Wheat and Wheat Grinder Overview

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When starting a Food Storage, the first thing you start hearing people talk about is WHEAT. We have openly confessed to not even knowing what wheat looked like only 2.5 years ago. Now we use it almost every day and can’t believe how easy it is to make apart of your daily cooking. First off, there are so many benefits to storing wheat. We’ll go over those, then tell you about some different wheat grinder options, then give you a few basic wheat recipes to try to get you going.

Benefits of Wheat

  • Wheat provides you with a whole grain
  • Wheat can be stored for over 30 years if kept in a cool, dry place
  • Whole wheat retains all of the vitamins, minerals, and fiber
  • There are no preservatives or additives in wheat you grind yourself
  • You can sprout wheat and use it in smoothies, salads, soups, etc.
  • You can use wheat to extend your meat

There are many different kinds of wheat you can read about in our Types of Wheat post. Our favorite all-purpose wheat is hard white wheat. If you don’t have a local source for wheat, you can buy it (along with tons of other food storage products) with only $4.49 shipping anywhere in the contiguous US at Honeyville Grains.

Wheat Grinder Options

To use wheat as flour, you need a wheat grinder. Here is a short video on a couple of options you have for grinders.

We have been huge fans of the Wondermill Electric since we both got ours 2 years ago, but have never really touched on the Wonder Jr Hand Grinder. We haven’t talked much about it because we use our Electrics several times a week and have never been faced with a powerless situation.

In our 7 Day Challenge, we had a mock emergency where there was no power for one of the days. Also, in our Group Discussion of the book One Second After, there was an extended amount of time where there was no power. The thought of living without power for more then just 2 or 3 hours has started to feel a little more possible, so we decided it was time to practice on the Wonder Junior. When Julie used it for the 7 Day Challenge to make her family pancakes she was amazed at how easy it was to use, and how finely it ground the flour.

When choosing a wheat grinder, you just have to ask yourself some questions. Am I getting this for everyday cooking, or for a powerless situation? If there were a powerless situation, would I know how to use my wheat and my grinder? Do I store wheat (and other grains) I know how to use in recipes for daily living, and for emergency situations?

Basic Wheat Recipes

Whole Grain Waffles
Whole Wheat Tortillas
Whole Wheat Pasta Noodles
Whole Wheat Bread

  • Susan B.

    I’ve always wanted a Wondermill but I can’t complain with the one I have. My husbands boss gave us a Nutrimill grain grinder as a bonus because we have been helping him get his food storage. I love grinding wheat into flour. My children LOVE making whole wheat pancakes with me. Thanks for the recipes you have shared. I’m going to try them.

    A friend of mine who uses wheat all the time has shared with many an inexpensive source to grinding wheat for those who cannot afford a wheat grinder at the moment. Of course a wheat grinder is better to have but if you can’t afford one a coffee grinder will work, too. We do not drink coffee but we bought a coffee grinder to grind flax seed and to crack wheat. Place the knob on fine for flour and course for cracked wheat. It costs between $15.00 AND $20.00 at Wal Mart. It’s a great short term grinder until you can afford a wheat grinder.

    • NutriMill is fantastic too. You can go with either and be just fine 🙂

      The Back to Basics hand grinder is on a huge sale at Emergency Essentials right now. It would probably be worth getting that over a coffee grinder for just a little more. But the coffee grinder is a great idea too!

  • don’t forget fresh ground (coarse) wheat used as CREAM OF WHEAT. Since I have no grinder yet we use the flat blade attachment on the magic bullet blender (could also use a coffee grinder) any amount of servings. If you like it made with water use all water instead of milk & water. – One part coarse ground wheat – One part Milk – Two parts water (gets milk flavor while using less milk.) – Heat milk & water to almost boil. Add wheat while stirring to avoid lumps. Cook aprox 5 minutes over med-high til almost as thick as you want it. It will thicken slightly upon standing. – add “toppings” as you see fit. We add butter & brown sugar.

  • Dschflier

    I use the wonder mill jr. I love it and have been making bread for my family for a couple of months now. I buy bulk feed winter wheat berries. I use it to grow it and to make flour with. I also use the mill to grind beans for a healthy thickener in stews. I use everything I buy for long term storage.I do this so if we ever need it the family will be used to it. The mill is not quick at grinding flour but it works very well.

  • Room4moore

    Where can I buy wheat? I’ve read and read about wheat all over the place, and I’m sold on getting some, I just have no clue where to find it??

    • There may be some available in health food stores near you. If you are interested in buying in bulk you can get cheap shipping from Honeyville Grains which we link to in the post above. If you feel comfortable you can also look into finding an LDS home storage center near your area. If you are interested in that let us know and we can give you more information. Hope that helps a bit!

  • alicia

    Just fyi, you mean contiguous United States, Alaska is on the same continent as the rest of the US. Sorry as an Alaskan that’s one of my biggest pet peeves. 🙂 Love your site! My dad and I have been trying to hammer out the details of what to do with all the wheat he has. This couldn’t have been posted at a more perfect time. He’s getting me a grinder for Christmas!

  • Sandy

    Would love to know the difference (if any) in fineness of flour you were able to get, comparing the manual to the electric versions of the Wondermill. Thanks 🙂

    • Dschflier

      with the jr mill you can adjust the flour to be as fine as you like. The flour I make is very fine.

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