Wheat is a long-term food storage staple that all preppers keep near the top of their emergency food supply list. Stockpiling flour can be done, but it does eventually go bad and must be rotated out of the preparedness pantry to prevent money loss.
You can buy big long-term storage food buckets of wheat, but they do take up a significant amount of space. Growing your own wheat is of course always a great cost-saver, but doing so requires multiple acres of land and constant tending to prevent crop loss.
There are two viable alternatives to stockpiling copious amounts of wheat buckets in your basement or garage: Activz Organic Wheatgrass Juice Powder and wheat berries.
Wheatgrass Juice Powder
Activz Organic Wheatgrass Juice Powder can provide the body with all the nutrients it needs. Plus, it keeps for years, taking up little shelf space in the process. Folks who want to make sure they are eating organic but don’t want to spend a bundle to do so often buy wheatgrass juice because it is a convenient alternative to juicing whole foods.
The Activz Organic Wheatgrass Juice Powder looks and tastes just as good as the original produce from which it was made. It keeps for years without the addition of preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors.
The grasses used to make the juice powder are grown on an ancient seabed and harvested just prior to the jointing stage. The jointing stage is the time in the growth pattern where the grass becomes tall, coarse, and thick at the stem. When jointing begins, the nutritional content of the wheatgrass begins to diminish, losing valuable phytonutrients. The blades are cut when they reach about four inches above the ground to make sure that only the purest grass is used to make the powder.
Wheatgrass juice is filled with both Vitamin C and K, which help detoxify the body and enhance wound healing. The digestive enzymes in wheatgrass are also known to boost energy levels. Keeping the body healthy and strong is of course important all the time, but during a long-term disaster, a weak body could decrease the chances of survival significantly. One simple wheatgrass shot will give the body a dose of organic fuel to help keep it moving. Adding just one serving of the juice powder to a single ounce of water will make a single serving smoothie. The Activz Wheatgrass Juice Powder comes in a lightweight container, making it a perfect addition to your bug-out or INCH bag.
Wheat berries take up only a tiny bit of space in your long-term food supply storage area. A 150-pound bag of wheat berries will meet all the needs of a single adult for an entire year. A child 8 years old or younger could survive on about two to five pounds of wheat berries for three weeks.
Wheat is classified based on color, kernel hardness, and growing season. Hard wheat berries are typically grown in dry climate and are hard, small, and red in color. Red wheat berries possess a higher gluten content than white wheat berries and are often considered the best type of berry for making bread flour. After several years of being stored, the gluten in flour begins to break down and can negatively impact the baking process. The berries can be stored for many years so you can ground it into flour as needed.
White wheat berries are commonly grown in locations where the winters are mild and the ground is moist. This type of berry is more rotund than the hard red berries and are significantly softer in texture.
Winter wheat is planted in the fall, grows over winter and is harvested the following summer. Spring wheat is planted in the spring, grows in the summer and is harvested in the fall.
Wheat Berry Storage
Storing wheat berries is definitely a no-fuss no-muss affair. Not only do they take up only a small amount of space, but they can also survive being left in freezing temperatures. Ideally, wheat berries should be stored in a temperature between 40 to 60 degrees. The moisture level in the room should not exceed 12 percent to avoid mold growth.
Do not store the berries in containers placed directly on the floor, especially if the floor is made of concrete. If moisture gets into the containers it can ruin the berries, making a plastic bucket with a tight-fitting lid the best storage conainter option. The berries can easily be stored in #10 cans or plastic 5-gallon buckets with a tight-fitting lid. A standard 5-gallon bucket holds about 32 pounds of wheat berries and will make approximately 25 bread loaves. It takes about 3 cups of wheat berries milled into flour to make a loaf of bread. The berries weigh approximately 7 ounces per cup. One cup of wheat berries is equal to about 628 calories.
Why Store Wheat Berries?
Wheat is not only a base component in breads and other staple foods, it also has a 13 to 20 percent protein count. Wheat grain is also high in fiber, calcium and iron. Keeping the body healthy and strong to accomplish all of the manual labor tasks that will quickly evolve during a long-term disaster requires a steady supply of protein.
Wheat berries can be milled to use for baking and cooking, but can also be turned into a meal on their own. You can make a simple and nutrient-filled soup concoction by mixing together one cup wheat berries and three cups water and simmering on low to medium heat for about 45 minutes. Storing some wheat berries in your bug-out bag or INCH bag will add barely any weight to the pack and take up little space. Plus, you’ll be ready to make the berry soup to fuel the body with protein during an emergency or disaster situation.
As a morale booster during a long-term disaster, pop some wheat berries for a popcorn-style treat. Simply soak the berries in water overnight and place them on a towel to dry. Toss the berries into a pot of hot oil, season with salt after removing them from the fire, and enjoy.
Wheat Berries Supplies
Invest in a solid grinder to use for your wheat berries and other nut milling needs. While electric grinders might seem like a convenient option, if a solar flare or EMP takes down the power grid, they will be rendered useless — along with nearly everything else in your home with a cord. Manual grinders will get the job done while giving your arms a workout to build strength and muscle.
While I am thrilled we have a small stockpile of wheat stored and can grow our own wheat, our family will still be adding some wheat berries to our preps, bug-out bags, and get-me-home bags. As the wise preparedness adage goes, “One is none, and two is one.” Redundancy is most assuredly one of the keys to survival.
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