Wheat & Grains

Make Your Own Yeast

If you’ve been prepping for any length of time, you undoubtedly have several pounds of wheat berries stored away.  You may also have experimented with making your own wonderfully delicious bread.  The downside of long-term prepping and bread making is keeping active yeast on hand.  The average “best by” date on yeast is 2 years.  Once opened, it must be kept cool and dry. In a refrigerator, yeast can remain good for up to 4 months; in the freezer for …

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whole wheat dinner rolls recipe

Just in time for the holidays: Homemade 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Tall, fluffy and light- not usually words you associate with whole wheat right? Well, these rolls are all of those things and more! They are made with 100% whole wheat, get a little sweetness from honey and richness from eggs and milk. All in all, the perfect roll. To start making these, I milled some white wheat berries in my grain mill and creamed some milk. Such a hard life I live with all of this good food around me! …

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Hardtack- The Best Thing Before Sliced Bread

  The beginnings of hardtack go all the way back to the 1100’s. It was and is still is known by a variety of names, such as- pilot bread, sea bread, ship biscuit or cabin bread. Sailors used the bread because it would stay good during long sea voyages. Civil war soldiers carried hardtack with them as part of their food ration. Today, it is a standard staple for those who live in Alaska. In the mainland, it is rare …

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how to use millet

How to Use and Store Millet

If you’re stocking up on healthy foods in your food storage pantry, millet should be included. More and more, popular food storage companies, such as Thrive Life, are offering foods that have become more popular as Americans have turned from overly processed foods to foods more nutritious and natural. In addition to things like freeze-dried kale, organic amaranth, and gluten-free flour, millet is also available. I first came across it in real life several years ago when I was browsing …

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Storing and Using Amaranth: A Tutorial

Most people in Food Storage Land are all about wheat. We all know why: if you’ve been reading this blog – or any prepper blog, for that matter – for any length of time you might be sick of hearing all about wheat. “It stores well, you can make a ton of stuff with it, bread, wheat, wheat, wheat, blah blah blah.” It’s all very nice if you like that sort of thing. But for people with gluten sensitivity or …

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Exploring Heirloom Wheat Varieties

Wheat is a big thing in the prepper community, and rightly so. It stores well, is versatile, and the stuff you can make with it tastes good. As such, endless discussions have taken place about the merits of one variety over another. White or red? Hard or soft? Winter or Spring? Each kind has its own characteristics that make it well-suited for one purpose or another. This is why in addition to white flour and whole wheat flour, one can …

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All About Wheat: How to Buy, Cook, and Enjoy

I get a lot of questions about the types of wheat and grains I use in my own cooking and food storage. Since wheat is such a versatile staple that lasts an incredibly long time, I wanted to provide you with some basic information about how to use wheat and how to decide which types to buy. I store a larger quantity of whole grains like wheat instead of flour because of its shelf life. White, all-purpose flour has a …

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How to Cultivate Your Own Yeast

Wheat berries tend to be a large part of most peoples’ food storage plans, with the assumption that the wheat will become bread. Wheat is an excellent food storage candidate because it keeps its nutrition for a very long time – up to 30 years under the right conditions. You can’t make bread with only wheat, though! Ideally you will have at least some salt and some kind of fat – oil or butter. But the crucial ingredient that makes …

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Things to make with wheat, besides bread.

3 Things To Make With Wheat Besides Bread

Lots of us like to store wheat. It has a long shelf life, it’s nutritious, and you can use it to make that beloved staple of Western Civilization: bread. In fact, in Medieval Europe, all other foods – meat and vegetables – were considered, “stuff you eat with bread.” However, the ovens the Medieval Europeans used to make this bread were huge, required enormous amounts of fuel, and took most the day to heat up. We are certainly spoiled with …

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Food Storage Grains: An inexpensive calorie with lots of versatility

Grains are a fantastic staple for any food storage pantry. Food storage grains provide a variety of nutrients and are typically one of the least expensive calories you can purchase (after sugar and drink mixes). Yet, many people I’ve worked with over the years limit themselves to just a few grains such as wheat, rice, and, oats. Personally, I hope that even in tough times, my diet would be more exciting than that! There are a huge variety of grains …

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