- 1 Characteristics
- 2 Package Contents
- 3 At first sight
- 4 User’s manual
- 5 Control
- 6 Using
- 7 Testing
- 8 Conclusions
- 9 Pros
- 10 Cons
- 11 Video of the Komo FidiFloc 21
Two in one for lovers of healthy food.
Komo FidiFloc 21 is a two-in-one device: an electric mill for flour and a manual grain crusher for flakes. You can get acquainted with the description of appearance, our impressions from the operation and, of course, learn the results of tests of a rather exotic device.
Komo mills differ in power and types of processed raw materials. After studying the table of basic products with which Komo mills work, we learned that with the help of FidiFloc 21 you can get flour from soft grains (wheat, oats, rye, barley) and grind spices (pepper, coriander, zir, etc.). All Komo mills are not suitable for grinding fresh herbs and oilseeds (flax, sesame), soybeans, corn, hazelnuts, peanuts, sugar, coarse fibrous and oily substances.
|Type||electric home windmill and hand-held cereal-making device – grain washer|
|Country of manufacture||Austria|
|Millstone material||stone (corundum-ceramic alloy) / stainless steel|
|Mill diameter||75 mm|
|Boot container capacity||850 g / 100 g|
|Grinding speed||100-250 g / min|
|Power cord length||1.2 m|
|Dimensions of the device assembled (W × H × D) (without handwheel)||28 × 35 × 16 cm|
|Package dimensions (W × H × D)||36.5 × 37 × 27.5 cm|
|Device weight||8.9 kg|
|Weight with box||10.9 kg|
|Price||$ 600 at the time of publication of the article|
The device fell into our laboratory in a box of rather small size and typically cardboard light brown color. But the box was rather heavy. There are no images on it except for pictograms intended for warehouse workers. On the side is a sticker with the image of the device, its name and brief technical characteristics. The information is in English.
The space inside the box is organized with the help of cardboard inserts and seals holding the device and its parts in a stationary state. Opening the package, inside we found:
- mill housing;
- manual drive
- glass beaker
- the boot cover
- English manual and three other documents in German
At first sight
The case of the device is of rectangular shape made of beech. All corners and joints are rounded, the tree is perfectly processed, smooth to the touch, without cracks and splinters. The device consists of two parts: an electric mill located on the left, and a grain compactor built into the right half of the apparatus. The handle of the hand drive for the grain is attached to the right side.
A loading container is placed on top of the mill. Directly below it is a grinding scale: from the smallest to the left to the largest on the right. On top of the loading container is a lid, glued with a seal in the place of contact between the surfaces of the bowl and the lid.
A cylindrical aperture of flour exit is shown on the front on the body. At the bottom of the left side is the power button.
According to the manufacturer, the capacity of the bowl is about 850 g. Having unscrewed the loading capacity counter-clockwise, you can see a grinding chamber with two corundum-ceramic millstones horizontally installed there. The diameter of the millstones is 75 mm, the thickness of the millstones is 14 mm. The height of the gap between the millstones, and consequently, the grind value is set by means of springs.
FidiFloc – device for making flakes, is a pyramidal funnel, placed top down.
From above it is also closed by a triangular lid. In the cut top of the funnel there are two rotating steel rollers of conical shape and a fixed face. The capacity of the funnel is about 100 g of grain.
The notch under the grain separator is intended for installation of the glass that comes with the device. It looks like an ordinary glass.
At the bottom of the case there are four rubberized legs about 1 cm high and ventilation holes located under the electromechanic motor.
In general, the device looks extremely neat. All sides of the body are made of one piece of wood, so that the wood pattern smoothly flows from the face to the face. It looks really impressive. However, that FidiFloc 21 takes up a lot of space. However, this device is most likely needed by people who will use it regularly, which means they will allocate space in the kitchen for its permanent deployment. Do not forget that this device performs two functions at once, implemented in two different devices, so that in fact it takes up less space than a separately standing mill and a grain flattener.
Four documents were put into the box with the device. Unfortunately, three of them are in German, including a colorful booklet, which describes all the mills produced by Komo.
The English manual is a 30-page A5 brochure. The manual is one for all electric mills and grain flatters produced by Komo. The first pages of the manual are traditionally devoted to security measures when using such devices. The following is information about the design, management, assembly and disassembly of both mills and flake making devices. The only complaint to the authors of the brochure is that it is difficult to find information about this model, so the user is forced to read the entire document. The design of all devices is approximately the same, but it will be difficult for some users to compare the given data and images with the existing model of the mill, whose appearance may differ from those shown in the instruction. However, this remark applies only to those who first deal with such devices. By and large, having twisted any device it is possible to understand without the manual.
A section with a comparative table of the characteristics of all Komo mills and grain processors is interesting. This information will be especially useful when choosing a device. Almost the third part of the document is devoted to the description of the benefits of different crops, methods of preparing grain and other advice, why it is worthwhile to have a mill in the house. There are also two recipes for meals – whole grain bread and cereal for breakfast.
