high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytochemicals called lignans. In its ground form, nutty-tasting flaxseed is easy to add to breakfast cereal, sprinkle on a salad, mix into yogurt and smoothies, or bake into cookies and breads. Plus, the ground form is easier to digest than whole flaxseed, which can potentially pass through your intestine undigested, which limits the health benefits. Whole flaxseed is available at most grocery stores, but the tricky part is getting it into ground form. Pre-ground flaxseed is available, but it can have a short shelf life. We discovered a better alternative in the handheld Blossom Flaxmill, which is designed specifically to handle the small size and shape of flaxseeds (it also works on sesame seeds). It comes from Spice Ratchet Mills, a kitchenware company led by Kelly Dyer in Alaska (Kelly is the creator of the multifunction Blossom Trivet too.) We’re keeping our Flaxmills ready to go, right next to the salt and pepper, as a daily reminder to grind a little flaxseed into our meals—a quick effort for a hearty nutritional payoff.

Spice Ratchet Mills

Blossom Flaxmill

A Healthy Twist

There are many good reasons to work freshly ground flaxseed into your diet, and the Blossom Flaxmill makes it easy to start the healthy habit. Why flaxseed? It’s been hailed as a wonder food that can help lower cholesterol, improve digestive health, and fight ailments including diabetes and heart disease. It's high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytochemicals called lignans. In its ground form, nutty-tasting flaxseed is easy to add to breakfast cereal, sprinkle on a salad, mix into yogurt and smoothies, or bake into cookies and breads. Plus, the ground form is easier to digest than whole flaxseed, which can potentially pass through your intestine undigested, which limits the health benefits. Whole flaxseed is available at most grocery stores, but the tricky part is getting it into ground form. Pre-ground flaxseed is available, but it can have a short shelf life. We discovered a better alternative in the handheld Blossom Flaxmill, which is designed specifically to handle the small size and shape of flaxseeds (it also works on sesame seeds). It comes from Spice Ratchet Mills, a kitchenware company led by Kelly Dyer in Alaska (Kelly is the creator of the multifunction Blossom Trivet too.) We’re keeping our Flaxmills ready to go, right next to the salt and pepper, as a daily reminder to grind a little flaxseed into our meals—a quick effort for a hearty nutritional payoff.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kelly
    Kelly

    Hello Daily Grommet community! I’m Kelly Dyer, the founder of Spice Ratchet Mills LLC. I am excited to have this opportunity to introduce our Blossom Flaxmill.

    As we all know, flax is an extremely nutrient rich seed with high levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. However, flax must be ground in order to access all the nutritional benefits. If you’re not using flax yet, you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to sprinkle flax over the foods you already enjoy with our flaxmill. I can’t wait to chat with you more about Blossom Flaxmill!

  •  Patty G
    Patty G
    2/21/2013 12:09 PM

    Does the flax have to be toasted before grinding? Can I use the flax I find at the local market (I think it's Bob's Red Mill brand)?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 12:17 PM

    @ Patty G

    Nope, you do not need to toast the flax. Just pour that flax you found at the store into the mill and you're good to go!

  •  Jennifer G
    Jennifer G
    2/21/2013 12:12 PM

    Hi Kelly,

    I am looking for a grinder for my almonds (into flour) and was wondering if your grinder would be appropriate for that job. Thanks. Jennifer

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 12:20 PM

    @ Jennifer G

    Sadly, no. Our mill is dedicated to flax and sesame (the way the ceramic rotor and stator are shaped is specific to the seeds). We're always looking ahead toward new innovations, so perhaps in the future : )

  •  Jennifer
    Jennifer
    2/21/2013 3:45 PM

    @Kelly Dyer

    Thank you for your honest email :)

    Jennifer

  •  j
    j
    2/21/2013 12:25 PM

    how is this flax mill different from those put out by krups or black & decker? thanks!

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 12:32 PM

    @ j

    Krupps and Black & Decker are electric grinders - mainly for coffee beans. So you end up pulverizing the seeds and you need to clean out the grinder any time you want to use flax instead of coffee (unless you want that coffee taste...). In addition, you're going to have to make batches of ground flax (which will need to be carefully stored) instead of being able to sprinkle just what you need over your food.

  •  j
    j
    2/21/2013 12:37 PM

    @Kelly Dyer

    thanks for the explanation, makes sense! i don't drink coffee so that wouldn't be a concern, but as-needed use instead of bulk grinding is a good point. thanks again!

  • Ellen
    Ellen
    2/21/2013 12:39 PM

    What about grinding other seeds like cumin or fennel?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 12:54 PM

    @Ellen Feibel

    Spices that are similar in size to flax seeds can absolutely be ground. We tested with cumin, anise, and fennel. The twisting might take a bit more effort, but the grounds release such a lovely smell and flavor!

    Note: mustard and cardamom are too hard to be ground.

  •  Cecilia
    Cecilia
    2/21/2013 12:45 PM

    Is the grinding mechanism adjustable, like the one of pepper grinders? How is this different from a pepper (or salt) grinder?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 1:05 PM

    @ Cecilia

    The grinding mechanism should be tight in order to crush the flax seeds totally. The goal of the mill is to cast off the seedcoat to access the nutrition inside. If you loosen the mill you wont be gaining the full benefits of crushed flax, as whole seeds simply pass through your system.

    Our mill is different due to its specialized grinding mechanism. Most salt and pepper mills either allow whole seeds to pass through or are extremely hard to twist with flax in the mill.

