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?