The last pages of the operation manual are devoted to the description of the company’s products, accessories and additional equipment that may be needed by people seriously involved in grinding flour.
Mill control is more than elementary. First, set the desired grinding degree by turning the charging cup clockwise or counter-clockwise. The device is switched on with the power switch. To start the process of grinding, the bowl should be covered with grain. The grinding setting can be adjusted as needed to get the desired texture flour.
Even a child can control the grain mill: you must fill the prepared grain in the funnel and start turning the lever in the direction away from you.
During operation, the mill must stand on a firm, level surface. The openings on the bottom of the appliance should remain open and not obstructed to provide the required ventilation. We did not find any recommendations for washing or preliminary cleaning of the device before the start of operation.
As we already mentioned above, the device is made in eco-style: beech wood, simple forms. Looks cute. Control of the mill does not cause any difficulties. You put the grain in a container, set the amount of grinding and turn on the button. The main thing – do not forget to put the bowl under the hole of the exit of flour.
The device includes a clamp for fastening to the table surface. However, due to its weight and lack of vibration during operation, the device stably stands on the table. Therefore, during operation, we did not take advantage of the opportunity to firmly fix the mill on the working surface.
The grinding can be adjusted directly during operation. So, if the user sees that the mill produces a wholemeal flour, you can always adjust the settings. We used this opportunity quite often. Especially when making wheat flour. For example, when the grind was set too fine, the millstones began to rub against each other, preventing the grain from passing, then we slightly turned the charging container to the right until the flour began to flow freely out of the cylindrical hole. In general, you should carefully monitor the speed and uniformity of flour output. If you set too fine grinding, the flour will be poured very slowly, and as a result, you can get flour mixed with millstone material. It was this kind of trouble that happened to us in one of the tests.
We saw no special need to collect and disassemble mechanisms for grinding and making flakes. Unless for cleaning, if something in the process of work went wrong. As a rule, problems can arise due to raw materials or their incorrect preparation. A little more about the preparation of raw materials for grain-weaving will be described in the section of practical tests. In any case, the removal of the loading bowl and the extraction of the millstones are carried out without difficulty. The same goes for the disassembly of the FidiFloc mechanism.
As for the grain-grinder, we can only express one remark. The length of the handle is quite large. The purpose of this is obvious – a long-length lever allows less effort when handling the grain. The goal is achieved – the child can also make oat flakes. However, in order to accomplish the process of flattening grain, the device must stand on the edge of the table. The handle can not make a circle because of its size. Consequently, the user receives a number of restrictions on the location of the device. Otherwise, the user will be forced to constantly move the device from place to place.
The glass included in the kit is inserted into the groove of the grain-processor. Instead of this glass, any suitable diameter and height can be used. When flattening, some of the flakes fall past the glass from the kit and any other. The very processes of flattening, and grinding are fairly clean. On the surface of the table gets a very small amount of finished product, especially if the user will be able to pick up an ideal container for height and volume.
Maintaining the device
The case of the device is made of beech plywood and beech wood and processed with vegetable oils. The body does not require special care, but the instruction recommends, as necessary, to treat the wooden surfaces with linseed oil.
The millstones and the grinding chamber are cleaned automatically each time the user grinds the grain using the coarse grinding setting. At least, the operating manual says so. Periodically, it is recommended to clean the millstones of flour residues, especially if the appliance has not been used for a long time. The cleaning is carried out using a vacuum cleaner. To do this, fill 2 or 3 tablespoons of barley or spelled in the bowl, set the mill for coarse grinding, turn on the device and, while it works, direct the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner first to the loading container, then to the flour exit hole. At the end of the tests, we cleaned the mill of flour residues with the help of a compressor: we removed the loading bowl, the upper millstone and processed the grinding chamber with compressed air. The upper millstone was cleaned with a brush.
Механизм для давления зерен чистится также незамысловато. Необходимо разобрать зернодавилку, сняв верхнюю панель и вытащив воронку. После этого оба вала можно очистить щеткой или сполоснуть под проточной водой.
The noise level can be assessed as very low. The power of the Komo FidiFloc 21 electromiller was varied depending on the raw material being processed and the grind value, on the average, from 140 to 220 W. During the tests, a maximum of 350 watts was recorded. We did not notice any extraneous smells or sounds when reaching peak capacities.
Neither in the instruction, nor on the site of sellers, we found nothing about the feasibility of processing in a mill of buckwheat. However, from this flour, beautiful pancakes are cooked, flour is often sold in stores, the grain itself is not rigid, so there should be no contraindications to the treatment. First we prepared medium flour. 200 g of buckwheat was processed 1 minute and 13 seconds. The mill demonstrated power in the range from 230 to 250 W.
Then we poured the resulting flour back into the feed container and set the regulator to fine grinding. But the process did not go. Millstones stalled, so we turned the regulator to the right until the flour began to pour freely into the container. The process lasted 1 minute and 25 seconds. Power increased to 290-350 W, which is higher than the nominal power specified by the manufacturer. But the device felt normal: neither a tooth grinding, nor an extraneous smell did not publish. As a result, we received a fine buckwheat flour of quite satisfactory quality of grinding.
