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There are advantages and disadvantages of storing hard wheat vs. white flour. Let’s weigh the two against each other and see which is the smarter food storage option when SHTF.
The major reason why people store hard wheat or wheat “berries” is because wheat will store practically forever.
There have been reported cases in Egypt where explorers have found wheat that was still good in the pyramids centuries after it was buried with the pharaohs. Although this is a more extreme case, wheat normally lasts at least 30 years in storage. Even without using any special storage techniques!
Aside from storing longer, hard wheat is also very versatile.
You can ground it into flour. Additionally, since it is in its purest form, it is actually more nutritious than white flour. This may explain why some pharaohs lived as long as they did even with reported inbreeding.
Wheat can also be cooked as is to make cereal or dried and steamed to make bulgur wheat which can be consumed or used to bake other foods.
You can plant the seeds and eat the young green sprouts rich in enzymes or just wait it out for a few months to get more wheat.
Another rather obvious advantage of storing hard wheat is because wheat does not lose its nutritional value even after decades.
As Americans, many of us have grown accustomed to the taste of white flour, despite our ancestors turning in their graves!
And good luck getting your kids to eat wheat-based products. That alone may drive you to white flour, despite the disadvantages from a survival standpoint.
White flour, on the other hand, also has its advantages.
The major advantage is that it is super convenient to store flour than wheat. It is easy to cook. And who doesn’t enjoy some baked goodies?
However, having said that, flour has a very short shelf life.
Although flour can last between 6 -12 months, you can extend its shelf-life using special storage techniques. For example, by storing it in 5 gallon buckets and mylar bags and ensuring its put in a cool dry area with little sunlight.
Even though you won’t come close to the 30-year shelf life of hard wheat, you will at least get to the 3-year mark. Likewise, it is much easier to buy flour than hard wheat.
Flour loses its nutritional value gradually over time. It also loses its quality and starts to degrade as soon as it is ground from wheat. Ultimately flour loses all its vitamins by the end of its third year of storage.
Due to its disadvantages, most people who store flour do it on a short term basis.
If you are looking to start an emergency food stash for the short term and you do not want to be bothered buying a grinder, then flour is your best option.
Ensure that you consume it before its shelf life is over depending on the method you choose to store it otherwise you might end up wasting a lot of food. Or worse, poison yourself!
If you are looking for storing for the short term, you have kids and not a lot of time, storing white flour may be your best bet. If you are looking for a long-term solution, hard wheat is likely the better choice.
No matter what you choose to store ensure that you store it properly keeping it away from direct exposure to sunlight, oxygen, moisture, and vermin.
Make sure you purchase all your supplies from proper food stores to ensure that you actually get what you pay for not to mention protecting your family from food poisoning as a result of amateurs handling your food.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.