INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: There’s More to Wheat Than Just Bread

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If you’re storing wheat, it’s probably because you are using it to make homemade bread from scratch, meaning straight from the wheat berry.  If that’s the only way you’re using wheat, though, you’re missing a lot.  Here are six other uses for this most versatile grain.

1. Hot cereal:  Cooked, wheat transforms into puffy and chewy kernels that make a top-notch breakfast cereal.  Top it with cinnamon, brown sugar, chopped apples, dried fruit, yogurt, or anything else you have on hand.  It’s delicious!  For more details, check out this post.

2. Wheat berries in salad:  Cooked wheat berries are terrific mixed in with any green salad or in this delicious wheat berry salad.  You get plenty of fiber and all the nutrition wheat has to offer.  It’s a great choice for vegetarians but is just as good with a few slices of chicken or meat.

3. Wheat meat:  Vegetarians have long made use of this simple “meat” made from the gluten of wheat.  The end product can be flavored according to any recipe and formed into shapes such as meatballs.

4. Soup:  Add cooked wheat berries to soup as an additional grain option.  Cook the wheat berries as described in #1 and add a scoop or two to any hot soup while it cooks.  They add great texture to any soup as well as nutrients.

5. Sprouting:  If, perhaps, your attempts at gardening haven’t been something to write home about, you’ll probably have a lot more luck sprouting wheat.  Once the wheat berry sprouts, its nutrients increase exponentially.  Serve the sprouts on sandwiches, in salads, and toss them in any hot dish at the last minute in order to maintain their high levels of B vitamins, vitamin C, and folic acid.

6. Wheat grass juice: If you allow your wheat sprouts to grow until they are 6-8 inches tall, you can harvest the grass, process it through a juicer and have an amazingly nutritious drink.  This juice contains chlorophyll, which is antibacterial, 90 different minerals and 19 amino acids.  One nutritionist told me that drinking just 4 ounces of the stuff every day would eliminate the need for any other fruit or vegetable.  Whatever the benefits might be, wheat grass juice is highly nutritious and one more reason to stock up on wheat.

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  1. Sue in Alabama says

    I am a wheat berries fanatic. I have not yet made seitan or even looked into the possiblity of growing wheat grass. Thanks for that suggestion-will gather more information on this prospect. Wheat berry sprouts are indeed fantastic and so easy to sprout- Also wheat berries are delicious when combined with other whole grains for a side dish or as a bed to stretch an entree-especially ehjoy them mixed with equal parts brown rice and barley. They cook up great in my rice cooker. There are many recipes out there using cracked wheat berries as a basis for burgers and patties-just awesome.

  2. Karen says

    Help, I live in hot, humid Florida. What is the best way for me to store wheat? I am just getting started with food storage.

    • Baarbara says

      Get some large mylar bags. There are several sources on-line and most of the emergency and preparedness businesses have them. Emergency Essentials is one. Compare prices.

      Get some 4 or 5 gallon buckets. HDPE (food safe materials) is best. Some think it's not necessary to be HDPE if you have the mylar liner.

      Get either a Foodsaver or Seal-a-meal machine, or a Automotive Break Bleeder Hand Pump (This is the cheapest way, just don't buy a 'kit' as it has parts you won't want.)

      Put mylar bag in bucket. Put product in bag. With home clothes iron on medium, seal the end of the bag EXCEPT THE LAST 1/2 INCH. ( Yes, it will be way longer than needed, but you can re-seal that bag once you cut the seal off, again and again.)

      Put the hose attachment that comes with your choice of machine or pump into the opening you left. Pinch the material of the bag tightly around the hose, and pump out as much air as you can. The bag will get very tight against the grain. If not, you're getting air in there somehow. Pinch more securely.

      When air-free, pull hose out, letting as little air back in as possible, and use the iron to seal that last 1/2 inch.

      Crumple empty top of bag down into bucket (You left room for this, right?) and put lid on bucket.

      Your grain will keep this way for 30+ years. There are other methods you can find on-line. This one seems to be the cheapest and easiest. You can also seal much smaller amounts than this in smaller bags and stack them in tubs or boxes. The beauty of the buckets is that rodents won't have an easy time chewing their way in. Look back though SurvivalMom's archives and you will likely see a lot of answers.

      • TheSurvivalMom says

        Barbara, thanks so much for contributing your comments and taking the time to share your experience and wisdom. :o)

        • Barbara says

          I've been at this forever, and really enjoy helping others and trading ideas. It's fun to hear how others do it, and see those new at it succeed and become confident. ; )

  3. Bazza says

    Please do not refer to wheat as “wheat berries” as it is a grain and should be accorded the true respect it deserves.

  4. Janet says

    Here’s a way I came up with to use wheat for a main dish that even my teenage
    son admits to liking. Yes, he will also eat cooked cracked wheat cereal with butter
    n’ honey for a breakfast, it just isn’t his favorite……….but I do NOT buy cold cereals
    for breakfast…….
    We made the patties once for a guest from Kansas and served it with salad / home-
    made Idaho french fries. Usually we serve these with garlic buttered mashed potatoes
    and steamed broccoli or a salad.

    Janet’s Golden Wheat Patties
    I use winter/hard white wheat for this. Below is a recipe to make
    easy cooked cracked wheat, no grinder needed)

    1 and 1/2 c. cooked cracked wheat
    1 large egg
    3 T. dry milk
    3 T. dried chopped onions
    1 T. unbleached flour
    1/2 tsp. garlic salt
    1/2 tsp. sea salt
    1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 tsp. soy sauce
    1/8 tsp. liquid smoke
    3 T. water
    2 T. oil or olive oil (may need more)

    Mix all ingredients. Heat oil on medium. Place 2 T. mix at a time in hot oil, smooth with back of spoon to form small patties. Cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Will make about 15 small patties.

    Cracked wheat in a blender
    ………we make this for one of our breakfast cereals with butter
    n’ honey, then save 1 and 1/2 cups to make the patties within
    the next day or two. Cooked cracked wheat stays fresh in fridge
    4 to 5 days.

    1 c. dry wheat kernels
    3 c. water
    1/2 tsp. sea salt

    Blend in blender until cracked to your preference. I do not sift this, as we don’t mind whether it’s sifted or not, but you could sift out the ‘floury’ bits if preferred. Put all into double boiler. Cook, covered, for 30 minutes on medium boil, stirring every 10 minutes. Take off heat, keep covered, let sit about 15 minutes.


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