Creamy peanut butter with the burr mill

January 28, 2013

Sufficient arable acreage, enough water and good seeds – these three factors influence the success of farming and the quality of harvest. As these factors are still wishful thinking in many countries, people have to deal with earnings received from sometimes less than 1 acre of land. This is why the efficiency and sustainability of their harvesting is essential. The organisation Compatible Technology International (CTI) for instance designs key solutions to empower people to reach these goals.

 

It has for instance developed a mill which turns crops into flour, creams or other products for long-term storage and nutritious consumption. The key is that this mill is both affordable and appropriate for local manufacturing technologies. Several models help to get the maximum nutritious yield by grinding peanuts, corn, grains, breadfruit or coffee into edible forms – if necessary, completely without electricity. Powered by hand-crank, pedal or electric motor, the mills have several models. These are designed for processing crops for home consumption or even small enterprises. And the quality of the product is even better than peanut butter grinded by pestles or stones enabling people to even sell their products, earn money and pay school fees for their children. Several hundred mills are currently in use all over the world using a thrust bearing, separate burrs to grind the food and remove the hulls of grains and an auger shaft to pulverize the material.

 

Furthermore, all models are made of common mechanical parts for easy local production in three locations: USA, Uganda and China. Depending on the materials available, the models operate with identical components which are optimized to adapt to different conditions. Even if the hand-crank is the most commonly employed drive, CTI offers an instruction manual to adapt it into a pedal-powered or even engine-powered device.

Veit Mathauer
Veit Mathauer

 

 

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Topics

  • Energy
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Integral Solutions
  • Energy
  • Food & Agriculture