Why should you grind your own wheat now?

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Everyone always says you should store wheat as part of your long-term food storage. It’s cheap, it’s got a lot of uses, it stores for decades under the right conditions.

Could there possibly be a down-side?

Yes.

Most people don’t use wheat. Sure, they eat it, but they are eating the processed form of the staple. They have no idea how to get the staple into a usable form — other than baking bread with it.

Baking bread isn’t all that bad. In fact, making bread using your own wheat will arguably result in a much healthier product that what you typically buy at the store. One of the many differences from store-bought bread is that homemade bread is usually quite a bit “heavier” and has thicker crusts. Kids may not like that because it’s not what they’re used to.

Do you have all the ingredients you need to make bread in your storage? What about your oil (I prefer olive oil)? Got enough of that? If so, have you been rotating it to make sure you use it before it goes rancid?

(Stay tuned for an awesome use for rancid olive oil in an upcoming article!)

Also, after a while, eating nothing but bread gets old — fast.

When you grind your own wheat you’re getting the freshest flour possible with the biggest health benefits — but you’ve got to use it soon after you’ve ground it to get all those benefits.

Put another way, don’t grind more than you’re going to use.

Fresh-ground wheat provides:

  • Complex carbohydrates
  • Fiber
  • Thiamine
  • Niacin
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Riboflavin
  • Trace Minerals
  • and is a moderate source of incomplete protein

With the right ingredients your freshly ground flour can be made into:

  • Bread
  • Rolls
  • English muffins
  • Tortillas
  • Pitas
  • Muffins
  • Bread crumbs
  • Croutons
  • sprouts
  • wheat grass (for juicing)
  • and so much more!

You’ve got to grind it

Actually, no, you don’t.

You can soak wheat for a few days (until it’s almost sprouted) and eat it like you would a hot cereal (drain off the water and a little milk and honey, YUM!).

You can sprout it and eat it raw, or as a topping on salads and sandwiches. It’s very healthy — just don’t let it grow too much or you’ll end up with wheat grass… and you’ll need a special juicer to get the highly¬†nutritional¬†“wheat grass juice” out of it.

If you do want to grind it, you probably don’t want to do it by hand (unless the power is out and you have to do it by hand).

Bottom line

Using wheat isn’t hard — when you know what you’re doing. However, when you find yourself in a situation where you have to start digging in to your foot storage you’d be much better off if you already knew what to do with it, had all the other ingredients you needed to make stuff with it, have the equipment to process it, and already had your family used to (and enjoying) it.

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