  • DONNA
    DONNA
    2/21/2013 2:54 PM

    I must be careful / avoid seeds due to diverticulitis. Does the

    grinder grind the flax to a powder form or are there tiny spikey edges that would make me sick again ?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 3:22 PM

    @DONNA SAXON

    I’m sorry to hear about that painful issue! Our mill crushes, but does not turn flax into a super fine powder (though sesame does get very fine).

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 4:01 PM

    We would like to thank everyone for their comments! If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Daily Grommet. We hope Blossom Flaxmill can help, one person at a time, to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Spice Ratchet Mills

Blossom Flaxmill

A Healthy Twist

There are many good reasons to work freshly ground flaxseed into your diet, and the Blossom Flaxmill makes it easy to start the healthy habit.

Why flaxseed? It’s been hailed as a wonder food that can help lower cholesterol, improve digestive health, and fight ailments including diabetes and heart disease. It's high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytochemicals called lignans.

In its ground form, nutty-tasting flaxseed is easy to add to breakfast cereal, sprinkle on a salad, mix into yogurt and smoothies, or
bake into cookies and breads. Plus, the ground form is easier to digest than whole flaxseed, which can potentially pass through your intestine undigested, which limits the health benefits.

Whole flaxseed is available at most grocery stores, but the tricky part is getting it into ground form. Pre-ground flaxseed is available, but it can have a short shelf life.

We discovered a better alternative in the handheld Blossom Flaxmill, which is designed specifically to handle the small size and shape of flaxseeds (it also works on sesame seeds). It comes from Spice Ratchet Mills, a kitchenware company led by Kelly Dyer in Alaska (Kelly is the creator of the multifunction Blossom Trivet too.)

We’re keeping our Flaxmills ready to go, right next to the salt and pepper, as a daily reminder to grind a little flaxseed into our meals—a quick effort for a hearty nutritional payoff.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kelly
    Kelly

    Hello Daily Grommet community! I’m Kelly Dyer, the founder of Spice Ratchet Mills LLC. I am excited to have this opportunity to introduce our Blossom Flaxmill.

    As we all know, flax is an extremely nutrient rich seed with high levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. However, flax must be ground in order to access all the nutritional benefits. If you’re not using flax yet, you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to sprinkle flax over the foods you already enjoy with our flaxmill. I can’t wait to chat with you more about Blossom Flaxmill!

  •  Patty G
    Patty G
    2/21/2013 12:09 PM

    Does the flax have to be toasted before grinding? Can I use the flax I find at the local market (I think it's Bob's Red Mill brand)?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 12:17 PM

    @ Patty G

    Nope, you do not need to toast the flax. Just pour that flax you found at the store into the mill and you're good to go!

  •  Jennifer G
    Jennifer G
    2/21/2013 12:12 PM

    Hi Kelly,

    I am looking for a grinder for my almonds (into flour) and was wondering if your grinder would be appropriate for that job. Thanks. Jennifer

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 12:20 PM

    @ Jennifer G

    Sadly, no. Our mill is dedicated to flax and sesame (the way the ceramic rotor and stator are shaped is specific to the seeds). We're always looking ahead toward new innovations, so perhaps in the future : )

  •  Jennifer
    Jennifer
    2/21/2013 3:45 PM

    @Kelly Dyer

    Thank you for your honest email :)

    Jennifer

  •  j
    j
    2/21/2013 12:25 PM

    how is this flax mill different from those put out by krups or black & decker? thanks!

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 12:32 PM

    @ j

    Krupps and Black & Decker are electric grinders - mainly for coffee beans. So you end up pulverizing the seeds and you need to clean out the grinder any time you want to use flax instead of coffee (unless you want that coffee taste...). In addition, you're going to have to make batches of ground flax (which will need to be carefully stored) instead of being able to sprinkle just what you need over your food.

  •  j
    j
    2/21/2013 12:37 PM

    @Kelly Dyer

    thanks for the explanation, makes sense! i don't drink coffee so that wouldn't be a concern, but as-needed use instead of bulk grinding is a good point. thanks again!

  • Ellen
    Ellen
    2/21/2013 12:39 PM

    What about grinding other seeds like cumin or fennel?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 12:54 PM

    @Ellen Feibel

    Spices that are similar in size to flax seeds can absolutely be ground. We tested with cumin, anise, and fennel. The twisting might take a bit more effort, but the grounds release such a lovely smell and flavor!

    Note: mustard and cardamom are too hard to be ground.

  •  Cecilia
    Cecilia
    2/21/2013 12:45 PM

    Is the grinding mechanism adjustable, like the one of pepper grinders? How is this different from a pepper (or salt) grinder?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 1:05 PM

    @ Cecilia

    The grinding mechanism should be tight in order to crush the flax seeds totally. The goal of the mill is to cast off the seedcoat to access the nutrition inside. If you loosen the mill you wont be gaining the full benefits of crushed flax, as whole seeds simply pass through your system.

    Our mill is different due to its specialized grinding mechanism. Most salt and pepper mills either allow whole seeds to pass through or are extremely hard to twist with flax in the mill.

  • DONNA
    DONNA
    2/21/2013 2:54 PM

    I must be careful / avoid seeds due to diverticulitis. Does the

    grinder grind the flax to a powder form or are there tiny spikey edges that would make me sick again ?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 3:22 PM

    @DONNA SAXON

    I’m sorry to hear about that painful issue! Our mill crushes, but does not turn flax into a super fine powder (though sesame does get very fine).

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    2/21/2013 4:01 PM

    We would like to thank everyone for their comments! If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Daily Grommet. We hope Blossom Flaxmill can help, one person at a time, to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.