The first experience can be considered successful. Now you can prepare traditional pancakes, pies and add buckwheat flour in the mixture for baking gluten-free bread.
Wheat, we decided to immediately handle the finest grinding. 100 g of grain was processed 1 minute 40 seconds. The process was excellent, the millstones did not seize, the flour slowly, but evenly flowed from the corresponding hole. But after a while we noticed that the flour goes dark, obviously with traces of material from the millstones. In the photo, this is a dark blotch on the right side of the cup. Then we slightly increased the degree of grinding, and the flour went a good light color. Power fluctuated within 200-220 watts.
We received fine whole-grain flour with a fine grinding. The process proceeded without delay and stalling of the millstones. To ensure that the flour was clean and free of foreign matter, we would recommend that the regulator be set on the finest grinding.
For the processing of oats, we set the grind size slightly larger than in the previous test. Flour from 100 g of grain was made in 1 minute 45 seconds. Flour is excellent, but requires sifting because of the presence of untwisted shells in it. The power in this test ranged from 160 to 170 watts.
Not quickly, but without problems and with an excellent result. The flour must be sifted.
Judging by previous experiments, the mill operates quite efficiently. Therefore, we decided to disregard the recommendation not to grind the hard grain and took 200 g of ordinary ground round rice. At rough grinding process took only 32 seconds. Power was also not excessive: 210-220 watts.
Then we placed the resulting croup in the mill’s charging bowl and passed it through the mill again, setting the grinding mode. The mill worked 1 minute 46 seconds and gave us excellent rice flour. The power in the process was higher and amounted to 320-330 watts.
Our experiments with solid grains have been successful.
Muesli from wheat
It is necessary to prepare grain, intended for flattening. First of all, the grain should be moistened. This, however, does not mean that it is necessary to place damp raw materials in the crush. If the grains are not dry enough, they will not choke, but steel shafts will stick and clog. At first, we ran into this problem. Due to inexperience, we soaked wheat for the night, laid out on a dry towel in the morning and gave it, as it seemed to us, to dry out. In the evening we tried to use a grain-grinder, but the trees soon ceased to give us neatly flattened flakes. The handle and the shafts stalled, and the space between them was completely clogged with the adhered grains.
Then we re-read the recommendations manual which recommends to pour the grain into a container with a sieve and a little hold under running water. Then put on a cloth or a towel and allow to dry for 3-4 hours. Therefore, we gave our soaked during the night wheat to dry up another 8 hours. And the next morning the grains freely and effortlessly turned into uniformly flattened flakes.
We added finely chopped dried fruits and nuts to wheat flakes and got quite traditional muesli. You can eat it with milk, sour milk products, juice, etc. A healthy and balanced breakfast without excessive heat processing of the grain and adding sugar.
In the future, we prepared wheat flakes from wheat germ. The procedure is the same: dunk, give germination, and then give a good dry out. In this case, the grains are easily flattened into flakes, which can be eaten in pure form, with dried fruits or porridge from them. Tried to flatten sunflower seeds. At the output turned out amusing flakes with a corrugated pattern. But the seeds were too fragile a product and easily turned into a crumb.
We took oats in the water for about half an hour, then spread out on a towel and allowed to dry for about 6 hours.
Filled into the funnel completely all the grain (100 grams), pushed the device to the very edge of the table and began to twist the handle. Oats turned into flat and pleasantly smelling flakes, outwardly reminiscent of the usual oatmeal from the store. Porridge, cooked from the flakes obtained, to our taste, was no different from cereal from the shop oat flakes after a long cooking.
There are no complaints about the device, but we advise you to carefully choose the raw materials. Our oats turned out to be not sufficiently cleaned, so hard and non-masticable casings were always found in the porridge.
Komo FidiFloc 21 – a curious device that solves two problems: grinding grain and cooking flakes. The device is designed in a traditional ecological style for this type of device, made of natural materials (although the use of wood is difficult to explain by any considerations, except aesthetic). It is unlikely that this device will find the same mass application as a multivark or meat grinder, but it can interest people who support healthy lifestyle and prefer to eat natural products or organic food. The manufacturer recommends this model for users who prefer to process wheat or rye. Given that these crops are most in demand in bakery, it can be assumed that the device will find its buyer.
Control of the device is elementary, maintenance is almost not required, the mill works quietly. Speed and productivity are low, but it is unlikely that people who prefer to bake bread themselves or make flakes of wheat germinated, the priorities are the speed of cooking. Despite the recommendations to process in this model only soft grains, the mill has shown excellent results when milling rice and mung, related to hard crops.
In our opinion, two factors can alienate the purchase. First, the device takes up a lot of space. The second point is the cost. We also mention the need to place the apparatus on the very edge of the table so that the handle of the grain flattener can be rotated without hindrance.
- functionality: mill and grain-press in one device
- quiet work
- copes even with a hard grain
- excellent results of all tests
- high price
- considerable dimensions
- need to be installed on the edge of the table when using the grain processor