I know we are covering some of the same topics I covered last year. But I think we are getting some new folks trying to get info and are in a bit of a “ditther” that they won’t have time or money before the “Crash”.
Now I’m one of the few blogs that reccomend getting flour right away instead of wheat grains. I do this for a few reasons.
- With my disability I don’t always have the streangth or energy to grind grain. Having ready made flour on hand is critical for me.
- White flour will last for 5 years, Whole wheat flour for about 2 years. If you are rotating and using your flour and not stuffing it in a bucket and forgetting about it. That’s a lot of storage time.
- If you aren’t used to Whole wheat it will have a huge negative impact to your body. If you are just starting to use whole wheat, mixing it 1/2 and 1/2 with white flour will give your body time to adjust.
- I like white bread better than whole wheat. I don’t mind whole wheat but given a choice I’d pick the white bread first. Since I’m storing what I eat daily I buy white flour.
- I’m not against storing whole grains. They are great, plus they can be sprouted for “fresh greens” anytime of year. If you get flour that gives you some time to get a good buy on grains and not panic buy. If you look at most internet stores you are looking to pay $40.00 + for about 45 # of grain. For that price you can get at least 100# of flour and not pay shipping and handling.
- You save the cost of a grinder. I think a good hand grinder is a must. Sure you can use your food processor if you have power to grind your grain. Just like shopping for a good buy on the whole grains, I’m hoping to pick up a grinder at the thrift store or at a yard sale.
- Flour is easy to store safely. I broke down a 50# bag into 5 or 6 food grade 1 gallon Ziplock bags. That is an easy amount to handle tossed in a couple of Bay leaves then stored them in 10-18 gallon Tupperware storage bins. No problem with bugs or rodents. I now get used Food safe buckets from a local grocery store’s Bakery Dept. for $1.00-$2.00. Make sure you date them so you rotate properly.
This storage is Your food storage, it must work for you. This is what worked for me.